Ecoconscious Momma's Blog

The guide to living a natural and frugal lifestyle

Energy For Motherhood April 13, 2012

Filed under: Parenting — ecoconscious momma @ 8:09 pm

ImageOne thing I have come to realize is the amount of energy motherhood demands. I am still nursing (7 1/2 months strong!) and often I become a human pacifier. I am now realizing the importance of clean eating. I am striving to eat more whole foods and less processed items. I am eating more homemade bread, green smoothies, vitamin rich soups, and sticker free veggies from my local farmers market. Cutting back on coffee came natural for me, and thank goodness my husband decided organic half and half was better than vanilla coffee mate ( filled with stuff I can’t pronounce). I notice that my milk supply was better than ever, and I felt so much better. Getting up in the mornings is also a lot easier! My favorite breakfast is a green smoothie. Here is my favorite recipe:

1 ripe banana

1 cup frozen berries (love costco’s organic antioxidant blend)

a heaping handful of spinach (or a few leaves of kale)

1/3 cup frozen pineapple (or mango or peaches)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon flax seed (or flax meal)

1/4 cup aloe ver gel

and enough coconut water to give it a nice consistency.

I blend it up in my BlendTech™ and guzzle =D

what gives you energy?

 

 

Attachment Parenting (my style) March 29, 2012

Filed under: Parenting — ecoconscious momma @ 9:37 am

My Journey (so far) as an Attachment Parent

**disclaimer** I understand the way you parent your child is a very personal choice. Some of my statements may seem harsh but they are my opinion. I really don’t care to hear you “defend” yourselves or if you think what I am doing is wrong. If you disagree with me that is fine. If you truly believe you are doing whats best than this post should not bother you! Oh and to my friends, I have nothing against you! OK?!?

Ok so now that that is over with….

Definition of Attachment Parenting:

from the man himself…..

http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/attachment-parenting/what-attachment-means

WE ARE SO LUCK TO HAVE DR SEARS AS GRANT’S PEDIATRICIAN!!!!! WAHOOO!

Now on to MY definition: I parent the way I believe is the natural way to raise a child. Im talking using my primal instincts. I don’t throw Grant into a crib to cry, I don’t prop a bottle into his mouth, and I do not alter him in any way.

Companionship:

I believe in treating babies with respect and as the delicate human beings they are. These last 7 months of being a mommy has been challenging. Since I don’t parent the “easy way” I have been tested harder than ever. There are nights when Grant doesn’t rock or nurse to sleep easier, there are days when he is having a growth spurt and he wont get off the boob, and there are other days when he wont let me put him down. I take a deep breath, remind myself he is a tiny human being (not an inconvenience that needs to be dealt with) and that he is following his instincts that we are all born with. I know that he is programmed to stay with his momma for his survival. Because of this I feel we are more connected on a much deeper level than other kids are with their parents. I treasure that. I treat him with respect, and maybe (hopefully!!!) one day he will treat me with respect back. I plan on using gentle discipline with him and I plan on letting him self wean. I am not going to force my child to do what makes him uncomfortable because quite frankly that makes me uncomfortable. I love my child and I will do whatever it is to be the best parent I can be. I have his best interest at heart and I will not willingly hurt him.

Sleep:

When I say I do not put him in his crib to cry it means I do not sleep train him. He sleeps curled up next to me in my bed the way babies are meant to sleep. You could argue; SIDS! Mommas Boy!! blahblahblah but I don’t care. In Asia they sleep with their babies and they have the lowest rate of SIDS in the world. Even cavemen didn’t let babies cry it out because that would give away their location to predators. Babies are born wanting and needing their mothers. It is their survival instinct. I do not believe trying to program them otherwise is healthy. Also sleeping with your baby makes breastfeeding easier.

Nourishment:

I nourish my baby the way nature intended. (You could also say its the way God intended, but I am not religious.) I have breasts for a reason and they produce the most amazing milk for babies. Breast milk is the miracle drug. I read somewhere about a radio station that was talking about eating only one thing for the rest of your life and they concluded breast milk would be the best thing for its whole nutrition. Nothing can replace breast milk no matter how hard you try. Breasts are amazing at knowing just what the baby needs. The fore milk is watery to quench babies thirst about feeding and then fatty hind milk flows next to keep baby full. Im not knocking you if you formula feed, but if you chose not to breastfeeding willingly then your not doing what is best for your child. (IN MY OPINION)  Formula does not produce antibodies for you child and it does not adjust to your child’s nutritional needs. Formula fed babies are often sleepy after eating for the same reason we are sleepy after a large meal. The overload of fats, carbs, and sugar make all the blood rush to the gut and often times the babies are gassy and the can go longer between feedings. Breast milk takes 90 minuets to digest and is gentle on babies tummies.( in most cases) And I also believe that forcing babies to be weaned from the breast at 6 months is not natural. That is the average for babies in America. All other places in the world it is beyond 2 years. Toddlers also benefit from the antibodies in mothers milk, not from cow breast milk.

Keeping my son WHOLE:

I did not circumcise my son. I carried him for almost 9 long months and did everything to protects him. I would not pop him out, hand him over and tell someone to alter him. He was perfect the way he was born. No medical association in the world recommends circumcision. And it also goes against my belief that I would never do anything to harm my son intentionally. Birth is traumatic enough, why would you put them through that?!?! It boggles me! You could say, “Well I want him to look like his father.” Well if you son is staring at his fathers penis….you got other issues to deal with! Nuff said.

WOW! That was long…. Now will you still be my friend? =D I promise I wont judge you! =D Like I said earlier, its a personal decision how you parent your child. If your complete opposite, good for you, I just don’t agree with it! But I will still be your friend!

 

Baby Wearing! December 7, 2011

Filed under: Parenting — ecoconscious momma @ 11:48 am

One thing I have been meaning to talk about is how amazing baby wearing is! I have 4 different carriers and my son loves them all! Its a lifesaver for when I’m away for whomever is caring for him! Its like baby ambien when he is sleepy. I have the ERGO which i recommend for when babies re a bit older and have good head control. But as newborns you must get a moby wrap! They are a bit tricky to use but after putting it on a few times you will be a pro. I still use the moby around the house with DS and he is almost four months! Also a ring sling is great for quick trips are a quick walk around the house to put the baby to sleep. I don’t recommend it for long periods of time since it gets a bit uncomfy. The carriers simulate the movement they felt in the womb and they get to be snuggled up to the person they love most. My husband always mentions that he would LOVE to be carried around by me all day all snuggled close! (NERD i know =D) Also baby wearing make breastfeeding easy and accessible while doing errands. I nursed walking through sea world and costco in my ergo. DS like to peek out the side of the head flap to watch whats going on during his meal. Im pretty sure none even knows I’m nursing him also. Well here are a few photos of the carriers I have. I don’t have on of me with the maya wrap but maybe ill add one soon! Anyone else like to wear your baby?

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Cloth Diapering November 20, 2011

Filed under: Parenting — ecoconscious momma @ 8:53 pm

One thing I was sure I wanted to do while I was pregnant was to cloth diaper. Not only is it a frugal way to diaper your baby but its good for the planet! The only problem I had was convincing my husband. I almost forgot about the idea until I started attending a breast feeding support group at a local boutique. Many of the moms cloth diaper and the store sold all kinds of new and interesting alternatives to prefolds, pins, and rubber pants. I started with unbleached prefolds with 2snappies (no more safety pins!) and a thirsty’s plastic cover. I told one of the other moms that I would do it “part time” when my husband wasn’t around. He never changed diapers anyways. So after doing it a couple of days I bought a pocket diaper (bumgenious 4.0) I LOVED them. So I convinced my husband to let me do it full time! I spend some money upfront here is a breakdown:

Unbleached Prefolds (6): $12

Plastic Thirsty Cover (1): $9

Snappis (2pack) $5

7 Bumgenious 4.0: $106

4 Fuzzibunz (2 of them were used): $60

3 Work at Home Mom diapers (momma kitty united) with travel liners: $38

2 wetbags: $16

2 pail liners: $18

Rocking Green Detergent:$17

3 EarthMomma Diapers (used): $25

4 Bluberries Pocket Diaper (handed down from my husbands cousin): FREE

3 Packs of cloth wipes (one pack Grovia two pack bumgenious: $30

1 pail (target trashcan with lid) $11

thats $347 if I did the math right! I went a more expensive route but that was just my preference. A few suggestions that will save you money is to buy diapers used or buy one of each and find what you like. I regret buying the GoodMamma diapers since they aren’t waterproof, I also don’t like FUzzibunz and those were my most expensive. I personally like the bumgenious and i got them in velcro to make them husband friendly. Buying diapers from a  work at home mom is also a great way to save money. I used mommakittyunited diapers made from a fellow military wife and you can get 10 diapers and a wet bag for $100. Also you can only use natural diaper rash creams with them so I bought a Grovia magic stick ($9) and I like it so far no rash! Or coconut oil or lanolin work great too! All in all I think it is worth it, I only do one load of diapers a day and it really doesn’t take much time at all. There are so many different diapers out there, even hybrid systems with a liner you flush down the toilet. I suggest doing your research and only buying one of each kind of diaper to see what you like best.