Mama Circle

John & I have high expectations for our “days off.”
Expectations that we’ll tackle a huge to-do list of things that remain undone from our to-do-lists from days, weeks, months, years, and {seemingly} lifetimes past.
So, when it’s 4:30 p.m. & all the day has to show for itself are amazing conversations, we struggle to not be stressed by that.

I went to Mama Circle today.
Mama Circle is, well, really what it sounds like {at least to me}.
Some other expectant Mamas, some new Mamas, & experienced Mamas all come together to talk about Mommyhood. {Okay, so today I was the only expectant Mama. Because the other one had her 5 day old with her!!}

We talk about so many things from birthing to babywearing, breastfeeding, diapering {or not}, vaccinating {or not}, pediatricians, food, & so much more. It’s a place for moms to come & learn more about a lot of natural parenting options as well as to just be supported & encouraged by other Moms about the reality of motherhood.

It’s been one of the few places I’ve felt really able to be honest about what I’m learning about parenting stuff as well as to ask questions about things I’m uncertain of about parenthood.

It’s a beautiful little community being built.

Of course, every time I get together with other mama(s) {at Mama Circle or otherwise}, I am reminded of just how incredibly fortunate I am to have the fantastic husband that I do.

Often, mamas talk about the lack of support they’re getting from their husbands about researching natural parenting things, food/health related options, & things that fall into {what we call} the category of “outside the norm.” I have what a friend at Mama Circle {who has met my husband} calls a husband of a completely different breed. Which is, oh-so-true. Continue reading “Mama Circle”

Baby Wearing & Potty Training

(This was written 2 weeks ago).

I am so grateful to have this time before Baby Roque is born to do research…
There are a million things I have questions about when it comes to the best way to raise our children.
I’m not really a “go-with-the-flow” kind of gal. I like to ask questions, make well-informed decisions, and of course, that means, I think for myself. It also means… I must do a LOT of research in order to be able to ‘think for myself’.

Last night, John & I went to a meeting at the birthing center where Baby Roque will be born.

It was an opportunity to hear other Moms talk about wearing their babies… (You know, those carriers & wraps, slings & backpack type carriers that people wear.) We heard all about the advantages, learned how to tie the wraps, got to try them on, and practice tying & wearing them.

When a local mom who owns a baby wrap company walked in with her naked baby to teach us about wraps, John looked at me and said,

“Is that a naked baby?” Continue reading “Baby Wearing & Potty Training”