The road to attachment parenting, etc.

One of the blogs I read has almost nothing to do with birth, except the woman has given birth to four children (twin girls followed by two boys). I came across it when I first started blogging, and it appealed to me on a few different levels, so I’ve continued to read “Parenting by Trial and Error.” A recent post was guest-written, and was entitled, “The Evolution of a Natural Birthing, Attachment Parenting, Homeschooling Mom.” The story sounds quite familiar — she started her first pregnancy with no particular desires about birth, breastfeeding, attachment parenting, etc., but gradually came to have quite solidified views. It’s a story that I’ve often heard repeated in one form or another, at one stage of motherhood or another. Details may change a bit, but it seems that many of us have traveled this road — from accepting societal norms, or just whatever our friends are doing, to stopping and thinking about our actions and choices. Perhaps we then make different choices; perhaps we continue to make the same choices — but either way, we are better for making conscious decisions, rather than just blindly “choosing” what everybody else is doing.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I assumed he’d sleep in a crib. After all, that’s where babies sleep, right?

At that time, I’d never heard of co-sleeping, slings or attachment parenting. Dr. Brazelton was barely on my radar, much less Dr. Sears. I’m assuming I planned to breastfeed – since I never stocked up on formula – but I wasn’t particularly passionate about it either way. As for labor and birth, I don’t think I gave them much thought either. I took the series of childbirth classes at our local hospital and read What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but that’s about it.

Then my son was born, and everything changed.

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4 Responses

  1. “One of the blogs I read has almost nothing to do with birth”

    Don’t lie. It’s the only one you read that has almost nothing to do with birth.😉

    I know what you mean about conscious decision making. I’ve been thinking a lot about Plato’s chairs lately.

    • LOL — actually, I just checked, and fully 1/3 of the blogs I subscribe to are not birth-related. So *there*!😛😉 Some are political, some frugal, most are “friends and family” blogs.

      You may have been thinking about Plato’s chairs lately, but I have never heard of them. Intriguing — please elucidate.🙂

  2. Thanks so much for the plug, Kathy! You’re my longest and most faithful reader (other than my sisters and parents). =) You’re the BEST!😉

    Sarah, author of Parenting By Trial and Error

    • Thanks, Sarah! I do enjoy reading your blog (even if I don’t always comment). Btw, according to Google Reader, you have 18 subscribers, so it’s more than just me and your family!

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