Ok, I have been inspired by others to get blogging again! When I went to check out my sorry excuse for a blog, I saw that it had been 9 months since I last posted. It’s so bad that it has taken me over half an hour just to figure out how to access the admin portion of the blog itself just to get in and post this!!!
I’d really like to have something worthy of reading, but the amazing blogs of others just remind me of how inadequate mine is. The ones I’ve been reading are full of pictures, tutorials, little cutesy anecdotes, and are stabs at my life in general. I wonder if blogs are like reality TV shows….only showing what the creators want the audience to see? Or maybe there really are these Betty-Crocker Supermoms out there with perfect lives whose idea of a messy house is a mismatched sock that has gone astray under the corner of the couch.
I’m here to tell you, that’s NOT me, and maybe my posts will serve as some sort of feel-good message to all of us not-so-perfect moms out there who are just trying to make it from sun-up to sun-down some days. I do what I can to be a good mom…I’m pretty crunchy (cloth diaper, co-sleep, extended/exclusive BF, babywear, baby-led weaning, non-vac, home school, etc, etc). However, I wonder about my intentions sometimes.
Let’s break these things down: Cloth diapering: they are extremely cute and they give me an excuse to run my business, which is really a way to legitimately feed my fabric addiction.
Co-sleep: who would want to wake up in the middle of the night and walk over to a crib, when you can just roll over, pull out a boob and get that baby right back to sleep, barely waking up yourself?
BF: hmmm, let’s see…it’s FREE, it’s always fresh and ready to go, no bottles to clean, no formula to mix, and it quiets a crying baby 95% of the time. Plus, it’s good bonding time
Baby-wearing: much easier, lighter, and more compact than a clunky stroller, plus I can throw my SleepyWrap in the washer when it’s dirty…the stroller cover is just a magnet for grime and gunk.
Baby-led weaning: no extra plates, spoons, jars, etc…just pick off your own plate in tiny bits and shove it in baby’s mouth. We don’t even need a bib for this, it’s much cleaner and Dallas seems to really love whatever mama is having. Baby food just gags her.
Non-vax: I can never keep up with those damned well-baby/shot schedules. What a pain! My baby is growing and developing like a weed, and because of BF, she has only had 2 days of semi-sniffles and no other ailments her entire 7 months of life. Why would I introduce toxins in her tiny system when she is doing just fine as she is? We really debated about this one, but it’s working for us.
Homeschool: no more missing the bus in the morning!
Ok, ok there are many other GOOD and valid reasons that we chose the above things, but a lot of days I wonder if it was just easier to make these choices because of my own laziness??? Well, this way I can be lazy AND not feel guilty about it, because everything we are doing is still better for the kids, so I guess it really doesn’t matter as much the motivation as the end result, huh?
These are just my evening musings as I put off going to bed since DH is not home from work and all the kiddos are in bed. Lately, I’ve been coming up with all these ideas of witty sayings and stories, and I think “that would be a great thing to blog about, I’m sure it would get some comments and chuckles!” But instead of doing it, I go off and find some other way to waste my time, like reading someone else’s blog and wondering why hers is so good…I swear, I think some people have more hours in a regular day than I do!
Ok, that is enough for now. I’ll post more as the ideas hit me…and since I now have a new camera (if I can only find it, things get lost pretty regularly around here and wind up in the darndest places!), I’ll try to upload at least one pic per post, if nothing else to make it look like a “real” blog. Gotta keep up with the Jones’, KWIM? In this case, it’s not a garden or style of new car that motivates me, it’s those awesome blogs that I feel like I have to read…and I know if I just get organized, I’ll be able to have something worthy of reading too. And if nothing else, it will entertain ME when I come back years from now and read my own entries. Maybe my own kids will think it’s funny.
Feel free to comment…I’d like to know if anyone out there has stumbled across this. Maybe I’ll come up with some contest or giveaway or drawing or something…anything to bribe folks to make me feel like I’m one of the popular girls, lol…it’s high school all over again!