While my little girl is asleep and dreaming big dreams, I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself and write my first post. I am so excited to be apart of this blog… surrounded by other mamas who parent their children, support their community and live their lives with love.
I have chosen the username – withLOVE – for that reason
* Using the amazing support from my husband and a doula (I would highly recommend one to anyone giving birth), I brought our first baby into this world almost one year ago without any drugs or medical intervention — looking forward to sharing Baby Girl’s birth story in the future!
* We cloth diaper and have lots of tips and tricks that we have learned along the way. I am gathering my thoughts to share with you of how our first year of cloth diapering worked for a nb – 1 year old.
* 3 things I probably need group therapy for: Shoes, Bags and/or Purses and Baby Slings!!! I have FIVE different slings/carriers that I use with AL (Baby Girl’s nick-name) Oh… I should really add hair bows somewhere on that list.
* When introducing solids to AL at 7 months we started making our own baby food but then quickly moved onto Baby-Led Weaning. BLW is centered around nursing mamas & babies and has made such a huge difference for us when meal times rolled around. If you have never heard of BLW before, THIS is a great article.
* Sleeping: We have found so much support from Elizabeth Pantley’s book, “The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night” We use a combo of crib/family bed… it’s what works for us!
* You would think that having a 10 1/2 month old would offer me some experience on teething, but AL is still sporting a gummy smile. She is all ready for her first tooth to pop through (whenever that may be) thanks to Happybottomus. We bought her an Amber teething necklace that she wears every day.
* I know I just shared my addictions of shoes, purses and baby slings with you – but on a more serious note, we try and parent as simply as possible. For us, that means limiting plastic, blinking, loud toys with a few quality wooden ones. Sharing the art of creativity and music. And simply finding ways to experience things together as a family. An ideal birthday gift for me would be finding something special to do together as a family vs getting more stuff – it’s all life experiences!
* Working on my fitness! Handsome and I have always loved riding bicycles together and were so thrilled last weekend when AL joined us for her first ride in her bike trailer. We all had so much fun. We will occasionally sign up for a 5K (stroller friendly) and frequently walk the neighborhood. Just recently we have decided to change our diets by dropping red meat and dairy while adding raw recipes (and more fruits/veggies in general) and a daily green smoothie to the mix. I already feel like I have more energy and am so surprised at how delicious raw veggies can be.
* Before I was a mama to AL, my husband and I were foster parents to 2 beautiful deaf girls. I would recommend becoming a foster parent to anyone who feels they have the space in their heart and home because it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life (I know my husband would say the same). Our love for sign language has carried over to AL and she already knows the signs for “milk” and “water”
I think that about sums it up! Find something you connected with? Have any questions? Let me know!