Hippie mama, intactivist, lactivist, activist, and aspiring doula.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Code Name: Mamas March of Kindness
Dionna at Code Name: Mama has asked us to join her in the March of Kindness by doing a random act of kindess every day in March and blog about it and share on facebook.
I have to admit I feel kind of strange "bragging" about the boring little random acts of kindness that I do anyway on a regular basis (not to toot my own horn or anything ;)), but it's a good idea for a good cause, so here it goes :)
Today, well the past couple days, one thing comes to mind that I never thought I'd hear myself say. I let my 15 month old toddler use me as a teething toy. It's true. She has teeth coming in and she thinks it's funny when she bites me and it must relieve pain. I don't know what to do to stop it and I love seeing her laugh so we made a little game of it and pretended to bite her and made her laugh while she pretended to bite me and we laughed. I know, I know, I quickly realized "wait I shouldn't be encouraging this" but she was having so much fun! Later she bit me hard and it hurt so bad and was unexpected and I kind of screamed but I felt so bad when I felt her gums and they were swollen with teeth popping through. She was crabby, tired, and clearly in pain. So I rubbed some Hylands teething gel on her gums and rubbed some soothing and relaxing Eucalytus Remix from Mama Knows Best on my chest (an act of kindness for me and her) and she happily nursed to sleep. We also played outside today in her kiddie pool and with her water table and instead of bringing her inside before she was ready to come in I waited until she was good and tired and practically begging to go inside for a nap. We read some extra books, took walks, & I let her 'help' me more... I'm kind to my toddler every day though, that's nothing new. Like right now for instance, I'm laying in the toddler bed that she has never slept in while she sleeps next to Daddy in the Queen sized bed so that my typing doesn't wake the princess up, haha! I also do things like let her hold my nipple hostage for hours when she doesn't want it anywhere but her mouth and the pacifier just won't do. She's pretty much done with the pacifier by the way, I don't know why I even offer it to her anymore. That was pretty easy, she weaned herself!
I've also been making an effort to be kinder to my husband too though, he deserves it.
I'm really excited that I ordered some supplies for a new hobby for myself too!
Today I sent my friend Christy at Adventures in Mommyhood a quote that reminded me of her that I thought she would like because I remembered a blog she wrote about how people treat her funny when she has all 4 of her kids in public. The quote: "How can you have too many children? That's like saying you have too many flowers." -Mother Theresa I found it on a blog I was reading this morning about a woman who is still nursing triplets! You can read her blog here I left some nice comments on her blog (another random act of kindness) although I doubt she will read it anytime soon, I'm sure 9 kids keeps her pretty busy!
So there you have it! My acts of kindness for my child, my partner, myself, my friends, and strangers!
Link or post your random acts of kindness here or on your own blog or facebook!