Wednesday, February 5, 2014

An Attachment Parenting Lactivist Intactivist On Being Called Judgmental

You know, most people who know me would say that I seem like a pretty confident person, and I am, but sometimes I sit here guilt-ridden and think "Do I really come off as this judgmental intolerant person that some people (who are no longer part of my life) have pegged me as?"  --Simply because I have different ideology than the majority, I do things a lot differently than the mainstream, I'm proud of it and I articulate it?  Then I realize, I still have plenty of friends who are nothing like me, in that they don't lovingly and proudly call themselves a "crunchy hippie granola attachment parent".  The difference is, the ones who remain are confident enough with themselves and their choices and they're tolerant enough of people who think differently than them that they don't mistake my opinions and passion for judgment.

"Just because I have strong opinions, does not mean I judge. 
Do not mistake passion for judgment. 
For you might find you are the one doing the judging". ~Unknown

I can't even count how many times I've had a falling out with someone and they proceeded to call me judgmental and proclaim that I think that I'm "better" than everyone.  I always find it ironic that they always say it after we've had a falling out which always makes it glaringly obvious that they have had an underlying issue with me themselves for quite a while.

Regardless of what some people may think of me.  I do not think I am better than anyone.  That's not why I speak out about the things that I'm passionate about.  I speak about them because I want to make a difference.  I speak about them because I know how incredibly lonely it was when I had my first child and I had not one friend around me who ever breastfed.  I had never even SEEN anyone breastfeeding, and even though my breastfeeding support was Google, it has become one of the best and most rewarding decisions I ever made in my life.  Now, I can't even count how many people have come to me for breastfeeding advice because they know that they can because I am so vocal and passionate about it.  If my choices, opinions, and passions make you feel inferior or make you feel like you're being judged, I'm sorry, I feel bad for you, I really do but like Eleanor Roosevelt said:

I won't argue that I probably come across as judgmental about 1 issue that I am particularly passionate about, and that's routine infant circumcision and I never have been nor will I ever be apologetic about expressing my opinion of it.  Unlike the rest of my parenting choices, leaving my sons penis intact was not MY choice because it wasn't my choice to make, it's HIS penis.  Unlike the rest of the things that people have accused me of being "judgmental" about, to me circumcision is a human rights issue.  I do not agree with routine infant circumcision whatsoever, but I still have friends who have circumcised.  Sometimes I'm honestly surprised that people who have circumcised their sons are still friends with me because I talk about it so much and advocate against it every day but those people apparently are either A. Secure with themselves and their decision, or B. Realize that they made the wrong decision because they were uneducated when they made the decision and their doctor neglected to inform them of the truth.    
As a matter of fact, I have had countless people tell me that they regret their decision after I educated them on RIC.  Which makes me even MORE passionate and pissed off about it!  Why weren't these parents properly informed by their Doctors?  They have the right to informed consent!!  Why don't more people in our society talk openly about circumcision?  It's really important to me, and I am making a difference.  I have had a lot of people thank me and tell me they will not circumcise future sons and I recently had the first person who is actually pregnant with a boy tell me that her and her husband are not circumcising because of me.

I am making a difference.  Just a couple minutes ago someone who my husband is friends with on Facebook saw a picture with me babywearing that he's tagged in and asked for babywearing advice.  There ARE people out there who have no idea that "attachment parenting" or cloth diapers even exist!  (like me, when I had my first baby) & there are people who would have no idea who or where to turn to for breastfeeding advice or support & it makes me feel really good inside to help people like me!  All of the "friends" that I have lost and all of the negative comments I have received from past "friends" are all worth it when I get messages like these:
& for every old "friend" I have lost, I have gained a much more awesome new one, and I wouldn't trade them for the world!  My like-minded friends and what's left of my not so like-minded friends seem to have one thing in common, they're all positive, tolerant, loving, secure, accepting, and all around good people.  I've come to realize that the ones who I'm no longer friends with, were actually the intolerant judgmental ones who were also insecure.  It had nothing to do with me.

So thank you, not-so-like-minded-friends who love and accept me for who I am, passions, opinions, boob-out-breastfeeding-pictures and all, because you made me cognizant of the fact that it was never me, it was them all along.

I don't regret being me.

Monday, February 3, 2014

My New Cold Weather Skin and Eczema Natural Remedy From Fanciful Fox!

You guys know I love sharing natural remedies and stuff that work for our family, well this one was too good not to share! -it's so good that I want to skip around town with the jar in one handing dipping my finger from my other hand into it and smearing it on dry hands and faces all over town while yelling (in my Oprah voice) "You get some skin therapy, & you get some skin therapy, & you get some skin therapy!!!!"  But I'll just blog about it instead, my original idea could get me arrested.

My husband knows that I love the Local Natural Vegan Handmade Soap Store called Fanciful Fox and I love shopping local so he went shopping there for me for Christmas.  I shopped for him there for Christmas too, It was the first outing that my newborn son and I went on together, daaaaww!!!!  They have an awesome line of natural mens products like aftershave and beard oil, but I will save that for another blog post!

He got me some soap and this overnight skin therapy stuff for dry, eczema-esque skin because I have a form of hand eczema called dyshidrotic eczema that breaks out on my hands when I'm stressed and it's REALLY painful.  It starts with these little sore blister like bumps that burst and then peel and make my hands really dry and uncomfortable and it makes everything with my hands hard to do.  I started getting those bumps once since I got this new skin therapy stuff and I applied it religiously and it never turned into a full on outbreak!  Awesome!

That's not even the best part though!  We had some freezing cold below zero temperature days here in NEPA and my 8 week old sons skin was SUFFERING, bad.  His cheeks were so dry and scaly feeling, it was awful.  I tried coconut oil and avocado butter, nothing was working!  Then it occurred to me to try this stuff and after 1 application it was better!  Within 24 hours the dry skin was 99% gone!  This stuff is going to stay stocked in my natural remedy medicine supply cabinet forever!  You can see the all natural ingredients in the picture from their website below.  It's their version of unpetroleum jelly!

Yes, I said website!  Lucky for all of you who aren't local they have a website!  What's even better is that it's only $8.00!!!   

Here's a link to their website
They have tons of different stuff from baby products, tattoo care, and pet shampoo!  

Here's a link to their Facebook page

Some other fun facts about Fanciful Fox:  It's owned by a Mother & Daughter, I love that! They also have THEE cutest shop dogs!  I am a SUCKER for Pitbulls & Fanciful Fox advocates for the breed, they advocate for Pitbull/animal adoption, and these adorable guys are rescued!  More reasons to shop at Fanciful Fox!