What a week!
Can I have another weekend please?
In spite of being tired (and still quite full), I feel almost ready for a new week to begin – just need a quick recap of the weekend first!
Bean came down with a bit of a cold and was miserable Friday night, so Saturday night we added some eucalyptus and lavender essential oil to the humidifier and it seemed to help quite a bit…she’s almost back to her normal self today (though we are still getting more nighttime wakeups than usual…poor Bean!). I was very thankful to mamas on Facebook for their helpful advice, though I DO have a bit of a beef to share!
Here’s the thing – I posed the exact same question on two pages (essentially: Bean has cold; natural remedies; how much oil should I put in the humidifier). On one page (an AP/natural parenting page that allows fans to post questions and get advice from other fans), I specifically stated that breastfeeding was not an option for us – I knew that if I didn’t, the answers would probably be filled with bf’ing remedies (not that I have anything at all against that – it just wasn’t something that was going to be helpful to me!).
I was proven in that surmise because when I posed the question on my own Facebook page, I left out the detail about breastfeeding (I kind of assumed people already knew, but it’s no biggie). Anyway, most of the answers I got back there did mention bf’ing, which is fine, because I didn’t clarify.
But TWO out of the 6 answers I got on the other page had to do with bf’ing! One person asked me if I knew someone who breastfed so I could get breastmilk and put it up my baby’s nose to help with her sniffling. Another asked me: Have you considered donor milk?? (yes, those were her double question marks).
Mamas, I’m saying all this not to complain or come down on people – I’m telling you because this honestly made me sick at heart – it made me cry – in other words, this was not supportive lactivism at its finest :p.
I would give anything to have done better with breastfeeding; to have known what I do now and pressed through the problems I had. I don’t think it’s at all fair that I should be slapped in the face with it when I’m asking for help with my daughter’s cold and clearly state that it isn’t an option.
In regards to those questions, no, I don’t know anyone who breastfeeds who lives within 100 miles of me. And I have considered donor milk and rejected the idea for various well thought out reasons. Neither of those things are anything I need to hear when I want help for my kid. The only result from that was to make me feel like a bad mother and have momentary anger with all lactivists (even though I know there are many lovely ones out there – and thank God I do!).
So please, please – if you are facing a similar situation, don’t be that person.
And now, I am stepping off my soapbox!
Moving on to The Great Cloth Diaper Change!
I was at the location in Toronto, hosted by Caterpillar Baby and All About Fluff. Our Bean was one of 18 babies being changed (at our location – there were many more around the world) to help set a Guinness world record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously.
It was quite fun to be around all those cloth diapering parents – the husband even enjoyed it more than he thought he would (I kind of had to drag him down there ).
I saw a mama wearing a Beko carrier and struck up a conversation as it was one I had been considering for myself. We talked carriers, amber teething necklaces, diaper brands and more before discovering that we were fellow bloggers! I was talking to Kate of Little Miss Kate Designs; she’s working on redesigning her sites for her WAHM business and I had recently entered a giveaway of hers through her Facebook page; she recognized me from talking about mama cloth all last week lol.
Always fun when something like that happens! (And she gave me some great baby carrier advice).
Just think…Bean was part of setting a Guinness World Record at almost 8 months old. Not bad for a baby!
And with that…here comes your Sunday Surf!
- “This is it!! We’re getting close now!”…”822 am Jolene was born! Mama did awesome!!” – TFB’s Live Homebirth Blog Event from The Feminist Breeder
- “So one night when I was feeling particularly disgusted with my eating habits, I threw away all the chocolate in the house and swore off sugar. Because I knew it was bad for me, and I knew I was addicted to it.” – Why Grain Free? from Garden Variety Mama
- “Fortunately I’ve been given permission by a friend of mine to share a shaving cream recipe she uses at home. Sal is a holistic therapist, tutor and consultant who makes aromatherapy products for her friends and family. Her shaving cream only uses 3 ingredients and you can make it in no time!” – Homemade Shaving Cream recipe from My Zero Waste (this is definitely on my list of things to make soon…basically as soon as I become non-lazy enough to actually shave. Hmm…was that TMI? )
- “And it’s not that I’m more patient than the next person – because I’m really not – it’s just that I made a decision a long time ago… I decided that some things mattered, and some things did not. Shoes in water do not matter. Spilled milk does not matter. Broken cameras do. not. matter.
My kids matter.My relationships with my kids matter.” – Why I Don’t Cry (or Yell) Over Spilled Milk from The Path Less Taken
I also read a bunch of GREAT posts from the Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction – so inspiring – do check them out at the bottom of my Mama Cloth Giveaway post when you head on over to enter.
I was going to post the recipe for my ham pictured above (it really was amazing if I do say so myself!) but I think I’ll be saving that for another day (after all, Monday is almost here!).
Be blessed today – I hope it’s a wonderful week for you!