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Sunday Sunday Sunday… Surf

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What a weekend it has been…

The husband and I had our first date in over 9 months yesterday – we went to see X-Men in the afternoon while Bean had a visit with her grandparents.

It was a great movie and a lot of fun, though I do still think it’s going to be awhile before both of us will be OK to leave her at night, I have my eye on a fancy Mexican restaurant for when the next date does come around!

I actually did leave Bean overnight with her daddy last night - the first night I’ve ever spent away from her. I went downtown to celebrate a friend’s birthday – as both of us can’t go to such things at this point, we’ve decided to start some sort of alternating schedule and I guess you could say it was ‘my turn’.

I knew it would be a late night and I driving downtown isn’t easy for me at the best of times, so I decided to crash at my friend’s and come home early.

I must say, it’s possible that I’m just lucky and I’m certainly not taking a huge amount of credit here (especially because I know how easily it could all turn on me) but I really do think the fact that I rarely left the Bean during her first months of life has helped make her into such a secure little one - we have experienced no kind of separation anxiety thus far that I have seen.

Leaving her is certainly not something I’m going to make a regular habit of just yet, but as I will be returning to work sooner than later it’s something I feel a need for both of us to start getting used to, slowly and steadily. So far I’m happy to say it seems to be working out well!

Now I’m just hoping I won’t be eating those words lol.

With that, here’s some of my very favorite posts I’ve been reading over the past couple weeks…

  • These days would challenge the combined sainthood of the Dalai Lama, The Pope, Mother Theresa… (are you just a little suspicious that they cultivate such spiritual calm – none have been parents!) The White Heat of Mama Anger from Dreaming Aloud
  • There are so many benefits to using cloth. Cloth is healthier. Using cloth is another method of eliminating excess waste. It is a wise investment – buy once and use it hundreds of times. With that in mind, it has the potential to save a family thousands of dollars. Did I mention it is natural? And to top it off, it’s so much more effective.Using Cloth in a Disposable Society from Liberated Family
  • When it comes to children, there is no respect, there is no courtesy, and there is no holding back. All limits are off. Your Belly is Really Fat – Body Shaming and the Child from Authentic Parenting
  • It doesn’t matter.  When it’s happening, you won’t really care who the doctor is anyway.”
    How could I possibly NOT care that there is a stranger elbow-deep in my pelvis?” Actually, I Did Mind Whose Hand Was In My Vagina from Think Mama, Think
  • Here are 3 of my original recipes for organic, natural, yummy and vegan desserts!! It’s Dessert Time…Coconut, Vegan and Organic from The Cloth Diapering Mama
  • I’ve always been jealous of my husband’s ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. It isn’t his fault that he is a deep sleeper.  But I can’t help it.  It totally pisses me off. What It Is Like to (Not) Sleep At Night from Amber Dusick
  • Restorative Yoga has been shown to help with many of the symptoms encountered during PMS and menstruation. Chief among them are: back pain, water retention, irritability, fatigue, moody fluctuations, pelvic and back pain, and headaches.Mini Restorative Yoga for Moon Time from TouchstoneZ
  • While we weren’t aware of the neuroscience, it was plainly obvious: Pokémon cards were making our son’s brain really fast at elementary-school math. I began to buy him cards. Lots of cards.” Why Dumb Toys Make Kids Smarter from Po Bronson at The Daily Beast
  • I feel robbed of my natural birth experience. I feel tricked by the mainstream into believing this highly medicalized birth experience is what is now totally natural. And I feel horribly guilty and naive for believing and buying into that. Learning Curve – My Hospital Birth Story from The Crunchy Convert
  • If you really cared that much about feeding your baby, then you would just go to the pharmacist and buy some formula”.  WHAT???? Cue smoke coming out of my ears.  I ask if he just told me how I should feed my child and he says “Well I’m advising you because you don’t seem to know your options.  You don’t have to use that when you could just buy it so why would you travel with it?  This is not a necessity so you can’t have it. Crying Over Spilt Milk from The New Diplomat’s Wife
  • Breastfeeding ≠ good mom. Formula feeding ≠ bad mom. Parenting is so much more than how we feed our babies. Top 10 Things Breastfeeding Advocates Should Stop Saying from Just West of Crunchy
  • “If a mom has used formula in the past and we slap her with a knee-jerk judgment at the word ‘formula,’ we close the door to any further conversation (like how she might breastfeed her next baby, if she’s interested in discussing it).” Top 10 Things Breastfeeding Advocates SHOULD Say from Just West of Crunchy

That’s it for now! What great posts have you been reading this week?

For even more Sunday Surf goodness, check out: A Little Bit of All of It, One Rich MotherKaren’s Healthy Lifestyle, Adventures of a Thrifty MamaTouchstonezThe New Mommy FilesFabulous Mama Chronicles, BlacktatingAdventures in MommyhoodGreener Cleaning MumsChild OrganicsI Thought I knew MamaMonkey Butt JunctionMotherhood MomentsMama and Baby LoveGems of DelightEnjoy BirthBreastfeeding Moms UniteDomesticated WomenThis Adventure LifeMaman A DroitHobo Mama and Baby Dust Diaries.

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