Hi! I’m a mama of two gorgeous boys and wife of a tech genius, living the expat life in the Middle East. I didn’t know I was kinda crunchy until I became pregnant with my firstborn son. While researching and preparing and re-reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting for the 11th time, I found I leaned toward the ideas of cloth diapers, breastfeeding, and co-sleeping. As I learned more about each of these, I stumbled upon some fantastic natural parenting websites and support groups. The more I read, the deeper I got–in a good way!
As I was to find out, there’s a very wide range of crunchy. I’m definitely kinda crunchy, more of an earth mama than some of the mamas who fall crunchier on the spectrum. I practiced yoga and acupressure throughout both pregnancies (and labors!), ate a clean and organic diet, used a doula and midwife, and attempted a natural water birth the second time around. I breastfed both babies, but found it necessary to use donor breast milk and formula as well. My sons skipped cereal and enjoyed avocado as their first food. I cloth diapered both of my sons, and also practiced Elimination Communication, so they were both potty trained by their first birthdays. I taught them American Sign Language in addition to Arabic and English; co-slept (but only for a few months. Extended co-sleeping wasn’t right for us for several reasons), and used amber necklaces for natural pain relief. I’m an enthusiastic baby-wearer and love to debate the pros and cons of different types and brands of baby carrier. I chose a delayed vaccination schedule and rear-faced my children well past the required ages.
Not only am I kinda crunchy, but my whole family leans toward the natural and holistic way. My kids can be picky eaters at times, but they also beg for spirulina and wheatgrass smoothies or bone broth. We follow a diet that falls somewhere between paleo and gluten free and use homemade supplements and remedies. We prefer homemade cleaning products, natural toiletries, and family yoga.
In addition to living as expats, we love to travel, and the kids have traveled with us all around the world. It’s always an adventure, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Besides travel and healthy lifestyle, my interests include yoga, photography, cooking, and spending time in nature. I decided to write this blog to share my experiences with those who are interested in leading a more holistic lifestyle or learn about natural parenting as well as to connect with others who share my passions. If you know of a fantastic Facebook group, website, or blog that you think I’d like please let me know!
Just for Fun…
There are several “How Crunchy Are You” type quizzes floating around, and they can be really fun to take. Why don’t you try one of these and let me know what you got?
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