For me, it's rough having such different views that you actually feel like a freak. I mean, God forbid one not just follow babycenter's advice or take the advice of "what to expect when you're expecting"?!!
I also prefer a more natural approach, whenever possible.
I agree. I would say I'm somewhat used to it, as I grew up in this area and was the only kid in my small ND class who didn't gargle with the fluoride, didn't drink milk, and went to the chiropractor. I was constantly called out and questioned on it by the other kids, who were more than likely just being curious.
I've found myself to be in the awkward place of being "too crunchy to be mainstream" in that my LO doesn't watch TV, I limit processed foods, cloth diaper, do the Sears vax schedule, and plan to homeschool. However I'm "too mainstream" to really fit in with the "crunchy crowd" because I don't forbid processed foods, don't do organic, occasionally use disposables, do some vaccinations, etc. Like you mentioned about not just following the advice of babycenter, etc., I think it's so important to take a proactive, intentional approach to life whether it be pregnancy, childrearing, schooling, etc., and so often what we find is best for our individual children, once we take the plunge to find out, is not always the easiest or most common thing.
It's frustrating to live in an area where one can feel so alone in her choices when they differ from that of the majority. I wish I could have come across this thread earlier when I was going through pregnancy/birth of my first LO! But I am always looking to connect with other moms, and would love to gain more knowledge!