So... DD is 6 months old now and I am starting to feel conspicuous / strange / extreme when I look at what I look like compared to just about everyone else around here. I am pretty sure that I am just flattering myself and no one really cares at all about what I am doing, but *I* am noticing some differences between how I act / what I do and how all the other young mothers I know act. It is making me doubt some things and making me feel like I am taking things to an extreme.
For instance... here in Florida I have never seen anyone breastfeeding in public that wasn't specifically at a natural parenting type event. Now that Avalon is a lot bigger and can sit / crawl, I am starting to feel like it is more noticeable when I feed her. I still wear her out a lot and almost never see anyone wearing a baby and she is getting bigger now. I feel like there is a shift in perception at some point when wearing and breastfeeding newborns becomes not really OK when they start looking more like toddlers.
I was really dedicated to the idea of cloth diapers and wooden toys and I mostly still am. We have the odd plastic toy in our home, but I've stayed true to it so far and have stuck with the diapers through many a skunky diaper though no one thought I'd want to stay with them. I've totally stayed away from anything that has characters on it, because I read all these books that talked about marketing to children and the research they've done on it and lots of people think I'm a spoilsport because I don't feel like purposely buying my kid a bunch of disney princess stuff (yes, even now... like my mom is buying clothes for 2t, etc.)
We have been buying our meat from a local farm and have a guy delivering organic fruits and veggies every other week. We have an organic garden and refuse to use pesticides or herbicides on our lawn. I want to feed my kid whole foods instead of cheerios and that earns me some looks askance. I am really getting interested in Montessori style homeschooling and set up a play room Montessori style and started buying some child-size tools when I see them for low prices. I got excited and posted some pictures on my facebook and then realized how odd I am starting to look.
I feel like we are either taking things too far or... that maybe we'd feel perfectly at home if we lived in Seattle or Boulder or somewhere.
There are small groups around here where everyone is interested in natural and attachment parenting, so maybe I just need to purposely hang out with them more.
Anyone else ever feel out of place or doubt themselves about their parenting / family choices? I don't want to make my kids feel like they don't fit in anywhere.