Hello! I'm gone for a few days and you guys fill a whole new page! :LOL
I made the sandals out of a thrift store leather, sherpa-style vest ($2.58; winter clearance), the diaper bag which I thought I'd save money on by purchasing a generic one at Toys-R-Us instead of just paying for the LL Bean one which is guaranteed for life (free; and basically rescued from being a receptical for stuff I was too lazy to carry out of the car) and super glue (which I sent Mike out to buy, because I was feeling huge and slow. :LOL)
When I find the recharger for my batteries, I'll take a picture of them. Like I said, one of them is much cuter than the other but they're definately suitable. I'm impressed with my work. (where's the "patting myself on the head" smilie? :LOL)
Mainstream mammas... I don't know too many parents, so I don't feel really qualified to talk about it. I know people who are not conventional parents, but who aren't really crunchy either, like my sister (co-sleeping, breastfeeding, but gentle discipline? :LOL). Sometimes I see people being cruel or thoughtless with their children and it makes me really sad, but I can't know if they're having a bad day or if they're always like that so I try not to judge.
I've only got one crunchy friend, and I met her through MDC... before I had Eli, I had no idea that I was as crunchy as it turns out that I am. :LOL I'd heard of attachment parenting in passing, but nothing specific and what I heard sounded like common sense even though the articles I was reading weren't always favorable ("Attachment parenting theory says that you should always pick your baby up when they cry," followed by a statement about how dangerous co-sleeping is, etc, etc.) I'd certainly never associated closely with anyone who did those things in real life, although I'd encountered a few at LLL meetings.
Personally, if a friend gave me a box with a sling and a pump and such in it, I'd be really honored and at the very least willing to listen to their ideas. My SIL is pregnant now with her first, and while she's not a terribly crunchy person, she's already said that she wants a sling to carry her Bean in, and she's more open minded about crunchy parenting than she was. She's not crazy about all of my ideas yet, but she can see that ... well, to put it bluntly, my son is (thus far) the only one of my mother's four grandchildren who's not already on their way to a life of insanity and therapy. (Which is ironic, since I'm probably the craziest of the parents. :LOL) Eli's a healthy, happy boy, and if my strange ideas are part of that, they're apparently worth listening to. I imagine that if Eli were a high needs baby, I'd have a harder time persuading anyone that my way of parenting was even worthy of consideration, you know?