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Ok, so I'm weird!

post #1 of 11
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Maybe you will all understand, when no one else does! I am currently ebf my 13 mth old daughter. I baby wear, cosleep, selective vac, made my own baby food, i follow my babies cues, we sign, etc. Ugghghh....it seems like everyone thinks i am weird! Last weekend for example was the first time that i had ever been away from bailey overnight, and i had to pump like fifty times, and i was only gone for like 36 hours! it was soooooo weird to sleep without a baby in my arms. i plan on bf for as long as she wants to and will let her wean on her own. And here;s the biggest kicker of all ~~~~ YESTERDAY I STARTED practicing ELIMINATION COMMUNICATION~! So, now i think everyone is like okay~ this woman is just crazy. Anyway, i hope all of you can kinda of relate to me. oh and my typing sucks, cause i have to type with one hand and hold the baby with the other, or hold my boob with the other!
post #2 of 11
You are not weird, you fit right in here. What is elimination communication? People who judge us AParents are jealous because they don't have the patients and commitment we have to our children. Now what is elimination communication?
post #3 of 11
Well, if you're weird, you're in the right place - we have forums for everything here, including elimination communication! Check it out - it's a subforum under the Diapering forum.

In a nutshell elimination communication is about reading your baby's cues about when she/he has to pee or poop, and taking her/him to the potty or holding her/him over a bowl, basin etc. so she/he doesn't have to go in the diaper. My son Evan is 8 months old, we've been doing EC since about 3 months. We generally get most of the poops and a good number of pees in the potty.

It's not about "potty training" in the sense that you're not trying to force the child to go potty, just trying to stay in tune with them and provide an opportunity for them to stay in touch with their bodily functions rather than train them to go in their diapers, then face the stress of having to re-train to the toilet.

Welcome to MDC, both of you!
post #4 of 11
As my mother likes to say, normal is a mild character disorder. I would rather be weird!
post #5 of 11
Wow, I never even thought of taking a 14 month old to the toilet. I can tell when he is going, he does not have a good poker face. I will start that in the morning!

My mother-in-law likes to say "sane is dull." Our family is definatly not dull!!!
post #6 of 11
WELCOME!!

You are so not wierd :-).

I totally understand feeling so weird without your baby sleeping with you. I have slept away from my babies just twice since my daughter was born, and DH was even with me and still I felt so lonely. Most people totally don't understand that, or miss the point, or just think I'm attached to my kids in some 'wrong' way, and I think that is kind of sad. I am so happy to hear other mamas who feel the same way I do :-)

I am definately trying EC with my next child. With this one (he is 16 months) we are kind of catching what we can but going with diapers, since we started thinking seriously about EC so late, but we're giving it a shot next time!
post #7 of 11
When my guys were little, I was lucky to find some great friends thru LLL. We were together most days of the week, and we were all "weird," so it felt normal. All the homebirthing, nursing, sling wearing, whole foods, we even had a co-operative preschool together.

Try LLL. If you don't like it try it again, or try another group. it may take a few tries to "click" with a couple women.
post #8 of 11
Don't worry. You're not weird. You just live in Ohio where EVERYBODY ELSE IS WEIRD BUT US!:LOL
post #9 of 11


Sounds like you'll fit right in here Stick around, you'll love it! I know I do! Most people i know IRL think I'm beyond strange, and it is nice to come here and feel normal for a little while.

All we're doing is giving our babies the most love and care we can. How's that weird??
post #10 of 11
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I am currently ebf my 13 mth old daughter.
I nursed my dd until SHE was done.

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I.... cosleep,
been there, done that (BTDT for short)

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selective vac,
BTDT

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made my own baby food
BTDT and used jarred organic.

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i follow my babies cues
BTDT

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we sign, etc.
Didn't do that but sounds cool!

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Ugghghh....it seems like everyone thinks i am weird!
I know what you mean, I feel sooooooo lonely at family gatherings when the other mamas worship at the altar of dairy products for toddlers, or debate the best age to begin letting a child cry it out, or the best age to wean an infant.......

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And here;s the biggest kicker of all ~~~~ YESTERDAY I STARTED practicing ELIMINATION COMMUNICATION~!
Never tried that but sounds cool!

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So, now i think everyone is like okay~ this woman is just crazy.
No actually you sound intelligent, loving and well educated about what is best for babies.

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Anyway, i hope all of you can kinda of relate to me. oh and my typing sucks, cause i have to type with one hand and hold the baby with the other, or hold my boob with the other!
Have you ever heard the expression (expression, ha ha ha!) NAK... Nursing at keyboard?

Honestly, your views fit right in here. And I find that the moms here are usually respectful of different opinions.....they'll tell you if they disagree, but usually politely intelligently and with compassion!

I love MDC!!
post #11 of 11
Welcome form another "weirdo!"

It's really nice to come here and "talk" about EBF, and co sleeping, vent or ask questions with people who are similiar to us. :-)
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