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Also, I wanted to mention that we did agree on a 'contingency plan' in the case that this baby is also high-needs. We had several discussions about our parenting standards, and agreed that we were comfortable with the necessary changes this might mean for our family. For instance, this might mean: less cooked-at-home fresh food, setting the baby down into containers like a swing more often than we'd like, using disposable diapers to cut down a bit on laundry if we need to, and yes even using formula if I have breastfeeding problems that require pumping after every feed like I have done in the past.
We've also discussed that we can only do so much as parents and we need to let go of guilt. We have AP ideals, and we will work with these as much as possible. People will have to wait when they need us. People will have to deal with some of their own issues without our help sometimes. People will have to wait for food. People will have to wait because we can't be everywhere all the time. We tell ourselves that these will be important lessons about what it means to be part of a family.
Well, I've been absent for 8 months, and during that time, it turns out that I have completely transformed. You are all precious. Thank you for being here and sharing your lives. You are truly a gift. Jan. 23, 2012
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