Hi everyone! I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself as it seems like the only time I post is when I really need some help! :) I first got a copy of mothering when my doula gave me an issue when I was expecting my first child. I fell in love! As I had spent months exploring what kind of mother I wanted to be, I came across attachment parenting and went down that road. Naturally, it lead to the mothering community, and I found tremendous joy and strength in the articles and discussions.
Fast forward 3 years to my daughter's arrival. It could not have been more of a change. My son was born after 30 hours of labor with one shot of newbane, in and out of a labor jacuzzi and labor pool, and a LOT of power words. He arrived calm and collected and never once cried. My daughter arrived via c-section birth, screaming to beat the band, and rushed to NICU 3 hours after she was born. I didn't get a chance to hold her in my arms for another week. We've met every child specialist in our state it seems, and this poor child has had the most un-organic start to life. She was reluctant to sleep with me to start as well, preferring my bed, just all to herself!
I realized shortly after she was born how, due to these circumstances, our home seemed to be deviating from a natural, gentle and calm focus, and was being ruled by medical appointments and a very ordinary rush rush rush. I realized we needed to get back in touch with how we wanted to raise our family, but also realized that most everyone we knew was a slave to the grind! I finally decided I was just going to order myself a subscription to mothering to get back on the path, and that's when I discovered . . . they no longer existed.
So, here I am! :)
And welcome! I'm glad you've found us, and I hope you make some connections here that make you feel better about your mothering journey. If you have any questions about where there is discussion about any specific issue, I'd be happy to point the way!
Much love to you as you ease back to the path you want to be on! I find our Parenting and Mindful Home forums so helpful to keeping a natural, gentle and calm focus. I'm not sure how old your daughter is now, but our NICU forum is a great and supportive place to meet other mamas who have dealt with or dealing with the unique challenges of parenting a children who spent their earliest days in the NICU. Again, welcome! I'm glad you found Mothering on the web.