I just moved to a neighborhood that borders up to a lot of farmland (Nampa) and I feel like my crunchiness is just starting to rear it's natural little head. I'm not as vocal about it yet, because most of the mama's here seem to get induced, have epidurals, and formula feed. Well, I do see a lot of breastfeeding, but I also see a lot of bottles, not so much NIP. I think I once saw a mama with a baby in a Bjorn carrier at the store. My last two babies were born in Southern California, outside of LA proper but still a big place (Magic Mountain territory). Mama's NIP'd all over the place there and I loved it! Way crunchier place to live than here. I'd wager to use the term "redneck" out here, but I wouldn't want to offend anyone.
You know, the gun rack in the window beat up pick up trucks with feathered haired gals sitting in the middle while her cowboy hat clad man drives with one hand on the wheel and the other around her? I'm not saying it's bad...I don't want to offend, it's just what I see here. Everywhere. And how weird is it that I see more smoking here than in Cali? Maybe because people in Cali are health nuts right along with being generally crunchy. I do miss the lack of smoking. But not the earthquakes.
Again, I'm still nervous to talk to other mama's about my choices...how I use a Diva cup and am trying cloth postpartum pads this time around, how I'm researching a delayed and stretched out vax schedule, I homeschool (though I have found a lot of curiosity with that one, Idaho is a great state to homeschool) and how I'm having this baby in a birth center with a midwife. But maybe if I get brave and start chatting up my decisions the closet cruchies will come out of hiding.
Oh, and did I mention that most of the inhabitants of my particular neighborhood are older retired couples? Not very many young families. But across the street is a more "starter home" kind of neighborhood and that's where most of the other young moms from my church live.
I'm sorry, what was the original question?
Hi, I'm new to these boards and am going a bit stir crazy waiting for Baby #4 to appear. 38 weeks today.