Welcome to the first edition of the Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival, hosted by Authentic Parenting and Mudpiemama!
In the month of January, we start afresh, a new year, new ideas. Hence, our participants have looked into the topic of “Birth and New Beginnings”. Take a look at the end of this post to find a list of links to the entries of the other participants.
In April 2010, we welcomed our fourth child into our family with the birth of our second daughter. As with our other children, she was born peacefully at home with an unassisted birth. Later, as our older children were off playing and we were marvelling at this new human being, my husband turned to me and said, “You know. This is the start of a new part of our lives. We are moving from child-birthing to child-rearing.”
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be live and updated by afternoon January 27 with all the carnival links.)
- Becoming Intentional with My Time Valerie at Momma in Progress shares the beginning of her year-long journey toward more intentional living.
- Alirik’s Birth Story: Sweet Surprise Lauren at Hobo Mama tells the sweet surprise unassisted home water birth story of her second child.
- My Rebirth: An Honest Look Darcel at The Mahogany Way talks a little about some of the fear and insecurity she’s felt over the years since starting her parenting journey and her blog.
- Trusting My Body: Ailia’s Birth Story After a very challenging birth with her son, Dionna at Code Name: Mama was nervous about having another natural birth. But practicing relaxation techniques and birth affirmations proved to be just what she needed to have her perfect, peaceful, unassisted homebirth.
- My Homeschool Philosophy Paige a Bay Dust Diaries shares her new year’s resulution about homeschooling.
- Yet Another Resolutions Post... Zen mummy‘s resolutions for a better 2012
- Renewing Green Passions in the New Year Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction talks about renewing a passion for green living in the new year
- Birthing and New Beginnings… And Better Mothering Sheila at A Living Family shares her first ever New Year’s resolutions to be a more mindful, compassionate and respectful mother to her two-year old daughter after the recent birth of her son.
- An Open Letter to MTV Regarding 16 and Pregnant Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama delivers a pointed message to MTV about how they misrepresent birth and parenthood on 16 and Pregnant.
- Setting Intentions Megan at The Other Baby Blog shares another way to ring in the New Year.
- Spencer’s Birth Story Momma Jorje shares her family’s story of birthing her son with Down syndrome.
- Looking Forward, Looking Back Erica @ ChildOrganics shares how she is able to look back at the loss of their daughter and yet move forward with her family at the same time.
- Unique unto Itself. Melissa of Vibrant Wanderings has chosen a word for her second child’s birth: awareness.
- The Unassisted Birth of The LIttle Buddha. Laura at Authentic Parenting shares the birth story of her new baby
- Birthing and Resolutions: Keeping Good Things in Motion. MudpieMama shares her VBAC story and why she skipped making resolutions in the traditional way.
- The Birth of a New Era by Mandy from Living Peacefully With Children
So glad to hear your own thought processes on this topic. We had thought we’d be “done” with two, but after this last beautiful pregnancy and birth and our sweet newborn, we feel inspired to try for another (sometime). And then — will we feel complete then, or not? At that age for both of us, does it matter what we feel?
When I’ve talked with people who know for sure they’re done and have moved out of the baby stage, they sound so sure and at peace, enjoying the new phase of their lives. So I can see the beauty in that as well, though I’m sure I’ll always look nostalgically back at pregnancy and birth and babyhood. I hope that whatever we decide, we enjoy where we are. It sounds like you’re working on just that.
You birth and rear such wonderful people, you *should* have more 🙂
We figured Ailia would be our last, because of our age and various other things, but my entire being has rebelled at the thought of stopping after two ever since … well, ever since I was pregnant with her!
My husband and I have one child and both of us come from a long line of only children. However, much like you, it does become a tough issue figuring out if you are really done. I struggle with it at times and figure that the universe has a plan and in time I will know if I am suppose to have more children. I love the way you are working through this.
Such a lovely post… Minutes after this baby’s birth I thought I was done… But now I know I have to have another baby… and if possible soon! I couldn’t imagine really being done… It will be so difficult when that time comes!
I am in the same place as you are… and hoping my husband will be on board with having another! thanks for sharing! http://www.raisingnaturalkids.com
I love that you shared your thoughts on this – I am struggling with so many of the same thoughts – especially thinking if my dd will be the last to breastfeed…and we have tubs filled with little clothes that I need to start parting ways with…three is a good number for us but in my heart of hearts I want five…only time will tell! thank you for your post!
I am the mom of 7 and expecting my 8th child and I still am not sure if we are done. Logically I would say yes we are done. My age would say yes I am done but it is a hard struggle emotionally. I envy my friends who know when they are done after one or two kids and even take drastic steps to prevent pregnancy and I envy my friends who trust their god and nature to provide them with as many children as possible. I am neither of those people. What to do what to do….