I went into this motherhood thing thinking I had it figured out.  I am a fairly outspoken person, and can be a little judgmental when it comes to raising kids, there I said it.  I’m that (or used to be) person looking at how one person is raising their child and swear I wouldn’t do “that.”

Since becoming a Mama I’ve eaten a lot of humble pie.

Never ever sleep with your baby? Wait until you’ve had 3 nights on little to no sleep and you’ll try anything.

Let them cry it out? Wait until your sweet, innocent baby is hysterical and you’ll do anything to appease them and make them stop crying.

Never rock your baby to sleep? Wait until that baby wakes up inconsolable and you’ll rock him for hours to make him happy.

Still there are things I’m fairly strict about and my husband bugs me about raising kids in the wrong decade.  He thinks I’ve gone back to the 1950’s and in some ways I wish I did live in that decade!

I’m passionate about raising Ezekiel in a simple way.

We don’t purchase toys, especially at this age now when he’s happier playing with a plastic bottle than a plastic talking dinosaur. Every toy that he currently has (which all fit into one small basket), has been given to him.  I know eventually we’ll be purchasing age appropriate toys but we will be very selective with those.

We don’t allow him any screen time when we can help it.  We have one TV that lives in the basement and is only accessed by our roommates.  I don’t use my computer when he is awake and I try to limit my phone use while he’s awake as well.  Of course when we are out at friends houses or in public there’s bound to be screens there and that’s fine, but I find any screen time for a baby completely unnecessary.  Will this change as he gets older? Probably.  I’ve been known to say that the only show he’ll watch is Sesame Street, and I’m still holding strong to that.

We cloth diaper him.  I have never had a moment of regret with this decision.  It’s become routine to wash diapers every 2-3 days and really doesn’t add any inconvenience at all.  He’s never had a real bum rash, although has had some redness here or there that never lasts more than a day with some diaper free time.  Up until now we’ve spent around $300 on diapers and will only spend about another $100 before he’s potty trained, and we will be able to reuse these with our subsequent children. Totally worth it.

His food is all homemade and he’s never even had a packaged teething cookie.  He eats mostly vegan and 100% sugar free.  This is something that I know will evolve and change as time goes on but I’m planning on keeping him refined sugar free as long as humanly possible.

I definitely DO NOT come close to having all the answers and I’m 100% sure that what works for me will not necessarily work for you.  I’m brand new to this whole parenting thing and I’m just taking it one day at a time.  However, in a world of chaos and busyness, I’m passionate about raising my children in a simple home where joy comes not from consuming products but from the people around you.

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