Meeting the Needs of Multiple Children

April 1, 2010

When I was expecting my first child I worried about a lot of things. What kind of mother would I be? What would childbirth be like? Would breastfeeding work? When I was expecting my second child, most of those questions had been answered. My children are 3 1/2 years apart, so by the time I […]

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Practice Positive Discipline & Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life

January 22, 2010

Following the Principles: Parts 7 & 8 in a series of 8 Now that we have finally welcomed our newest addition— an 11lb son named Lazlo who was born safely at our home — I can take the time to sit down and write again. The swelling and the restlessness of late pregnancy made computer […]

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How Do Your Kids Play?

January 20, 2010

Some of my favorite memories growing up were pretending and playing with my sisters and brother. Sometimes, we were inside playing with dolls, toy horses, or little ceramic animals – with each, playing out their family lives and school days. Sometimes, we were outside building forts in the hay barn or pretending we were part […]

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Following the Principles: Provide Consistent and Loving Care

December 4, 2009

Part 6 of a series of 8: As we enter the last few (days? weeks?) of our pregnancy with LF#5, I have to admit that one of my biggest, most gigantic fears about having two nurslings under the age of two is “how will I EVER find a sitter for two completely attached, nursing babies […]

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When Attachment Parenting Speaks for Itself

October 30, 2009

When my first child was born I often felt like I was swimming against the current. My decisions to exclusively breastfeed, co-sleep, wear my baby and practice gentle discipline often set me apart from other parents. For the most part, that was fine with me. I had carefully considered my decisions, and was comfortable with […]

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Letting Go

October 26, 2009

My little sister got married this past weekend and she moved to Texas. My brother got dumped by the girlfriend that he was going to ask to marry him. The ring is sitting on his desk. Our little community has been in emotional upheaval, to say the least. Here are just a few of the […]

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Following the Principles: Use Nurturing Touch

September 27, 2009

Part 4 of a series of 8: Carrying our little LF#5 (Loin Fruit Number Five) in my body is the ultimate in nurturing touch. A tiny body wrapped up inside of mine.  Bouncing. Rolling. Rocking. Swaying. Swirling. Surrounded by warmth. We are hoping to have another gentle homebirth for our new little one . We […]

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Move over: making room for 1 more in the bed (Part 3 of a series on preparing for baby #2)

June 14, 2009

This is the third post in a series on preparing for a second baby. If you haven’t read it already, check out the first part What on Earth Were We Thinking? and the second part To tandem or not to tandem. …there were four in a bed and the little one said “roll over, roll […]

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