Jennifer from Life with the Lebedas gave me a new blog award! She runs a ton of great family friendly giveaways, so be sure to check out her blog when you get a chance.
As with all awards, this one comes with some rules:
- Post about your award in your blog.
- List your Top 10 Trendy Blogs.
- Leave a link to the Trendy Blog Button.
Receiving this award made me do some thinking about whether I had really earned it, though. “Trendy,” according to dictionary.com, means “of, in, or pertaining to the latest trend or style.” Really, I don’t think babies ever go out of style, so there’s no problem there, but there ARE certain “fads” in the blogosphere/twitterverse circle that Mommy and I are a part of – and I’m not always so sure I fit in.
- Natural Childbirth – Okay, seriously? This was never part of Mommy’s plan, even *before* we had complications and I tried to kill her. I’ll save that story for another day – and give fair warning in case you want to skip it – but, suffice it to say, I was born through an emergency c-section and Mommy was knocked out with general anesthesia, NOT huffing and puffing on a birthing ball of floating around in a tub or something. More power to all of the mothers out there who chose an unmedicated birth experience, but that was not in the cards for us – and Mommy was pretty much planning on an epidural, if she’d been allowed to have one.
- Breastfeeding – This one, Mommy was totally on board with… but her boobs are broken.
- Co-sleeping – Daddy wanted a Snuggle Nest SO much, but Mommy was not really all about getting extra pieces of unnecessary baby equipment, so I moved into my own crib fairly quickly. I *did* spend a fair amount of time napping snuggled up on Mommy’s chest, though.
- Baby Wearing – If I follow ONE trend, this is it! I’ve professed my love of my Moby before, and my collection of carriers speaks of an obsession: I have 2 Mobys (although these are a bit too stretchy now that I’m a bigger guy), a Wrapsody Bali Breeze, a Babyhawk Mei Tai, a Sakura Bloom ring sling, and a BabyEtte wrap. Don’t tell Daddy, but I’m not *quite* done, either – I think a water carrier (like this one) would make showering with Mommy easier, and be a big help in the pool and at the beach. Also, I have wanted this Ergo since I first started looking at carriers – I’m still trying to work on back carries and have a feeling this might help! And…. purely for wishful thinking, this new Pixie sling is gorgeous!
- Cloth Diapers – We live on a 3rd floor condo and the shared, coin-op washers and dryers are in the basement. Mommy could not see schlepping up and down the stairs multiple times a week for loads of diapers – plus we’d need *lots* of quarters… and the shared aspect skeeved her out a bit, too. She looked for a local diaper service, but couldn’t find one, so I’m in sposies. Recently, we heard about the gDiaper hybrids: cloth pants with disposable (biodegradable! compostable!) inserts. They sounded great! Finally, I could have a fluffy butt! One of the main benefits of cloth diapering, though, along with fewer blowouts and lower environmental impact, is the cost. After the initial investment, cloth diapering is supposed to be less expensive than using disposables. At diapers.com, however, an extra large case (204 diapers) of Pampers Baby Dry diapers is $48.99 (it works out to $0.24 per diaper) and a case (128 diapers) of gDiapers Biodegradable gRefills is $52.00, which works out to $0.41 per diaper! We’d love to use cloth diapers if we lived in a place that allowed for it, but right now it’s just not our reality.
Based on those criteria, my newest blog award seems to be somewhat undeserved – but I’m not giving it back!