I get a lot of questions on how I am able to raise Santi without letting go of my principles- no yaya, direct breastfeeding (no bottles and pacifiers!), co-sleeping and velcro babying and babywearing.
Last night a non-mummy friend asked "Don't you get tired of that set-up?!". Last week my sister-in-law-to-be asked, "Aren't there times when you need time apart? Because I certainly do from my daughter!" Two of my good friends are mix feeding their daughters because mummy #1 thinks her boobs are sagging already and she only had a 6-month goal to breastfeed while mummy #2 started mix feeding with formula by her 3rd week of life because she couldn't take the fact that she could not do anything else anymore besides breastfeeding. She told me "We have guests all the time at home. It just doesn't fit our lifestyle!"
While I respect their personal views, these talks with other moms make me wonder... is this style of parenting simply a decision I made or am I truly cut out for this? Do some women have 'it', the great mother gene, in them while others don't? Gosh, I feel like comparable to Mother Mary the martyr.
I am so blessed I am not alone in this journey of the road less traveled. My kindred sister and co-yummy mummy Deng shares my passion, dedication and sacrifice for our boys. We may be a minority but little by little I am certain we are shaping the future through them ;)