I’m not a crunchy mom… not in the slightest, I guess it simply never happened that way. Breastfeeding wasn’t at all easy, I became anaemic after having my son (whom was 6 weeks early) and while in the hospital I couldn’t produce milk, I was under too much stress. In fact I begged my doctor to discharge me by the third day because I had a breakdown due to horrible roommates, one that was 300+lbs and suffered from respitory problems and snored like a bull while the other had a screechy loud voice and screamed on her cell phone 24/7. The breastfeeding happened but I struggled to eat enough to keep up production, by 8 months it was barely happening. The idea of cloth diapers make me want to gag, I hate changing poop as is, if I had to actually get close the poop and clean it I would puke. My husband worked in produce for years and is a FULL believer that organic is horrible (I heard about more organic call backs than anything else.) My son slept in a basinet next to the bed and never in bed with my husband and myself, there were a few odd times where we fell asleep together while I nursed but when I awoke I always put him back in his own bed. I never wore my son because here it hits up in the mid to high 30’s to 40’s (90-100F) in the summer and I was already prone to heatstroke so having a hot little body next to mine was out of the question.
My son plays with electronic toys more than “wooden” ones… he watches the tv every so often. I swear by his little laptop which teaches him new words, I’m just happy when the kid eats so I don’t hold back any kind of food from processed to something that might contain sugar (OH NO!) He’s had his vaccinations because for the love of God my husband missed his when he was young and he got to suffer through German Measles (so that was a no brainer that he was getting his shots.) So I failed at the whole “crunchy mom” the only thing I guess we did do was keep him “intact” because I fully believe if you were born with it you’re supposed to have it.
Does being crunchy or smooth really make anyone a better parent? I don’t think so in the slightest, its all about what works for you and your child. As long as you love your child, show him kindness and affection, comfort him when he’s upset, change him when he’s dirty, and feed him when he’s hungry, that you’re doing a damn fine job.