Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Because I'm Cheap...and Lazy



I breastfeed because I'm too cheap to buy formula and bottles and I'm too lazy to heat the formula and wash all the bottles.  Plus, I would probably go out for an all-day excursion and forget something critical to the operation, like a bottle, or the formula, or the baby.

Also, I like the excuse to sit down for a couple of hours a day, with my feet up and a good book.  Oh, how I love a good book.




I sleep with my babies because I'm too lazy to get up in the middle of the night and go to another room to nurse a baby, and I'm too cheap to buy a baby bed.  If I bought one, I'd have to make it, and then there would be more sheet changing and sheet-folding and laundry.  I'm too lazy to sign up for more of that.  In fact, I've been known to throw a bath towel under the damp spot, under the baby, in the middle of the night.  Yup.  I'm that lazy.

Nursing a baby while sleeping is something I've gotten really good at.  Also, I really, really like the smell of a baby's breath.  And the top of a baby's head.  Or the back of a baby's neck.  Falling asleep next to my baby helps me to practice gratitude at the end of most days.



We don't believe in circumcision.  This is the part of the post where I could go into Natural Law and male mutilation, but I'm too lazy.  Plus, circumcision is expensive, and I'm cheap.



I don't buy baby food, because I'm too cheap, and you guessed it, too lazy.  It's easier for me to cut up some of our food or throw a handful of goldfish (the whole grain kind, cause that's the healthy kind) at her and let her feed herself than for me to take the time to spoon feed her.

I'm way too busy spoon feeding myself.



When I did an image search for "no schedule,"  this image came up.  It speaks to me.


I don't put my kids on "schedules" because I'm not that organized to be on a schedule myself, again with the laziness.

Also, if she was on a schedule, and I wanted to party til midnight, then she wouldn't want to party with me, and she certainly wouldn't want to sleep til nine the next day.   Of course, she wanted to sleep til nine today, because she wanted to party til eleven last night.  Sometimes, she picks the parties.  I'm cool with that.  I can drink caffeine.



So, that's my parenting style, lazy and cheap, with lots of self-sleeping and self-eating, and some baby sniffing, reading and caffeine.

Please, don't judge me.  I'm way too lazy to judge you.

7 comments:

  1. Lazy parents have the best kids.

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  2. Oh my gosh...did you take the words right out of my head and slap them on this screen??? I am and do and think and say every single thing here. Preach it!

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  3. That's so true, when I had my second (at home) and became involved in Homebirth circles, I found out about "Attachment Parenting" - turned out I was doing most of it because I was lazy and cheap :)

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  4. This is so true, and your writing style is great!

    I just feel so blessed to share such intimacy with our little ones and would not trade it for the world. Love, love, love the little ones. :)

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  5. I have a question... and it's an honest question, no judgements, I promise. You say you don't put your babies on a schedule. What does that mean? I don't think I put my babies on a schedule either but I'm not sure. I've noticed that Cupcake usually likes to take a nap an hour to two hours after she first wakes up so I try to accommodate that into our schedule meaning if I have errands to run, I wait until after that first nap. Is that what you do? What do you do if the little one is napping and you have to go pick up a kiddo from school? Does she wake up easily? Mine screams when she doesn't wake up on her own. I really am curious. I don't think I am a baby schedule mama, but then again, I don't know.

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    1. Good question.

      We do have rhythms to our days. There is definitely a morning nap and an afternoon nap, or alternatively, some days are just several cat-naps. I can never say, "Baby naps at 10 and 2 and bedtime is at 7." I can't ever list feeding times either. I just don't pay that much attention. Also, I never decline an invitation to a dinner party at 7:30pm a half hour away because I have to put baby to bed at "insert set bedtime of your choice here."

      I do sometimes have to move sleeping baby into the car-seat to drive carpools. I try to get my kids used to sleeping in car-seats young. I too wake up crabby if someone else awakens me. I usually self soothe with cookies, and that seems to work for Baby J too. She's learning what "Let's go get the kids!" means though, and just hearing that statement makes her smile.

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    2. OK... that's pretty much what I do. Being homeschoolers I have more flexibilty in our day as far as when we have to be out of the house. I guess I don't really do a schedule either. I do try to accommodate the routine she has come up with for herself. That's so cute about Baby J wanting to go get the big kids. Cupcake grins like crazy when she wakes up and I say, "Let's go see the big kids!"

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Because I'm Cheap...and Lazy



I breastfeed because I'm too cheap to buy formula and bottles and I'm too lazy to heat the formula and wash all the bottles.  Plus, I would probably go out for an all-day excursion and forget something critical to the operation, like a bottle, or the formula, or the baby.

Also, I like the excuse to sit down for a couple of hours a day, with my feet up and a good book.  Oh, how I love a good book.




I sleep with my babies because I'm too lazy to get up in the middle of the night and go to another room to nurse a baby, and I'm too cheap to buy a baby bed.  If I bought one, I'd have to make it, and then there would be more sheet changing and sheet-folding and laundry.  I'm too lazy to sign up for more of that.  In fact, I've been known to throw a bath towel under the damp spot, under the baby, in the middle of the night.  Yup.  I'm that lazy.

Nursing a baby while sleeping is something I've gotten really good at.  Also, I really, really like the smell of a baby's breath.  And the top of a baby's head.  Or the back of a baby's neck.  Falling asleep next to my baby helps me to practice gratitude at the end of most days.



We don't believe in circumcision.  This is the part of the post where I could go into Natural Law and male mutilation, but I'm too lazy.  Plus, circumcision is expensive, and I'm cheap.



I don't buy baby food, because I'm too cheap, and you guessed it, too lazy.  It's easier for me to cut up some of our food or throw a handful of goldfish (the whole grain kind, cause that's the healthy kind) at her and let her feed herself than for me to take the time to spoon feed her.

I'm way too busy spoon feeding myself.



When I did an image search for "no schedule,"  this image came up.  It speaks to me.


I don't put my kids on "schedules" because I'm not that organized to be on a schedule myself, again with the laziness.

Also, if she was on a schedule, and I wanted to party til midnight, then she wouldn't want to party with me, and she certainly wouldn't want to sleep til nine the next day.   Of course, she wanted to sleep til nine today, because she wanted to party til eleven last night.  Sometimes, she picks the parties.  I'm cool with that.  I can drink caffeine.



So, that's my parenting style, lazy and cheap, with lots of self-sleeping and self-eating, and some baby sniffing, reading and caffeine.

Please, don't judge me.  I'm way too lazy to judge you.

7 comments:

  1. Lazy parents have the best kids.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh my gosh...did you take the words right out of my head and slap them on this screen??? I am and do and think and say every single thing here. Preach it!

    ReplyDelete
  3. That's so true, when I had my second (at home) and became involved in Homebirth circles, I found out about "Attachment Parenting" - turned out I was doing most of it because I was lazy and cheap :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is so true, and your writing style is great!

    I just feel so blessed to share such intimacy with our little ones and would not trade it for the world. Love, love, love the little ones. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I have a question... and it's an honest question, no judgements, I promise. You say you don't put your babies on a schedule. What does that mean? I don't think I put my babies on a schedule either but I'm not sure. I've noticed that Cupcake usually likes to take a nap an hour to two hours after she first wakes up so I try to accommodate that into our schedule meaning if I have errands to run, I wait until after that first nap. Is that what you do? What do you do if the little one is napping and you have to go pick up a kiddo from school? Does she wake up easily? Mine screams when she doesn't wake up on her own. I really am curious. I don't think I am a baby schedule mama, but then again, I don't know.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good question.

      We do have rhythms to our days. There is definitely a morning nap and an afternoon nap, or alternatively, some days are just several cat-naps. I can never say, "Baby naps at 10 and 2 and bedtime is at 7." I can't ever list feeding times either. I just don't pay that much attention. Also, I never decline an invitation to a dinner party at 7:30pm a half hour away because I have to put baby to bed at "insert set bedtime of your choice here."

      I do sometimes have to move sleeping baby into the car-seat to drive carpools. I try to get my kids used to sleeping in car-seats young. I too wake up crabby if someone else awakens me. I usually self soothe with cookies, and that seems to work for Baby J too. She's learning what "Let's go get the kids!" means though, and just hearing that statement makes her smile.

      Delete
    2. OK... that's pretty much what I do. Being homeschoolers I have more flexibilty in our day as far as when we have to be out of the house. I guess I don't really do a schedule either. I do try to accommodate the routine she has come up with for herself. That's so cute about Baby J wanting to go get the big kids. Cupcake grins like crazy when she wakes up and I say, "Let's go see the big kids!"

      Delete