Over the next few weeks – or probably half a year – I want to introduce you to some of myÂ favourite bloggers. Â These aren’t all people I agree with 100%, we don’t all parent the same way, we don’t all give birth the same way. Some are way more crunchy* than I am, some way less. But they’re all women (and here and there a man) who inspire, encourage and keep me going.Â
(*Crunchy: The characteristic of a neo hippy.Â Used to describe persons who have adjusted or altered their lifestyle for environmental reasons. )
Today’s pickings are two Mamas from the US. These two women have been my greatest inspirations in Natural Parenting. They’ve inspired me, taught me and been guides. They’ve been my mentors and my role models and supported me when I’ve needed shoulders to lean on and if I had to attribute my parenting style to anyone, it would be Lauren from Hobo Mama and Dionna from Code Name: Mama.
Both of them have had babies in the last few months (last week for Dionna) – the second each – and I’m watching their websites closely at the moment for all the information I can glean on anything from how to cope with a second pregnancy, body image in pregnancy,Â breastfeeding during pregnancy or weaning because of pregnancy, preparing an older sibling for a new baby, having anÂ older child at a home birth, and tandem breastfeeding.
The amazing thing about Lauren and Dionna is that they are real people. Â They have struggles with their toddlers. They aren’t perfect parents. They are mothers in a very real life (Lauren and her hubby both work from home, just like my husband and I do), with all the foibles that come with it.
If you want to be motivated, encouraged and to learn and grow day to day, follow Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama, wherever they make take you.