As anyone reading my blog knows, I have been very focused on eating healthy and trying to give myself the best nutrition possible. I am doing this for my daughter as well as for myself. I have been breastfeeding my daughter for 6 months and I’m still going strong. Whatever I eat, Peanut eats. I am doing everything in my power to give her the best nutrition, provide her with the best food she can have, and help her develop the best eating habits a mother can teach her daughter.
Breastfeeding was never an option for me. The moment I found out I was pregnant, I knew I was going to breastfed my baby. I knew it was going to be hard. I knew it was going to be awkward, but I also knew it was the best option I could give my daughter.
I was so blessed to have breastfeeding come easy for me and my daughter. She was a champ when it came to learning how to breastfeed. It was almost effortless for the both of us. I wanted to breastfeed her and she wanted breastmilk. It was that simple for us. I have never had problems with milk supply, cracked nipples, mastitis, or any of the other normal issues associated with breastfeeding. I am one of the lucky ones.
Peanut trying to feed herself
I know there are many mothers who would just love for breastfeeding to be that simple for them as well. My heart goes out to those mothers who wanted to breastfed but either their bodies or their babies where unable to breastfed. I would have been devastated if I wouldn’t have been able to breastfed. I just can’t imagine not doing it. It is the only way I know.
Providing my daughter with the best nutrition I could give her didn’t stop at just breastfeeding her. The same way I knew I would breastfeed Peanut, I also knew I would try making her homemade baby food. Yet again, it was a no brainer for me. I read about all the additives put into baby food and all the health benefits of making your own. I knew it was the way I wanted to go. My mother even bought me the baby bullet for my birthday (I was only two and a half months pregnant at the time).
At Peanut’s four and a half month doctor visit, she was measuring very small. She was measuring in the lower half of the five percentile range. My doctor suggested we start giving her solids at five months and I did. I automatically pulled out my streamer and baby bullet. Yet again, I was lucky enough to have making her food come easy to me. I love cooking from scratch in the first place so making baby food from scratch wasn’t hard for me.
Homemade baby food
I knew I would get a lot of baby food from a small amount of veggies but I was still surprised when I saw just how much I got. I made her sweet potatoes as her first food. One large sweet potato provided me with 23 stage one servings of sweet potato puree for her! I was so pleasantly surprised! It gave me even more incentive to make it myself. She has been eating solids for over a month now and I have yet to give her anything out of a jar. She has been gained weight steadily and growing well. The doctor has been pleased with how well she is doing.
Breastfeeding and making my own baby food are the choices I made for my daughter. They are the best options I could find to give my daughter the best nutrition I could provide. I am not saying there is anything wrong with formula or jarred baby food. I don’t and won’t judge another mother for giving her baby either one. I’m just not that type of person. The only thing that matters is whether or not your baby is happy and healthy. I respect any mother’s choice on how to feed their baby, just as I hope other mothers respect my choice of how I feed my daughter.
One day about a year and a half ago, I was talking to my sister-in-law about making my own baby wipes and she called me granola crunchy. I had never heard of the term before and I wasn’t sure if I should have been offended or not. My sister-in-law explained granola crunchy people make their own health care products, don’t use chemicals to clean, and have natural births. I laughed, shrugged my shoulders and didn’t really think about it. As I continued throughout my pregnancy, I began to embrace being granola. While I am not as hardcore granola as some people, I was definitely more granola than most. Now I am budding granola taking her time transitioning into full granola. Although there will definitely be certain granola things I won’t do. Today I looked up the actual definition of granola and the answer made me laugh.
According to the urbandictionary,
- granola – An adjective used to describe people who are environmentally aware (flower child, tree-hugger), open-minded, left-winged, socially aware and active, queer or queer-positive, anti-oppressive/discriminatory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.) with an organic and natural emphasis on living… etc etc etc.
- granola- A person who dresses like a hippy, eats natural foods (granola), and is usually a Liberal, but in all other ways is a typical middle class white person, and is likely to revert back to being straight when they finish college.
- granola- A tree hugging, free spirited hippie minus all the drugs.
I found these to be interesting descriptions but not quite who I am. Then again, I’ve never really fit well into social labels. So I decided I’ll tell you the ways I am and the ways I am not granola. Then you can judge for yourself if you think I’m a granola.
Let me count the ways:
- I care about the environment and try to cut down on my carbon footprint whenever I can.
- I don’t use chemicals to clean my house. I don’t want them around my daughter. Vinegar is my best friend when it comes to cleaning. I also use other natural products to clean as well.
- I make my own baby wipes.
- I make homemade baby food for my daughter. So far, she’s never had food out of a jar.
- I used natural oils and soaps to clean and moisturize my daughter. She has very sensitive skin like I do and I don’t want to make it worse by using chemicals and added fragrances.
- I am transitioning into using natural beauty products for myself. So far, I’ve only switched to natural soap. I will switch to natural shampoo and deodorant once I run out of the stuff I am using now.
- I am frugal when it comes to spending money. I shop at consignment shops, yard sales, goodwill, and craigslist for whatever I need first. Whatever I don’t find used, I will buy new. (There are certain things I insist on buying new like bras and panties because that’s just weird to me)
- I used natural relaxation techniques to calm myself and my anxiety instead of using antidepressants.
- I had as natural of a birth as I could. My doctor did induce me (for over 48 hours) but I refused to take pain medication or have an epidural during my labor. I had labored without the help of medication. When it was time for me to push, I held my own legs and pushed my 7 pound 1 oz baby girl out in just 5 pushes!
- I am starting to eat more natural foods, and less processed foods but I have a long way to go.
- I am willing to try natural products and foods with an open mind.
- I make my own salt/sugar scrubs, facial masks, and other relaxing spa products.
- I use essential oils and love them.
- I have been breastfeeding my daughter for almost 6 months and I will continue to feed her until she decides she’s done.
- I believe in doing things the natural way which is why I am becoming healthy the hard way by changing my diet, eating healthy and exercising.
How I am NOT a granola:
- I do not dress like a hippy. No tye-dyed shirts, puffy dresses, or beads and flowers in my hair.
- I do NOT and never have done any drugs. I’ve never even taken a puff of a cigarette.
- I eat meat and wear clothes other than cotton.
- I am not a vegan.
- I am not a lesbian.
- I do shave! I promise you, I do shave!
- While I try to buy locally grown food and produce whenever I can, I still shop at a grocery store.
So there you have it. I believe that I am granola and I am proud to carry the label. I am continuing to become more granola as I continue with my journey of becoming the best me I can be.
Do you consider yourself granola or crunchy? Do you prefer natural ways of living life?
As a side note.. While I am not a hippy, vegan, or lesbian, I have no issues whatsoever with these individuals. I am openminded. I believe everyone has the right to make their own choices in life and I embrace everyone regardless of their race, gender, age, sexual preference or eating habits 🙂