Monday, June 1, 2009

Rant for the day

I am so sick of people trying to tell me how I should be raising my son. Where do people get off telling other parents what they should and should not be doing? GRRRRR! It makes me so mad.

No, I am NOT going to supplement with formula. It is made out of the lowest quality chemicals available on the market, and not even a fair substitute for breast milk. How can anyone think it is a good idea to use it? And no, I don't care if I offend someone who may read this. It's my blog. If you don't like what I'm saying, stop reading.

No, I am NOT going to introduce solids before my son is ready for them. Right now he is not showing any interest in our food and still has a fully operational tongue thrust reflect. He doesn't sit up on his own and is gaining plenty of weight just on breast milk. So STOP asking or telling me when am I going to start him on solids. I will when HE is ready, not when the conventional schedule says I should.

No, I am NOT going to move him into his own room until he is ready to do it. Yes, he is sleeping with us. No, I don't think that is going to give him a complex later in life nor do I think it is causing him a disservice by allowing him full access to Mommy and Daddy during the night. He is just as independent as he needs to be at this age. Right now, he is still waking up during the night to nurse so why would I interrupt not only my sleep but also my husband's getting up several times a night to go into the baby's room to nurse him? By the time I wake up enough to hear him screaming, he's been screaming for several minutes and will be harder to console back to sleep. He will continue to sleep in our room until his little body is capable of sleeping through the night.

No, I do NOT need or want your opinion. My husband and I are fully capable of raising our son in the exact way we have decided. We are going to wear our baby, let him sleep with us if it helps everyone get a better night's sleep, breastfeed until at LEAST 12 months, use alternative diapers, delay vaccinations and starting solids. The choices we make are ours to make, not yours. And I don't care if you don't agree with me.
If you want to impart your beliefs on a child, have one of your own.

Barrett is going to grow up knowing his parents made informed decisions about his health and well being. He will be independent and have a burgeoning self worth. He will never question whether his parents love him because with our every breath we will be reaffirming that fact, and we will always be his advocate.

So in conclusion, leave it alone. I'm not going to change my mind for you or anyone else who thinks they know better than me or my husband in regards to raising our son.

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