In our own personal decision making, Skyler and I seem to be making some choices that go against the grain. Once we made our first "abnormal" decision (natural childbirth), we started looking at all of our decisions in a different light. We started thinking "what other decisions are there to be made that many people make based on the 'it's just what we do' mentality?" In my own experience, if my good friend Gemma hadn't gone to Bella Vie Gentle Birth Center for her son, I am not sure that I even would've questioned a hospital/drugged birth or thought twice about it. "It's just what we do!'"... right? It became really apparent to us just how many things American's do because of that mentality.
I'm going to begin a little series in my blog - "Why I'm Choosing". I'll go through some of the different choices that Skyler and I have or are making for Ezekiel and explain the reasoning behind it. I'm not writing these posts to judge you for choices that you are making. My point in writing this is so that perhaps you won't judge me for some of these decisions. We've encountered several questions and some judgement for some of the things we are doing or not doing with Ezekiel, from friends, family and strangers. I'm hoping with this series that I can just explain where we are coming from in our decision making. Perhaps it may also encourage you to think of other alternative's, or if you're making some of the same decisions that we are - hopefully it will encourage you in your decisions. Some topics are heavier than others. Thanks for trudging through it all with me. :)
If you want, you can read my first entry in the "Why I'm Choosing" series: Why I'm Choosing: Natural Birth posted last October, before Zeek was born. I may update and add more information to this topic later...but for now - there are so many other topics to address!
I hope you'll enjoy this series...and I hope you'll still be my friend, even if we don't choose the same things for our kids. :)
Previous posts from the Why I'm Choosing Series:
Being a Stay at Home Mom