My journey to this moment started innocently enough. I saw a picture of a woman carrying her baby on her back in a woven wrap. The baby looked so peaceful and sweet. The wrap was gorgeous and colorful and the whole thing was so impressive. How did she get that baby back there? Where does the fabric end? She was Super Mom and she had it all together and I thought to myself, “I want to do that!”. I learned as much as I could about this way to carry your children. They called it… Babywearing… Fancy, right? I immersed myself in this parenting subculture and learned all I could. I fell in love with helping others learn about this amazing “new invention” (that has been around since the dawn of time) and even found a group in my area devoted to the very topic of Babywearing! It was nice to have a group of Moms to discuss the ins and outs of this small, but passionate, sect of the Mama Community. Although… I had no idea the Pandora’s Box of a sub-culture I was opening up. Much like Bacon is the Gateway Meat for vegetarians; Babywearing was my Gateway to Crunchy.
So what does Babywearing have to do with being “Crunchy” and what the hell is “Crunchy” anyway?
There are a lot of ways to define Crunchy but my personal definition is one who strives to parent and live in as natural a way as possible. Examples of this are Breastfeeding, Babywearing, Cloth Diapering, Homesteading, Natural Child Birth (even in their own home without a “doctor”), Non-Vaccinating, and the list goes on and on. There are many other ways to define it but I figure you can look into those yourself (The Urban Dictionary’s definition makes me laugh so much!!).
Now I am going to lay it out for you people. I am NOT someone who has grown up in a natural life style. My Mom worked at a hospital when I was born and got cases of formula for free. She worked her butt off to support me and my brother and a lot of times we ate Top Ramen for lunch and dinner (I still pretty much adore that stuff truly. Its a problem). We lived in Orange County, CA but not the latte sipping, stroll on the beach, check out the surfers and pretend to be blonde place that you are thinking of. It is more of the type of place you would see in this early 90’s video from A Lighter Shade of Brown (There is actually a shout out to the city I was born in at the end of the song). We had a garden one or two summers and I remember my Mom and Aunt canning something once, but mostly it was a pretty typical American upbringing where babies drank from bottles, wore Pampers, McDonald’s was King and I never knew that all of that wasn’t the way God created the Earth.
I must admit that if you talked to me about 3-4 years ago, heck, even 2 years ago, I would have told you that all of this crunchy stuff was weirdo, neo-hippieness and that I was very happy with my life just the way it was. Looking back on my journey as a Mom (in the 2 short years I have been lucky to be called Mom), I have grown A LOT and many things that I was so certain of as a non-parent are on shaky ground and things that I would never have questioned in the past get the People’s Eyebrow from me now. I have learned so many things from so many amazing women, but I want to learn more and I am here to let you watch it happen.
Many of the natural Mom blogs are full of experts on so many subjects and a wealth of information that they have gained through years of experience raising children, running homes, working in the natural food industry, studying childbirth, and many other things. If you want an expert, go somewhere else because you will not find one here. I am a novice, a weird, slightly awkward novice and all of this crunchy stuff sometimes makes my head spin. I cannot promise you that I will have all of the answers now, but I can promise you that I will be completely honest about my experiences and feelings as I learn and grow in my Quest of Crunchy Curious.
So let’s do this together and answer some questions like: should we search the sky for GMO’s? Is Kombucha a new dance craze? (all the kids are doing it) Is Spirinella a big hair band from the 80’s? What do I put in a Mei Tai; a child or a tiny umbrella and a straw? Are Essential Oils really essential? Do people actually wash and reuse things that their baby pooped in? And they actually ENJOY doing it?
Watch me learn and maybe learn something yourself!