I’m a born follower; I love finding systems and then following them. However, I’m not terribly consistent. For example:
When my firstborn was a baby, I was a “Stay-at-Home, Breastfeeding, BabyWise, Crib-Only, Hospital-Birth, Elimination-Communication, Baby-Signing, Home-Cooking, Non-Organic, Dave-Ramsey” kind of mama who was grateful for her epidural, used BumGenius diapers frequently, and fluttered devotedly with FlyLady.
With my second daughter, things have shifted a bit. Now I’m a “Stay-at-Home, Breastfeeding, Crib-Mostly, Birth-Center, , Baby-Signing, Home-Cooking, Non-Organic, Tedd-Tripp, Dave-Ramsey” kind of mama who longs for the BabyWise schedule of old, sometimes nurses in bed for the sake of convenience, loved her natural birth, can’t keep up with her 8-month-old enough to even think about going sans-diapers, and has switched to the (imo) more realistic and doable HouseHoncho. I’m also beginning to dabble in the HomeEconomiser.
I know women who are “Attachment-Parenting, Home-Birth, Disposable-Diapering, Organic” mamas, others who are “Stay-at-Home, Hospital-Birth, Formula-Feeding, Home-Cooking” mamas, and still others who are “Go-to-Work, Breastfeeding, BabyWise, Dave-Ramsey” kind of mamas. The combinations are limitless!
Some areas I won’t change. Take the “Stay-at-Home, Breastfeeding, Birth-Center, Baby-Signing, Home-Cooking, Dave-Ramsey” bit, for example. I’m absolutely sold on these.
Other systems, like BabyWise and Elimination Communication, I will recommend hands-down to anyone who asks…I just haven’t followed them too well as of late.
And others, I just don’t care to bother with.
(Honestly, I don’t ever see myself going organic.)