Introducing the newest and most exciting member of our family, baby Giles!
Giles (a family name, pronounced like Miles, but with a soft 'G', like giraffe) is six months old now.
Way back when I started this blog, I was adamant that it be about finding just the right amount of green for you - green living, saving money, leading a plant based lifestyle, etc. I didn't want it to be about perfection, but rather about finding your own perfect shade of these ideals.
Having that flexibility is even more important to me now. I joke that Giles' main purpose in life is to challenge my ideals. Here's just a few ways he's encouraged me to be more flexible, or not, in the case of my muscles.
- I expected to cloth diaper. ha. The kid pooped four times per diaper change. I just couldn't keep up. I gave up pretty quickly, and we used disposables for the first 5 months. Now we cloth during the day, and use disposables at night.
- I wanted to have a med-free child birth. I wanted it BAD. Instead, I had every intervention in the book, and as the picture probably makes clear, ended up with a 'surgical extraction'. :-P
- I wanted to stay vegan, but as my belly got bigger and I needed more protein in smaller sizes with less carbs to keep my sugar under control, I resorted to adding eggs back into my diet.
- I wanted to avoid toys made in China. Yeah. Friggin. Right. Sure, there are toys that are made in the US. They are soft colors, or wooden, or, if a 6 month old baby could speak, BORING. Babies like bright hard plastic that twinkles and shines and makes loud noises. I am still trying to keep them to a minimum, and I'm hoping I can go back to no Chinese made toys once his imagination starts to be a factor in playtime.
Those are just a few off the top of my head. My very, very tired head.
Things have changed around here, but my I'm still trying to find that balance between the way we want to live, and the way we actually can live. It's a continuous work in progress. I don't expect it to every become a solid, hard line kind of thing, nor a finished product.
Since the focus of my daily life has changed, the focus of the blog will probably shift as well. Stay tuned for lots of the same topics, but with a more family oriented focus.
I'll leave you with a picture of my happy little guy, celebrating his half birthday. (Really, he's celebrating the fact that I took his pants off. I think he'll be one of those shorts in winter kind of kids!)