My name is Tracy and I'm a SAHM to my dd McKinley (9-7-99) and my ds Reece (9-5-01). I also have a son who is 20 yo :P (He was born 6 weeks preterm on my 20th birthday :P ) I've been married to my dh Rick for almost 7 years (Anniversary 1-18-97) and we've been together 11 years now. We had difficulty conceiving our first child. It took over 18 months and a lot of stress and fertility workups but was definitely worth the wait. We conceived Reece our first try
I never knew the term AP Parenting existed way back with my first son. I realized years later that I indeed was an AP parent. I do not believe there is a certain criteria or set of rules that makes one AP or not. Being an AP parent, in my opinion, is listening to your instincts (or Mama-heart as I like to call it) and taking cues from your child. I hope this makes sense.
I have breastfed all three of my children and let them self-wean. My oldest son was a little over age 3, my dd was 14.5 months and my son Reece is still an avid breastfeeder. We use cloth diapers, do not vaccinate, and Reece is uncirc'd. (However, I do not believe that these things are necessary to be considered AP nor do I think that parents who do things differently than I do are wrong)
I look forward to getting to know all of you!
Update: wow, it has been a long time since I've read this thread. I see my pics are no longer working so I will post some more this weekend. As far as how things are going, Reece is still an avid breastfeeder, lol! He shows no signs of giving it up. I'm hoping he will in the next year.. sometime during his 4th year. I don't moderate the board anymore but I do lurk here and there. Nice to see the board still going strong!
Here's a recent picture
What a good idea!!! I'm Chimmy (Julia) mama to 4 beautiful blue eyed beauties ~ Garrett who is 7, Liam & Braiden who are 5.5 and Seamus who is due to arrive April 7th or there abouts
I'm Christa, married to Bill and our son Benjamin was born 3 weeks early on 7/17. When I first heard about AP I thought "naahhh... not me" but then I became a mommy. It wasn't long before I decided cosleeping, babywearing, and other elements of AP were really the best thing for DS and me! (Actually the babywearing didn't work out as I hoped... I have no sling and he didn't like the Bjorn as a tiny baby because he couldn't see out of it!)
I was raised in a very un-AP household and as a result I love to snuggle my son and tell him how much I love him. Many aspects of parenting don't come easily to me simply because they're beyond my experience, but that doesn't mean I don't want to learn! I believe there is a happy medium between living in your child's world (like noticing the fascinating pattern of the ceiling fan blades on the white ceiling) and bringing him into your world (foregoing Barney songs for Billie Holliday).
Even though I sometimes have "issues" with how crazy my life has become, I truly believe that having a child has made me a whole person. I am the happiest I've ever been in my life and look forward to sharing my happiness with my boy and any future children we have. (Hopefully at least one more!)
Edited: A much better photo of us, about 12 hours after DS was born:
And my favorite photo of DS:
Looking forward to many more AP conversations here!
DH Bill ~ 10/9/1999
DS Benjamin Joseph ~ 7/17/2003 "All of my sunshine..."
DS Evan William ~ 11/20/2006 "...and all of my joy"
I’m Jessie (20) I’m a SAHM to Keelin (2 ½) and Cassidy (6 months). Oh yeah and I’m married to Adam (22) who is currently AD Marines. LOL When Adam comes back home we will resume efforts to conceive baby #3.
I’ve always AP parented though I feel as though I haven’t preformed my best on a few occasions. LOL I believe I pattern my parenting style after how my grandparents raised me. I was always treated as an equal and never talked down to. I think it made me a more productive and mature adult.
I delivered my girls into the world free of pain medicine. Both girls have been BF, unfortunately, Keelin and I only made it to 6 months before we were attacked by a case of Thrush that neither the doctor nor myself could treat, which caused her to wean herself. I refused to allow that to happen with Cassidy and now I’m looking forward to child lead weaning. Also, we use cloth diapers, co-sleep, and wear the girls.
DH and I
~Mommy to 3 Beautiful Ladies~
Hi everyone! Thanks for reminding me about this board, Tracy! Whew, I've needed all your help on many occaisions and didn't even think to look here! What a me! LOL
I am a SAHM to my little monkey Jackson (Sept.8th, 01). I remember rolling my eyes when a friend of mine told me about AP long ago, before the Time of Children, back when I Had No Clue. I remember holding up a pillow while talking to that same friend while she bf her baby. Can you believe after being so naive, I bf my son until he weaned himself at 18 1/2 months? I find it hard to believe myself! HE actually told me my milk was "Gross!" the last time he nursed! That's my boy! LOL I used a sling with him, I bring him everywhere with me, dh and I co-slept with him until he moved into his own room last year and now I just lay down with him until he falls asleep and I'm back with him whenever he needs me during the night. I just don't "get" why we have to be their parents all day long then punch out at 8pm. It just doesn't come naturally to us in this house.
I've always let him lead me to where he wants to go. We're not pushovers, we just don't push! Hey, I like that saying. LOL
I hope to get to know all of you a little better. I know I'll be coming here more often for advice and whatnot because I sure know that while AP is the right way for us, it's not always the easy way and I, for one, need a lot of shoulders to lean on at times! Or just ears to whine into from now and then! LOL!
Anyhoo, here we are:
Kim, proud Mommy to Jackson 9 8 01
Hi, I'm Sara, this is my family (taken in October at my SIL's wedding, I was 20 weeks pregnant):
Elizabeth will be 2 in May. My DH is an emergency room physician (ie wierd schedule) and I am a stay at home mom. I have a master's degree in biochemistry and worked as a biochemist in the field of medical research up until I got pregnant (about 10 years). We're expecting a son, Francis Lloyd, on February 29th.
And here's Francis in his current location (although I'm even bigger now and still have 7 weeks to go ):
I didn't know we were attachment parents until I read a Dr. Sears book (although we didn't sling Elizabeth, we held her all the time). I have already purchased slings for both DH and I for when Francis is born and he's totally on board.
Mom to Elizabeth 5/19/02
(Jimmy FurPants is our cat)
Hi all. What beautiful Families you all have. I am Samantha a 27 year old stay at home mom to 1 DD Coral who is 17 months. I have been maried to my DH James for 3 1/2 years. I am originaly from Vancover B.C. but moved to Calgary at age 22. I am an Early Childhood Educator and I specialized in Special Needs and Abused Children. We decided when we had Coral that I was going to stay at home. I guess one could say I am pretty "crunchy". I co-sleep, cloth diaper, Exstended Bfeed with child lead weaning, I wear my babies, recycle everything and use alot of natural products. I don't think one needs to do any of these things to be AP, I just think that AP stands for just that, being an attached parent who listens to there Child's needs and follows there leed. Here is a picture of my family at X-Mass, Coral is Small, DH is Large and I am X-Large. The lady who is Medium in the picture is Coral's Great Aunt. Thanks for letting me share
Samantha & Coral
Calgary Alberta Canada
I love all of the introductions and pictures!! It is great to hear all about everyone and meet you...so to speak.
Everyone has such beautiful families and gorgeous children!
Hi everyone! I am Missy, SAHM to Jacob (6), Savannah (4), Zachary (2 1/2) and Emileigh (10 days). I am a proud AP mommie. We co-sleep, I LOVE LOVE LOVE My sling, I breastfeed, and I follow the cues of my baby. There is no SCHEDULE in my house..HA HA! We are from Texas and are sooo ready for some cooler weather This will be my last baby so I am a bit sad over that. I will be having surgery on 2/4 to get my tubes tied. *sigh*
Guess that is it for now! I will post a pic of me as soon as I get a decent one..LOL! There are some in my gallery of me though if you'd like to take a look, otherwise here are some pics of my kids!
I am Christy I am 29 (soon to be 30). SAHM to 4 kiddos. Quisha (10), Jayson (8 ), Cauner (5), & Jorja (9 months). Quisha is my step-daughter, so I didn't get her till she was 4. But I had Jayson when I was 21. I wore him a lot -- it just made it easier to go places . I didn't bf him -- I was in the military and had such odd hours. I was a computer operator and worked crazy hours and wasn't sure about pumping -- had no one to go to about all that stuff. So I just skipped it all together. So when Cauner was born I was all for trying to bf. Unfortunately Cauner was not on board with my plan He outright refused to latch. Again, I had no support even the LLL in town was of no help I was so frustrated -- I totally wish PO had been around then. So we tried for 4 weeks and gave up. It broke my heart. So needless to say with one failed attempt under my belt -- I was more insistent to be successful to bf Jorja. Well this time I was successful -- but I guess still being a bit ignorant about it all -- we weaned at 2 months. Jorja was eating non-stop and it would take an hour to feed. So every hour to hour and half she would eat and then when she did it took an hour to do. I totally felt drained and was not getting anything done around the house. It was a beautiful bonding time and I don't regret trying -- I just wish I could have kept at it. But with 4 kids (I was also watching my 2 yo niece at the time) running around wanting to play with mom (Aunt Christy) -- and she's stuck in the chair -- again -- I felt like I was failing them too.
*sigh* Sorry this wasn't suppose to turn into a novel.
Anyway, while I was pg with Jorja I wanted to look into getting a sling. This is when I stumbled onto the words AP. Now I don't do everything by the book. We use sposies, we no longer co-sleep. Well I sleep with her when she gets up at night -- we snuggle on the couch -- love, love, love her nightly feedings I just realized that I was being more *in tune* to her needs and responding as opposed to CIO (which we do on rare occassions, but more often than not if she needs to cry, I just hold her.)
Anyway, that is me. My kiddos are in my siggy. But here is one from Christmas:
This is us, the man in the back is Papa (Carl's dad)