Featured Blogger: Adrienne Anderson
Adrienne is one of our Resources Editors. She also wrote a recent article for Natural Parents Network about The Emotional Side of Breastfeeding a Preemie. She and her husband live in Moline, IL with their 10 month old, Burkley, their puppy, a turtle, a bearded dragon, and a snake. They moved last year from Chicago, where they had lived for nine years, to a house built by her husband’s great-grandfather. It has been in the family since the 1920′s, and they figured it was their turn!
She learned about Natural Parenting through a friend who had had a natural birth and later became a doula; Adrienne hired this friend for her own birth. Adrienne’s dedication to breastfeeding and the support of her friend made baby wearing, intactivism, lactivism, and non-vaxing an obvious next step for her. She has found much inspiration and support from Natural Parents Network in her journey towards natural living. Through our community, she found inspiration to try elimination communication, and she is looking forward to having a place to find help with gentle discipline as Burkley gets older. Adrienne has a big passion for natural parenting, and hopes one day to become a doula, “so I can help other mothers at the beginning of their journeys and empower them to know that it’s okay to follow their guts even it goes against what their doctors or other ‘professionals’ may tell them.”
Adrienne blogs at Mommying My Way, where she documents their family life, and shares information about how she and her husband parent. “Knowing that I can document all of Burkley’s milestones in a place where we can together look back on them or at least go to in order to print them out is my motivation. I love that he will have documentation of his babyhood as well as access to his mommy’s thoughts about everything.” Her posts are a mix of research and information on how they apply that research in their family. Her three favorite posts reflect that mix.
- What Cosleeping Means to Me, contains great links to help readers learn about safe cosleeping and a book recommendation. Plus, it has some very cute pictures of happy bedsharing.
- A Birth Story, the story of Burkley’s birth, including her journey through not wanting kids, an ectopic pregnancy, and her son’s premature birth.
- Our Beginning, inspired by a book of stories about breastfeeding, Adrienne shares the beginning of their nursing relationship, from tube feeding in the NICU to exclusive on demand breastfeeding at home.
Adrienne is flattered and humbled that people are interested enough in her life to read and follow her blog. She’s met amazing mentors and wonderful friends through the blogging community. Her favorite comment was from Mama Mo at Attached at the Nip, on a post she wrote about Burkley’s sleeping habits, and why she doesn’t practice CIO. Mama Mo said, “That whole ‘self-soothing’ myth infuriates me. Think about how we adults soothe ourselves to sleep. We roll around, adjusting pillows and blankets. Or put on some relaxing music. Or read a chapter of our book. Or get some warm milk. I don’t know of ANYONE who can just lay there, not moving, helpless, and soothe themselves to sleep, especially if all we want is a snuggle. So why make a baby do that?! It’s crazy.”
Adrienne feels very lucky because Burkley has grown into a happy and easy going baby after his rough start. While her husband wakes up early to go to work, they spend the morning sleeping in and snuggling in bed, which are some of their most fun times together. She likes to try to get out of the house at least a little every day, whether it’s a play date, errands with Grandma, or Bible study. “If I stayed cooped up all day, every day, I’d go insane. Having good friends with similar beliefs and parenting styles helps me learn and grow and also feel affirmed.”
Thank you for all the hard work you do for Natural Parents Network. I’ve really enjoyed getting to read more about your life and family.
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