I joined a network called “Mormon Mommy Blogs” a few months ago, not long after I started this blog. I was browsing different categories when I noticed one called “Crunchy moms.” I had no idea what that meant but I just kept going on my way.
I fell in love with a blog by my Alaskan blog friend Mommy Bee, “Musings of Mommy Bee.” After reading a lot of her posts I noticed a unique trend… She uses cloth diapers, makes cloth pads, co-sleeps with her kids. I thought it was some Alaskan thing or something but it all clicked when I saw her blog in the “crunchy mom” list and asked her what it meant.
This is the explanation she left me in a comment once:
“Are you familiar with the term ‘granola mom‘ when referring to someone who follows a more natural/hippie lifestyle? Well, granola is crunchy… I think a lot of us disliked the moniker ‘granola’ because, truthfully, granola isn’t that good for you (I know, shocking, huh?!), so we chose our own term I guess…
Anyway, I consider myself a crunchy mama because I birth without medication, militantly breastfeed, co-sleep, babywear, cloth diaper, recycle, grow a garden, wear my hair long, almost never wear make-up, use standard medicine sparingly, don’t spank, don’t circumcise, do try to eat healthy/organic/traditional foods, and very possibly will homeschool at least some of my kids or some of the time.
There are a lot of versions of crunchy…but that’s mine. I never take the status quo for granted, and do my own research on pretty much everything. “
I’m always so intrigued when I see a new post on her blog about “home/ unassisted birth” or “breastfeeding” or “immunizations” (or lack there of) stuff like that, cause it’s all stuff I’m curious about and looking into now. So now I’m asking myself “Could I be crunchy?”
At first I thought “no way, that’s not me,” but now I’m thinking I want to learn more. I like the idea of crunchy because to me it seems empowering as a woman (especially when it comes to labor)… I also like the idea of saving money on some things. Mommy Bee left a comment on my blog the other day responding to another commenter saying babies are expensive. She brought up some good points I never even though about… Cloth diapers, homemade baby food, breastfeeding over formula, co-sleeping, less toys (heaven forbid!) or cribs of Craigslist.
I brought the topic up to my husband, told him some of the examples of being crunchy and he liked some of them. We’re both not too keen on the idea of cloth diapers right now, but just for kicks I looked on Craigslist and found stuff like this for sale for dirt cheap! Nice stuff!
Ok, I’m not sure if buying stuff off Craigslist is considered a “crunchy” attribute, but the idea came from a crunchy mom so for now I’ll say “yea.” It seems like crunchyness can save some money, and I’m all about that!
Anyway, I’m also interested in things like co-sleep (although I’m afraid I’ll roll over and kill my baby), breastfeeding, homemade baby food, growing a garden, figuring out what the heck stuff is organic and maybe trying to use that stuff.
I’m a big researcher myself, so I’m thinking the more I look into stuff the more I may develop some crunchy ways.
I actually like the idea of homebirth… However, not if I can’t take an epidural. I know I don’t like pain and that is one of the biggest things scaring me out of having a kid right now. I do like the idea of having a nice birth in a cozy bed or something… But what if something goes wrong? Oh jeez… I’m not sure how crunchy I’ll really be when it comes down to it, but so far, I’m thinking some of it sounds pretty cool. Perhaps I’ll be a chewy mom… Not quite crunchy, but not soggy, somewhere in the middle.
Any crunchy moms our there? Soggy moms? Chewy moms? What do you like and not like? Oh and everyone, look out for Mommy Bee, I’m sure she’ll be leaving a nice informative comment! Or just check out her blog to see more of that I’m seeing.