1) I’m a newbie to your blog. Can you tell me a bit about yourself and your family?
I am Crystal, age 26, administrative assistant, native Californian, and I enjoy reading, crafts (my latest obsession is quilting), board games, and television. I am married to Joe, a Wisconsin transplant, park ranger extraordinaire, whom I met on the internet. We were married right out of high school and celebrated our eight year annivesary in August. After a surprise pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage in 2005, we decided to make another go at expanding our family and added Jack to the mix in July of 2006.
2) I see that you are into cloth diapering. What have you found to be your favorite diapers so far?
For the first year of Jack’s life, we used chinese prefolds and just loved them. They are the workhorse diaper, they are cheap at about $2 a pop, and they are easy to wash. Because they are cotton, they aren’t as finicky as other diaper types so the washing options are extensive and we never had a problem with wicking or smell. We have since moved to mostly pockets (I can never leave a good thing alone) and have found Fuzzi Bunz to be our favorites. The trim fit is awesome, and we have never had a leak. They are particularly fantastic at night because they keep Jack dry while the inserts do an enormous amount of work to absorb moisture. It amazes me when changing Jack in the morning just how much those suckers can hold without leaking!
3) I’ve noticed that you practice attachment parenting and work outside the home. Do you have any advice for other AP parents looking for childcare providers who will uphold their AP values?
I am still trying to make sense of it all myself, but we had the best results in finding a great daycare when we put together a list of our most important questions and went interviewing as a family. Watching the provider’s interactions with the other kids is key. For instance, we visited one daycare where the kids were eerily quiet. Kids are rowdy by nature, testing limits and just having a good time, so I really wanted a place where I saw that behavior supported.
It was really important to us that we find someone who was willing to wear Jack in a carrier (because we *know* how much he likes to be held), follow his cues regarding food, communicate with us about his day to day activities, and do what it takes to make him content. That last one is big. A person who will run the gamet to find the solution that is right for the child is worth their weight in gold.
Daycare is your child’s second home, and that’s important to keep in mind when interviewing potential caregivers. This person isn’t just watching children all day, they are guiding and nuturing and truly parenting the children. Take the time to find someone who is as close to a second “you” as possible!
4) What little known fact about you might surprise some of your readers?
It might surprise some that I don’t come from a background that in any way reflects the way I live now. There was a time in my life when I did things because that was the way my family did them, and that was the way I always thought they were done. Joe opened my eyes quite a bit, especially regarding the environment, and then I really got more passionate about “green” living when I got pregnant. Health and the environment were not even on the radar for my family and I suspect a lot of our health problems are results of that. Sure, I turned out relatively okay, but I want better for my son. I don’t ever want to choose the cheaper option over the healthier option which is completely opposite of how I grew up.
5) Let’s say you are going to be stranded with your family on a deserted island for 90 days. What 3 things would you take with you and why?
Ugh, my worst nightmare! Well, I’ll assume that my husband’s environmental skills will help us find food and fresh water, so I guess we’ll take some comfort items. I’d take a collection of fairy tales to read to Jack – that would be all we needed to keep him occupied! A camera would be good – gotta document our bad fortune, of course. Perhaps we could also take our Ergo so that we can easily explore the island with Jack, as well. Can you tell I’m not very resourceful? I am so out of my element outdoors!
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