There are a lot of things I never thought of before having a child. Like what it’d really be like to have one, for starters. It’s pretty demanding. But incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.
I also never really thought about specific parenting styles – or the labels that they are given. I didn’t know, for instance, that there’s a name for the general attitude of picking up your child when he cries, breastfeeding, wearing him in a sling or wrap or carrier or some kind, feeding on demand and letting him sleep with you. Apparently, this is called attachment parenting, according to the Sears’ Baby Book.
Now, I’m still undecided on the whole co-sleeping thing. It seems to work OK for naps or when he’s really fussy and I’m really tired. It’s better to feed him lying in bed while I get to rest and relax than spend 2 hours patting his bum sitting in the glider while he fusses. At least we both get some sleep. And he is very warm an cuddly. But I couldn’t see doing it all night every night.
The other stuff just seems normal – who knew it had a name.
As far as the demands of parenting go, I’d just like to say that I started this entry at 3:20 p.m., and I’m finishing it 2 hours later typing with one hand.