Ok, so I'm a young mom(21 now), and single at that. I parent based on instict and fact...hence the whole AP thing...I co-sleep, breast feed, delay and selectively vaccinate, don't circumcise, don't pierce(my baby), all that stuff. I'm pretty crunchy as well...we do organics here, recycle, walk whenever possible(which is a lot). And we don't CIO.

And although SO many moms here on cafemom say the opposite is the way to raise children. I bet when their children were ten months they didn't hear what I heard tonight!

I was at dinner with my brother, his fiance, my mom, and my brothers best friend since the beginning of time(oh and OF COURSE Seth!). Earlier this week we had lunch with my brother's friend. So we are almost done eating and my brother's friend turns to me and asks, "Is Seth always this polite at the dinner table?" and I was SHOCKED. 

I guess because no ones points it out, I never realized how great Seth is. I guess its also not normal for a ten month old to say "taah ku"(thank you) when you share your food with him! I guess I must have looked shocked because my brother's friend went on to comment on how well behaved and polite he was at lunch earlier in the week too. I was SO PROUD of my little guy!

Although my parenting methods seem to cause a lot of controversy on cafemom, they seem to be working. I still don't understand how I got such a great little guy though! And I still can't get over how beautiful he is. Sometimes I think back to when I was in the hospital with him and wrack my brain to see if there was a time when he could have possibly been switched with another baby, that baby having been born to someone beautiful. But then I remind myself that while I may LOATHE Seth's father, that I love him, and think that he is beautiful too, so that must be where Seth gets it.

 

I just love my polite, adorable, silly little monkey! 

 

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mcque...
Feb. 2, 2008 at 1:50 AM great post, you are a great writer

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baloo...
Feb. 2, 2008 at 1:50 AM

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KillerBs
Feb. 2, 2008 at 1:52 AM

As I always say, to each their own.  What works for you seems to work so keep on!  LOL  I'm pretty much the opposite and don't believe in sharing my bed, and I did vaccinate, circumcise, etc.

One day while eating at a restaruant an old couple walked up to us and said, "You have such well behaved kids."  I was really shocked.  But it really makes you realize that you are doing some right apparently.  Just goes to show you that it doesn't matter how you raise your kids, breastfeed, formula feed, CIO, co-sleep, as long as it works.

My biggest thing is that we ALWAYS sit down to the table together to eat.  We laugh, joke, talk about school, work, vacations, songs, tv shows, teach manners, and learn a lot about and from each other in one simple act as a family. 

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Sk8tr...
Feb. 2, 2008 at 1:53 AM awwwwwww! you go girl! That is so beautiful! You're such a good mommy!  I'm 22 w/ 2 kids, and I raised my daughter alone from the time I was 17 until almost 2 yrs ago... Trust me when I say, that what you're doing is the best thing in the world.  You are young enough to do everything with your baby and you guys will be so close!

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sunback
Feb. 2, 2008 at 1:54 AM

Aww, that's great.  Seth looks adorable - and sounds like such a great little guy!

While my parenting style may vary from yours ( I don't co-sleep, I do vaccinate, and I did circumcise... but we also recycle, walk, and I don't even know what the heck CIO means!)... I also feel that I parent based on "instinct and fact" and that I have a very polite little man on my hands also.

Anyway, to each his own...   Congrats on raising such a polite little guy!

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Soon2...
Feb. 2, 2008 at 7:21 AM

you know i would have never known you were 21... you are so confident and strong with your decisions with Seth, I didnt even think about it! *lol*  You are doing a great job! He sounds like a doll...

And hes so cute *awww* (every time i come over i sneak a peak at him)

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Funny...
Feb. 3, 2008 at 2:27 PM I've followed AP, for both my kids. I didn't circumsize either of them and am still co-sleeping with my youngest (6 months) I always love the reaction I get from other moms, or other ppl when I explain our living/parenting situation. That look of, 'Really?!' Good for you. I love finding other mom's like us. We rock. heehee

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