Blog-iversary – 2 years!

Feb. 11 is my 2-year blogging anniversary. Wow! Time flies when you are having fun, huh?

One of my goals when I started my blog is mentioned on my “About” page:

“Since Ava’s birth, I’ve felt a need to raise awareness on various issues relating to women’s health and children, something I try to do via my blog. I truly do want to make the world a better place for her and Julian and I hope that I can do that even if it’s in a very small way. As Gandhi said, ‘We must be the change we wish to see in the world.’”

I think I’ve managed to raise awareness over the past two years. I write about the issues that are important in my and my children’s lives, which most recently have been pregnancy, natural childbirth, home birth and the ever-relevant topic of breastfeeding.

In viewing my stats, I’ve noticed that numerous people come to my blog after doing a search for topics such as “nursing toddler,” “extended nursing,” or “nursing while pregnant.” There have also been frequent searches for “plugged duct” or “mastitis,” or things related to “pregnancy,” “hypnobirthing,” “home birth,” “circumcision, “vaccinations” or “Attachment Parenting.” I hope that something I’ve written in the past two years has helped or touched someone in their parenting journey.

I also get many visitors to my blog in search of recipes, which delights me as well. I enjoy sharing the tasty meals I come across.

Also along the lines of raising awareness, in 2005 I started the Attached At The Hip online store, featuring advocacy wear that supports Attachment Parenting ideals. From August 2005 to today, I’ve sold over 1,100 items, including shirts, bibs, bumper stickers, etc. My biggest seller (which I happen to be quite fond of – see below ;) ) is the “I make milk. What’s your superpower?” design with over 130 shirts, stickers and tote bags sold to date. My profit from the store sales is only a couple dollars per item, so I’m not in it for some quick money, but it makes me happy to know that so many people around the world (I’ve sold to people in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Uzbekistan, as well as 47 of the 50 U.S. states) are interested in spreading the word about breastfeeding and other AP ideals.


With regard to my blogging, someone once told me “…you aren’t going to change the world.” I disagreed at the time and I disagree today. I may be only one person, but I know I can make small changes for the better here and there, and that’s really the only way the world is going to change – a little bit at a time.

A recent example of one person making a difference in the world is Jennifer from “The Lactivist Breastfeeding Blog“. You may or may not have heard about her fund-raising efforts for the Mother’s Milk Bank of Ohio or her run-in with the National Pork Board, but it resulted in the Pork Board organizing it’s own fund-raising campaign among it’s employees, which will likely result in a generous donation to the milk bank. (And that’s in addition to the $1000 Jennifer raised via her blog and CafePress store.) All of this positive change happening because of one woman. Jennifer, you rock! In fact, I was so inspired by Jennifer’s fund-raising efforts on her site, that I’m planning on conducting one myself using Attached at the Hip in the near future. I’m still brainstorming worthy causes to donate the proceeds to. (Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I’d prefer it be a charity that benefits babies and/or children.)

Thank you to those of you who’ve been with me and supporting me for the whole two years and to those of you whom I’ve met along the way. I’m happy to be on this blogging journey with you.

I mentioned Gandhi’s quote above, but it is a fitting ending for this post and is worth repeating (and repeating, and repeating): “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”




Happy birthday to Jody

My husband Jody is 34 years old today. :)
Happy birthday to you Jody, the father of my children and the love of my life. I know I don’t always say it, but it’s true.

Not having much money to spend on birthdays, I had to get creative with gift ideas. I bought him a couple of DVDs (A Christmas Story and Savannah Smiles – from his youth – I’m happy that they are both kid-friendly flicks – at least I think they are), as well as a 10-visit pass to our city’s rec center. Then, on the creative side, I framed a recent picture of the kids and also framed a piece of paper with Ava’s handprints and Julian’s footprints on it (that we did yesterday). I was much more successful getting my 2 1/2 year old to do her handprints than I was getting my 12-week-old to do his footprints. What a mess. ;) Oh well. I think they are still pretty sweet, and hope Jody will enjoy them as well.

Edited at 9:23 p.m. to add: We spent the afternoon at the Butterfly Pavilion today. It was our first time there and it’s a pretty neat place. Ava had a ball. She touched starfish and even held a tarantula named “Rosie” and got a sticker to prove it. She has no fear. ;) I snapped a few pics with my P&S. Julian seemed to enjoy himself too. I wore him in the Moby Wrap and he kept busy checking out all the tropical plants in the butterfly area. After that we went out to dinner for pizza. It was a nice day. :)

Ava holds “Rosie” the tarantula:

2/10/07 - Ava with the tarantula

Mommy and the kiddos:

Ava, Mommy and Julian - Butterfly Pavilion

Daddy (the birthday boy) and the kiddos:

The kids with Jody on his birthday - 2/10/07

A Red Powder Puff flower:

Red Powder Puff flower

One of the many butterflies:

A butterfly