I am not one to guilt another mother even in the slightest. We all are doing our very best and being a parent is a hard job. The hardest job. I hear a lot, "Children are resilient," but I believe we have passed the tipping point of that not being true anymore. We are living in an age where we are swimming in chemicals. For the most part, we do not have control over our environmental exposure unless we all become bubble boys and girls, but we do have control on what we bring into our homes and what we put into and onto our bodies.
For babies and children, their little bodies are like sponges and it is imperative that we start reducing the body burdens that they are born with through us and supporting their mind, body, and spirit with the purest products; that means lots of clean food, pure oils, and lots of gentle nurturing and unconditional love.
I have sooooooo many thoughts. I wish I had the time and the energy and the coherent brain power to put it all into written word in a day. So much has happened in the last decade of my life that I have learned so much from. Painful growth. There is a beautifully personal quote from Maya Angelou, "I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." that is often abridged to "When you know better, you do better."
I grew up taking bubble gum pink amoxicillin and orange-flavored Triaminic and eating PopTarts and oatmeal cream pies by the box. Strawberries were eaten dipped in granulated sugar and toast was buttered with margarine and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Sugar junky, much? I don't recall eating a single organic fresh fruit or vegetable until my teenage years when my skin started revolting and my digestive system stopped working.
When Caleb was born in 2010, I was studying naturopathic medicine in Seattle and eating a whole foods, unprocessed diet. Caleb was born in a birthing tub after a marathon day of laboring at home with our midwife, midwifery students, and doula. But even though I was becoming more consciously aware of our environmental exposures, I will still naive in thinking that little things wouldn't add up. It was the most devastating experience watching our gorgeously, bright-eyed child regress developmentally and I vowed to always protect my children and to completely heal my son.
Helping mothers on their journey in a way that is gentle and compassionate is really important to me because unless you were fortunate to be born to legitimate hippie parents with a connection to the earth and an understanding of food, then we all have traveled the path to awareness and discernment.