Sunday, November 6, 2011

In Which I'm Getting a Little Granola

We're becoming a little granola. And we're okay with that. Two new granola-ish things were doing??

1. Cloth diapering our next baby.

2. Joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

We're also a little granola in other small ways, like we don't really take antibiotics (even with Brennan's ear infections) unless absolutely necessary. We like to let our bodies heal themselves. Even if it takes a little bit more time. And I am going to give natural childbirth a try. I say try because I want to give myself an out in case I fail. :) For realz. I'm kind of low on the whole pain tolerance thing so you can imagine my concern. TMI- I was super constipated early on in this pregnancy and woke up with horrendous stomach cramps (due to lacatives I took the night before that did.not.work.) and was sweating and crying and telling Jon that there was no way I could do natural childbirth if I couldn't handle constipation. We shall see people, we shall see.

So, back to being granola. I took a cloth diapering class yesterday at the world's best baby store, Nurtured Family. I was a bit overwhelmed by the choices and options that you have when cloth diapering. . . all in ones, pocket, prefolds, fitted, contours, wool covers, waterproof covers, etc. The class was awesome and talked us through the different types of diapers, pros and cons, benefits of cloth diapering, how to wash and dry, etc. We decided to go with FuzziBunz all in one diapers.

We are mainly doing cloth because it's cheaper than disposables. It's all about the money, honey. But there are some pretty cool benefits to cloth: they are practically as easy as disposables, no fold laundry, less odor, baby stays dry, wayyyy better for the environment, less diaper rashes on baby, etc. I'm actually pretty excited about this new little adventure for us!

The CSA we joined is called Home Sweet Farm located north of us in Brenham, TX.



A CSA is a farm in which you are basically "buying" a share. You pay to join, and then get a share of the crop every week. Home Sweet Farm has drop off's all over the city of Houston, ours is about 5 minutes away. Every Tuesday we get fresh, local, organic, in season food. I love the idea of supporting LOCAL farmers, eating LOCAL foods, eating foods that are in season, and not shipped 500 miles across country and eating so fresh. So far, we've gotten mainly peppers, greens (arugala, bak choy), eggplant and okra. I gotta be honest, everything's been great but the bak choy, so if you have any amazing bak choy recipes, kindly let us know. :) We tried grilling it and we must've done something wrong because it was bitter and terrible (what'd we do wrong, Katie??). I'm thinking about trying it sauteed in a chicken stir fry, we shall see.

So here's my plug. . . buy local, support local farmers and stores. I highly recommend Nurtured Family and Home Sweet Farm to anyone in the Houston area!

6 comments:

Katie said...

Yay for the crunch!

You'll love the FB and the CSA!

As for the Bok Choi- all i can say is that when we got it, it was usually baby bok choi, not the big stuff, and it was delicious grilled. Not sure if size makes a difference, or what...

Katie said...

Yay for the crunch!

You'll love the FB and the CSA!

As for the Bok Choi- all i can say is that when we got it, it was usually baby bok choi, not the big stuff, and it was delicious grilled. Not sure if size makes a difference, or what...

Kymberly said...

every little change makes a difference! at least ur husband is on board, you know John, he just puts up w/ my attempts to be "graonlaish". But at least the man will do his darnedest to get us some "organic" venison!
good luck on the natural child birth. some people say they'd rather give birth than go to the dentist...so maybe it will be like that for you this time?!

Chaeli said...

Kym,
I hope you guys get some organic venison!! :) It will make your week alone feel like it was worth it.
I need all the luck (prayers) I can get for the childbirth. I'm skeeered.

jayfersgirl said...

You can do the natural childbirth! I speak from experience;)
However, absolutely start telling yourself now that if you need pain meds, if doesn't make you a failure -- carrying a baby, laboring and delivering that baby is a huge accomplishment, and there are no medals for doing it without any pain meds!
I used the Bradley Method, and it absolutely got me through -- the idea of just riding the waves of the contractions was key, as was going into a zone with my eyes closed and rocking back and forth while standing.

Tristan said...

Ok so I guess I need to look into that class! :)