Couldn’t think of a third s-word that fit. Ah, well. Anyway…
I need new soda options.
On the one hand, there are sticky, thick, sweet, high-fructose-syrup-y nightmares, which are enough to make me gag after a while. (Yes, even my beloved ginger ale falls victim to this after I have too much of it.) On the other hand, there’s stuff like Diet Coke, which is much crisper and lighter and I much prefer the flavor… but I can’t imagine the chemicals in it are really very healthy. I’m experimenting with fruit juices (with or without spices) mixed with soda water; hopefully that’ll yield positive results?
So I’ve been reading up on Attachment Parenting over at http://www.raisingmyboychick.com/, and about raising free-range children over at http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/. Which, at first glance, would seem to be opposing philosophies, but I’m not convinced that’s the case. While one seems focused on keeping your child close and the other on letting them have their space, they both have, as a primary principle, profound respect for children. I can dig that. I’m pretty new to both philosophies (while parenting strategies are interesting to me, for obvious reasons I’ve only been a dilettante until recently), but I’m looking forward to finding out more. I suspect I’ll find some correspondences.
In other news, is claustrophobia a normal reaction to pregnancy?? I dunno, I guess I should be grateful that the nausea and fatigue seem to be fading, but I’m not sure the don’t-touch-me-can’t-breathe! reaction is much of an improvement.