Monday, June 26, 2006

Whole Grain Crunch

Well, I'm not nearly as crunchy as I thought:

Do you have homebirths?
15 points for “yes” (unassisted)
10 points for “yes” (with a midwife in attendance)
5 points for alternative birthing center
2 points for “thinking about/would like homebirth”
0 for “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

Will you circumcise future sons?
5 points for “no”
-5 points for “yes”.

Do you use cloth diapers?
20 point if you do Elimination Communication (no diapers)
15 points if “yes” (wash and make your own)
10 points if “yes” (wash your own)
5 points if “yes” (diaper service)
2 points if “thinking about it”
0 points if “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

Do you observe your fertility signals using Natural FamilyPlanning/Fertility Awareness and use that for birth control/trying to conceive?
10 points for “yes” (observe and use for birth control/ttc) or you use ecologicalbreastfeeding/lactational amnorrhea
5 points for “yes” (observe for trying to conceive)
2 points “thinking about it”
0 points for “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

Do you breastfeed exclusively for the first 6+ months?
10 points if “yes”
5 points for “no” (use occasional bottles of expressed breastmilk)
2 points for “no” (use occasional bottles of formula)
0 for “no” (don’t breastfeed by choice).

Do you co-sleep/family bed?
10 points for “yes” (all night every night)
5 points for “yes” (part/all of most nights)
2 points for “thinking about it”
0 points for “no”.

Do you use a sling/soft carrier?
5 points for “yes”
2 points for “thinking about it”
0 points for “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

Do you believe in/practice child-led weaning(even if that means breastfeeding for several years)?
15 points for “yes” (complete child-led weaning)
10 points for “yes” (up to 3 years)
5 points for “yes” (up to 2 years)
2 points for “thinking about it”
0 points for “no” (you’ll wean the baby at 1 year or earlier).

Do you tandem nurse/nurse during your pregnancy?
10 points for “yes” (nurse during pgcy and tandem nurse)
5 points for “yes” (nurse during pgcy, but wean before birth)
2 points for “thinking about it”0 points for “no”(wouldn’t consider it).

Do you eat organic/whole/natural foods and limit your meat?
15 points for “yes” (grow own/buy organic, shop only at health food store,grind own wheat, vegetarian, etc.)
10 points for “yes” (grow some of own food, buy organic,use whole wheat flour, bake own bread, eat some meat occasionally)
5 points for “yes” (try to buy natural, whole grain foods, etc.)2 points for “thinking about it”
0 points for “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

Do you use herbal/homeopathic remedies?
10 points if “yes” (very rarely see a regular doctor)
5 points if “yes” (but use a doctor occasionally)
2 points if “thinking about it” (see a doc for now)
0 points for “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

Do you homeschool?
10 points if “yes” (currently homeschool)
5 points for “yes” (will homeschool)
2 points for “thinking about it”
0 points for “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

What's your take on childhood vaccinations?
15 points for no vaccines
10 for delayed, selective vaccination
5 points for selective, on schedule vaccination
2 points for thinking about not vaccinating
0 points for vaxing on schedule.

Would you/have you ever breastfeed/fed someone else's babyor have someone else bf your child?
10 points if yes (have or someone has bf your baby)
5 points if yes (would)
2 points if maybe
0 if no (wouldn't consider it).

Do you use cloth/re-usable products for mom?
10 points if yes (make own)
5 points if yes (buy own)
2 points if thinking about it
0 points if no

Ratings120 – 140 Super Nutty, Ultra-Crunchy Granola Earth Mama
90 – 119 Mmm! Love that whole-grain crunch!
60 – 89 Pretty Crispy
20 – 59 Sprinkled with Granola
5 – 19 Instant Oatmeal
0 - 4 Jell-O


I scored about a 100. give or take. (I can do the math, but some of the points could be more or less exact)

My answers, if you're curuous:

1. 10 points (midwife assisted homebirth)
2. 5 points No circ (we actually have one of each - got it right the second time - why mess with mother nature)
3. 2 points - thinking about cloth (or EV) after things get settled
4. 0 points I have an IUD. I like artificial hormones. But if my PMS weren't so unbearable, I might do NFP.
5. 10 points for ebfing first 6 months. Yes, Turner has had a couple bottles, but I doubt he'll get any more, and
I really don't see why the point difference.
6. 10 points All-night co-sleepers. Do I get double points for 2 kids?
7. 5 points. Love my sling. I think I should get extra for having made my own. Click here to see Guthrie and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Sling.
8. 10 points or so. In theory I like child-led weaning. I have set some major limits with Guthrie though, and I think 3 is about my limit. But I originally said we were done at a year, so who knows?
9. 10 points - I'm a tandem milk-machine
10. 10 points - almost a health food nut. We've been eating too much meat lately though, and Eric has fallen in love with pre-cooked, frozen bacon. Me - not so much.
11. 10 points We're down with the herbs. (Not that one!)
12. 5 points The boys aren't going near public schools. Eric taught teachers - I know how smart they (generally, Bekki excluded ;) aren't.
13. 10 points Delayed some vax
14. 5 points Under the right circumstances. It killed me to see those starving babies after Katrina - I wanted to nurse them all!
15. 2 points The Mirena should take care of most of the need, but if not, I'm considering cloth.

Now that you know more about me than you ever wanted to, does this look like a crunchy granola earth mama?

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