My husband and I have one daughter, Lilyana, who is 2 & 1/2 years old.
Married! ;) I have a sweet and goofy hubby. He’s my best friend, but that doesn’t mean that we never get on each other’s nerves. Mostly we laugh at each other and adore our daughter, but in our free time we try to get creative with our family activities and we’re hoping to take our daughter on a mini canoe trip this summer. =)
Wow…well, I’m really put off by spanking and I just don’t think it’s necessary. I love nursing, but I wouldn’t say that I get angry if another mom chooses not to. Now that I think about it though, I really get upset when I see parents teaching their children intolerance and allowing them to become bullies…that really upsets me.
I’ve nursed my daughter a lot longer than I ever thought I would. She’s two and a half now and I’m still nursing her. Most people are really understanding, but my family sometimes looks at me like I’m nuts. The pressure was worst around the time my daughter turned 6 months. It seems that most people agree there’s no need to nurse after that point so I was pushed a lot to stop and told that it was “inappropriate”. I think everyone has pretty much given up the fight now…lol. Also, I’ve always been a modest person, but during my daughter’s first 3 months I nursed her in public often. I never felt like it was wrong, I just knew that I was providing for my daughter and consoling her when she was upset. It wasn’t until she was about 9 months that it became difficult to maintain privacy in public…you know when they start climbing all over you like you’re a mountain…lol.
I don’t think that I can cite any one person or resource. I did a lot of research and I really admired Native American traditions and knew that I wanted to do things the natural way…the spiritual way. I would have to say that my admiration for indigenous culture was my main influencer.
To describe my daughter using one word…hmmm…explorer. My daughter loves to discover new things and find out how they work or what makes them tick. She’s independent and loves to work things out on her own. I couldn’t be prouder. =)
I regret the quality time that I missed with my daughter while I was in college last fall. It was only a couple of months and it was worth it in some ways, but I just wish that I wouldn’t have had so much to do and would have just been able to relax and snuggle with her instead of being busy and stressed.
Hmmm…I wish that I knew more of the kids games, nursery rhymes and action games. I always have to look them up online and it feels ridiculous that I don’t know all the “motherly” stuff. My mother kept herself pretty busy when we were young, plus the stress of my parents divorce…I think we missed out on a lot of quality time. Something that I don’t want my daughter to ever experience…all the more reason I feel bad about those busy months in college.
Tacos! My favorite food…American style, barbacoa, carne asada, al pastor…I could go on forever! ;)
Vanilla! I like to keep it simple…but my ultimate treat is a vanilla sunday with hot caramel and colored sprinkles. It brings me back. :)
Me time. It’s not easy to take and I have a lot of guilt about it, but nothing beats chilling out with a good book, going for a long drive or just snuggling up with my family and letting the housework go for a minute.
Hmmm…interesting question. I would have to say that I would love to do a dinner party episode with the Neely’s. My husband and I could rub elbows with Pat and Gina. They are too funny and absolutely adorable!
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