I have great respect for The Mommy Dialogues and what Xza is trying to create here. The vision she has for MommyCon is just as exciting, her passion is contagious. I’ll admit that when she asked me to join her team of mommy bloggers I about shit myself; it’s like a dream come true. I have always enjoyed writing but never really found my niche for it. I am truly overjoyed at this new adventure, and hope that sharing my life with TMD readers will be as beneficial to them, as well as what I hope it is for myself.
If you followed TMD during their “The Next TMD Writer” Competition I am the Sarah from that. You can read my initial post here. I’ve written a few posts since then for TMD, one was a post about my feelings of not making it to the Top 5 of the competition, here it is. Another was a review of MommyCon Chicago, you can read that here, and last was a Mom Monday. I remember thinking I did not really tell my story during the competition. I have a hard time talking about myself, and frequently struggle with self-esteem. For the past year I have began my road of truly finding myself; not as a mom or a wife, but as Sarah. It’s amazing the things that have come about since beginning this journey.
To let you know where I come from, I am from Indiana. I live in a small sub division that surrounds a lake and has a very country feel. My husband and I are high school sweethearts. We will celebrate our 8 year wedding anniversary this year in September and will celebrate 14 years together on the same day. I dropped out of high school as a junior from my school surrounded by corn fields. I did get my GED and dabbled a bit in college courses. My hubby and I were major pot heads!! I was a hard worker and moved up easily in my jobs (despite my recreational activities), but I frequently got bored and left jobs fast. I’ve been in clothing retail, a delivery driver for a florist, a Subway sandwich artist, shelf stocker at Kroger, quite a few different banks as a teller, a couple different times I worked at a vet clinic, a salon receptionist, and now finally I have settled at an insurance underwriting office. I work 2 days a week and enjoy my job for paying the bills. I’ve been there for almost 3 years.
It wasn’t till we decided on our second child that we stopped smoking and never looked back. I’m sure there will be another post one day about those trials, but I think it’s important that I mention this, maybe it makes me more relatable, or maybe it’s just that I need to get if off my chest to able to continue with this journey.
So now to catch you up quickly with how I got here, to be a part of a semi crunchy blog. I gave birth to my first child at home with a midwife. It wasn’t necessarily because I was a birth nut, it was because I had to…it was cheaper than a hospital birth because I didn’t have medical insurance. My first child led me (and continues) to who I want to be as a parent, and a person. We didn’t understand attachment parenting when she was younger. When my second child was decided I became addicted to birth Facebook pages like Birth Without Fear. I fell hard on the birth scene and found a place that really sparked a light inside me. I became so educated on birth I totally psyched myself out for the birth of my son… again, another post for another day.
I decided I had to be in this birthy world somehow. I talked with my midwife and explained that birth doula wasn’t quite right for me because I couldn’t leave my kids in the middle of the night. I also am not comfortable with hospital births as I have no experience in them. She recommended I do postpartum doula. I did my research and found this to be something right up my alley. Since my training as a postpartum doula I have dabbled in making slings and started (and completed) my journey to becoming a leader for La Leche League. Along the way, I’ve met so many moms out there that I didn’t know existed. I thought these “crunchy” women only existed online. I since have began to encapsulate placentas and have truly found my passion. I LOVE placenta’s. Seriously, my face lights up when I get to talk about them. I have began doing not only the encapsulation but prints, paintings, tinctures, lotions and salves. I was thinking of trying my hand at childbirth education, but that will have to wait a little while.
In a nutshell, I am a home-birthing, breastfeeding, attachment style parent of 2. Isabella is 5 and Owen is 2 (or will be July 9). I am committed to mommas and not just helping them, but accepting them where they are in their journey through their life. In my world, there is no place for judgment. I have worn my baby in an Infantino. I formula fed my daughter. I quit cloth diapering because that’s how much I hate laundry. I forward faced my daughter at 1 year. We know better, we do better and at no point does judgment make you do better. You can expect my posts to be anything ranging from pregnancy and birth to infant care and gentle parenting. Of course, I will throw some placentas at you occasionally and then I will incorporate our journey through homeschooling as we begin that this fall. I also love to write stories, or as I call them “easy reads”. Sometimes it’s a nice change to read a story rather than someone’s diary.
I really am so blessed to be a part of this team and can’t wait to start.
Come find me on Instagram: jsiotaylor.