I am not sure exactly when it happened, I'm thinking when we began producing off-spring, but it really feels as though I have become more of a hippie as the years have progressed.
It seems without even planning on it, and, for the most part, with little more excuse than convenience and frugality, we have come to live what sometimes feels like an "alternative" lifestyle in our increasingly consumer-driven society. Our babies wear cloth diapers (when we're at home), eat home-made baby food, are carried around in slings (when our arms are tired) and, for the most part, don't receive many birthday or Christmas gifts from Mommy and Daddy. We also test-drove the potty-training early approach, only to meet massive failure and a near-three-year-old who still couldn't care less if she's wearing a dirty diaper. But we tried.
Of course, as mentioned, most of the above was less out of some altruistic tree-hugging need to save the planet or be uber-health conscious and more out of a desire to waste so much money on things we could take care of much more cheaply than the ad-driven parenting magazines suggest.
Now I feel we've truly gone off the deep end, taking a route a never, as of a year, or even seven months ago would have dreamed we would take. In fact, I had distinctly sworn we would not, ever, in a million years (that's me and my big non-wood-knocking mouth).
We are venturing into the world of midwives and homebirth.
That's right. If things continue on the course on which we have begun to set sail, this next little nugget will be born right in this very living room (or bedroom, or bathroom), without the aid of drugs (oh, help me!), an IV or a doctor in scrubs, latex gloves or face mask. Just me, my husband, a few select others (maybe), and a baby-loving midwife to catch the squirming ball of life. In my living room.
What is happening to me?!
Meanwhile, I'm still wondering how my doctor will know I've had a baby. And then I realize, I guess it doesn't much matter to my OB if he's not having anything to do with it. It's definitely a whole new world.
And won't you be so excited to take this hippie journey with me? I just knew you would.