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'ello, I'm new here and I am roughly 19 weeks into my very first pregnancy. For a lot of reasons, I've decided to go with a different approach in raising my Spawn in comparison to how I, and my siblings, were raised. Breast feeding, cloth diapering, co-sleeping and baby wearing are my central focuses/interests with an emphasis on "choice" - guided choice, but choice nonetheless. I want to be able to expose Spawn to different ideas about how relationships can work, gender identity and sexuality in a way that teaches them that no matter how they go, they'll still have respect for people who are not the same as they are. I'm adamant about not forcing Spawn into a particular religion from the get go and always being supportive of their choices.

I'm raising an individual. Not an extension of myself.

Eek, mini rant with a side of soapbox. Anyways, I'm glad to be able to find like minded people who I'll be able to discuss concerns and problems with along the way because unfortunately I don't have much in the way of support offline. At this point, I'm not sure if Spawn's father and I are going to be together when Spawn pops since we're having some serious issues (unrelated to Spawn) but we're working out a reasonable plan for custody/visitation and the like. (Just fyi, we're not married. XD But my mom has been divorced three times. I plan ahead.)

We think Spawn is going to be a boy but I'm not holding my breath over it. Gender neutral clothing FTW! (And orange IS gender nuetral. Don't let them tell you otherwise.) While at garage sales today, I picked up a cute shirt with an octopus on it and a ton of plastic covers for 50 cents so yay! On the chance that Spawn is a boy, I'm getting all of my 2 year old nephews hand me downs for Spawn so I'm definitely thrilled about that. I'm practically not having to buy a THING for Spawn unless it's newborn clothing (from yard sales) since my sister wasn't thinking and tossed my nephews 0-6 months stuff.

How's everyone doing today?
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