My oldest sister, Kim, is pregnant with her first baby. Baby "Snap" is due on December 7th but they have a C-section scheduled for tomorrow. The baby has turned itself around breech TWO TIMES NOW! Little Monkey. So, if tomorrow morning baby "Snap" is still upside down (or right side up, I guess.) they'll do the C-section. It is killing me that she is THERE and I am HERE and we aren't TOGETHER. I have cried a lot this afternoon. Now I understand how she felt when I had my three babies. This is pure torture! I can not wait to be an Aunt for the first time! I'll keep you posted.
So, as Kim has been preparing for this baby she and her husband have been making all the decisions that first time parents have to make. What car seat? Stroller? Doctor? Nursery theme? Name? Epidural?
And one decision that most of us don't spend much time thinking about, if ever.... disposable or cloth diapers? This question NEVER crossed my mind, nope not once. But Kim has decided that she is going to use cloth diapers and wipes. She is a very environment conscious person. Kim really prides herself on the fact that she has very little garbage in a week yet her recycle bin is always full. Disopasble diapers are just not something she is comfortable using. (I think she told me that a diaper takes 500 years to decompose...YEP. I just googled it. And anything you read on google is TRUE!)
Now, I know you are all immediately thinking that she is crazy (I do!) BUT, I TRULY commend Kim for taking a stand and making a decision that may not be easy but that she feels can make a difference. I like to think of this as the Power of One. I think that we all have made decisions in our lives that we feel make a difference. We might not be able to single handedly change the world but we feel that we can make an impact on our world, our community, or maybe just our own little families.
Here are a few of my Power of One decisions.....
1. I don't allow my kids to chew gum with sugar in it. I know, what a mean mom. I know, what a hypocrite cause my kids have LOTS of other stuff with sugar in it. It is just my thing. When I take my kids to the dentist and they have no cavities, I always chalk it up to the no sugar gum rule! My kids will even ask their friends' moms when they are offered gum if it has sugar in it. I know the moms think I am a nut. At Sirri's gymnastics her teacher always gives them a piece of bubble gum at the end of the class. Sirri will chew it as we walk out of the gym and when we get in the van she always volunteers to throw it out. So proud!
2. I don't drink caffeinated soda. I don't share this to look like I'm perfect or anything. In fact, it is just the opposite. I have so many shortcomings that I have to take advantage of as many easy decisions as I can. It is the same reason that I took out my second earring when the prophet said to wear only one. It is an easy choice that I can make that can make a little bit of a difference for me.
3. I won't buy any products that contain the artificial sweetener Aspertaine. I used to buy Yoplait yogurt with Aspertaine but after being alerted by a very wise sister I decided to not buy it anymore. There are studies that conflict each other on this issue of course. One says it causes cancer, the other says it won't. I'm just not willing to risk it for myself or my family. After my own cancer scare, it just seemed like such an easy simple choice.
So....what is your Power of One? What are the choices, small or large, simple or complex, that you have made that give you a feeling of power? I'd love to know!
P.S. Since this is my blog, I get to make the rules. And there is ONLY ONE. No one is allowed to poke fun of, laugh at or scoff at anyone else's choices. We should congratulate each other for trying to make a difference!
(Especially, Kim. Let's give the girl a break. She has heard it enough about the diapers and is having her first baby tomorrow for goodness sake! Plus, like I said, I'm proud of her for her choice!)