I am a twenty-six-year old wife, married to my amazing husband Nicholas for slightly over one year, and I am pregnant with our first child.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in French and Russian (and lived and studied in France), then decided to pursue a graduate degree in Slavic languages and literature. I also had the wonderful opportunity to live and study in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I have received my MA and completed all the coursework required for my PhD, and have most currently been working as a university-level instructor of Russian language. I believe that language skills are an essential skill in our increasingly interconnected world (and sorely absent in public school curriculum). I am dedicated to teaching my children foreign languages starting from birth – the ideal time for them to learn another language – and am already researching the best methods for foreign language acquisition. Do not be surprised if this, along with homeschooling, appears as an eventual blog topic.
I am a firm believer in eating and moving in harmony with my evolution. I have been heavily (and very positively) influenced by both the paleo and CrossFit movements, for which I have my husband to thank; he is a certified CrossFit instructor and former coach at CrossFit Oahu (where we both used to work out), and he introduced me to a book by Gary Taubes entitled Good Calories, Bad Calories, which was an earth-shattering, paradigm-shifting health and nutrition revelation for me (and also, incidentally, increased my mistrust of government), as well as the writings of such scientists as Art DeVany, Loren Cordain, and Robb Wolf.
My views on food, agriculture, and eating are also influenced heavily by my personal history, working on my grandfather’s farm raising sheep and cattle when I was growing up. My parents were able to purchase the farmstead after his death, and we now have a large collection of chickens, both layers and fryers, three beef cattle, lots of growing fruit trees, and a vegetable garden that cannot be beat. I advocate pastured, free-range animals raised without hormones or antibiotics, produce grown with the natural fertilizer of chicken manure and without chemicals, herbicides, or pesticides, and generally speaking a sustainable, permacultural, humane method of producing food.
I am determined to give my child only the best nutrition and most nurturing environment possible, before, during, and after birth. I am currently engrossed in research concerning health and nutrition during pregnancy, and am planning the most gentle, unmedicated, intervention-free birth possible: a midwife-attended birth at home. I am committed to gentle, natural, and loving parenting choices such as birth bonding, bedding close to baby, babywearing, immediate response to baby’s cry, extended breastfeeding, and baby-led weaning. I am also heavily influenced by the Doctors Sears; I have found their parenting library to be a wonderful, compassionate, and down-to-earth resource as I am learning more about being a mother.