Jamie Lynne Grumet

I am Jamie Lynne Grumet: a follower of Jesus, a wife, a mother, and founder of the Fayye Foundation.

My son Aram was born in June 2008.

My son Samuel was born December 2006 and was adopted in November of 2010 from Ethiopia.

We live in Los Angeles and practice homeschooling and travelschooling.

I am chronically mistaken for the babysitter of my children. Ironically, our babysitter is always mistaken for my kids’ mom- even when I’m there! Although never malicious, ageism and racism play a part in why people automatically assume to know our family dynamic (or lack thereof). I hope that, with this blog, people will get a chance to see a family that may look a little different, but is as close and loving as a family that meets the stereotypical ideal. It is time to break barriers, stop making assumptions, and realize that families come in all different shapes and sizes and still define the term.

I will only write about what I know.

My goal for this blog is to write about our experiences with adoption, attachment parenting, travel, young marriage, and any other unique lifestyle choice we may make.

People often mistake a mother that practices “attachment parenting” as being so totally absorbed in her children that she forgets about other relationships (most importantly, her husband/partner). It is simply not true for most women, and I want to celebrate the balance of life and family.

I have two purposes for this blog. The first is to inspire other women to make the healthiest choices for their families and have their own identity apart from their children. Clearly, based on our family choices I do not mean to spend less time with family. Rather, I think it’s important to understand that the most healthy example for a child is to see  their parents embracing their romantic relationship with each other, as well as their own self worth and individuality.

My second purpose for this blog is to bring awareness to the causes that all mothers can come together to support. I am passionately supportive of the efforts of organizations like Fayye Foundation and Awassa Children’s Project to fight both the orphan and AIDS crises in Ethiopia.  I believe that global community is crucially important and that Ethiopia can provide as much for us as we can provide for them.

Come join the fun, support the cause, and feel empowered to make the decisions that are right for your family!

 

I Support You

My mom still talks about hiding in the closet in her own home to nurse her baby when relatives were over. The pressure to wean was immense back in the 1970′s and she weaned my brother and sister before she or my siblings were ready.When I came along in 1986, my mother was more confident to power through heavy criticism and practiced child-led weaning, which was what she believed was right for me....more

Breastfeeding Support for NICU Mothers: Berlin NICU

Sitting in the glow of natural lighting, baby Grace sleeps comfortably on the warm skin of her...more

Quest for a Tattoo: Isis

On my quest for a tattoo, the first thing that popped in my head was the goddess Isis, and honestly, it probably had more to do with a gift someone recently sent me than my strong desire to tattoo an Egyptian goddess on myself. I initially thought about getting the symbol of Isis, the tyet (it’s supposed to be a knot)…but then I thought, “Wait, doesn’t someone else I know have an Isis tattoo?” Then I remembered, it’s not someone I know, but someone I know of: Rihanna’s tattoo is actually quite well done, but I figured I’d skip the Isis reference; it’s been done. However, this is a great time to bring up this huge icon of ancient Egyptian culture ....more

Play

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing ....more

Conversations with Brian – Conservative Christian Values

Despite what Brian says, I think we appear quite conservative and wholesome … Me: Quick! If you were dying and on your death bed insisted that your only wish was that I remarry, which celebrity would match the character archetype you would want to replace you? Brian: Ughhhh……Tim Tebow… Me: Seriously? ...more

Victorian Smiles

Source When most of us think of a photo taken in the Victorian era, we often think of the hollow stare of the people in the photograph.  This was because cameras had long exposure times, which made it difficult to hold a pose and stay smiling. Retronaut has a wonderful page called The Smiling Victorian. This collection of smiling people during the Victorian period is a delightful reminder that the joy of human spirit is timeless ....more

Retro Moment: The Breast Care Machine

This produce in the mid 1930s claimed it would maintain perky breasts, stimulate breast growth, tighten large breasts, and maintain an overall attractive appearance. The post Retro Moment: The Breast Care Machine appeared first on I Am Not the Babysitter ....more

Do You Seesaw?

Well, in an attempt to better my social media skills I somehow ended up signing up for Seesaw. Seesaw is a program that allows you to vote on choices given to you by others. So, since we are going away for the weekend and haven’t decided where yet- help us pick! ...more

Embarassed: The Importance of Normalizing Breastfeeding

The top three causes of death for children under five years old in the world: 1. Pneumonia. 2. Preterm Birth Complications 3 ....more

Real Men of Attachment Parenting (in Training) #realmenofap

From his mom, Margaux, My little guy is already practicing to be a gentle Daddy (like his own) so I made him a mini-mei tai carrier for his own babies.   Check out Margaux’s blog for more information on her AP family. The post Real Men of Attachment Parenting (in Training) #realmenofap appeared first on I Am Not the Babysitter ....more