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Green is where the Heart Is for April 17, 2013

“Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.” ~Jimmy Piersal On how to diaper a baby

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

What can I say?  Pure joy enfolds my as I enjoy the relationship of MoMo (grandmother) and that someone special for the fifth time. 
A baby girl was born to our son and daughter-in-law recently and my world is once again expanded.
Having birthed four babies myself I have seen changes in attitudes and acceptances over the years.  Home birth or hospital?  Natural or epidural?  Breastfeeding or formula?  Cloth diapers or disposables? 
I have noticed that although each parent has their own convictions on how to birth and take care of this little one, there is one universal and basic ingredient that propels this life into a successful and productive human being.  That ingredient is love.
I insisted on doing things more ‘naturally’ during the 70’s when society was cycling around again to forego the anesthetic that ‘could affect the child.’ 
When one of those same babies grew to become a rebellious teenager I looked back on it and thought to myself, “I refused pain medication at your birth and this is how you repay me?”
I chose breastfeeding over formula, for the most part, cloth diapers over Pampers and did not introduce solids until 6-10 months. 
I was holding one of my babies on my lap as I ate lunch and she grabbed the apple off my plate and put it to her mouth.  I figured she was ready for solids. 
But through the trials and tribulations of raising children one thing remained constant and that is the love that will always surround them. 
Teenagers do grow up and realize that their parents aren’t as clueless as they think they are at age 15.  In fact, by the time one reaches 30 those parents may be admired as the adult child may be raising children of their own. 
I still feel the love my own mother showered on me and although my father’s way of showing love was completely different than hers, I felt the connection and knew I was not alone.
So choose cloth.  Choose disposables.  Choose nursing or the bottle.  But above all, choose LOVE.  For the greatest thing is love and it is the unifying bond that will nurture this new generation and create a planet and a place to thrive in a healthy and happy experience.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.