On December 2nd, 2011 I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Sydney István Box. The labor was long and painful but the delivery was as planned, all natural.
As with my daily choices in sustainability, I wanted to start out Sydney on a natural path, without any drugs or any artificial assistance. I only wanted help from the nurses, my doula, and my husband.
Since the birth, my days and my nights have been a whirlwind, with lots of friends and family offering their assistance and advice. I take it all in anywhere I can!
Daily I’m being reminded by my husband to not forget the extra diapers and baby clothes as I’m leaving the house. I need to be reminded to nourish and to hydrate since I’m breastfeeding and the baby will need me to be healthy. Friends and family remind me to stay in the moment because time will go by too fast.
While it is true that we need to enjoy the moment, my son reminds me every day that the future matters just as much.
When I walk down the street and see trash in the gutter, I hope that by the time my son is old enough to wander in this neighborhood, the streets will be green and clean. As I travel across town to recycle hazardous waste, I look forward to the day when recycling is the norm and not the exception. When I go to the grocery store and see the cashier bag everything in plastic, I hope that the single use bag will be a thing of the past before my son makes his first purchase.
When I look into my sons eyes, something magical happens and I’m transformed into an optimist, who is convinced that we can do better. And while I enjoy every moment with him, even the many sleepless nights, I can’t help but think of the future and what I can do to make it better for him and for us.
I hope you all will join me in making 2012 an exceptionally good year, not just for the planet, but for all the future generations to come!
Thank you for partnering with me in 2011 in all the fun and I look forward to hearing from you again in the New Year!
This article appeared in the on-line magazine for actors The Networker, in January 2012.