Laotian Commotion

Here’s a quick Laotian Commotion FAQ. More questions? Feel free to comment and I’ll answer!

What are ‘you?’

Laotian (pronounced lay-oh-shun) refers to anything that is of or relating to Laos. “Laotian Civil War”; “Laotian Commotion.”

Where is ‘Lao-shuh?’

It’s Laos (pronounced like the word louse), actually. It is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south and Thailand to the west. IT’S THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PLACES WITH ALL THE ASIAN FOOD.

How long have you been here?

Well, my family arrived in Washington State in 1979; I was born here.

What’s the Commotion?

Laotian Commotion is my clumsy stumble from a party girl with a surprise pregnancy to become a natural birthing, anti-circumcision, breastfeeding, baby-wearing, cloth diapering, and non-vaccinating Mama but don’t care if you do neither of those things just as long as you leave your nose outta my shit. Through this journey, I have realized that I am better connecting to not only instincts but my tobacco-spitting grandmother, who had a tall boy of Budweiser every day. Before her frat boy assimilation, she raised four children in Laos without epidurals, formula, disposables, and pediatricians. With her inspiration (minus the tobacco), I am constantly trying to simplify my family on my quest to find time to make Jell-O shots again.

This blog is dedicated to her and all the Lao moms keeping the culture and their children alive in a third-world country without BabyCenter. com and without your free advice. And to talk about how cool my kids are.

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2 thoughts on “Laotian Commotion

  1. I think it’s amazing to be able to embrace the changes that occurs when transitioning to mommyhood. AND I love that you have remained connected to you ancestry and made a decision to make that part of your child’s life. How have I missed this blog for a year now. Can’t wait to read more about your experiences. Lata!!!

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