Until recently, I had no idea I was a "scrunchy" mom. However, having realized that I tend to combine pieces of certain parenting philosophies and leave the rest behind, and definitely after learning I've dealt with more than a few struggles every scrunchy mom knows all too well, I have to admit: I am "scrunchy" mom, through and through.
Now, I realize new "mom identities" seem to be popping up left and right and on a constant basis, so here's a break down of what it actually means to be "scrunchy" mom. A "crunchy" mom prefers so-called natural approaches to childbirth and parenting. This is the mom who probably had a home birth with zero interventions, uses cloth diapers, bed shares, and breastfeeds on demand for an extended period of time. A "silky" mom, on the other hand, uses advances in science and technology to her advantage. She's all about a hospital birth with an epidural, she uses disposable diapers, and she feeds her kid formula. So, as I am sure you can guess, a "scrunchy" mom is a gentle combination of the two.
I've found many moms are scrunchy moms, only because life doesn't usually fit into neat little boxes. You might plan to breastfeed, but encounter difficulties that make that impossible. You may plan to let your baby snooze in a crib, but find out they sleep way better when they're in your bed. Usually, and at least in my experience, you have to compromise some of your parenting "ideals" when confronted with the reality of caring for a newborn.
Of course, whatever type of "mom identity" you associate yourself with is going to come with its own trials an tribulations. However, if you're a "scrunchy" mom, you've probably been through the following struggles a time or two: