It’s my first Mother’s Day as Mommie. It’s funny how your life changes in small ways the moment you have a baby to take care of. Before I became a parent, I had a list of things I’d never do. I wouldn’t go so far as saying I judged people who did them (okay … maybe I did just a little bit…) but I was certain my life would never come to that. Whenever I had kids, I’d be way more put together than that.
But here I am … the parent of an 12-week old … and I’ve found myself doing those very things I swore I’d never do. And not only do I do them … but I do them regularly!
Just for fun on this Mother’s Day, here’s my top five:
- Leave the house with brushing your hair….or your teeth! I swear I didn’t mean to. But the morning was crazy. Baby girl wouldn’t nap. So I put my hair in a ponytail, put some clothes on, strapped her in the carseat, and walked out the door to head to Target. (She’ll nap in the Ergo … works like a charm!) It wasn’t until I got almost home from our outing that I realized I didn’t brush my hair before I put it up. And I never brushed my teeth that morning. I wish I could say that’s the only day it’s happened, but … it’s not. Woops…
- Listen to white noise in the car. I adore music. I just knew baby girl would too. And she does – most of the time. But she hates the car. It’s not even a strong dislike … it’s an abhorrence. As she gets older, she’s getting better … but as soon as she gets a tiny bit sleepy, she screams. And I mean screams. But – we discovered that if we put white noise on our phone through the aux plug to the speakers in the car, it quiets her down … most of the time. So – we sacrifice our own desire to listen to ear-pleasing music and listen to the white noise instead.
- Spend $200 on clothes to take home, try on, and return. I gained 50 pounds during my pregnancy. 30 of it came off real quickly … like within the first 3 weeks. but I was still stuck with 20 of it. So none of my clothes fit. Since baby girl hates the carseat, I can’t put her in the stroller in a store – so I wear her. No matter what. Have you ever tried to try on clothes while wearing a baby? It’s impossible. So, I loaded up my cart with things I might like to try on, took it to the checkout line and swiped my card, and brought it home. Only to discover that most of it didn’t fit anyway and had to be returned. Oh yeah … this has happened more than once too.
- Let your baby sleep in your bed. I mean seriously … I need my own space. And my bed … it belongs to me and D. No kids allowed. Besides – it can’t be safe, right? Let me tell you … letting baby girl sleep in my bed means I get glorious sleep. When she wakes up wanting to be fed, I just roll over and stick my b@@b in her mouth. I fall back asleep, she falls back asleep, it’s like neither one of us ever woke up. Granted, she does start the night in her bassinet by our bed … but more often than not she ends up right beside me in the big bed. It’s not that I haven’t put her in her crib because I don’t want her far away from me … it’s more out of selfishness that I keep her in our room. I just cannot imagine having to get up to nurse her and then go back to bed. Besides – she sorta likes the big bed … I mean, who wouldn’t?
- Breastfeed in public without a cover … especially in church. I’ve always been a supporter of breastfeeding. Even in public. If a baby needs to eat, a baby needs to eat. But I swore I would always cover myself while feeding my baby. I was always a modest gal anyway – and who really wants to see my b@@b? But baby girl does NOT like to be covered while she is eating. In fact, she dislikes it so much that she won’t really eat while covered. And she won’t take a bottle. That leaves me with an angry, hungry baby … unless I feed her without a cover. So I do. I try to be discreet about it … but a mama’s gotta do what a mama’s gotta do. Thankfully I have a very supportive husband who would tell anyone to back off if they made a rude comment to me.
Most importantly, I’ve learned not to judge parents … we each have to do what works for us. No matter how crazy it might look to the outside world.
What about you? What’s on your top five?