Did you have it all planned out? How you were going to be a parent?
Of course, you would draw in things that you liked about your childhood with some minor twists of things that you’d like to change/add.
I had it all figured out.
And because I am stubborn (don’t tell my husband that I’m admitting to that), there are several things that I have stuck too…and others that were thrown out the window the second Mr. Man came home.
What has stayed:
(1) The boob juice. I was DETERMINED that I was going to breastfeed. Yes, a lot of it had to do with the health benefits, bonding and blah blah blah. But let’s be honest. It is also the most economical choice (if you can..I know that many women are unable to for one reason or another). Seriously though, have you seen the price of formula?!?!?! Our budget is already at max-capacity and if I could make the boob juice work, that is what we were going to do. Now, here we are, 9 months later and still going strong!
(2) Homemade Baby Food. I love to cook. I love the love that goes into it. I also love that I know exactly what is (and what isn’t) being put into that cute little belly. So, since he is now on solids, everything he eats has been made by me…and sometimes my husband…but more often than not it really is our steamer. It’s worked out great! We cook a bunch on Sundays, put it into ice cube trays, freeze and we have lots of food for weeks that is better for him, no preservatives, and costs less than the little jars of “food.”
What was thrown out the window:
I was the one that said, “I will never be bringing that baby to bed.” This was also followed (frequently) by, “I can’t imagine why anyone would bring their child to sleep in the parents bed…that’s just crazy talk!” Well, I’ve had the crazy-person’s Kool-Aid. Yup, Mr. Man has somehow managed his cute little butt into our bed 98.5% of the time since birth. I don’t know how he does it…considering he doesn’t walk yet.
(2) Whoops, just realized I didn’t number the other one. I think it’s safe to say everyone is following along okay? Anywho…the controversial topic of blankets and bumpers. I was well versed in what not to do: no blankets on the baby. No bumpers in the bed. Absolutely NO sleeping on the stomach! Well, the little man was born on the 4th of July. It was hot. He was in our room with the air conditioner and he got cold. Needless to say, he has (since birth) slept with at least one blanket on…and we’ve always had the bumper in the crib. Oh yeah, and he’s a belly sleeper too (although that wasn’t from the get-go).
Funny how quickly our ideals or “plans” of how we are going to parent changes the moment we meet them.
Do you find yourself being hypocritical about your parenting style?