Mommy Diaries, star date April 2008
If I knew then what I know now....
In this month's issue of one of the parenting magazines we (I) read, there was an article about moms' favorite pieces of advice they were given before they had their kids. It got me to thinking back to the many, many, many words of wisdom that were passed on to me by friends and family.
Here is a list of what I remember most clearly, and has helped me along the way. I even added a few of my own epiphanies! Maybe they will be helpful to someone else. (Unfortunately, I do not recall who shared them! Feel free to claim these, or add your own comments!)
*Snap all metal snaps together before putting clothes in the dryer; it will avoid getting the snaps caught in the side of the dryer.
*Use a multipurpose pad over the cover on the changing table. When she inevitably pees or poops mid-change (or that Pamper is carrying an out of control load), you can just wash the pad and the changing table cover is still clean.
*Don't be afraid to make noise when she is napping; it will help her become a more sound sleeper.
*Ask for clothing gift cards for holidays/birthdays. Toys break, and clothes are expensive.
*Trust your mommy instincts. No one knows her better than you do.
*You are her protector, her voice, and her advocate. Do whatever it takes to keep her healthy, well, and safe...even if it doesn't make sense to the rest of the world!
*She'll only be little once. Cherish every single moment, and remember when she is screaming her head off at 2:00 am for no explainable reason!
*Every child is different. They all reach milestones at different stages and have their own unique personalities.
*Never, EVER be afraid to ask questions. No one thinks you're stupid, and if they act like they do, they obviously never had small children.
*Every mother is different. You have to figure out what is best for you and your child.
Sometimes that means following the rules; sometimes it means making up your own.