As a first time mom, I was a bit neurotic.Up 25x a night putting my finger under his nose to make sure he was still breathing. Refused to give him formula for almost 6 months even though I wasn’t making enough milk for him. (hindsight is 20 x20) Carried a diaper bag that weighed 45 pounds cause I had to have everything….just incase. I warmed his bottles, therefore creating a temperature snob. Not warm, not eating.
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I was literally a wreck for the first 6 months of LJ’s life. Beyond sleep deprived, spent 80% of the day with half a shirt on, and barely got out of the house.
So now, while my mind is still semi-clear and only partially hormone crazy, I’m promising my future self that things WILL be different.If necessary, this child will get formula at night given by Daddy. I will not get up every time I hear the baby cry and Hubs is up….he’s got it. No warming bottles. Room temperature or even cold. I’m not warming water bottles on my dashboard. This child will sleep in his/her own room from day 1. I’ll get a video monitor, but no fingers under the nose/hand on chest during the night.
I know that many of the crazy things I did are common for first time moms. You have to learn somehow. But this time, I refuse to be a walking zombie, angry at the world, hating life for the first 6 months. I will learn, I will do things differently.
Future me, read this. Stick to it. Go back to bed!!
What have you done with your kids in the past that you swear you will never do again?