64 Days . . .
First of all, I was soooo going to send you that Today Show story yesterday. Too funny.
Secondly, its 64 days until the due date for Baby D.
Holy crap, when the heck did that happen? I was reminded of that fact (well, a lot to be honest, but especially) when I saw the Lessons in Motherhood article on The Everygirl yesterday. Every blogger mom was asked their favorite product(s), what product they didn’t need, three things that you learned that noone could prepare you for, best advice and then something you struggle with as a mom. The favorite products section is kind of funny (to me) as all of the ladies interviewed are bloggers and they need to keep some sort of “lean, green and clean” persona so a lot of the products are a little “crunchy” but most are dead on with what I’ve heard are go-tos (a lot of them I already have, thankfully!). The “products you didn’t need” section was pretty interesting . . . as a lot of those products (well, with the exception of the wipe warmer) are products that some of my girlfriends SWEAR by.
Just for fun I’ve decided to guess what my answers will be . . . and in a few months we’ll see if I was right!
Name: Dara, 32 <– Ugh, I’m so turning 32 next week and its bumming me out.
Children: Baby D, [X] months
- ERGObaby Carrier. It’s still on our registry but I need this because I have a feeling that the only way I’m going to get anything done around the house (and at work) is by strapping this baby (and the baby) on.
- Rock n Play Sleeper. It’s what the baby will sleep in for the first few weeks (or months? I have no clue?). It allowed Kim and Matt to sleep when they brought Lucia home (keeps the baby’s head elevated so they’re more comfy, supposidly!)
- Sleep Sheep. Another Kim recommendation. This little sheep has all sorts fo white noise sounds which babies are used to so it makes it easier for them to fall asleep. This makes sense as Mike and I both need a fan noise to fall asleep. After the baby moves into its own room we may need to buy a second Sleep Sheep for Mike and I!
One Product You Didn’t Need
Three Things You Learned That No One Could Have Prepared You For
- Our apartment will not remain as clutter-free and clean as I thought it would.
- I will need help more than I originally thought.
- My body won’t bounce back as quickly as I’d hoped, but that I’m okay with it. (<– I’m really hoping this isn’t true, but am trying to prepare myself that it will be)
Best Advice You Received
As every mom hears . . . just go with your instinct . . . you will know what is right for your baby and not every baby is the same.
Something You Struggle With As A Mom
Being a working Mom . . . especially the first few weeks. I feel like I’ll have it under control, but I know deep down it will be hard and almost impossible at points.
Here are a few other excerpts from The Everygirl piece that have stuck with me since reading it.
“My life really changed and all for the better. But it did take a little while to realize that, hey, things are different now. Gone are the days of being spontaneous and going away for the weekend, or heck, even running a last-minute errand. Gone are the days of uninterrupted sleep…or sleeping in for that matter. Gone are the days of staying out late or showering in peace. But I’m telling you, that smile or laugh makes it all worth it. I wouldn’t trade my Saturday nights in with the baby and hubby for anything else in the world!”
“You must take care of yourself first if you plan to be a good mother. It sounds counterintuitive, but you simply cannot care for another human being if you can’t care for yourself first. That means taking that break to eat a snack or shower so you feel more human again. It also means asking for help and not feeling guilty about it. I always remember that I’m the best mom to Ethan when I look out for myself and ensure that I can be a strong mentor and example for him.”
“Becoming a mom also means other mothers (and non-mothers, too) start handing you advice, warranted or not. Everyone thinks their way is best, and will defend it at all costs. The “right” way to parent a child is as individual as they are. Take the advice that feels right to you and smile and nod through the rest.”
“As a mother you will learn to adapt fast. Adapt to no sleep, adapt to the sounds of a screaming baby, adapt to having every emotions boiling at the surface all day and night. But there is adapting, and there is suffering. Don’t suffer! Ask for help when things get overwhelming.”
Have a great weekend!