Here is a list of a few of the things I have learned since having Laura. This is the stuff they should REALLY put in the baby books.
- When going to the store ALWAYS park next to either a curb or the shopping cart pick up. Once you've loaded up all your groceries, and you've loaded your more than likely crying baby into his/her carseat, the last thing you would want to do is have to figure out how to get your shopping cart (or buggy if you live in the south like me) back where it goes. I hate being 'that person' who just leaves their cart in the middle of the parking lot and I am also not going to be 'that mom' who leaves her kid alone in the car either. The easiest solution is to park next to a curb or cart return.
- After awhile everything becomes a burp/spit up cloth. Whether it is a random onesie sitting around or the bottom of your own shirt, everything is an option in the time of need.
- Don't start stocking up on things until you know your baby and their own preferences. Laura has zero interest in pacifiers and I have 5 unopened packages of pacifiers and pacifier clips sitting in her dresser.
- After your baby shower, go through all the clothes you received and purge clothes with sizes that won't fit the season. A lot of the time people don't pay attention to the size and will buy something because it is cute. I had to get rid of at least 10 outfits that were winter style clothes that would fit when Laura was 6 months old in the dead of summer. I also have Christmas dresses and Halloween onesies that would only fit 4 or 5 months before or after the actual holiday.
- Take a book/magazine and snack for yourself with you everywhere. Find a good parking lot/park in town that is convenient to your home. I promise you there will come a time when you're crying backseat driver will fall asleep, and it will usually by as you are on the way home. The last thing you want to do is have to take that baby out of the car seat to go inside your house after they have finally fallen asleep! I There have been several times this has happened to me, and I head to a nearby park, grab my book, and let her snooze. Once she wakes up, happy as can be, we head home.
- You are going to feel like a bad mom at some point. It's inevitable. Say this out loud...YOU ARE A GOOD MOM. The fact that you care at all about what kind of mom you are means you are a good mom. You will need to remind yourself this often, like when you are standing in Starbucks with your sleeping baby in the stroller while you wait for your drink order and you drop your cell phone on her head which of course followed with blood curdling screams. I could feel all the judgment in the room swarming my way. I am a good mom. I am a good mom. I am a good mom.