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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Most Important Meal Of The Day

After my post, Worst Mother Of The Year, I realize now that I should be keeping an on going list of things that I swore I wouldn't as a new mom. Something tells me it is going to get worse before it gets better...

Today's act actually shocked me.

Okay, "shocked" is a bit of an exaggeration.

You wanted nothing to do with your high chair or bananas and cereal so, I followed you around the living room with your breakfast in order to get you to eat it. It worked... for you and made me mad at myself. While I do believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I'm happy that I found a way to get you to eat it, I don't want to start a bad habit.

This got me thinking about some of the other things I have done as a mother (so far) that I'm not proud of:
  • Letting you play with my iPhone.
  • Talking entirely too much about poop... color, texture, size. Blech!
  • Leaving you sleeping in the car (gulp!) while I ran into pick up my dry cleaning, a sandwich and pay for gas. Not all at the same time.
  • Putting you in a shopping cart without a seat protector.
  • Wiping your nose and then wiping my hand clean on the jeans that I've been wearing for three days in a row.
  • See above about the jeans. I have worked my butt off to get back into my pre-pregnancy jeans and am proud to say that I now weigh what I did at my first OB appointment, but I live in yoga pants, tank tops and hoodies. I hardly ever wear make up and most of the time, I smell like you. I never thought I'd let myself go.
Before becoming a mother, I had many ideas and ideals about motherhood being the perfect mother. I thought that some moms were just lazy, ill-informed or both and that I was clever enough to break the cycle. I was going to break new ground. It didn't take long to learn that all those impressions I had were going to go right out the window.

I know that once I let go of these ideals and stop trying to be perfect, I will relax enough to enjoy my son and be the mother I was meant to be.

For all you moms out there, what did you always vow that you’d never do as a parent, but find yourself doing today?

By the way, stay tuned, the list above is sure to grow. :)

The best is yet to be.

Day 56/100

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Blogger Leah said...

I promise no matter what you do, you will never ever be the worst mother of the year! U are too good to that little man! And as for today's adventure, you simply wanted your guy to eat and you can't be faulted for that.

April 20, 2010 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger mamacoreenie said...

Both hubby and I SWORE we would never sniff our baby's bum to see if a diaper change was needed. That didn't last long! And we talk about poop too much fact, I'm working on a post about it for my blog. We also use TV as a babysitter at times, and are not above resorting to bribes (example: I'll give you a tictac - one for each hand - if you just get in the car right now).

But we have a generally happy kid with an active imagination who, on occasion, eats all his veggies without making it a full contact sport.

You are a great mom - even if you feed your kid on the run!

April 20, 2010 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Oh, where do I begin!!? I've been thinking about this all day! I do all of the things you mentioned, and also the things that mamacoreenie mentioned. On top of all of those things, Tater had french fries and about 2 bites of chicken for dinner tonight, he had candy before breakfast, and still gets up in the middle of the night for milk (he's 2-1/2). There's many others I don't care to admit, too :)

April 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

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