Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Be A Fantastic Parent #7

#7 Trust your mommy gut. No one knows your child better than you. Follow your instincts when it comes to his health and well-being. If you think something's wrong, chances are you're right.

I know that I am not good at this one... and I think every mom has been there. You show up at the doctors office for a runny nose and turns out that your kiddo has had a double ear infection. Or maybe you keep telling yourself "it's nothing" only because you are paranoid about being that mom so you don't freak out.

But the truth of the matter is that you know your kids better than anyone else does. And there are going to be times that you just *know* something is wrong even if every test comes back normal and everyone says that you are crazy. That's ok! Ultimately it's not about what other people think, feel, or see... it's about you and your kids...

Along this same vein, but slightly off topic, don't feel like you need to justify your feelings to anyone else! Unless, of course, you clearly are crazy and need to tell people why they shouldn't write you off. I have been going through a rather emotional time lately, which I am sure I owe all to being way too pregnant. I feel like I have to explain to people why I am doing what I am doing... why I feel the way I do. It's even come down to me NOT telling others about my plans for a Bradley Birth, my reasons for avoiding a c-section (although my mom will tell me it's the easy way to do this), the love affair I have with my stroller, or even responding about things that normally I could talk about without getting heated. All of a sudden, things are very personal for me... and if people don't agree with me, I feel like I need to justify my thoughts or get them to agree with me... and that's more trouble than I think it's worth.

The bottom line is... whether it has to do with your personal convictions or your toddler's habits... it doesn't matter what other people think, do, or say. Ultimately, it's your life, your kids, and your happiness... trust yourself!

1 comment:

Courtney said...

Ugh- I am so terrified of becoming *that* mom! I get worried that there is something wrong with my kids, but when I take them to the doctor, they are fine... Or when there seems to be nothing wrong with them- they have an ear infection! It's like my mommy instinct chip is in backwards.

On the other topics- my thought is screw what other people think! :-) If you want to have a Bradley Birth, just do it... Do what works best for you. I don't blame you for not wanting a C-section- before both my kids were born I prayed and prayed for things to go well so I wouldn't have to have one.

I'll keep you in my prayers these next few weeks as you get ready for baby!!

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