Meg, who writes Spicy Magnolia, commented on one of my recent posts saying she was having her first baby in January and that she was scared out of her mind. And so of course I thought, “I’ll bet Meg would love some unsolicited advice from the internets!”
So then Meg, here is everything you ever wanted to know about becoming a mom but was smart enough not to ask:
- In the words of Dr. Spock, trust yourself. Use your own good sense. If that fails, Google for reassurance.
- You don’t need 99% of the stuff at Babies R Us. Return that battery powered bottle warmer and buy yourself a nice pair of sweats.
- Never change a poopy diaper while wearing bell sleeves.
- Don’t stock up on diapers. As soon as you do, they will grow into the next size.
- The one time you go to the grocery store without the diaper bag, you and the other customers will live to regret it.
- Don’t bother putting shoes on your kiddo until they start walking – more money for shoes for you!
- Do what you have to do to make life easy for yourself. I kept Sean in zip up sleepers for the first year of his life after trying to dress him in one of those cute little Osh Kosh bib overall outfits nearly sent me off the deep end.
- Don’t under-estimate your baby’s ability to take in and absorb information – good and bad. Kids are omnipotent. They are aware of everything that is going on in the house.
- Take lots of pictures and write stuff down. Your brain won’t be able to hold that much wonderful.
- Let your child see your eyes light up when he enters the room. Let him know every day that you are glad he was born, glad you got to be his mom. Let your child know daily he is a source of joy in your life. This will make up for the times when motherhood kicks your booty.
- Never forget that motherhood is the most precious season in a woman’s life. Wring the joy out of every day.
Then again Meg, don’t listen to me. I have a whole category dedicated to parenting gone awry.
Got some good new mom advice for Meg? Leave it in the comments!
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Update: A little thank you note to y’all from soon-to-be new mom Meg:
“Hello, everyone! This is Meg. 🙂 I want to reply to each of your comments to say “thank you”! They all mean so much to me and I’m printing them out to keep. But for those of you who don’t have a blog for me to click on and reply to you personally, please accept my deep appreciation for taking the time to leave a comment; I still feel so encouraged by this post and the comments! I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you!
November 1st, 2008