I’m far from being an expert, but a recent discussion about pregnancy and parenting got me thinking. And bloggers rarely think primarily their heads unless they are too lazy to actually log into WordPress. Hence…
- Jolly Ranchers have the same effect as Preggie Pops for nausea but are much cheaper.
- The neuroses does not go away but only intensifies so get used to it. Moms worry about their kids, in the womb, out of the womb…toddlers, teens. It doesn’t matter.
- None of the wives’ tales actually induce labor. I was late twice (over a week!) and tried them all; save yourself from Castor Oil.
- Bad news: nine months on and nine months off is pretty accurate.
- Good news: I gained nearly 60 lbs. twice and lost it all both times.
- Birth plans can quickly deteriotate to one word–epidural. Ask for it immediately upon entering the hospital.
- Pick a baby name you love and don’t worry about trends. Pre-Twilight Bella turned into #1 within a year. Oh well.
- Contrary to popular belief, you do not forget the pain.
- However, it’s more than worth it as evidenced by families with multiple children.
- People who say “I loved being pregnant” are either lying or strange.
- If you’re breastfed baby refuses a bottle, try giving it in the tub. Seriously.
- Spoiling baby by holding them too much? No way. You will never look back and think, “I wish I held my baby less.” They will eventually learn to sleep on their own. Promise.
- Speaking of getting your baby to sleep, buy Dr. Ferber’s book and be done with it.
- Remember “Pregnancy” #2? I told you so.
- Do not Google childhood ailments. Ask your pediatrician; it’s much safer.
- Everyone tells you, “Enjoy, it goes so quickly.” They’re right. Embrace LEGOs all over the house as best you can.
- Timers, reward charts, incentives and the rest are fine. But “I said get dressed NOW” is sometimes the only answer.
- Time yourself out as much (if not more) than you do your child.
- Get together with other moms and share your concerns.
- When it gets rough, remember “this too shall pass.”