I’m the mommy columnist for my local newspaper, and several months ago I wrote about 10 things I said I’d never do as a mom–that I’ve done. Today I’m sharing part 1, and come back tomorrow for part 2! I hope you’ll give me some grace with this post–and share those things about motherhood that you never imagined yourself doing as well!
Whenever I hear a single or married-without-children friend comment that they will never do this or that with their future kids, I have to chuckle.
I remember a time when I just knew my future children would be well-behaved little angels, that I would feed them only the healthiest of foods and that I would never, ever get frustrated with them.
Now wasn’t I humbled in this area?
Five years and three little girls later, I can pinpoint at least 10 things I’ve done as a mother that I said I would never, ever do! I’m sharing five of those things today, and I’ll keep you in suspense until I share the other five tomorrow!
1. I would never change a diaper after my kids turned 2.
I think God must have a sense of humor here. I remember having to change a friend’s toddler’s dirty diaper when my oldest was a baby. One look at the diaper and I said: “My children will be potty trained long before this!” Ha!
My oldest didn’t fully potty train until age 4, and I was so scarred by the experience that I haven’t even attempted to start potty training my almost 3 year old!
2. I would never use cloth diapers.
Doesn’t everyone know that cloth diapers are so much grosser than disposables? Actually, they aren’t. I hate to break the news, but poop is poop – no matter what “catches” it. And since I’ve had years of two in diapers at the same time, cloth diapering has saved my family money.
I actually now love using cloth diapers – so much so that I wrote an eBook manual on using cloth diapers!
3. I would never breastfeed longer than a year.
Wait? Do people actually breastfeed longer than a year? Yes, they do – and I’m one of them!
When my oldest turned 1 and showed no signs of weaning, I researched extended breastfeeding and found out that the World Health Organization actually recommends nursing until age 2 or until the child self-weans.
My oldest stopped on her own when she was nearly 2, and my second self-weaned around 18 months. My third child is almost 13 months and still nurses five to six times per day. So, yes, that means I’ve now been pregnant or breastfeeding (and sometimes both!) for six years now. And although I’m a bit exhausted at times (well, maybe more than a bit!), I’m perfectly content with that.
4. I would never let my kids sleep in the same room with me – much less the same bed.
It’s true that we placed our firstborn in her crib in her own room from the time she came home from the hospital, but since, up until very recently, we’ve lived in a two-bedroom house, our second and third babies had to sleep in bassinets in our bedroom.
To say we’ve suffered from lack of sleep over the past few years would be an understatement. Sometimes I think I forget what it feels like not to be tired.
But really, I love having my babies so close. Most nights, I’ll also wake up to a toddler and preschooler who have sneaked into our room and wedged their little bodies between me and my husband.
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5. I would never use a pacifier without first sanitizing it.
I’m sure first-time moms probably cringe when they observe me popping a pacie that’s fallen to the ground in my baby’s mouth. That’s OK. I probably cringed at other moms when I was a first-time mom, too! 😉