I try to be the best mom as I can to Isabella. I try to make sure that she drinks good organic milk. Eats organic foods as often as possible. I diaper her bum in cloth. I breastfed. I babywear as often as I can. I co-sleep. I made her baby food. I try to give her a fairly peaceful environment, granted that’s hard since I should change her name to “Isabella NO!” My kid is just one of those that has to see, do and touch everything in sight.
But what would I do over? Would I do anything differently than I have? Would I take people’s advice like I did or just smile and nod and do what I wanted to do in the first place?
Answer: Yes to all.
If I had another baby (no no that’s not going to happen). I would do things that I should have done with Isabella. I would cloth diapered its little bottom sooner, right from birth. I would breastfeed longer then I did with Isabella. I stopped with her because she would bite then RIP her head to one side… while laughing. I would babywear more than I did. I had a sling right from the get go but never felt safe using it until she was older. I wish that I had purchased the Sleepy Wrap a lot sooner than I did. It was much more comfortable than the sling and I felt so much more secure with her in it. I would hold it more, I held Isabella quite a bit. But I felt guilty because people would tell me that she will be spoiled if I held her too much. I would do sign language at a young age. Do I have my regrets? Yes. I am not mad to the point of utter guilt. I just wish I had done somethings a little differently. Also I’m in no way trying to make myself out to be mother of the year because of what I have done with Isabella OR am I trying to look for sympathy. Or am I trying to make other’s feel bad for what they have or haven’t done. It was just a thought that crossed my mind and I decided to write it down.
There are somethings that I’m happy I did with her and I wouldn’t change. I love having her in my bed at night, even with the smacks, feet in the face, little hands trying to pinch my lip nights. I love that I did get to babywear and I still do. My daughter is a healthy, happy, inquisitive, active little bug and I know that what I do from this point on matters just as much as what I did or didn’t do in the past. Nor is this a slam to anyone who has given me advice, whether or not I followed it.
But this was nothing more than a thought that crossed my mind and ended up on my blog…
I’m sure I’ll offend someone!!! LOL!