Yeah, I'm still alive. Just been busy. So something thats been on my mind...
I'm really out of the loop on babies with my baby being 14 in May. I had my little quirks, but I was still a real laid back mom. Someone asked me if I wanted a changing table and I laughed and said "I have one! The living room floor!". I never had a diaper pail either. My oldest had her first taste of mashed potatoes & cranberries at 2 months... her first taste of peanut butter probably around the same time. I started feeding her cereal soon after that. My youngest I started on cereal at about a month and she had tastes of everything as I ate things. If I didn't wear a coat, they didn't. If I didn't think I needed a hat, they didn't.
I know a lot of things have changed in almost 15 years, but I really am amazed at some of the things that I hear from moms of little ones now. I seriously never heard of sterilizing a bottle until today. My youngest took a pacifier until she was about 2 1/2... I don't think I EVER did anything but rinse it off on occasion. Know what made her stop using it? We had a puppy that got a hold of it and chewed the end of the nipple part off and left it lay on the floor. I watched Krissy walk up to it later on, pick it up and stick it in her mouth. She pulled it out of her mouth, looked at the end bitten off, threw it back on the ground and never picked it up again.
Now, let me tell you my one dumb mommy move. When Taryn, my oldest, was born I breastfed her. I couldn't believe how much she ate! At night she would nurse for about 1/2 hour, fall asleep, but as soon as I'd move to go put her in her crib she'd wake up and start eating again. Some nights she ate for a good three hours! It took me a good 3 or 4 months before I figured out why that kid never took a manufactured pacifier. Mom, your a dumbass.
And sleeping.... oh I listened to the doctor and laid her on her back to sleep. Even tried her side. The kid wouldn't sleep for more than an hour or two at a time. My sister (10 years older than me) was watching her one day when she was about 4 months old and when I got home Taryn was laying on the kitchen table... ON HER TUMMY... sleeping. I just about had a heart attack. Then I found out that she had been sleeping almost the entire time we were gone... 5 hours! I put that kid on her tummy that night in her crib and got my first 7 hours of sleep since the day before delivery. To this day she's a tummy sleeper.
My kids shared a bassinet and a crib with a cat, crawled all over dogs, chewed on their ears and sucked on their nose. They used a walker that had wheels, they ate dirt off the floor and sometimes food that fell on the floor.
My point to all this? There really isn't one. But I do enjoy the mommy blogs & message board posts, but let me warn you... some I laugh at, some I roll my eyes at and some I sympathize with. As much as I want to reply and say how I did things way back when... I know you all would think I need to go into a loony bin!
Maybe this is my way to say that its ok.. they all grow up just fine. Mine sure did... outside of their thyroid conditions, they rarely get sick. But really, sit back and enjoy them because from someone who is dealing with teenagers - I'd love to go back to those nervous baby years and pay just a little bit more attention to the little stuff and even less about the stuff that really isn't going to matter years down the road. My oldest just walked through the kitchen and I am pretty sure she was never affected by that junebug she ate when she was a year old...
Wait. I wonder if the junebug stole her common sense on the way down her throat.... that could explain a lot!