Today is my 27th birthday! This birthday feels so different to me because I feel like I'm on the brink of something awesome! Anyways, I thought it would be fun to do a post that talks about all the things I'm not sorry for when it comes to being a mom. This post was inspired by Christy Wright's post that she did on her birthday. I highly recommend you checking it out. Without further ado, here we go!
1. Drinking coffee - Okay, so I was still a little cautious with this one, however I can not resist my iced coffee from Starbucks. 😭 I drank maybe 3 cups a week.
2. Wanting an epidural - Ain't nobody gonna take those contractions for you! Do what works for YOU.
3. Not letting people touch your stomach - I have literally walked around with my hands on my stomach so people don't get the urge to touch my belly!
4. My C-Section "Pouch" - Ladies, mine went away on it's own. I'm not sure if this is everyone's experience but my mom tried to make me wear a girdle to make it go down further. 😭 I did only on the days I was going out, but I never wore it as much as she recommended. My "pouch" is actually completely gone now! 🙌
5. Not being in the mood to have company over - Seriously, this is your moment. Share it with your husband. It's okay to even say no to family. They literally can see baby the rest of his/her's life.
6. Not allowing people to hold your baby - This is your baby and it's your responsibility to protect them to the degree that you deem necessary. It doesn't matter how other people will perceive you!
7. Nursing your baby in public - This is absolutely normal! Forget what other people think or feel about you breastfeeding your baby.
8. Asking people to wash their hands before handling your baby - Either they cooperate or no snuggles!
9. Having people help you with a task before holding your baby - Holding your newborn is a privilege! In order to hold my baby, you must complete a task for me first. 😂
10. Choosing not to vaccinate - This is between you and your spouse.
11. Not taking your parents advice on how to raise your baby - What they did in their time was their choice. Research and access to information has evolved so much that it will probably debunk a lot of what our parents thought was good for us. Lol!
12. Nursing your baby to sleep - Some nights you'll want to throw your sleep association rules out the window. Nursing your baby to sleep gets the job done on those sleepless nights! #milkwasted
13. Letting your baby "cry it out" - This worked really well for us and I don't regret it one bit.
14. Taking clothes back to the store that you would never buy your kids - I don't like baby characters. Like, why do people do this? Seriously - baby animals, baby trees, etc. I like to dress my baby like a real human. However, if this is your thing - rock itttt.
15. Asking people to not buy your child any more toys - There are a lot of other ways that people can show that they love your kids! Like, volunteering to baby sit them for a date night or coming to play with them while you get some work done!
16. Not giving your baby rice cereal - what kind of foods you want to start your baby on is up to you.
17. Skipping pureed foods - Once again, this is your choice. Ain't nobody funding your grocery budget!
18. Feeding your family frozen pizza/meals - We all know this isn't the best, but hey - as a mom you need a break once in a while. Pick up a few frozen pizzas before you give birth because you're definitely gonna need them!
19. Letting your baby watch tv - Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to keep them entertained. Mama just wants to take a shower. Lol!
20. Splurging on a stroller/car seat - I mean afterall this is what protects baby!
21. Not taking a shower - Mom life is real and sometimes you don't get a break. Exhaustion is real. The shower can see you another day and your husband probably won't even notice. Just try to brush your teeth. 😂
22. Staying in gym clothes all day - Okay, so these are actually considered "athletic wear". I'm an athlete. An athlete around my house. 😂
23. Taking naps - If I could change one thing about my first 3 months of postpartum I would take more naps! The laundry and the dishes can come later. Take more naps!
24. Choosing to stay home with your baby - You being at home with your newborn is one of the greatest gifts you could ever give them. Don't apologize for this.
25. Keeping a rigid prayer/bible reading schedule - You'll quickly find that motherhood will cause everywhere to be your prayer closet! I have never felt so near to God as I do now as a mother.
26. Having an emotional breakdown - Motherhood is hard. You don't always have to "have it all together". Cry a little and release the moment.
27. Throwing baby's clothes in the drawer - Ain't nobody got time for folding those little onesies and things. But then again, maybe you do. 😬
If I could sum up this whole list in one phrase, it would be, "Be free from people". As a new mom, you're going to find that everyone wants to share their personal opinions and thoughts about what you should do with your baby. They'll even try to judge you for the things you tolerate and don't. I encourage you to be free from what other people think. They are not the ones raising your kids - you are. Thank them for their advice and keep it moving!
Those are 27 things to not be sorry for as a new mom.
Is there anything that you'd add to this list? Leave them in the comments below!