I'm on this facebook that is all about women sharing parenting tips and tricks. And recommendations for good wax places and prenatal yoga. It's a good place.
But, I'm surprised at least daily by what people ask of the the group. "My child ate 6 pieces of pizza at a birthday party the other day. Does he have food issues?" "My daughter isn't sleeping through the night and she's 13 weeks old. What should I do?", "My son cries when I won't pick him up right away." and on and on.
It makes me think that people are leaning a bit heavy on social media to get their questions answered.
So, here's my advice:
Trust your instincts.
If you have a question, call your mom or your sister or text your best friend. Or me!
When in doubt, pick up your baby and give her a hug or a squeeze. Guess what? They are going to be big soon and move away and have babies of their own.
If your child is sleeping in your bed, make sure you put your hand on their little body while they are sleeping at least once a night. So you can feel them breath and dream in their sleep. Thank whoever it is you thank that you have that little angel sleeping next to you and rub their back before turning back over to fall asleep yourself. Remember that they will sleep in their own beds soon and also have boyfriends.
If your child eats too much pizza at a party give her an apple and a glass of water when she gets home. It will help her poo later.
If your child still takes a bottle at 3 years old, don't worry about it. No one ever walked down the aisle at graduation for high school drinking out of a baby bottle.
If your baby doesn't want to eat bananas then don't give them to her.
Same goes for string cheese, peas and chicken.
If your child watches too much TV, turn it off.
If all else fail, remember these three words: It's a phase.
I like to go back to BFF's blog because she documents her pregnancies (and children's lives, really) so meticulously, week by week. Not here so much. When you come here you get a hodge podge.
So far, she and I are on the same path. When she was 21 weeks, which is what I am now (it's like the first week of my 6th month, which I think is easier to understand than weeks), she could feel the baby moving a lot but husband and kid couldn't. Same same with me. She had gained about a half a pound, I am about the same. We both had/have a visible bump. I'm still not in maternity clothes but that is mostly me being stubborn.
I feel really good and am enjoying growing the baby in my tummy. I generally like being pregnant and try to make the most of it. I've been doing a whole lot of yoga which I hope to continue after I have the baby, but who the heck knows? I've been sleeping better and I've pretty much stopped having headaches. I'm excited for this baby but excited to have 4 more months to grow him or her, too.
I'm mostly just hungry. Ha! Do you have any snacks??
You can't really tell I'm pregnant in these pics, but I happen to have pics of me, so you get to see them here.
In person I think you can tell, but you might also just think I'm fat. It's okay. I still love you. I'm not fat, I'm pregnant.
This was 20 weeks. My pal is at 35 weeks so any bump I might have had would be totally overshadowed.
Us at Disney last week. You can tell here, but again I could just be a chubby lady.
This shadow pic at 21 weeks was supposed to show the awesome plant my dad planted but instead it came out cool of my belly. It's bigger in the shadow than in real life but that is generally the case with shadows.