I love to blog, really I do. BUT, I find the Mommy bloggers out there are divided into two distinct groups:
- those who read the books (which I like to call the fear mongering books), know it all and are not afraid to tell you how to do it (this group can usually be found bitching at Linda and Kristin in the Parent Dish comment section)
- those who are getting by day by day and happily bend the rules in the books to their advantage and personal sanity
I confess I am definitely one of the latter group. Here are my confessions:
- My son had a bottle at every nap and bedtime until he was 18 moths old
- He also was on formula until 18 months old
- My son almost never slept through the night (and remember my medical specialty is Sleep!) until he was 18 months old – I got up nightly to feed him, sometimes several times (feel free to cry a little tear for Stewart and I)
- The Dictator still has a soother – though mostly at bedtime
- I let my child watch The Backyardigans so I can put away laundry
- The Dictator gets to play in the tub beside out shower while I am in the shower
- I give him chocolate sometimes to bribe him to be good
- Ditto with the gum
- And the mints
- I am excited my son likes Bologna – because he hates meat. I think deli meat is better then nothing at all….
- I have to hide vegi’s in his food to get him to eat enough
- I make many of his meals in advance and freeze them so I do not have to cook from scratch every day
- I am pleased he likes cucumbers because they are easy to make – some kids steal a banana at the grocery store to munch on. Me? I unwrap a cucumber and he goes hog wild.
- I let him have temper tantrums – because some days I have no idea what to do about them
- I threaten him with time outs when he is acting up – and usually follow through if the behavior continues
- I put tape over some of his toys speakers so I do not have to listen to the noise
- The Dictator gets to play on the deck while I stay in the house to wash dishes
- He eats ice cream most days after dinner
- I still rock him to sleep at nap time (because I like love to – not that I have to)
- He still eats baby cereal as a bedtime snack
- When we are out and about all of his snacks are usually the “pre-packaged” variety
- I add chocolate milk to regular milk on the days he refuses to drink just plain old milk
- At dinner, we have been known to give him apple juice or milk in a small wineglass so he won’t ask for our wineglasses
I am sure I could add way more to the list. For the Moms out there what are your parenting confessions?
And to round it all up – a personal confession of my own.
- Some days I drink wine at 9am after a long night shift at work before heading off to bed.
I am an awesome Mom, really. Just ask my adoring son 🙂