When you have your first baby, you need so much new stuff. It’s rather exciting to receive all the new items including cool baby gear and adorable tiny outfits. Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what a new mom needs because you’re not sure about what she may already own. That’s why I like to give a gift that’s practical and useful.
Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me a Minnie Mouse activity toy for free.
I’ve noticed that a reoccurring theme with motherhood is, “if it’s not one thing, it’s another.” Their beds may be made, but there are toys all over the ground. My toddler Zaynab might be eating up all the broccoli, but my 8-year-old refuses to touch the lasagna. It seems like there’s always something happening in direct opposition of what’s going on with another child.
It may not always be a bad thing, though. We recently had an opposite double milestone! What the heck does that even mean?
It’s 6 or 7 in the evening. The house is in “daily disarray” mode. Books, tutus, pillows, backpacks, dolls, drawings, socks, and anything else that interested the kids that day, is all strewn about the house. Between testing my oldest on her spell-a-thon words and watching Zaynab do a combo jump/somersault for the 18th time, I’m cooking up something that I hope the family will accept as “dinner.” Amani has gotten into the cookbooks again, while Maysoon is bouncing off ideas for the farm she wants to run when she’s older. All the delicious recipes, quiet time activities, and organization tips that are sitting neatly in my Pinterest boards can’t save me now. There’s only one thing I’m waiting for that will be my saving grace.
I’m not necessarily a resolution-making kind of gal. On December 31st, I’m not sitting at my desk with a pen and paper, jotting down everything I want to accomplish in the next 365 days. Sure, I set goals for myself, but New Year’s doesn’t necessarily have to be my start date.
For the past few months, I’ve been trying to get back on track since I’ve had Amani. Falling back into a routine has proved challenging, to say the least. So instead of trying to act like I’m too cool to set resolutions for myself like the majority of the world is currently doing right now, I decided to use this global encouragement as my own personal motivation to step up and take on the two simplest healthy habits that I could possibly stick to.
Each of my pregnancies and deliveries were different. Every daughter and her temperament is different. Heck, all my girls look different. I’ve tried hospital birth and home birth. We’ve done conventional pureed food and baby led weaning. I’ve had babies that preferred the car seat while others were happiest in baby carriers.
Yet, there are some things I’ve always done exactly the same with each of them. I’ve always breastfed for a year and three months, used disposable diapers, starting solids at 6 months, and preferred wooden toys. Those are just a few examples of some parenting aspects that I felt comfortable to stick with.
However, there is one thing I wish I had done with all of my children from the beginning.