When I was pregnant the first time around, I had many aspirations of being an amazing mother. Aspirations that no sane person could really keep up with. I thought I was going to be able to handle working out of the home, balancing family life perfectly. I would easily find time for myself AND still devote all of my attention to my son. He wouldn’t watch TV or use electronics for the first two years of his life, we would cloth diaper, make our own baby food and everything would be organically grown. Chemicals were not going to go into my child.
There are apparently a lot of moms with my same thinking, and they just happened to have their stories compiled in a book, “Lose the Cape: Never Will I Ever (and then I had Kids!)” A few of the stories are even written by friends of mine, which I think is really fun! Most importantly, these stories are from regular moms. REAL moms.
A few things I thought before I actually gave birth:
My kid would not have sleep problems. Ever. (Truth: my son didn’t sleep through the night for his first 15 months.)
My boy would eat everything I served him. (Truth: For the longest time – and still now occasionally – I made two meals. One for my husband and I, and one for our super picky toddler.)
My son wouldn’t watch television for his first two years of life. (Truth: We actually held out until 19 months, which was still quite the feat.)
Time on electronics would be extremely limited. (Truth: He can earn points for time on his iPad. And sometimes we use the television so we can get a moment of peace.)
We are not perfect people, and parents put so much pressure on themselves. This book takes some of the pressure off. I can relate to all of the stories that I’ve read. The “no fast food” rule I though I could stick to. The television rule – I would NEVER use the TV as a babysitter. But, now? Well, sometimes I need a moment. There’s no harm in that.
The book is available on Amazon right now (and the Kindle version is discounted!) I recommend it for all new moms – or the new moms in your life.
And I’m editing to add I’m now giving away a copy of this book! Enter through the Rafflecopter below and a winner will be randomly selected Wednesday, December 30! I’ll contact the winner via email.
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If you are a mom, what is one thing that you’ve gone back on that you totally thought you’d never let happen before you had children?