First, the biggest thank you to those who have participated in this One Year & Beyond Link-up. Whether you posted or simply left feedback on the topics shared so far, I have found the support between so many inspiring ladies very rewarding. As mamas, I definitely think it is important to relate to each other (the good, the bad, & the ugly), & as always, this community does that so incredibly well. Waverly Maye & I are lucky to be a part of it. :)
So that really brings me to my thoughts on advice & how to deal with it. I definitely agree that the minute you get pregnant, there are 1.2 million people (some just walking by you in Target), that have an opinion on just about everything that has to do with motherhood. It can seriously be frustrating, I'm thinking the worst being the horror labor stories you get when your belly is so big the baby could fall out at any moment.
Yet honestly, in most cases, I welcome advice with open arms. More every day, I realize that being a mom is a constant learning experience. What works for us one day may not work then next, & more often than not, I overcome one challenge to discover another. It takes a serious open mind & truly, being able to admit when you could do better or that you need help. I love getting feedback from other mamas, hearing what works for them or if nothing else, that they went through something similar. Because letsbehonest, you can feel pretty damn alone when your baby has been crying in the middle of the night for a few hours straight (if that had ever happened to anyone else, there would never be parents with more than one child, right?!).
If you read any of my posts last week, you know we had a rough one. Seriously, Waverly Maye gave me a total run for my money. So much so, I was that mom at the park Friday afternoon (4pm) with a beer in hand. Fast forward to this week, she has never been sweeter. Believe me, I was totally prepared after reading three discipline books & locating a new spot for time-out. Yet so far, she has been a rock-star toddler & I'm convinced is laughing about how hard she had me working a few days ago. :)
For those who want to join in on the fun of this series, see this post for information & future topics! We hope you are all having a lovely short week!! I'm thinking we should roll with this 4-day week from now on, it really works for us!