Before I became a mom I had a lot of opinions about parenting. I thought about the type of parent I wanted to be and I made a mental list of things I would and wouldn’t do when I had my own child. I was very quick to analyze and judge behaviors I saw in children and the corresponding parenting technique that went along with it in my mind.
As soon as my daughter was born I quickly saw that all bets were off. Even things that I had determined in my mind about how her birth would go were quickly adjusted. I was going to have an all natural birth…I got an epidural. I was going to labor at home for as long as possible…I last about 8 hours before my husband insisted I get my tush in the car and stop being silly (I was in labor for 23 hours so the majority of it took place in the hospital).
The point is that even though I had strong beliefs and ideas about how my baby would come into the world and how I would behave as a parent, at a certain point I had to let those go and accept reality.
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