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If I would have told myself, I’d be sharing parenting tips & Little Remedies® with other parents when I was 25 I would have laughed. I had no desire to become a mother, but life has a way of changing us because I don’t know who I would be without my children. Becoming a parent has a way of changing us, in most cases for the better.
My first three children were everything but planned, but my youngest daughter was planned, and my husband and I are trying to have one more. I know five kids sound like a lot, especially for someone who didn’t want children but becoming a parent is the one thing I know I’ve done right. I don’t know everything and still find myself turning to family, friends, and the internet for advice, but I have never once regretted adventure into motherhood.
If you’ve followed us for a while you may already know the story about how my adventure into motherhood began and for those of you who have not, I’ll give you a little rundown. I blame my husband, lol. When we met, it was one of those icky (in a good way) and instant connections. He was the father of three children which normally would have made me tuck my tail and run, but I just couldn’t do that with him. When we started dating, the kids went back and forth between their mom’s home and his home which was okay because we still had time for us. Yes, I was selfish.
One day I’ll share the whole story with you, but for now, I’ll keep it short. My oldest three kids, who are really my step kids but they are my kids if you know what I mean. Years ago, the kids were taken from their mom because of drugs and placed in our care. Now, their mom was a good mom that made bad choices. She loved her children, and I know she would have straightened up had she not passed away. The kid’s mom and I didn’t get along but I never once doubted her love for her children. Plus, I think it was a lot of the reason we didn’t get along was because she was on drugs.
To this day, I wish she was still alive, I mean I love being the kid’s mom but those are shoes I will never fill, nor do I want to. The kids call me mom, but we also talk about their mom and if they have questions I answer them and I also remind them that she loved them. They know her passing was due to drugs, but they also know that people make mistakes and that she didn’t do the drugs because she didn’t care about them. She just made a bad choice, mingled with the wrong people, and didn’t realize what she was getting herself into until it was too late but she never did it because she didn’t love them.
In a nutshell that is how I ended up with one child who was planned and three who were not. I love all of them with every beat of my heart and do everything I can to be a good mom. Have I done everything, right? No, not even close. Do I have any regrets about things that have happened and choices I have made raising my children? No, I sure don’t because every wrong decision has changed me and every mistake I have learned from. Will I make more mistakes? Yes, of course I will, but those mistakes will help me grow like all the mistakes I’ve made in the past.
I’m far from the perfect mother, even though I have four children I still turn to family, friends, and the internet for parenting tips because learning how others have handled similar situations helps me come up with my own parenting style. To be honest, I’m still nervous about having another baby. Many of the fears I had with my daughter I find myself thinking about when I start thinking about having another baby but this time I know a few little parenting tips that will make the adventure a little easier.
Since becoming a parent can be scary whether it’s the first or tenth time I wanted to share a few parenting tips I wish I would have known when I started my adventure into motherhood.
Stop stressing about holding your baby – Don’t let anyone tell you that you can hold your baby too much! They grow up way to fast and one day you’ll look back and wish you would have spent more time holding them. Take advantage of that cuddle time because it won’t be long and they won’t want to cuddle.
Music is awesome – My kids loved music when they were babies. Mattie had this one song that if she was crying and it came on she would stop crying and listen. It was a lifesaver when I was traveling alone, lol.
Singing is cool too – Singing always worked with the kids, even as they got older. It was a little more fun as they got older because they could sing along with me. Mattie is 6 and still asks me to sing her a song when she can’t sleep.
Don’t freak out – Okay, so this isn’t an easy one if you are like me and freak out about the thought of something happening that may cause you to freak out, lol. However, it tends to go better if you can keep the freaking out to a minimum if something goes wrong. If baby sees you freaking out they are going to freak out, and that is a whole lot of freaking out. Plus, it makes it harder to tell what is going on if you and baby are freaking out.
Trust yourself a little - It’s amazing how much becoming a mother changes you. If you can learn to trust yourself and your ability to handle situations that come up your adventure will be less stressful. Remember, there is not a person in this world that loves your child more than the parents.
Don’t be scared to ask – I did tell you to trust yourself when it comes to your baby, and there will be things that come up that you don’t know how to handle. When this happens, trust that you will make the right choice. If you are unsure about how to manage something, don’t be scared to ask someone for advice.
Know the nose – Knowledge is power, especially in motherhood and it will definitely help you keep your freak out to a minimum. So, will keeping Little Remedies® around! If you are ever in a situation where you need to clean out your child’s nose with something that gently flushes and removes mucus to clear your baby’s nasal passages, it’s better to have Little Remedies® on hand.
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Know what you should use and when – If you are going to have Little Remedies® on hand you should probably know what to use and when to use it, right!
If baby seems to be feeling okay but you notice they have a clear runny nose they may be dealing with allergies or a little cold. Using Little Remedies® Sterile Saline Mist can help clear the nasal passages so your baby’s immune system can fight the cold.
If you notice your child has mucus that is a yellowish or greenish color but still acts like they are feeling okay be sure to keep an eye on things. You can use something like Little Remedies® Stuffy Nose Kit to help flush out the mucus. The kit comes with a soft angled tip aspirator, and the saline drops/spray is non-medicated.
If your little one starts to act like they are not feeling well, get cranky, or starts running a fever, it’s time to haul them to the pediatrician to make sure everything is okay and that they don’t have an infection.
Cherish your adventure into motherhood, even the messiest of moments – The most important parenting tip I can give you is to cherish every little milestone and moment you have with your child. They grow up too fast, time passes by and before you know it they’ll be heading off to kindergarten. So please if you do anything, stop, take a deep breath, leave work at work, make time, recognize and invest yourself fully in every little moment you can.
I can honestly tell you that the one thing I regret is not learning this sooner and not listening to people when they told me this. I have been here for my kids but I do wish I would have known how fast time goes by. Don’t wait until tomorrow, because before you know it tomorrow is gone and they will never be that age again.