I’ve decided if parenting doesn’t come with a manual it should at least come with a vocabulary list. I couldn’t even have a decent conversation with another parent at first because I had no clue what they were talking about.
“Will you hand me that binky?” … “Um, Is this a game?”
“Where is the Boppy?” … “Uh, I didn’t see anyone bop the baby. ”
“Can you grab the ring sling?” … “Well that doesn’t even sound safe.”
Luckily it doesn’t take you long to catch up. Now I’m putting sentences together like a pro! I am a few months in and have proudly become a scrunchy, baby wearing, breast feeding, attachment parenting kind of gal.
Along with my new vocab, I found I have adopted a lot of new things. It’s almost comical to think back at all my pre-baby ideas. Its fun to sit back and reminisce on what I expected parenting to be like before I shared my body with this amazing kiddo. I like to contemplate the questions I thought I had to have the answers to before you even entered into the role as parent.
Some of our conversations included:
“Will we spank our child?” …”Well, I don’t usually hit other humans.”
“Will we co-sleep?”… “I dont like to sleep alone, do you?”
“Will we breastfeed?”… “Thats free right?”
Luckily most of my core ideas are still in tact but I have learned to let some of my previous ideas go. For example:
- If you can’t handle poop in your washer, you shouldn’t use cloth diapers
- If you work full time, it may be hard to make all your babies food
- It is actually really hard to go on a hike with a baby that cant wear sunscreen or bug spray yet
- My little angel breaks out of a swaddle in 2.5 seconds
- Essential oils don’t always make my daughter calm or tired
- Sometimes you gotta bleach that shit, my homemade vinegar solution just wont cut it.
I’ve learned that babies are just as cute in a $.50 yard sale onesie as they are in a $30 one from Baby Gap. I’ve learned babies grow incredibly fast and they may wear that outfit one time, or not at all if you had it on the bottom of the stack!
I’ve learned that a babies personality comes out really fast, and I can clearly see myself in my child. I didn’t realize how much in common I could have with an infant until I met this one. I get very cranky when I need to be fed, I would not like sitting in wet undies and naps make me a better person. Sometimes we even share a beautiful moment where we are both laughing and crying at the same time.
I’ve learned that we all may parent a little differently, but whether we are more crunchy or silky, we are all in this together. We are all part of a very special club, full of baby coo’s, slobbery kisses and crazy sleep schedules. We all work hard for those smiles and our hearts skip a beat when we hear that ball of joy cry. It may take us all awhile to get our own unique parenting style down, but that’s all part of the fun. There is no perfect word to describe this experience, and no perfect way to enjoy this experience, but above all else it sure is something, and that is more than enough!