Friday, October 12, 2012

Guest Blogger: and here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

While I am out on my little maternity leave, I have an entire line of guest bloggers set up for you! I am so grateful for each of these ladies who have stepped up to help me out. First up is Megan from {and here's to you, Mrs. Robinson}. I love reading her blog; it's so refreshing and honest and uplifting.

Take it away, Megan!


Before I became a mother, I had a whole list of things I was going to do every day
and things I refused to ever do.
I thought I knew how it would go down.
I set high expectations for myself and my baby {who I had yet to meet}.
And because I had such high standards, if I didn't live up to them I thought I was a terrible mother.
There were many times I would read books, articles, and yes, some other mommy blogs and think,
"I don't do that. My baby doesn't do that. What is wrong with us?"
I would beat myself up so much about it that at times it was hard for me to enjoy what was really there.


And what was really there was a happy, loving, beautiful baby boy who loved me.
A healthy, chubby son with big brown eyes and a head full of baldness.
A crazy mover and shaker who refused to stay still and taught himself to roll, crawl, and walk very early on.
A new, eternal, incredible bond between my son and I that I would cherish forever.
And all of the other wonderful things that come with motherhood.
It took me a while but I eventually learned my most important lesson of motherhood:
I am the mother. Me. Not my neighbor, not my friend, not other bloggers, not even my doctor.
And only I know my baby best.
I know how he likes to be held at night to go to sleep.
I know how he likes to cuddle, feeling safe and warm in my arms.
I know how he eats, sleeps, and likes to play.
I know how he learns and how he interacts.
I know.
I know.
Yes, books and friends and blogs all have their place.
There were many times where I was at a complete loss and needed to turn to someone for help and they were there. But it was still very important that I used my own gut and intuition to know what was right for me and my son.


My son and I are both very happy even though most of the things I said I would do {or never do} didn't actually happen.
He is happy because I learned to recognize his needs, his temperament, and let him be himself.
I am happy because I have lowered the expectations for myself greatly and have tried to take it day by day, enjoying all the sweet moments.
Motherhood is not easy. Nor is it the same experience for everyone.
We are all different. Our children are different.
But we are all meant to be together with our children for a reason.
I know my son was meant specifically for me.
I know he was meant to bring special blessings only meant for me.
He brings me such great happiness that I never thought was possible.
And when I remember to trust myself and my own abilities, the stresses of living up to an unknown standard melts away and I am able to be the best mother to my son that I can be.


Megan said...

Thank you so much for having me!! I really appreciate it! Hope you're having fun with your sweet new baby :)

Vanessa @ CUTIFULbaby said...

What a great blog post Megan! So so true! It's important to remind ourselves that we do know what's best for our babies! I'll make sure to go check out your blog!
I'm up next, tomorrow's my turn! ;)

And Alyssa, I hope you already gave birth!
If so, a big congrats to you & your family! :)

Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly said...

Loved the post, Megan! You are so right. It's hard to remember not to compare ourselves to everyone else. Thanks! :)

Hi! It's Jilly


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