Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Things I thought I'd never do as a Mother

Before we have kids, we all have an image of what kind of Mother we will be. But when you are actually thrown into Motherhood, you sometimes find yourself doing things you said you would never do. Sometimes it's to make life easier for yourself as you didn't realise it would be so hard or sometimes because you have changed your opinions on things over time.

Things I thought I'd never do as a Mother

Most of these things I didn't do with my first, I 'stuck to my guns' so to speak.. but it changed by the time I had my second child. I'm not sure if it was my parenting style that changed or just the fact they are also such opposite personalities and my second needs a different approach.

Here are 5 things I never thought I'd do as a Mother!

Things I thought I'd never do as a Mother



Babywearing
I always thought baby wearing was a 'bad habit'.. that your child would get used to being with you all the time and not be confident without you but that is not the case at all. Research has actually found that baby wearing can help advance them developmentally as by watching you, they learn language and non-verbal cues. I have absolutely loved wearing Aria as a newborn and we love extended baby wearing too now that she is 14 months old. She loves her cuddles when she's tired or poorly but she is equally happy to run off on her own and interact and explore.

I'm currently using the Mezaya baby authentic Irish linen ring sling in 'Oatmeal'. The fabric is amazingly soft, yet strong enough to hold my toddler. She loves still being close to me and it's practical for me being hands free too. It's really easy to put on and take off and is lightweight and breathable too, we've been really loving it!



Breastfeeding
This is a controversial subject but I never thought I'd breastfeed. I knew I'd give it a go as research had shown it was the best, but I never thought I'd enjoy it or do it for long. In my late teens, I never liked that area of my body being touched and the thought of a baby feeding from me made me cringe a little bit, even though I knew it was the most natural thing in the world and what they were meant for. Feeding my first baby failed.. I fed her for 2 weeks before switching to formula. The whole experience was painful and stressful and I was glad of our decision to stop. 

With my second, I wanted to try again but wasn't expecting much. To my surprise, she fed with ease and no pain and we managed 4 months of exclusive breastfeeding. It felt like such an achievement for me and I couldn't believe how much I loved it... I still miss it now!



Amber anklet
Before having my first baby I had seen people using the amber necklaces and amber anklets and I never thought I'd use one. I was a bit sceptical of it all, I felt like it was a bit 'hippyish' and they wouldn't work anyway. However, we tried it for teething and found it amazing! I was a must have item with my first baby, I used to be able to tell if it had fallen off her sock as she would suddenly change from content and happy to crying! It hasn't worked so well with our second but we still keep it on her and pray ;)




Co-sleeping
Just like babywearing, I swore I would never co-sleep as it was another bad habit to form and would be hard to break. We didn't really have any need to co-sleep with our first.. she slept through from 12 weeks and transition to her own room and then a toddler bed perfectly. Our second was the total opposite though.. (do you see a theme here?!). She needed a lot more cuddles and reassurance, she'd only sleep on me or holding my finger for the first few months and as I was breastfeeding, it was just easier to co-sleep! We of course made sure to do it safely and cut the risks as much as we could.



Matching clothes
I have 3 younger brothers and growing up, my mum used to dress them in the same clothes. I always swore that I would never do that with my kids but to be honest, I never thought I'd have 2 girls! Now that I do, I just can't help but match them like twins, it's so cute! They seem to love it too so I'm getting away with it while I can! 


What do you do, that you never thought you would as a Mother?


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