As a new mom it was really hard to find a daycare that didn’t have a wait-list a mile long. I know that isn’t the same in all areas but where we are we had to wait a full year for an open spot at our daycare of choice. Picking who is going to be a surrogate parent for your child during the day is stressful. Here are the tips that I wish we had before we picked our first daycare:
Standing at the sink all I can think to myself is “this makes sense.” When everything is crazy hectic, the dishes make sense. They are dirty so they need to be cleaned. We have a set amount of dishes; they need to be ready to go for the next night, so into the sink they go. You can only fit so many bowls, cups and silverware in your dishwasher, so once you are at your max, you know you’re done (unless you hand wash the rest). My mind has been going all over the place lately; when the water finally gets hot enough to actually clean I can just let myself be calm and think about nothing else.
I was recently on a business trip out in California and as I was talking to some team members out there, I started to notice more and more that the parenting experience is very similar regardless of where you live. I had lunch with one mom and she talked about the pressure to breastfeed with her second child, even though she wasn’t able to with her first. People who were around while she struggled the first time were making comments like “well you are least going to try to breastfeed, right?” As the conversation progressed, we went through the typical mom conversation of pregnancy woes, hardships with giving birth, daycare and judgmental friends, family and strangers. It dawned on me after the workday ended and I was back in my hotel room that we had so much in common but came from completely different places and backgrounds.
This lead to an idea for a new series; Mom Chat. I’m going to interview moms when I travel to find out how we are similar, how we are different and to gather as much parenting knowledge as I can to use with P. I know there will be differences in opinions and different ideas about how to raise kids but I thought it was interesting finding common ground in a place where I don’t quite fit in.
Parents want to feed their babies the healthiest and freshest food but it’s a lot easier to open a container of food than to make something every time they’re hungry. The cost can also add up if you are only buying pre-made baby food. Even though they seem like they don’t cost a ton (typically around $1.50 for two containers) the cost to make your own is much more affordable.
P really loves strawberries and bananas so it’s safe to say she likes sugary foods. I had been making her foods that I knew she liked like carrots and squash so I thought I would switch it up to something that was sweet but also savory. When I was researching the different types of foods to feed babies sweet potato kept showing up because they are high in vitamin A and C. It was a bit of a mess to make but it’s always fun to make something tasty and to see her smile and attempt to say “yum.” I’ve never been the type to want to cook but I love watching cooking shows so this is my way of cooking for the family (my husband is much better).
When I was pregnant, we talked about the way we would do everything once P was here. We were only going to feed her breastmilk then switch to organic food that we made ourselves. It’s funny how we plan things out and then how they actually happen. If you’ve been reading this blog you’ll know that P is allergic to milk protein so the breastmilk thing was thrown out the window. We also bought her food to try it out which worked really well for us. It actually still works for us but I wanted to try my hand at making her food.