After writing about what I would do differently in my baby’s first year it was easy to feel a little down about myself as a mom. So to change my outlook I want to write a counter post about what I felt I did right in my baby’s first year. After all we’re all just doing the best we can to be the best mama we can be to our babies. So just as inevitably that we’ll get some things wrong along the way we’ll also get some things right! Here’s what I feel I got right with my little one.
One thing I definitely got right is this kid LOVES to eat! I waited until she was 6 months to introduce solids per the AAP recommendation. Her first food was avocado and then next were sweet potatoes. I made most of her baby food the first couple of months and then occasionally would give her a pouch especially on the go! Eventually we figured out that too much fruit hurt her belly so we don’t give her many pouches any more. We transitioned from purees to finger foods around 8 months when she started wanting to grab the spoon out of my hand. She picked up on it right away! Now she will pretty much try any food! She’ll eat kale, spinach, avocado, broccoli, pretty much any vegetable. One thing we did do differently is she didn’t get any grains until she was closer to a year to give her gut time to fully mature. Grains are harder on their belly to digest plus have less nutritional value than, veggies, fruits, and meats. I’m so thankful she’s a good eater but she gets honestly from me and her dad, ha! I’m just praying it doesn’t go away in those picky toddler years.
Breastfed For a Year
Please don’t hear me wrong on this one. If you didn’t breastfeed for a year or even at all, I don’t think that you did something wrong. Fed is best. I’m simply proud of the accomplishment that my body was able to provide nourishment for my daughter for over a year. Especially since we had a rocky start and there were times where I didn’t know if I’d make it to a year. At 13 months we’re finally working on weaning and it’s a lot more difficult than I expected. There’s a lot of mixed emotions that happen with breastfeeding. I’m ready to have my body back but I also know I’ll miss our nursing sessions where she plays with my hair and pets my face before dosing off.
Chemical Free Products
I tend to do a lot of research on health, food and chemicals in products. Couple that with being pregnant and you can imagine that I wanted to basically throw out every product in our house and start from scratch! I didn’t, but I did decide that from birth I would only be using safe products on CB. How do I know it’s safe? By looking it up in the EWG Skin Deep database. Turns out it was a smart move because I have one sensitive skinned little girl! We did start off using popular name brand diapers but had to switch because they gave her burns on her little bottom. By using safe products on her it’s just one less thing I feel like I have to worry about.
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Beauty Counter Baby Soothing Oil (we use this instead of lotion)
Honest Co All-Purpose Balm (great for diaper rash, extra dry skin, scratches and everything in between)
We all set out to take weekly bump photos when we’re pregnant. And once baby comes we want to get those super cute month pictures with the same background/blanket/sign. Let’s be real though, life gets in the way. I’m happy to say though that I did it! I got all 12 monthly pictures! And other mamas know what an achievement that is. Now whether I’ll actually get all the monthly pictures for any other future babies is the real test.
We laugh a lot. I make sure she laughs everyday. Which really isn’t hard because she is one joyful and sweet babe. Chasing Lady around the house is one for sure way to get a deep belly laugh out of her! And man is it the best sound there is. From the moment she first laughed (I’ll remember that moment forever) I just couldn’t get enough of hearing it. This one is probably what I feel like I got right the most. In my baby’s first year, despite a lot of hardships, we laughed. And beyond her first year I’ll continue to use that as a measure of success. How much did we laugh? Life is too short not to laugh each day!
What do you feel you got right in your baby’s first year? PS. you got it all right, even the things you think you got wrong. You’re doing an awesome job mama!
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