I am not the mom who has the high chair cover for the restaurants or the covers for the shopping carts. I just think that it looks strange. I get the idea of it, but to me, a few germs on the shopping cart or high chair are the least of my concerns. I also just throw food down on the table without cleaning it off. Ew, I know that is sort of gross.
Another thing that I get a lot of, “you better not do that!” comments to are when I set Maisie down on the floor of a restaurant to crawl around. I know the floors are gross (not compared to floors in Paris!!!), but she is past the putting everything in her mouth stage and of course I will wash her hands when she is done rummaging through crusted dog poop or old chewed up gum!
As I have mentioned in a previous post, I get a few looks when riding on the escalator with Maisie in her stroller. How dare I endanger my child!!!
Hmmm, what else is there? Lots I am sure. I sort of feel like a crazy person for letting her eat real people food. One of my friends was feeding her a slice of pizza the other night! But I also got a few comments about how I wasn’t feeding her enough. I think parenting is a lose lose in most cases. Everyone has their opinions and you just have to do what is right for you. That is what I am finding.
I easily get caught up in the idea that I have to have or buy all these things in order to be a good mom or keep my child safe. I even switched diapers because one of my good friends swore by Huggies, when Pampers was all that I had ever even used. One day later and a huge package of Huggies bought…Maisie’s butt was covered with little red dots. Back to Pampers it was!
I love the adventure in parenting and learning what is right for us. I think there is no right or wrong in most cases. Yes, I say most cases because as a now experienced mom, I have certain strong opinions on certain matters, which we won’t go into for fear of causing conflict! I am gaining confidence in my parenting, even though I am still pretty unsure of what I am doing most of the time!
Note to self: don’t let almost one year old eat a tortilla chip in the restaurant, causing her to vomit all over your hand as the server takes your order. Instead….break up that salt infested who knows what is in it chip into a small teeny tiny piece so that she/he won’t choke on it!