Monday, July 29, 2013

what's on my mind {and a giveaway}


Someone recently asked me what's the thing about parenting that surprised me the most? Ha.  Everything.  In all seriousness though, not one particular thing comes to my mind. Instead a hundred different things come to mind. 

First surprise, though, would be the innate worrying that comes along with parenting.  Truth be told, it's not so much the worrying that surprises me (chronic worrywart here),  but instead it's the innate guilt that comes with the worrying.  I've posted this here before, but it completely resonates with me so you're seeing it again. Behind every great kid is a mom who's pretty sure she's screwing it up.  Here's a peek in my mommy brain at night::   Did I read to him enough today? Did I remember to tell him I love him before bed? Crap, it's too late to go in there now.  Did Mr. I-only-eat-popcorn-and-chips get his nutrients today?



Speaking of popcorn and chips, I'm overly shocked and surprised about how creative I'd have to be and what great lengths I would have to go to to ensure that he's getting adequate nutrition.  No, seriously, have you ever tried to stuff shredded cheese into popcorn because all he would eat for five straight days was "popporn.?" I have, I did, and I guess I'll do it again when needed.  I sat there for an hour and snuck cheese into his popcorn just so he'd get some stinkin' protein and calcium. 

Preston's at that age right now that I'm finding it incredibly difficult to keep a straight face when I hear him say something inappropriate or mimic his dad or I in a way we didn't intend, especially when it's for the first time.  It's that age where it's cute and wrong at the same time and I can't always react appropriately.  Mr. Gherkin did something over the weekend (and of course, neither of us can remember exactly what it was now), but I replied with "daddy fail."  Preston immediately chimes in, repeating it.  It's amazing how one little snicker from me can motivate him to keep saying it for days afterwards.  See my "daddy fail" example below. 


Lastly, I'm surprised with how incredibly blessed I feel each and every day for this life that I get to play a part in.  Maybe it was my mom's passing at an early age or the uncertainty of whether P would one day live and breath on his own during my pregnancy, but I'm completely in awe that he and Hadley are my earthly children and I get to be their earthly mommy.  My best day without them pales in comparison to my worst day with them.  Despite all the leaking diapers, the tubes and tubes of diaper rash cream we've been through, and the countless number of sleepless nights we've had, the good always, always, always outweighs the bad. 

So there they are.  A few things that have surprised me about parenting  And speaking of diaper rash, so happy to announce that Dr. Smith's diaper ointment is now available nationwide at Walgreens. You can find the retailer nearest you by visiting doctorsmiths.com.






Love Dr Smith's in our house, and it just saved our booties (no pun intended) after living in wet diapers and bathing suits during our weeks of pool/ocean/lake time this summer. Love the tube and the tub.  One I can easily carry with me while traveling and the other I can leave by the changing table. 

In celebration of Dr. Smith's now being available nationwide, the generous folks over at Dr. Smith's are giving away a $50 Walgreens gift card and a supply of Dr. Smith's Diaper Rash Ointment.  Enter below to win!

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27 comments:

Krista said...

Couldn't agree more with your statement "My best day without them pales in comparison to my worst day with them." -- It's not always easy to remember this when we are in the thick of it but it's definitely the truth!

After a huge stinky explosion while we were out and about this past weekend, my current must-haves are a zip lock bags in the diaper bag for containg the stinky clothes/items until we get home...fun ;-)

A said...

Wet wipes and goldfish crackers!

Mami2jcn said...

I must have wipes!

Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

Manda said...

Sunblock

AubreyLaine said...

I have been surprised by how unique each woman's pregnancy experience is!

Celeste said...

Well, I am not yet a parent. But, what surprised me (I suppose) about friends I have who are parents are how docile their babies are. LOL! I know my mom said my sister & I were always constantly crying if we were not held, being fed, etc. -- so many babies I know now are content with laying still for even 20 minutes, which I find shocking. LOL!

JC said...

I no longer carry small bags, always big bags with lots of wipes inside.

Ashley said...

Biggest surprise? The amount of love ... And diapers ;)

Unknown said...

Currently expecting and I would say it is the constant worry, even now!

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Haley said...

The mommy guilt! No matter what you do; you always wonder if you're "good enough". But God gave us these babies for a reason; so I always remind myself of that.
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Claire Shepard said...

Just how happy one smile can make me :)

Jessica said...

I am still amazed at how much I can love them and how much I can worry.

Michelle Schmid said...

I was surprised at how much they change daily. They grow up too fast!

Vivacious Ramsey said...

I use the dr. smith small to go packets religiously. My nurse actually gave me a whole box and i love this cream for go away fast action for diaper rashes. I feel like the most surprising thing about parenting is that they always learn faster and more than you think they do and when you look around you are amazed at the new things they are doing- livivua

Elena said...

I was surprised that I never have time for myself since my baby was born

Melissa said...

This will be a new experience for me, I am ready to be suprised!

Leslie said...

I'm expecting our first baby and I'm surprised by how good I've felt. I'm grateful!

Nataly Carbonell said...

I felt like I was never going to be alone ♥

Cajun Cowgirl said...

I'm surprised by God's grace for us as parents!
He really knows what we need and when!

rachel said...

How differently each woman approaches pregnancy -- it's so interesting to see how some are laid-back, etc.

Brittney said...

My best day without them pales in comparison to my worst day with them.

You said it all right there!

Karinny De La Rosa said...

Biggest surprise? I am stronger than I ever imagined!
Karinny

Krissie said...

I am surprised at how many things I can do in one day -- with a baby, the list is never ending.
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stefanie gladden said...

definitely how tired i was!

latanya t said...

how much I would need

kolpin said...

that the bond could be so instantaneous

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averyswifeliz said...

I was surprised the most at how intimate breastfeeding could be. It isn't just feeding my baby, but precious time.