Monday, January 14, 2013

The Mommy Learning Curve (and a $100 giveaway!)

Being a new mom is just a natural learning experience. I wish there was a book, a video, or a pamphlet that could teach someone everything they needed to know about being a parent -- there just isn't.

I can't even begin to tell you the "insider tricks" I've learned through simple trial and error over the past 9 months.

Take, for example, the week we brought our little girl home from the hospital. I just knew that I had this situation under control... I had read the books, so I had to know what I was doing, right? We brought her home, put her in a swaddle, and put her to bed – just like the books told us. So of course it had to work.

Well... she wasn't having it.

That child wrestled and cried for a solid week when we swaddled her. “But the books told us to swaddle her and she would sleep,” I told myself. “Why isn't this working?” I used a little bit of that “mommy instinct” that had just started to kick in, and took the swaddle off... she slept peacefully. She has been a fantastic sleeper ever since.

Or take one of the lessons I recently learned about teething... it causes diaper rash. I'm not even going to think about what causes that, but I always know that if I see diaper rash, we will have another tooth within a few days. Sometimes a little bit of mother's love fixes a problem, but sometimes you need outside help, too.

So our chance to try Boudreaux's Butt Paste came at the perfect time! Emma Ramey is working on her 6th tooth in 2 months right now... needless to say, we needed a product like this.

I used this product at the first sign of diaper rash, and it knocked it right out! It is a thick, stay-put formula that helped my little girl stay more comfortable during a very uncomfortable phase. For that alone, I am thankful for the opportunity to try it!

By trial and error, and a little bit of frustration, I learned about my baby... I think every mom has to go through this learning curve. You might not get everything right on the first time – but love that baby, take in everything you can about them, and use your own natural instinct, and I really don't think you can go wrong!
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