Celebrating the wonderful ups and challenging downs of this journey called motherhood...
As a first time mom, I admit I have a lot of regrets. And if only I could turn back time, there are definitely some things that I would do differently. First of all, I would have pushed through the breastfeeding struggle and given it a little more time instead of just giving up after 3 weeks. I know the benefits and importance of breastfeeding and up to this day, I have a hard time accepting I didn't do it for my son. That's probably my biggest regret.
Another thing I would do differently is, I will not give my kid processed food very early on, including snack pouches, store bought granola bars, sweets, etc. I know this is like super convenient especially if you're too tired to cook or prepare meals, but if you want your child to have the best start possible, healthwise, avoid processed, store bought baby food.
I will do Baby-Led Weaning and introduce a wide variety of foods and let him try to feed himself instead of spoon feeding him.
I will setup a Montessori type of environment for him as a baby so he can learn at his own pace and I will just be there to supervise him. There are so many resources out there for Montessori type learning and I'm in awe at how amazing they are. I want that for my kids.
I will avoid sleep associations like rocking him to sleep, giving him a pacifier, etc. Until now, I still rock my boy to sleep. I would like to avoid that the next time around.
Motherhood is not easy, I know a lot of women out there make it look glamorous and a piece of cake, but get behind closed doors and you'll see the struggles every mom is facing to raise their kid. It is a hard but very fulfilling job. When you see that your kid is happy and healthy and growing up good, that's all you could really ask for.