Listening to his Christmas book from Elyse.
Being tickled on the floor.
Once when Tim & I were at the mall, he made the comment to me that mothers always look at other babies with a look on their face that says "My kid is cuter than your kid." Of course I think my kid is cuter than your kid. & as a mother, I hope you think your kid is cuter than my kid.
As I became a mother I realized that other moms can be so judgemental. Admit it, everyone is. I think there are certain things where it's okay to be a little judgemental. However, some things are not. I know not everyone agrees with me. I've talked to lots of mommies since I've had Ryan.
So- I think it's funny when moms brag about not getting an epidural. Really? I had an epidural with Ryan. I still was able to enjoy my labor and delivery with him. I was just in a lot less pain than you were. & Honestly, next time I'm going to ask for my epidural as I'm checking into the hospital.
Breastfeeding vs. Formula. It was my choice to breast feed my son. Am I a better mother because I chose not to feed him formula? No. Just because you nurse your child doesn't make you any better than a mother who choses not to. I DO think that every mom should at least TRY to nurse their baby. If it doesn't work out, at least you tried. I do see newborns drinking formula and I always wonder why their mother chose not to breast feed. It's cheaper too. If you can breast feed, do it! If you can't, oh well. I don't think not having enough time is an excuse though. After I went back to work, I didn't have enough time to pump all the time. But I did. I pumped in the morning before work when I should have been getting ready- and was late to work at lot because of it. I pumped during specials at school and recess even though I should have been grading papers. I pumped before I went to bed when I should have been sleeping. & I even pumped during the middle of the night when I should have been sleeping. At 8 months I had to introduce formula to Ryan because I wasn't making enough milk to feed him. & by 10 months I was pumping about 6 times a day and only making enough milk for one bottle- so I switched to formula.
Baby weight? Some moms brag about how huge their baby is. My baby is small- he isn't even on the growth chart- but he's still perfect.
& there are sometimes, I'll admit when I see something and freak out a little bit. Seeing babies facing forward in a car seat before they are a year old? Yes- because it's not what's safest for your child. Walkers? Every handout from my doctor's office says "Walkers are not reccommended." Pacifiers at 3 years old? Lazy. Bottles filled with juice for infants? Not necessary.
I guess I should stop there, before any one reading it gets offended. Just because I feel a certain way about issues doesn't mean I'll argue with a mom who thinks differently. I find it incredibly annoying when other people give "advice" on what's best for your baby, when you could care less.