Thursday, October 26, 2006

Share time...

So there will probably be two posts today. I know, calm down everyone. I was going to do the second one yesterday but I had to recharge the battery in my camera so I couldn't upload the pics. I wanted to share some good things that happened. Well, to me they're great but I don't want to hype them up and you all think I'm crackers for thinking they're great. But to me they are.
First, last night I slept the whole night. 7 hours straight!! No hacking child waking me up, no potty breaks to interrupt my slumber. I was so surprised when I woke up, looked at the clock and say 5:35. I was blown away. I simply cannot recall the last time this happened. I'm not even exaggerating. Mr.Wonder was not home (ops week) and WonderKid stayed in her room all night. I feel so good today...a little lazy, but that's just mental not physical like usual. ;)
Second, the guilt is slowly sliding away. The guilt to which I'm referring is my guilt of the finicky eating habits of WK. All of you know the battles I've dealt with concerning her and food. WonderKid+New Foods= BATTLE!
I'm reading this great book called Momfidence!-An Oreo Never Killed Anybody and Other Secrets of Happier Parenting, it's by Paula Spencer. I read about said book on one of my favorite blogs Suburban Turmoil. I have to say thanks to Lindsay if she ever reads this. I LOVE THIS BOOK! This book is about relaxing and not worrying so much about how you're parenting. Not being guilt ridden if you're not measuring up to that unreachable goal of being the perfect parent. I just finished a chapter called You can lead a child to carrots, but you can't make them eat them. It seems Paula has the same problem with her oldest as I do with WK. And you know what? She doesn't feel guilty that her son wants only certain types of food all the time. She actually references a story about a 15 year old boy from England. Who is completely healthy and grew up on a diet of only jam sandwiches, milk, cereal, and chocolate cake. This may be stretched a little but I see where she's going anyway. I have been feeling endless guilt about this eating situation with WK. It's made me feel like and inadequate mother. But I've realized that I can keep trying with WK without the guilt. I can't make her try new foods. I can offer them. But I'm not going to lose sleep if she doesn't want it, if she wants her nuggets or her cereal or her certain kind of spaghetti sauce. I'm not going to let the opinions of other effect my opinion of myself as a mother. I have a sweet girl who loves me. And she seems to think I'm doing a pretty good job. So what everyone else thinks, doesn't really matter that much to me anymore. Yeah! One more hurdle has been cleared.
If you can you should really check out this book. It's great and humor filled. I'm going to get back to reading it right now.


Heather said...

:) And, it will get easier as you get older- caring less about what people think that is...:) As far as food...there are much bigger battles to be fought..I agree. Criticism is ALWAYS going to be matter what side you are on. What matters is taking what you know and doing your best with what you know!

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