If you read this blog, you know that BabyCenter.com is my go-to source on all things baby. This week is Guilt-free week on Baby Center, and I love it. This blog post inspired me to write my own list.
1. Being a full-time working mom and liking it. Admittedly, at first, it was really really difficult not being with my baby all day while I was at work. Especially now that he is on the move (constantly), I realize I have it easy compared to stay at home moms. I love being with Thomas… but I’m worn out by the time I get to work at 9 after feeding, playing, chasing, and changing – and that’s only two hours. All day – woah! Work is a break. And since I don’t have a choice, I’m not going to feel guilty about it!!
2. Not having a perfectly organized & clean house. This awesome blog post calls those shiny, happy, unrealistic (but beautiful) Land of Nod photos of ridiculous nurseries, playrooms, etc. “org porn.” OMG that is funny, and has made me laugh all day AND put a lil’ perspective on my clutter.
3. Not breast-feeding for a year as originally planned. That’s right… I transitioned at 5 months and stopped at 6 months (gasp!) Pumping all day at work got the better of me. The first time I mixed a bottle of formula, I was hooked. No machine, other babies have survived on formula, 30 seconds to make instead of 30 minutes… wha-what?? No wonder it’s popular.
4. Driving a Mini Van. Actually, this one is to brag because I’ve never felt a twinge of guilt. I drive a mini van and the doors open with the key remote – na na nanana!
5. Not cooking every night. Ugh, I just don’t do it. I don’t have the time and I’m simply not organized enough to do it every night. I go to the store, buy enough for one or two meals, but never make it for a week. See #1.
6. Not feeding my baby a totally organic diet. I call it organxiety. The expense and the options make it nearly impossible. Read Healthy Child, Healthy World, and you’ll be ready to spend $40 on a day’s supply of sunscreen called Supergoop and other unaffordable things. I try to feed him as much organic food as possible, and I’m not going to feel guilty about those Eggo waffles he loves in the morning.
7. Not losing the extra 15. Sure, I’d love to be skinnier and fit into clothes from The Skinny Closet, but I’ve lost the baby weight. I just didn’t lose the extra I wanted to.
The work/life balance is making priorities. There is a theme to this blog. I’m not a Superwoman. I have my “me” time – and it’s spent not cooking, cleaning, de-cluttering, and losing weight. My priority is spending time with Thomas – and everything else fits in to that schedule. And I’m guilt-free about that.