From the moment you find out that you’re pregnant you have a surge of love for this tiny creation that you will meet one day and love more than you ever thought imaginable. Before you even meet this sweet bundle you’ll be full of questions and most of the time family members and friends can help answer a lot of those questions but other times you enter your questions into Google and find a massive array of answers.
Whether those answers will work for you or not, everything is worth a try when you just don’t know what else to do. One thing I can’t stress enough is to never, ever feel ashamed of questioning something no matter how silly you think it is.
Your parents had questions while bringing you up to and it made you into the person you are today and if you’re here reading this right now then you know exactly how they felt too. Just remember, your child will unknowingly be thankful that you questioned and found answer because it means you’re able to help them better.
Pregnancy And Childbirth
From the moment I suspected that I was pregnant I had a million questions. What’s the best pregnancy test? How long should I wait to take the pregnancy test? When is the best time to take the test? Then you have questions about childbirth. How do I know that labor has started? What do I bring to the hospital? Do I need to bring baby supplies to the hospital?
Without realizing it back then, that was just the beginning to millions of questions into the Google search bar. Don’t get me wrong, as I said family and friends did help too but sometimes there’s no one around to offer insight or maybe it’s the middle of the night and you need these answers so you can get a little shut-eye. After all, you’re a parent and you need as much shut-eye as you can get.
Newborn – The First Year
Now we’re talking about a bazillion questions during this phase. I thought I had a lot of questions when I was pregnant but boy was I wrong. I was even afraid to leave the hospital with my newborn baby girl because I knew I’d have so many questions and when you’re at the hospital you’ve got nurses and doctors right there to answer your questions. As we all know, you must go home and start your new life no matter how happy or scared you are.
Honestly though, after having 3 kids I’ve come to learn that the only thing I was actually scared of was the unknown and every child is different. All 3 of my kids were very different so I couldn’t use my knowledge from the previous one since the new baby was nothing like the others. But, you know that little thing they call “mother’s instinct”? That kicks in real hard the minute your baby comes into the world but we still always have questions even though our instincts trying to tell us “you’ve got this”! It’s totally OK to feel like you don’t though, that’s just another part of being a mom.
Toddler – Child
This is another stage where there’s another bazillion questions, just when you think you’ve mastered everything your baby does and doesn’t do right? You’re starting to feel comfortable and you’ve established a routine but all of a sudden there’s something new to question. Remember that it’s always OK to ask questions, don’t ever feel like you’re a bad parent for not knowing certain things during all stages of your baby’s life. I found that this stage has especially been confusing at times because they’re developing their character at this age, testing waters to know what they can and can’t do, trying to figure out life and the rights from wrongs.
If a toddler could find answers on the world wide web they probably would too because at this age they know very little about everything. They’re leaving the entire world and sometimes it’s too much for them to handle so they have tantrums. Believe me, I’ve had my fair share of searching mom blogs for answers about how to help my children through tantrums.
Sickness, Fevers And Pains
When it comes to sickness, fever and pains I’ve gotten a lot of great advice from mom blogs because we’re all in the same boat. When your baby or child is sick it’s stressful, it’s scary and it could be very messy but no matter what there’s someone somewhere who has been through or is going through the same thing you are. Its comforting to find someone you can relate to and get advice from during such times.
I’ve googled everything from when you take my child to get checked by a doctor, when it’s considered a good reason to bring my child into the emergency room to what I can do to help with growing pains.
*Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying the internet net can replace a doctor’s answers and if you feel that you should bring your child to a doctor then please, trust your gut and do so.*
Mother’s from all over the world have helped answer my questions without even knowing they did so. I’m always so thankful when I find an answer to a question that I have asked google to find and I end up on a mom blog that’s full of info and loaded with comments that have equally helpful answers. It’s a great place to know that we’re not alone and millions of other parents are also searching for answers. I’ve gotten so much information from wonderful parents all over the world that have shared their tips and tricks so now I’m here to pay it forward.
I’m hoping that my life experiences will help other parents just as much as I’ve been helped. There’s no reason to keep our knowledge to ourselves when we can help so many people with their children. Parenting is hard enough as it is, it’s great to have a community you can count on to get advice and this is a place for exactly that.
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