This morning I was reading this great post by Sarah at Clover Lane. It made me think about all the things I fretted about when my boys were young...and how what I thought was a big deal at the time eventually turned out to be nothing.
I made a list in my mind of all the things I would do differently if I was that young mom all over again;
1. Do not insist on making everyone believe that you can have a baby one day and go back to your usual routine the next...take some time...you don't have to "do" it all.
2. You don't have to let the baby "cry himself to sleep" he won't be "spoiled" if you rock him every night...in fact at 20 years old that "baby" still has trouble falling asleep.
3. Don't panic about getting rid of bottles at exactly 1 year of age...and their pacifiers...they won't start school with one.
4. I could go on and on but you get the idea.....
Now...I wish I could peek ahead 20 years and know all the things I shouldn't be worrying about for the teenage years. Will they finish their education...be smart with money.....be good husbands...fathers...citizens? Will they be happy? The list goes on and on....sometimes being the mother is exhausting.