Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I'm not "Super Mom"

A few days ago, my husband was sitting in his chair, reading my latest blog entry when he looked up at me and said, "If I were a mom, I'd hate to be friends with you". What?! He said, you cloth diaper, you make all organic baby food, you blog about it, etc etc. And that's when I realized that the perception held by most is that all of these things are difficult and take up ALL of your time. I'm here to tell you that this is NOT true.

Let's face it, being a mom is hard work, whether you're lucky enough to be a stay at home mom, or if you're in the workforce, trying to squeeze everything into a day. It's hard. But doing a few simple things like using cloth or making baby food really doesn't take up very much time. I'll admit it, I'm about one step above a lazy bum. I would be happiest if I were just left alone to knit all day, every day. But as discussed in my previous post, cloth diapers only create one extra load of laundry every 2-3 days. And they actually allow me to be even lazier because I never have to run out to the store to buy diapers. EVER. It's wonderful. :)

As for the baby food, I just pick up the extra fruits and veggies during my normal grocery run. Then, about once a week, I hand the baby off to my husband, crank up some tunes, and happily peel, steam and puree for an evening. This is kind of "me" time. No one can bug you when the blender is going at full volume. And, because it takes time for things to steam and puree, bring a book into the kitchen with you and you can really take advantage of this time.

And the blog? Well, consider this another way for me to ignore that pile of dishes in the sink. :) Really, the point of this blog is to show people how EASY all of these things are. It's not to make anyone feel bad because they're not doing them. And you don't have to do any of these things 100% of the time. You can put your baby in 'sposies at daycare and cloth at home. Or puree their veggies and buy their fruit in jars. You can cloth diaper without making baby food, and vice versa. I'm not going to lie, we have a pack of disposable diapers upstairs that I dip into when I just don't feel like dealing with cloth. And we have jars of baby food in the house for when I really don't want to puree anymore.

So, the point is, I'm not "Super Mom", but I am a super mom. We all are. Keep loving those precious little babies and doing the best you can. :)

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