This is Me. (Michelle)

We had such great feedback from our blogger Stephanie’s post yesterday titled “This is me.” that we’ve decided to launch another blog series (similar to our Day in the Life series). Each blogger here at CT Working Moms has her own opinions and her own parenting style and we believe that we should support each other, even if we don’t always agree. This website is truly an online community for ALL working moms – no matter what parenting choices you make. As each of our bloggers reveal themselves via their “This is me.” posts we hope you will find a sense of comfort in their truths.

This is me. (Michelle)

  • I only breast-fed for a few days before we switched to formula and while at the time it was hard on me emotionally, I know it was the right thing. I also know that if I have a second child, I will formula-feed, something I never thought I would say.
  • My husband and I butt heads because our parenting styles differ slightly. I think this is one of the hardest challenges to navigate as a parent.
  • Lillian has been in daycare since she was 10 weeks old and I don’t regret it at all. She loves her daycare provider.
  • I use to dread picking the baby up from daycare because she would just cry and cry all night. I literally dreaded it. I could not imagine a time where I would look forward to picking her up but now I do and am so grateful.
  • I often think that I’m never going to be my pre-pregnancy weight again, and it brings me down.
  • I hope to teach my daughter the importance of volunteering in the community, perseverance and hard work.
  • If she grows up to have extremely different opinions than I have, it’s going to be difficult for me. I will always support her but I would be lying if I said it wouldn’t hurt.
  • I had postpartum anxiety and I think it’s still affecting me on some level (11 months later).
  • I do not have it all figured out. I’m just learning as I go.
  • I didn’t realize how judgemental I was of moms until I became a mom myself. Now if I see a mom in the store with a screaming kid I feel compassion, instead of judgement.
  • I never read parenting books. They stress me out.
  • We let the baby cry it out (CIO) – to a degree.
  • I don’t have a lot of patience and worry about how I will handle all of the testing that toddlers do.
  • I fear my daughter getting pregnant as a teen. I even said to my husband that we should get her an IUD when she gets to the age that she might consider becoming sexually active.
  • I miss my pre-baby life. Not that I would change a thing, but I still miss it. How I long to watch tv for a few hours wearing pjs.
  • I use to judge my baby’s progress by looking at other babies similar in age, but stopped when I realized I was being ridiculous and only causing myself more anxiety.
  • I will not take crap from doctors. My baby’s first pediatrician treated me like I was some kind of overly worried mom. So I switched doctors and never looked back.
  • I fiercely protect those I love.
  • Having this online community has changed my life for the better, seriously.
I could go on but I will stop here! Thanks for reading through my parenting “truths.” I love being a working mom and wouldn’t change a thing, but that doesn’t mean everything is always peachy and I don’t worry about things.
Damn I LOVE this kid!

4 thoughts on “This is Me. (Michelle)

  1. Michelle! I love that you and i have very similar parenting styles. And i love that you know when to just go with the flow! Somtimes you just throw up your hands and say, Ok! let’s just do it!! Lills is one of the happiest babies i’ve met. Keep it goin’ momma!!

  2. Same wave Length – I was starting to pull together my this is me” so glad you decided to make it a blog series. Nothing in your this is me screams run from me im a horrible momma… its normal and refreshing… and to see honesty posted on blogs daily and that is what I Love about CT Working Moms! Your a great Momma 🙂

  3. I’d like to comment specifically on your first and last bullet points. I only breastfed Max for a week and hated every minute of it. I switched to formula and didn’t even try nursing Ben when he was born. I’m proud that I stuck to my decision, even with outside pressure from doctors. And concerning your last bullet…me too. Case in point, see comments from my post earlier today.

  4. Woo hoo! Michelle, you aren’t alone in your anxiety, either. I didn’t have it with Olivia (which is strange, given that she was my first and her birth was VERY scary), but I had (am still struggling with) it with Audrey.

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