YoungMommy knows she’s not an “expert”

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 23, 2009

I have never been to nursing school or had any formal training as a doula or midwife. I am not a child psychologist or family counselor. I’m not an expert in pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or raising kids.

I have been pregnant 5 times, birthed 6 babies, breastfed all of them, and am now raising five boys and a little princess. So, I guess I know a thing or two.

Perhaps I know a bit about transitioning from the honeymoon “it’s-all-about-us” phase to the “oh my gosh, we’re having a baby” and “surprise, there are two! now what do we do?” shock of a lifetime.

I could know a bit about very little time spent “dating” before you had virtually no together time when the babies and diapers came into the picture. Or, about how important it is to make time for each other. Now, even more than before.

Mastitis and engorgement are no strangers to this mama… I know both well, but found many ways to curb the pain and discomfort.

Oh, and I’ve weaned 6 babies, potty-trained 5 (well, Ben trained himself, but…), have worn babies in various contraptions, can stave off a kiddo’s cough, make the boo-boo all better, and know the most effective way to show love and discipline to each of my six very different mannered children.

But, I’m no expert.

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kristin January 23, 2009 at 2:17 am

Now that was simple, yet honest. It was beautiful!

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Candace January 23, 2009 at 8:01 am

Did I miss something?

You sound like an expert mama to me. I still remember that video of you shopping. Maybe they don’t hand out degrees in motherhood or have training certifications for getting in and out of the store without losing your mind…but that sure takes expertise.

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Wendi January 23, 2009 at 10:21 am

Perfect post!!! I have 5 very different yet loving children!!! loved it!!!

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Naomi January 23, 2009 at 3:57 pm

You’re an expert in your own home, that’s where it really matters, anyway!

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Debi October 16, 2009 at 9:11 am

very interesting. you may say that you are not an expert but in fact you care very much about your children. the most important thing in raising and nursing babies and child is love and care. ~ The most wonderful gift you can give.

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Kisha Floren March 28, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I’d rather get advice from a seasoned mama than a textbook “expert” anytime! You are a revered expert in my book!
.-= Kisha Floren´s last blog ..Bitch And Moan Monday =-.

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Louise March 29, 2010 at 12:42 am

I think you know a thing or two, and you have excellent children. They were all very well behaved on a broken bus in the heat, on the highway. You are a great mommy and give great advice.
.-= Louise´s last blog ..Meal Plan Monday =-.

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Lorie March 29, 2010 at 3:47 am

“. . . and know the most effective way to show love and discipline to each of my six very different mannered children.” Wow! This is no easy task. I hope to learn this about my children – & soon. Not an expert, huh?

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