Starting Over

Hello World! My name is Jamie. I am thrilled to say that I am a new addition to the Happybottomus blogging community! :)

A little about me… I am a twenty-something wife and mom. I am so lucky to be able to stay home with my 2 1/2 year old son, Hayden, and will be welcoming our newest addition, a girl, in about 7 weeks. On most days, my house is a zoo! Between Hayden, who we have affectionately nicknamed “Monkey” (literally!) and our 2 dogs, half the time I feel like I am going crazy! Add an infant to the mix and a husband who is very busy at work and this should get very interesting! At the end of the day, though, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Since being offered the opportunity to blog for Happybottomus, my gears have been turning… what should my first post be about?¬†Where I think I should start is how I even became familiar with Happybottomus- cloth diapers. It all began last summer when baby fever began… my son was about to turn 2 and I realized how quickly it went by. He was no longer a baby! In Hayden’s words, “I a big boy, Mommy!” I told my husband, Tye, about my desire to have another baby. We agreed that we both wanted to have another but were concerned financially. Things were already tight for us being a family of 3 on 1 income. Well, I got pregnant so now we really had to figure out how we were going to make this work. I knew I had to find a way to ease my husband’s mind and make it easier for my family. That is when I came across cloth diapers. My initial thought was, “How stinkin’ cute!!!” but then I started researching more about them and found out how much money you can really save by going cloth. Not only that, but it is MUCH better for the environment and for your baby’s bum. I’m sold! I have even decided to do cloth wipes too. Now, my husband is a little apprehensive about going cloth but I keep reassuring him it will be great! Another way I decided to save money was in my choice to breastfeed exclusively (if all goes as planned). Again, much better for baby- and free!

Now, here is where the title of my post “Starting Over” comes in… I feel great about my decisions to cloth diaper and breastfeed exclusively, but I also feel guilty. When I had my son, I was scared to death! I was young and I had no clue what I was doing. I had never even heard of cloth diapers! Also, I tried breastfeeding and lasted about a month or two. I couldn’t help but feel awkward and uncomfortable. Man, have I changed a lot in the last 2 1/2, almost 3, years! My son has taught be a lot about love and being a mom. I am taking what he has taught me to do things differently this time around- “start over” fresh. I guess the reason I feel guilty is that I never want Hayden to look back as he gets older and think, “I was the practice child.” What I want him to know is that, despite being my crazy little monkey, he has taught me more than anyone in this world! He has shaped me to be the person, the mommy, that I am now. He has made me a better parent. He was not and is not a practice child. He is my teacher. I love you, Monkey!

And with that, I am going to end my first post because this 33 week pregnant Momma is about to cry… darn hormones! :)

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. ”

- Unknown

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2 Responses to Starting Over

  1. Jazz says:

    I have learned alot since I had my son as well. That first year I was just taking everyone’s advice it took till he was 15mths until I started doing things my way and that is when I discovered cloth diapering. Everyone thinks I am nuts for my choices now, but I feel good about them and that is the best lesson a new mom can learn, to stick to their gut.

    • Jamie says:

      I was the same way. I took everyone’s advice when he was still a baby but as I started to figure out how this whole parenting thing works, I realized what worked best for us and what I was comfortable and began ignoring a lot of the unwanted advice! LOL! Everyone has an opinion…

      And as for people thinking you are nuts for going cloth, I have already started getting some of those comments. One comment was, “That is too green for me!” My response: “If by green you mean all of the money I will be saving, then yes, it is VERY green!” :)