I had a lot of internal judgements about people’s parenting before I became a mom. And what motherhood has taught me is that when I had those critical thoughts what I was really saying to moms was, “Why can’t you be your best self every day?” And the reality is that none of us can be. We all try to do the best we can within our given circumstances while believing that our actions will, God willing, yield positive results for ourselves, our families and our children.
Mamas and Mamas-To-Be, let’s show all women more compassion, mercy and understanding. And remember, it’s through our actions first and then our words that our children will learn life’s most valuable lessons.
Me: The baby woke up, can you get him?
Him: I’m so comfortable right now.
Me: But I really have to go to the bathroom.
Him: That sounds suspicious. Sometimes I feel like you just ball up a towel in there and go to sleep.
Congratulations Becca and Rachel! Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
You guys, our friends at Modern-twist sent a Dandy Lion bucket bib and matching meal-mat for Min and they’re giving away TWO of their Mark-mats to TWO lucky winners! Mark-mats are place mats that kids can color and each mat comes with 4 markers.
This giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. and Canada
So as you guys know we started offering Min a few different foods last month: banana, avocado, sweet potato, boiled egg yolk and an orange. And not everything has been a home run. Sometimes he grabs the spoon and shoves it in his own mouth and other times he slaps my hand away and jerks his head back like we’re feeding him Q-tips dipped in vinegar.
It’s all or nothing for him.
He’s like a mirror you guys.
The first day we offered our boy something to eat I didn’t think there would be any ‘messy’ involved because he’d never eaten before and I figured he’d sit sort of bewildered but calm while I fed him with a big person spoon!
I know a lot of you are waiting for the punch line where I tell you how he got food all over the windows and in my ears, but that part didn’t happen. What did happen is that I spilled some of the food on his clothes because when you don’t have teeth and have never eaten food before apparently you don’t know how to chew and so food ends up on your chin…and then on your shirt.
I was doing the ‘spoon wipe’, wherein you use the utensil as both a face napkin and feeding tool, but I needed to pick up speed. I also needed to get a bib. So I grabbed a cloth bib for him and by the time he was done eating his bib was covered in wet food stains and dried up crusty food (apparently baby saliva+air=instant crust) and then his sweet little bib was stained and smelly. After the meal I cleaned off Min’s face at the sink and threw his bib into the wash.
So this scene repeated itself a few more times with more bibs…
And burp cloths…
And after every meal they ended up, stained and soggy, in the wash. And as any stay-at-home or work-from-home mom (or dad) knows, the last thing you want to do is more of this.
And that pile is a good day.
So to make mealtime with baby less messy on Min’s clothes and allow for an easier cleanup, Min got an adorable bucket bib and matching meal-mat from Modern-twist. And I cannot even tell you how much I love this set!
First of all it is ridiculously stylish and adorable and silky soft to the touch! The designs are created by independent designers and then hand silk-screened on FDA approved food-grade silicone.
And Min also loves to chew on the bib so I’m happy it’s all free of BPA, lead, latex, phthalates and other harsh chemicals.
Clean up with this thing literally takes 10 seconds. Maybe 20 if I’ve got the baby on my hip. I just run it under the faucet, shake it off to dry and voila! Happy and full baby and clean house with a little less laundry on my to-do list.
Modern-Twist has so many amazing eco-friendly products for your home, baby and kiddos and they want to give TWO lucky readers their mark-mats that come with four markers! Mark-mats are place mats that your kids can color on. They’re created by independent designers, make of silky food-grade silicone, free of BPA, lead, latex, phthalates and other harsh chemicals. And you can color on them over and over again!
You could win one of these designs!
Kat in the City
Hide & Seek
This giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. and Canada. The first person to contact me once winners are announced here on the blog next week will get to choose their design.
Congrats Ayesha and Linda on winning a BabyComfyNose Nasal Aspirator!
Email email@example.com to claim your prize!