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Me In Real Life: 6 Things I Said I’d Never Do As A Mom

As I was cooking up some Easy Mac for my daughter the other day, I laughed. I laughed because I remember a day not that long ago when I said, “My kids will NEVER eat mac ‘n cheese!” Oh, pre-mom Katie. You thought you had it all figured out, didn’t you? In that moment, standing at my kitchen counter, stirring a piping hot microwaved plastic bowl of cheesy noodles, I mentally made a list of all of the things that I do as a mom that I swore I would never do. The list was quite long, but here are 6 of my favorites! 

1. “When we have kids, they will not eat hot dogs and mac n’ cheese!”

Me in real life:

real life I never mom confessions


2. “When we have kids, we won’t lay with them every night at bedtime.  They will be able to put themselves to bed!”

Me in real life:  

real life I never mom confessions

Note: I actually don’t lay with my son EVERY night. Usually my husband does it!


3. “When we have kids, they will NOT watch TV.” 

Me in real life:

real life I never mom confessions


4. “When we have kids, our basement will not be an explosion of toys. We will pick up each night and have nice bins to organize everything!” 

Me in real life:

real life I never mom confessions


5. “When we have kids, they are going to eat green, leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli!”

Me in real life: 

real life I never mom confessions


6. “When we have kids, I am not going to breastfeed/formula feed!”

(Yep, I sure said both things!)

I nursed and formula fed both of my babies, and they are just fine. A well fed baby is a happy baby. End of story!

Even though I swore I would never do these things as a parent, I’m not ashamed of the choices I’ve made. Our priorities shift as we realize what matters most: a child that is loved, cherished, cared for, and fed, no matter how we accomplish those things.

Did your pre-kid self have motherhood all figured out? What things did you say you’d never do but you now find yourself doing?

 

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