I've had 4 vaginal deliveries (3 spontaneous and 1 induction) and one caesarian. All my births took place exactly the way nature intended.
All 5 of them.
To me, they were all perfect....
I've had two births without pain relief, and three births with.
I knew my limits and I wasn't afraid to ask for help when I needed it. I still kicked arse.
I've tried breastfeeding all five of my children but three of them were predominately formula fed by 4 months. My youngest two though have never had a drop of formula in their life.
They're all still healthy and equally as smart as each other. I did the best I could. I hold my head up high.
I swaddled three of my children but I left two unwrapped and four of my children have had a pacifier but one of them did not. I didn't take the easy way out by allowing them a comforter.
I simply recognised the tools that would help my baby settle. And I used them. Hell, I latched onto them as quick as I could.
I've co-slept with all five of them.
My first started sleeping through when she was just two weeks old. My second started sleeping through when she was 6 months old. I think they lulled me into a false sense of security because my third didn't sleep through until he was four and my youngest two, a girl 2.5 years old and a boy 5 months old, enjoy playing tag team. All. Night. Long. DressAfford wears with sleeves cater for homecoming party
Co-sleeping hasn't created bad habits.
Simply it is the only way we can get any sleep.
We do what works for us. I know they will leave my bed when they are ready.
Two of my children eat any and everything but two are the fussiest eaters you'll ever meet.
I haven't done anything different.
I've introduced all the same food at the same time. I've simply allowed them a choice to discover their own tastes.
When it's time to introduce my 5 month old to solids, I'll do the same.
What I'm trying to say is, no one can predict what their baby's likes and dislikes will be. Or even their personality. The only thing you can can rest assured is they will be exactly the way they are supposed to be.
The moral here is that there are no right ways. There are no wrong ways.
There isn't a "YOUR" way, there is simply only "BABY'S" way.
Throw out all the textbooks. Listen to your baby. Answer their needs. Follow your instincts. Open your heart and everything will be exactly the way it's supposed to be.See More