The Mommy List.

Okay so being that I am now 36 weeks along, I’m going to share with you my checklist of 357 things pregnant moms need to do before the baby, 892 things to bring with you to the hospital, 63 ways to ensure that your infant will actually love you when you bring him home, 6,359 date night ideas for couples about to have a baby, and 941 foods to avoid while pregnant.

BARF.

Seriously I have spent way too much time on Pinterest and various mommy blogs, and I feel like all of those could be real lists at this point. As my mother and husband have delicately pointed out to  me, I spend too much time on the internet, researching how to be a good mom. And while yes, that is probably true, the real issue is not that I’m worried. I think I have a normal amount of stress right now and I actually feel pretty chill. My issue is that I’m just waiting. I’ve never been good at that.

So, in order to pass some time, I’m going to give you a list of my own – the craziest mommy things I’ve found on the internet.

  1. trendy toddlerTrendy toddlers. Seriously, you know your toddler isn’t fully potty trained yet, right? And that he eats dirt? How did you even get him to keep that scarf on? There is no reason for all this mess.
  2. Naked nearly naked mom(or nearly naked) maternity photo shoots. Woman – WHY are you in that field in your underwear? And you’re wearing a sweater? I get that you have somehow magically avoided stretch marks, and I’m sure that’s amazing, but lady. I know you feel like a beached whale. You’re not fooling anyone.
  3. toilet babyNon-traditional labor positions.Are… are you going to have that baby on the toilet? On purpose??
  4. While I’m at it, photos during labor. – NO. I couldn’t even find a labor picture that I was comfortable having on my blog. Let’s keep private things private, ladies.
  5. baby productsThe endless lists prepared by moms to let the rest of us know what we will absolutely need and if we don’t have all of those things in exactly that brand, how we will be failing our children and they will never get accepted into the magnet preschool that guarantees them a brighter future. Oh, and if they don’t get into the magnet preschool, forget college. Colleges don’t accept bums like your kid.
  6. Hospital bag checklists. I’m sure my husband and my mother are spitting out hospital yeah rightwhatever they’re drinking, because I have a hospital bag checklist. But I make a short checklist anytime I ever pack because if I don’t I forget things. Like my toothbrush. What I’m talking about is a hospital bag checklist with over 50 items. For example: This little gem. You can click on it to see what all this crazy is bringing. I feel like this woman will need her own entourage just to carry these things.
  7. This – listen if you’re using your breast milk for anything other than feeding your baby, YOU ARE GROSS. breast milkI realize that may or may not be an unpopular opinion, and I do not care. Let me also tell you, I am bothered by women who feel the need to nurse, uncovered, in public. Now I am a prude. I always wear an undershirt so that I feel totally covered. I am not okay with unnecessary displays of boob (Sorry, anyone who did not expect me to be this frank, like my grandpa, probably). So why then, does it become okay to expose yourself when there is an infant attached? I don’t want to see that. Yeah, it’s natural. As my mother said, going to the bathroom is natural too, but you don’t see anybody doing that proudly in public. pregnant stretchesAt least not without getting arrested.
  8. Pregnancy stretches that look anything like this – HAHA.
  9. Pinterest in general, really. I have found about a billion articles on almost every parenting/pregnancy topic that exists, and so many of them contradict each other. “Baby wearing is the best!” “Don’t wear your baby, THEY’LL DIE.” “101 recipes for cookies to leave out for Santa” “101 reasons why letting your kids believe in Santa is sending them straight to hell.” Just, as a rule, I’ve learned that people, especially women, are insane. Motherhood generally brings out the worst of these traits.

Pray for my poor husband. I’m trying not to be crazy, I really am.

That is all.

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2 thoughts on “The Mommy List.

  1. Hello! I just found your blog and love your writing style and straightforwardness. And I must agree there are just so many thing so many things out there on how to be a “good mom.” As a Birth Doula I would like to say that I have seen the stretch in #8 on your list, while it may seem unusual, work wonders in re-positioning a baby and keeping the mama from a long labor. So while it certainly wouldn’t be something every mama to be should do I wouldn’t totally discredit it as useful in some situations and under the supervision of a medical professional.

    In regards to #3 I would encourage moms to be to be open minded about positions because finding the right one in labor can make all the difference and in this case often positions that might be considered “traditional” are just that, traditional and not based on sound evidence as to their effectiveness. Thanks for the humor on all the crazy mom “to do’s” and blessings to you on your journey to motherhood! 🙂

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