I need to get this off my chest now
before I drive Andrew completely insane.
Should I feel bad/incompetent/not prepared if I'm not reading up on all
the different theories of child-raising?
Or haven't signed up for a birthing class yet?
(which I might not want to do a class because I've had discussions with my doctor
and read my information and other things,
so I know what to expect - plus I DO NOT want to watch the video
of some other woman giving birth.....no thanks)
Or haven't been buying tons of baby things yet?
Or that I haven't been doing all these prep classes that are so popular?
That we haven't bought a stroller or car seat or carrier
or rocking chair, etc?
(although thank you grandma for the crib!!!)
Or that I will most definitely be getting an epidural during labor?
I really start feeling like I'm going to be awful
when I read all these things
(blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc)
and the things these mothers are doing, of which I am not doing any.
I don't want this to sound petty,
I'm just really curious for honest opnions.
Not mean ones y'all, just honesty ok?
Sometimes I think we all get so into the
"stuff" for a baby
that we forget that the only thing that matters is that our baby
is safe and healthy and loved.
Now I understand knowing all sorts of information and deciding
between natural birthing or to have an epidural.
And I'm also super excited for all the cute little baby things
she'll be receiving soon ;)
My theory for raising children is to love them.
Have rules, enforce them with a firm but loving hand.
Teach them to love the Lord and their Heavenly Father,
teach them to pray,
to love the scriptures
(or at least to read them daily).
To show them we love them beyond anything in this world.
And that everything we do for them is because we love them.
I know that we want our daughter to love both of us
so we are going to take turns at night waking up with her,
taking care of her while the other is away, etc.
Anyone else feel slightly overwhelmed
reading all these posts and things??
Or is it just my crazy pregnancy brain talking to me?