As the end of my pregnancy draws near, I am increasingly being asked questions by eager friends and family on the kind of parent I want to be and parenting choices I want to make.
This is all well and good when it comes to genuine questions from said friends and family, who are maybe highlighting things they think I haven’t thought of, or are just keen to get involved. However, some of the questions/ comments are really quite bizzarre..
Will I breastfeed? Will the baby sleep with me? Will I follow a routine? Will I mix bottle with breast milk? Will I express? Which shops will I buy their clothing from? The questions are endless and I’ve even been asked what school the baby will go to, will I educate them privately, which schools fit my catchment area etc. The poor baby isn’t even born yet and already I am been asked about things that will impact us in 5 years time. It’s pretty crazy and I think it’s a sign of things to come. I am going to have to grow a thick skin to deal with the joys of competitive mums!
I think every parent has an idea of what they would ideally do, but until you get there who knows. What I also find bizzarre is why people are interested in knowing the answers to such meaningless (to them) questions. I have a set idea of how I want to do things in my mind, but I am also well aware that I have never done this before, and will need to go with the flow at times. I hope to be the best parent I can be, and I don’t know all the answers yet but I’m willing to give it a good go and am looking forward to embracing motherhood. Wish me luck..
Rant over 😊… 1 week to go until bumpy (hopefully) arrives..