We were front row and packed shoulder to shoulder at the 4th of July parade with my family of 4. I was holding my 9 month old on my left hip, and he started to get squirmy. I took my right hand off of him to reposition and try to turn him to face the parade and that’s when it happened. My biggest mom fail. He dove head first to the asphalt.
I quickly picked him up, hugged him tight, then nursed him, and cried (probably harder than he was even crying).
I looked up and it seemed as if EVERYONE was looking at me, and I’m sure they were thinking, ‘How could she drop her baby! What a terrible mom!’ Those thoughts made me cry even harder.
A nurse from the crowd came up to me and checked him out. He was reactive and alert which helped me feel better, and that gave me peace of mind knowing he was okay, but I was so embarrassed and felt like a terrible mom!
‘I should have just left him in the stroller.’ Or ‘If I would have put him in the baby carrier, this never would have happened.’ The worst mom guilt clouded me. I did not enjoy any part of July 4, 2019 because of my thoughts. My mom guilt completely ruined my day.
So if you’re feeling mom guilt, ask yourself: Does it make me feel better? Chances are you said no.
So girlfriend, throw that mom guilt in the garbage because that’s where it belongs.
Accidents are going to happen. We are all going to have mom fails. Learn from your mistakes. Remember you’re human. If there’s something you want to do differently about how you parent, make a goal and do it! Give yourself grace. Speak positive words to yourself because your mind is powerful!
So go live the life you dream of. Be the mom you want to be. And remember, if that mom guilt starts to creep in, throw it away!!
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