Not perfect, and proud! Moms confess to things they do now that they swore they wouldn’t do pre-Baby.
Have loud TMI conversations in public “Now? No shame and no boundaries when it comes to discussing bodily fluids and labor.”
Formula-feed “It was the best decision for both me and my daughter after trying nursing.”
Stop working “Once maternity leave was over, I couldn’t bear to stay away from my baby.”
Rely on fast food “When you wake up early, go to work, then run errands with a screaming toddler, a chicken tender can solve anything.”
—Ashley D. Shaw
Use the TV and other electronic devices as a babysitter “I’ve learned it’s a must for the sake of everyone’s sanity!”
Leave the house without a shower “Or brushing my hair. But here I am—and I’m happy!”
Carry around extra baby weight “But then I discovered how very real nursing cravings can be, like for ice cream. Then there’s the amount of sleep I’m never getting. Looks like those last 15 pounds are just going to have to wait!”
—Julieann Thomas Thornsberry
Breastfeed after my child grew in teeth “My son is 6 months old and is already getting his fifth tooth!"
Use anything nonorganic “I thought I would purchase only organic food, wipes, diapers, and lotions. But the reality is that doing so isn’t within my budget.”
Shower with my toddler “Now I do it all the time so I can spend more than five minutes under the warm water!”
Dress her in all pink “I can’t help it. I love the juxtaposition between my little princess and my metal-head hubby.”