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First Time Mom vs Second Time Mom
No Experience vs. Some Experience
Sometimes being a first-time Mom can be very hard, especially if you have had little or no experience with children. I can say that was me when I had my first child. I had done a lot of research and read a lot of books to help prepare myself for Motherhood. However, we all know that hands-on experience is probably better than reading any book.
I personally learned a lot during my first experience as a Mother. Those experiences really helped me be a better Mother for my second child. With more knowledge, I wasn’t as worried about what every other Mom thought about what I was doing, or my child crying in the grocery store. Now I can laugh at those things, but it’s really true, we do change so much as we have more children.
Perfectionism vs. Letting things Go
I also know that I’ve learned to be much more patient with my kids and to let them be kids going from one kids to multiple kids. I’ve had to let a lot of things go as person that struggles with perfectionism. I’m not going to say I still don’t struggle with it because I do, but kids have definitely helped me “chill out” just a little bit. I am definitely more “chill” than I was when I had my first child.
Barely Getting By vs. Enjoying Each Stage
I also know that time flies. Doesn’t every Grandmother tell you that? I remember all these women saying, “Enjoy this stage, it just goes so fast!” And I was thinking that I wasn’t so sure how to even get through the baby stage, let alone enjoy it. On my first go round I didn’t enjoy each stage, I know I didn’t. I wish I could go back. With my second baby, I tried really hard to enjoy all the stages, even when it was hard.
With elementary aged kids now, I’ve learned that those Moms were so very right. My kids have grown up so fast and truly enjoying our kids is so important. We all have regrets, but I don’t want to regret missing out with my kids at any stage of their lives. The time I spend playing with my kids and making memories is a great investment!
Motherhood isn’t something to take for granted. I just always want to be the best Mother I can be. That may look different to each of us, but deep down we all want what is best for our children.
Name Brand vs. Store Brand Baby Essentials
You also don’t have to feel pressure to be the Mom with the name brand diapers, wipes, diaper bag, carseat, etc. Through different seasons of life we all make choices on how we will spend our money. That too will change. Well Beginnings, exclusively at Walgreens, is just as good and costs much less than brand-name formula. If you are a Mom that decides to formula feed her baby, for whatever reason that may be, Walgreens offers a great alternative to name brands!
My local Walgreens carries their 4 different formulas for $20.99 each. I bought formula as a Mom, yet I had no plans of every buying it. Little did I know that my body wasn’t going to cooperate with my personal desire to exclusively breastfeed. I started buying formula when my first child was 4 months old to supplement along with breast milk. Soon after, at about 6 months I had to completely quit breastfeeding so I was spending a lot of money on formula. I had recently quit working so money was tighter than it had been so I was looking for cost effective formula that was just as good for my baby as name brands.
In your local Walgreens, you should be able to find the Well Beginnings formula near the Baby Food signs. Don’t be afraid to try store brands like Well Beginnings. Compare it to the name brands, you may be surprised!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written for Mirum. I was compensated for writing this post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.