Every time my daughter started to cry or whine -- which happened a lot while she was teething -- I used to hand her a snack. Then my mom said, "You cannot feed her every time she whines or cries, or she will become an emotional eater."
I was having lunch with a friend of mine who has a 5-month-old son. As I watched her across the table, it occurred to me that I had no idea what to do with a 5-month-old. I had completely forgotten -- and my daughter was only seven months older. I then realized that I also had no idea what to do with a newborn -- and we had one on the way.
The other day, a group of us moms were out to lunch with our babies. It was a normal playdate ... until I realized they were carrying dark secrets with them.
When I got pregnant at the age of thirty, I was the first of my friends in Los Angeles to have a baby. Suddenly, my phone line was on radio silence.
Moms have to give up their bodies for nine months (plus birth and recovery), not to mention breastfeeding and raising the baby. Many of them feel like they deserve something in return -- so they ask for it!
Books are beautiful gifts. They have a long shelf life, they're educational and they can be passed down.
So I just got back from Mexico, where I was shocked to learn that they don't use car seats. In fact, they would just throw their babies on a wooden board attached to the front of a scooter. No helmets or seat belts -- just mommy or daddy's arms.
When I got married, I had no idea how it would affect my finances. I had always had control of my money and spent it like I pleased. Suddenly, my husband saw what I was buying for myself and my baby -- and he was not happy.