Babies Aren’t Like Carburetors

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 I have a vivid memory that sticks with me. It’s really random, but it’s gotten me through some uncomfortable moments. When I was 21 and trying on wedding dresses, I was embarrassed and uncomfortable. The lady fitting me sensed it. She promptly said, “Honey, it’s like being a mechanic. If you’ve seen one carburetor, you’ve seen them all.” I must have let out a sigh of relief. She smiled. I took my top off, put the dress on and the rest as they say, is history. Flash forward several years and I was also dealing with some pretty uncomfortable stuff. We were in the brunt of the infertility workups; the poking, the prodding, the ultrasounds and the uncomfortable questions the physicians asked. Again, I thought back to the carburetor lady. The doctors do this all the time. They’ve seen tons of carburetors. I can do this. Again, my mind eased. Thankfully, the infertility journey wasn’t unbearably long and the baby did arrive! Yay! I remember the nurse handing her to me and I thought, “Wow. She is so pretty. How did we create such a beautiful little human?” Chloe Sunglasses And then the breastfeeding came… It was scary. I didn’t know what to expect. The nurses weren’t overly gentle or sensitive. I guess they had seen a lot of carburetors? They push the babies right in there to breastfeed and as moms, we hope for the best. We hope it works. We hope that they are getting enough to eat. Are they? How can I tell? Am I doing this right? What’s happening here? It’s frightening! The second night in the hospital, my daughter cried incessantly. I tried nursing her. I tried burping her. I tried everything my two days of parenting told me to do. Nothing worked. I finally called the nurse and asked for help. They took my little bundle to the nursery for the night. I was restless. Had a made a mistake? Wouldn’t I just know what to do for her? I had already failed on my second day of parenting. The guilt set in. Would I ever get the hang of this parenting thing? As it always does, the morning came and she was calm. We were getting checked out of the hospital and the crying came again. I tried all of my parenting tricks (I had been a parent for three days!) and nothing calmed her. Guilt again! The door to my hospital room opened and a very seasoned nurse stepped in. I imagined that she must be a grandmother.  She looked at me, tired and guilt-ridden. She looked at the baby, fussy and red-faced.  She said, “Honey, that baby’s hungry.  Let me help.” Finally…an answer! She left and promptly came back with what was the tiniest bottle of formula I had ever seen. She gave it to my newborn, with my permission and my baby was calm and content. I immediately had a flashback to the wedding dress fitting lady and a realization; babies aren’t like carburetors. They’re all different.  With that little bit of reassuring and help from the nurse, my outlook completely changed.  I can do this! Chloe and Mom What I learned is that learning to parent takes time. There are things that we all go through. What’s right for my baby may not be the right thing for your baby. Babies aren’t like carburetors; they’re all unique in their wants and needs. I learned that it’s okay to make mistakes. I also learned that it’s okay to try different things. I went into that hospital thinking that I knew a lot, but really, my baby had to help me learn what was right for her.  I also learned that we need help and support from others.  It’s about being part of a sisterhood. Have you seen The Mother ‘Hood video?  Its message aligns with what we believe here at The Evolution of Mom and makes us so proud to be a partner with Sisterhood of Motherhood!

  Like Similac and Sisterhood of Motherhood, we believe it’s time to embrace mothers who choose to embrace motherhood. Time to put down the fingers and the subtle suggestions. Because no two of us are the same, but we’re all in this together. The sisterhood has only one rule. Nourish each other the same way we nourish our children. And, just like the sister who’s got your back, we’re there to help you get through the first few days and months of motherhood with confidence — and zero judgment. The way it should be.  We invite you to be a part of the Sisterhood too!  Share ideas with other moms who are learning as they go! Sisterhood of Motherhood bagde We invite you to be part of the sisterhood!  Over the next few months, we’ll have some exciting things to share and we’re always here for support!  It’s what The Evolution of Mom is all about and why we’re so excited to be a part of this campaign.

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27 thoughts on “Babies Aren’t Like Carburetors

  1. I cannot even begin to express how much I love this post! There are so many things to navigate as a mother, worrying about what other people think about your choices shouldn’t be one of them!

  2. Yes! Mama’s need to stick together. Women in general do really. Life can be hard enough without causing drama for one another. We’re here to help each other! 🙂 #joyhopelive

  3. This is such a great article! Those first few days of motherhood are the scariest – you really need one (or more) seasoned parent around, even if its just for moral support! Breastfeeding, with my first, was my ‘I have no idea what I am doing’ moment as well – no one really tells you how hard that bit is going to be!!

  4. I cannot even remember my life before becoming a mom! It is so amazing how all of our journeys are different. I personally am still coming to terms with my first few days as a mother even though my first is now 18 months and my 2nd is due any time now! Thank you for your insight. I certainly wish I had seen this post sooner!

  5. Mom-power. Moms definitely need to stick together, encourage motivate and not judge. Life is scary raising a human, guiding them, molding them, nurturing them. Breathe and everything will be just fine.

  6. I love those sisterhood videos! They are so cute… and have the best message! It’s hard to prepare for motherhood when all babies are different… everything you thought you knew or prepared for can be completely useless! Love the carburetor story, glad you finally got a bit of help!

  7. It’s so interesting that even your own philosophy will change so many times! I’m a mom of a 9.5 month old boy, and my views on TV, sweet/sugary treats, cosleeping, rocking to sleep, feeding to sleep have all changed!

  8. When I became a mom, I was so excited to belong to this exclusive group of amazing women. It stung when my choices were questioned and my parenting techniques critiqued or challenged. We are individuals. Our children are individuals. Hence, our parenting practices should be… individual!

    Loved this.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  9. What a wonderful post. You’re absolutely right, babies are not like carburetors, and neither are mothers. Thanks for linking up to the #ConfessionsLinkUp

  10. Such a great post! Learning what’s right for YOUR family can be so tough. I remember going through a similar situation in the hospital and breastfeeding. The nurses weren’t very helpful though and it took days later at my sons first check up to say hey, he’s hungry- use formula, figure it out together. I felt awful but as time passed I got over it and realized it’s not bad- just different! I was never as successful as I wanted to be but at least I can support other moms and encourage them to find their unique path 🙂

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