Welcome to Mommy Monday, a spot for me to share with you some of my moments related to motherhood and parenting. Please note, the information provided in these posts is not to replace the sound and professional advice from your health care provider, child’s pediatrician, certified doula or your own maternal instinct.
I sometimes feel like a very guilty mommy. Why? Well, for many reasons, but one of the ones that struck me most very recently happens to be how little one-on-one time my youngest has received. My boys are only 15 months apart. While it is one of the most beautiful blessings because they do love each other so much and play together really well, it hurts me at times to know my oldest had 15 months all to himself and my youngest has yet to have any real time with just he and I.
This past Friday, I was summoned by the daycare as my youngest was sick (yet again) and had too high of a fever to be allowed to stay in school. Concerned, I made him a doctor’s appointment. I decided to leave my oldest in daycare for the rest of the afternoon so I could get the little guy to the doctor and just tend to him. As we were leaving the day care, my youngest muttered what I know to be “brother?” and I told him his brother would be at school for a little while longer. It turns out he has an ear infection (yes, another one, poor guy). Aside from the doctor’s appointment, the news of another ear infection and waiting for his prescription to be filled, I was amazed at the “talking” he did while we were in the car. It made me feel so guilty. His brother chatters so much the little guy never stands a chance! We “talked” back and forth about every truck that passed, the construction trucks we saw and anything else he pointed out.
When we got home, he and I curled up on the couch. He nestled right into me. I really thought he would go in search of his brother, or ask for him, but he didn’t. My baby snuggled right up against me and was so happy to lay there and watch his favorite episode of Blues Clues and Peppa Pig. It was during these moments this past weekend that I decided I will have a “date day” with each of my boys regularly. I want to give each of them the opportunity to act independently of each other and to not feel as though one is outdoing the other. As your Reno newborn photographer, I can now add this nugget of wisdom to the “advice” I’d give to new moms. It is just too important to let pass.
Here are a few Instagrams from our weekend. The boys are in desperate need of haircuts and my youngest actually ate a bite out of his baby carrots. I was beyond ecstatic! What are your most guilty parenting moments and what have you learned as a result?
Who is Huong Forrest?
Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.
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