Let me tell you, there are so many moments as as parent that make you feel like a complete idiot. For as much education as you can possibly have, for as smart as you think that you are, parenting will teach you that you are, in fact, stupid as you have many a forehead slapping, DUH moment.
I myself have encountered many of these humbling moments in my short almost three years of being a parent, and I'm sure I will have many, many more.
Most recently, I've had a recurring DUH moment that makes me feel just awful and like such a bad mother. I know that kids at Leighton's young toddler age are just learning to communicate so it's not entirely my fault, but to have it happen more than once, DUH (slapping myself in the forehead). How many more times will I have to learn this lesson? Apparently I need to learn to read subtle signs a little better: a rare bed wetting incident + being a bad eater + saying he's hot and cold = HE'S SICK (or getting sick).
Seriously, this has happened twice to me since potty training him in December, the bed wetting plus not wanting to eat and only wanting to drink. Both times I thought to myself, "I'm a terrible mother for not seeing the signs and for getting angry at Leighton for wetting the bed and not eating!" I know for a fact that I'm not the only one to have completely mis-diagnosed a kid situation, but still... makes me feel just awful.
Other forehead slapping, not-my-best-parenting moments: Not realizing I needed to switch the bottle nipple to the next size up (yes, I said nipple... stop laughing), coming to realize that Leighton hated store-bought baby food and having to make my own, finding out (after much yelling and frustration) that when he spit food at me that the reason was his teeth hurt and the vibration of the tongue-out spitting made his teeth feel better (DUH - that's why they make vibrating teethers - which he loved), bad sleeping usually meant another tooth, there are inside waistband adjusters for Gymboree pants (DUH), and there have been countless more.
The lesson I have learned is that enlightenment often comes when you step away from the immediate annoyance of the situation and get some perspective and some rest. For as many times as I have had to learn things the hard way when it comes to parenting (and believe me, I read EVERYTHING about the subject so as to avoid such moments), I should have a very flat, very red forehead and a very sore hand!
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