That doesn't sound overly strange because I have Max, but many of the moms, unlike me, are new to motherhood and still have hope of finding the right answer to all the questions they post.
There is, understandably, a lot of seeking.
Should I buy a jogging stroller? (yes)
What brand of formula is best? (doctor question)
Should I leave my baby home on my vacation? (always)
Is there a way to properly cut baby bangs? (proper hairstylist)
Should I feel guilty about daycare? (no)
Should I let my baby cry it out? (probably)
What is everyone doing with their placentas? (what the what?)
I feel so many things when I read these.
Sympathy, curiosity, confusion, exhaustion, and perhaps at times a little bit like I'm watching a car wreck and can NOT look away.
That placenta discussion was legit. I had no business reading every response since I won't be faced with the placenta issue anymore, (and there were over 30 comments,) but I was just so curious.
The things you don't know are happening with placentas would astound you.
I want to give everyone on that group a big hug.
Even when someone is just asking a question about milk, it feels wrapped in concern that they are going to screw it all up. As if failure to make the perfect decision about percentage of milk fat or placenta usage or that baby hair, will divert off the path of a great life.
Hear this...you and your child will be just fine whether you turn that placenta in to a pill or plant it in your yard or forget it came out entirely and leave the hospital with zero placenta thoughts or plans.
The latter happened to me four times and I'm a parenting genius!
Just yesterday I was marveling at my ability to catch Max playing with scissors before any harm actually came to him. I arrived 5 minutes EARLY to Stella's ballet costume meeting, which means I also knew it was even happening. I took care of all the things Max threw in the toilet before they clogged the entire thing. I only let my voice go to that scary place when trying to manage dinner-bath-bed twice last night.
On Sunday I went to a birthday party where this was happening and I didn't even scream.
That's just amazing parenting.
This might surprise you though, I don't have all the answers. None of us do.
My friends with a lot of kids are just as jacked up as the new Moms, the problems they are concerned about are definitely different...the feelings are the same.
New Mom fear over how many ounces of juice to give her toddler is old Mom fear over how her ten year old is going to work through anger issues.
There are all sorts of challenges and situations you never thought you would have to deal with and suddenly they are making life hard for your child, and you have no clue how to make it better.
And it sucks.
Inadequacy is a real struggle for all parents.
I don't know a single parent who doesn't feel concerned from time to time that they are doing what they should be doing for their kids.
(Except possibly my brother or my Mom.)
It's an overwhelming feeling when their child is struggling, or when they are making a big decision, or when a parent screws up...because we all screw up.
(Except possibly my brother or my Mom.)
I come bearing great news though.
You are in fact totally inadequate!
Who doesn't like being right?
Other good news though?
You don't have to be more than you are!
You can ask your friends and consult books and poll Facebook about a million topics, but feel some confidence in the fact that you are doing great because you are seeking at all.
If you want to do the best for your kids then you probably are. It doesn't mean it will be easy or always turn out perfectly, but your best is enough for your part in all this.
God will take care of the rest.
As my friend Keri is constantly texting me when I complain and whine and stress (I'm really fun to be close friends with,) "Look Up," it will take care of everything.
We'll all keep seeking and asking and posting looking for direction and affirmation and that's OK, but it's still going to feel overwhelming and like we are screwing them up.
We probably aren't, but even if we are a little, every kid needs a good story and all the cool adults have therapists.
Just keep this on repeat...
I am an amazing parent.
I am enough.
Therapy is cool.
I can always look up.
And this 21st birthday video to my kids' nanny from last summer (shout out to the amazing Judy,) makes me think I'm doing it all right, for exactly 23 seconds.
Disclaimer: Cole was sick.