“Being a boy mom is like being in a dysfunctional relationship with a drunken dwarf. One second I’m being snuggled, the next a fart is being aimed directly at my face.”…& I wouldn’t change it for the world
I started off with a completely stripped down post, quite literally in fact, as my first post. Two months later & we have yet to open up our blog to the public because we’ve both been putting off these intro posts – who would have thought talking about ourselves would have been the hardest part of starting this blog.
Chances are if you’re reading this, you likely know Taylor, myself, or if you’re lucky enough, BOTH of us! But our hopes are that this will reach some Moms that don’t know us. If you don’t know me, I tend to rant… I love to write/type… but I’ll try keeping this as brief as possible & try my best to not go overboard… but no promises.
Someone said this weekend that I’m no longer “Lynsie” … that for the next however many years, I’m “Kai’s Mom.” It’s true that your identity changes when you become a Mom. Nonetheless, my name is Lynsie aka this little ham’s Mama.
My husband & I have been together since April 2012, married since October 2020, & our newest title, parents since November 30th, 2021.
I’ve always had a passion for taking care of kids. I grew up in one of those small ass towns where you’re likely the closest available babysitter (that doesn’t have to drive anyways.) I went to college with the idea that I was going to get a degree that would gain me a career that made me a significant amount of money. I quickly realized that to do that, I would need to take a lot of math & a lot of science courses… the two subjects I’ve always hated the most & been the absolute worst at. Needless to say, my degree changed during my first year… maybe even during my first semester. I worked at the same daycare for my four years of college & in May of 2014, I graduated with my Human Development & Family Science degree, with a focus in Child Development. I’m going to skip a bit & spare you all the excessively boring details but after working with various age groups & in various environments, I ended up at a pediatric therapy clinic. Last year, I took over the director position of the preschool that’s connected to our therapy clinic & now I just kind of wear multiple hats, running around like a chicken with my head cut off more days than not.
Taylor & I thought one great way for fellow readers/mamas to get to know us would be to do a classic “This or That” … kid edition! Full disclosure: what I find best for my baby, may not be best for your baby. Your baby may have liked or will like, this better than that – this is simply just a fun way to share a little about me 🙂
This or That: Baby Edition
Buttons/Snap Footies or Zipper Footies —
I have such a terrible time lining up those damn snaps! For a cute outfit, I’ll sacrifice the hard work, but if I have the choice, I’m zipper every day! Seriously, the person who created snap footies needs a swift kick in the ass.
Pampers or Huggies —
But I have to specify, Pampers Snugglers. The Pampers Baby Dry are nice for at night when he sleeps all the way though, but though he be little, he’s got quite the booty on him.. not to mention some large & in charge thighs like his mama (poor kid.) Pampers Snugglers really hug & snug in all the right places. I’m not sure why I bothered even doing research prior to have Kai either because it’s true that every baby is different. We tried our hardest to use up the diapers we received at my baby shower, but there’s only so many blow outs I’ll agree to deal with before I say I’m absolutely done with a brand. I have to add too that I’m guessing it depends on their age too. Kai was in newborn size when he got home from the hospital – probably for a couple weeks even – & Honest diapers fit him really good then (but so did Pampers Snugglers.) Honest diapers don’t stand up to Kai’s shit anymore.. literally 😂
Co-sleeping or Absolutely No Co-sleeping —
You know what Mama, you do what you gotta do! I said I wasn’t going to, but once you have that tiny human in your life, it seems like everything you “said you’d do” prior to, goes out the window. Kai slept in a pack n play next to our bed until about 4.5 months. He’s now in his crib in his own room, except at the lake where he’s back in the pack n play in the same room as us. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled that little shit into bed with us though. I definitely didn’t when he was itty bitty, with fear that we’d squish him, but there comes a point when you do what you gotta do to get some sleep 🤷♀️
“Container” Sleep —
I’m not even going to bother with a this or that with this one. Listen… when you’re home alone single-mom’ing it, your son is HOURS behind on sleep for the day & the only thing that will stop his crying is to put him in his swing, you do the damn thing. “What if he falls asleep & you need to shower?” – You know what? If leaving him in that swing means he’ll get a 30-45min nap & that I’ll maybe get a quiet long shower, I’m leaving him. If you want to throw Mom-guilt at me, don’t waste your time. I’ve had the Mom-guilt about it.. I’ve beat myself up over it enough.. but I’ve just come to the realization (slowly) that a healthy Mom is what’s best for a health baby. If my mental health is shit, that doesn’t make me a good Mom. It’s a win-win. Now stop shaming me.
Breast or Bottle —
BOTH! Nevermind the formula shortage …that’s a whooooole different rabbit hole to go down… there’s absolutely zero reason that any Mom should be shamed for how she chooses to feed her baby. Whether she’s feeding that way by choice or because it’s her only option, it doesn’t matter. I was lucky enough to breastfeed, but we started introducing the bottle at 2 weeks old, once a week. We’ve been lucky enough that he has taken to breast, bottle & now the start of solid foods with almost zero complications, but that’s just it… we’re LUCKY. If I couldn’t produce enough milk & would have had to formula feed, I’d still be pro-both. If I had actively chosen formula, even though I could produce milk, I’d still be pro-both. It’s not your Mom, your sister, your friend, your pediatrician, or your significant other’s choice how you choose to feed your baby … it’s your choice.
I’m going to leave you with a fun definition that I feel not only defines me, or at least the Mom I hope to be the majority of the time, but also just an accurate description of what Moms Unfiltered stands for.
We’ve heard of helicopter Moms but have you heard of a Unicorn Mom?
“Moms – instead of judging each other, let’s support each other like we used to when we were single and drunk in club bathrooms.” …..but seriously
Have a WONDERFUL week Mamas!