Baby Goals

I have a lot of goals for when I become a mother. I'm probably just setting myself up for disappointment, because I have so many things I'd like to do a certain way. But, of course, I'm going to share them with you anyway, and then someday when I start doing things differently than the list, feel free to point and laugh at me.



When I have a baby . . .


I will not let myself go. By that, I mean that you will not be seeing me wearing sweat pants in the grocery store, no matter how fat and worn out I am. It's not going to happen.


I will lose the baby weight. I hope. I know I'll lose it eventually, I'm just wondering how long that process takes . . .


I will not use the word "potty" except in the phrase "potty-training". I just don't like that word. I don't have anything against people who say do say it, I just don't like the way it sounds when I say it myself. I must say, I fully expect to fail on this one, because I have no idea what little kids respond to better: "potty" or "bathroom"/"toilet", etc. I may have to use the potty term when talking to my child, but:


I will not use the term "potty" when talking to adults. I can understand it when speaking to a child, because they might understand that better, but I think I can keep using the words "bathroom" and "toilet" when speaking to adults.


I will sing lullaby's and read books to my baby. I'm really looking forward to that part of raising my child.


I will pray for my children every day. My mom prayed for us kids daily when we were growing up, and I feel the blessing of it as I look back at my childhood. I want to give my children that same blessing. I'm going to try my hardest at this one.



There's the list. I'm not sure how many of those will actually happen, but I'm going to try! A year or so after I have a baby, we'll revisit the list and see how many I fail at.

Do you have any goals for when you become a mother, or if you are a mother, were you able to stick to your pre-baby ideas?



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Anna said...

What a fun idea for a post!

It's so good not to let yourself go. That might mean different things for different people. Yoga pants are awesome for being a SAHM, but I still like to dress them up with a cute shirt, jewelry, makeup, etc. And even with a brand-new 3-day-old baby I tried to at least do my hair and light makeup every day. It makes you feel SO MUCH better.

Breastfeeding... My goal is a year. That's the AAP recommendation because a baby can't drink cow's milk before then... so you'd have to give formula, and breast milk is much better if you can do it. But if I make it to a year, we're done then. :) Last week I watched a YouTube video of a mom who was breastfeeding her 8-year-old. EW.

Baby weight... alas. I still have about 10 more pounds to go and I am determined to kick it. I think it is so hard b/c I had just lost 10 pounds the year before I had my baby. My body just likes this particular weight I'm at.

Potty... TOTALLY with you there.

Lullabies and books... I need to sing more lullabies but Christian is so squirmy when I try to cuddle him and sing... haha. We do love to read books though.

Praying... Oh, this is something I really need to get better at too.

Sorry for the looooong comment! By the way, I think these goals are totally do-able (by God's grace) and will be a blessing to your husband and children! So don't listen to the people who tell you you are going to be 50 pounds overweight and never have a chance to put on makeup again! You will. :)

Anna said...

I wanted to add one more thing about baby weight. :) I know of people who have lost it pretty quickly - like within a couple months. So it's possible.

Also, when I was pregnant I was terrified of having a flabby stomach afterwards. But my stomach looked almost flat after a week or two, and was pretty much completely back to normal within a month. I was SO relieved. I think if you have good muscle tone there before you have a baby, it helps. Just an encouragement!

Jessica said...

I agree with most of these! And I really like this post. I've actually been thinking about doing my own kind of like this, but about pregnancy. Because I want to make a commitment not to complain about something I want so badly when the time comes. haha...but I know I'll probably fail at not complaining about anything when I'm in the midst of morning sickness, so I decided to not put it out on the internet. haha...but I think maybe someday I'll write a post like this one, so I can come back and remind myself of all of my goals someday.

katie said...

I like this. I like to think that when the time comes for food, I will blend my own baby food, any I hope that I will be consistent in discipline as they grow older. We will see, I hope, someday. :)

Tatiana said...

Those are great goals to have! Oh, and there is this video on youtube of a mother breastfeeding her 8yr old. I honestly gaged!

Amber Hansen said...

I think those are good goals! And I don't think they're too unrealistic ;) I have similar ones. It'll be interesting to see how things change once kids are really in the picture!

LeAnna said...

I think you've got some great goals here! I won't point and laugh at any of them. ;) Even though a few did make me chuckle. Just know this, if you don't keep all of your goals, don't beat yourself up. Seriously, you can make your own life miserable (hmm, ask me how I know!). Just remember, roll with the punches, poop, pee and projectile spit-up - you'll be an amazing Mom! It seriously changes you forever.

Marissa said...

Great list! I don't really have one in mind.

Brittney Galloway said...

What a great list! I think a really important one to me is: I will attempt to play with my child everyday. I worked for families that NEVER played with their kids and it was so sad!

Natalie said...

breastfeeding past a certain age creeps me out. I don't get how some people do it when their kids are that old : )

Kate Craig said...

I sooo agree about the breast feeding. When the kid can ASK for it?! Ewwww.

I hope I do all the others too...

Rebecca Louise. said...

I think those are achievable goals Callie and I totally agree about the potty! :)

Sarah Louise said...

I like your goals! Mine are very similar.

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