{Mommy Instincts}

I remember being pregnant with Mason and worrying about every little thing possible.
When to move him to his bed, when to start solids, whole milk, bottle weaning.
And everyone's response? Don't worry, your Mommy instincts will kick in.
Quite honestly, I used to get mad at that response.
I couldn't conceive the whole "Mommy Instincts" thing at that time.
How in the world could you just know what to do every minute of every day with this tiny little baby that you are completely responsible for?
So, I googled and googled.
And all I got were different opinions from millions of people.
It only overwhelmed me even more.

Then a friend gave me a book - "The first year" and sadly, 
that made me feel so much better.
Crazy now thinking back on that.
I remember she told me that she only read it like the first 2 weeks in 
and then just went with her instinct.
I couldn't believe she had this "guide" right in front of her and didn't use it.

 I had Mason and guess what?
I only read 2 or 3 weeks of that book too.

It makes me laugh now.

This whole "Mommy Instinct" thing...it's pretty legit y'all.
A total blessing God gives you when you birth a child.
It's quite amazing.

Here we are 2 years into it and I can say that
 my Mommy instinct has been pretty darn spot on!

Our Pedi told us that we could start Mason on solids at 4 months.
So naturally I circled that 4 month birthday on my calender.
About a week before that 4 month marker I had this instinct to start solids.
So, we did.
He took it like a total champ.

After about 4 or so months Nate would say, "Why don't we try putting him in his crib?"
And I just wasn't feeling it.
I would tell him that it just wasn't time.
Then one night..there goes that instinct again.
It just felt right.
So, we did.
He slept all night long in his bed.

And whole milk?
Same thing.
Just felt when it was right.

The latest?
Bottle weaning.
We did it. Finally.
Granted that one took 2 whole years.
But really?
I didn't mind that he still took a bottle at night.
I know society says that babies should be off the bottle at 1 years old.
But it hasn't always been that way.
I knew that he wasn't going to take one forever.
A couple weeks ago I just got this instinct that it was time.
I just felt like he was ready, and could do it.
I bought a good transition cup and we did it.
Cold turkey.
Mason took it like a champ.

It's going so well.
So well.

He's eating more food now that he's not full on milk.
He would drink 30+ ounces every night...
which also resulted in late night diaper changes! 
He has woke up dry the last 4 mornings.
I think this will help with potty training too!
He hasn't thrown any tantrums and doesn't even ask for it anymore.
He's more than okay with it.

And if we're being completely honest here...
I'm okay with it too.
I was so over washing and making bottles.
My kitchen just got a whole lot bigger.


I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will
       counsel you and watch over you.

Psalm 32:8


  1. Yay!! Glad that you got to break him from the bottle! But at the same time it's so sad because that's the last bit of "baby" in them!

  2. Seriously agrees! Instinct is what we all, as mothers, should rely on. I am the same way. I don't go by the book, I go buy what I am reading.. and you are right. 99% of the time, it is exactly right! Good job for you! You are a great mother! And those glasses, H-A-N-D-S-O-M-E!!


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