The De-Glamorization of Parenthood

I changed my son’s diaper on the ground beside a trampoline today.  Remember when you were pregnant and you thought it mattered where you changed a baby’s diaper?  You put that dark cherry changing table on your registry thinking you couldn’t live without it?  As you go on, modern conveniences like that go out the window.  As a girlfriend of mine put it, “The floor works just fine.”

This is all part of my rapid “de-glamorization” of parenthood as I aim to make things more functional.  Shoes must be slip on, not lace up.  While I own both, I admit I generally grab whatever is easiest and fastest to put on a little foot. Socks?  My son wears his sister’s old ones.  I’d like to say that’s pretty clever and thrifty of me, but when I realize that he’s got tiny bows on the back of his ankles, I kind of shrug to myself and say, “Well, at least he won’t remember that outfit.”

The fact of the matter is that functionality becomes the most important element when raising children.  Speed and convenience become necessities: which is honestly what drew me to Baby Bullet in the first place.  I can have speed and convenience making food without sacrificing diet.

What kind of changes have you had to make to improve the speed and functionality of your life with baby?

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About Maia Rodriguez

"Military Mom" Maia Rodriguez was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but that was about twenty homes ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, she traveled just about everywhere in the country, lived in a green turtle-like tent for 6 months, toured and slept in the back of her van and even worked in Japan for a year. Then she met her husband who tamed her (ha!) and they embarked together on the adventure of parenthood in southern California where she worked as a professional pirate. Now, two children later, the family currently resides in VIrginia, where she sings for the US Navy as a vocalist. When she’s not mothering, she’s writing music for "Evernight," singing and writing for the Baby Bullet Blog.

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  1. When my son was first born I used to slather his bottom with A&D ointment every time we changed him. Now I just hurry to put the next diaper on before he pees on me. And shoes? HA! My 5 month old wouldnt even know with shoes are, he’s lucky if I remember to grab his socks before I rush out the door in the morning. Thank goodness it’s summer time.

  2. Jessica Ross says:

    I learned that buying anything in newborn or 0-3 months that goes over the head, or is a “super cute outfit” is totally useless. I soon learned that after trying to put a tiny sweater over his little head while he was bawling uncontrollably was a bad idea after the first time I did it. He lived in strictly sleepers (and ONLY zipper ones…I learned that one too) for the first 3 months (until he got a little more head control). He didn’t wear over half the “cute” clothes I got for him while I was pregnant. When I shop for him now, the first thing I think is “how easy will this be to put on?” Rather than “this is the cutest thing I have ever seen!”. You learn these things quickly!

    • Ha!! That is so true! Man I forgot about that. It was easier with dresses for girls than with pants for boys, too.

  3. I haven’t had my hair cut in over a year. And I think it is a big accomplishment when I finally cut my fingernails. Oh man, that all sounds even worse once written down. Sigh. My sweetie-face is well fed, cleaned, and snuggled every day, though. And I’ll have to admit, that is way more important than my haircuts, now.

    • Leanne, I am so sick of hand me down clothes. But you’re right: the kids have all the great clothes and the great haircuts. What are we left with? So lately I’ve been signing up for Groupon, waiting until there’s a great salon deal or a great clothing deal and I buy it off of there. I still fantasize that one day soon I’ll start being able to pamper myself again.

  4. Dual use foods always came in handy. Cheerios for breakfast for the oldest, was a in-the-fist snack for the other. Muffins that fed both (albeit, smaller chunks). Fruits were almost always dual use (once I had convinced the youngest I wasn’t trying to poison him with apples and peanut butter, a la Snow White).

    That is, unless it was baby food desserts. That was shared with me. :)

    • If we had parents raise their hands who actually tried their baby’s desserts, I’m sure every hand would be up right now. Half of it is the names. They just sound so…. delish.