Before I became a mom I was mom of the year. There were so many things that my kid was never going to do...so many things that I was going to do. For example, my kid was never going to watch TV. I was never going to poison her young brain with mindless dribble. Ahem...points to pic. Fail. That would be Isabella, watching The Wiggles. So maybe TV isn't so bad. This 20 minute show (OK 30 min DVD) allowed me to go to the bathroom, have a cup of coffee, brush my teeth, and get dressed which makes for a much better day then a decaffeinated, stank breath, pissy pants. It's not like I plunk the kid in front of the tube all day, but I don't think a little TV is as bad as I once thought.
I also swore up and down (before I had a kid) that I would never let my child cry because it's cruel and heartless. FAIL. Isabella started STTN when she was 4 months old and then stopped when she was 6 months old. She'll wake up 1-3 times a night. Sometimes to eat, sometimes in pain (teething), sometimes just for shits and giggles. So we had had enough. We asked the pedi what to do and he said that at this age she's going through so much developmentally that it effects her sleep. He also said that her memory is really starting to develop now and that when she cries and we go in and pat her tush or rock her then that's how she'll "remember" to go to sleep. He said let her cry until the morning if necessary. Well, that's a little harsh in my opinion (however if you let your child cry for a long time I pass no judgment, different strokes). So we capped it at 30 minutes, but have never gotten past 15, which I'm thankful for. We started this a few days ago and she has always put herself to sleep after about 5 minutes, never longer then 15. So I'm thankful for that. I feel like she just has to let off steam sometimes.
Also, my child will sometimes wear jammies all day, a big no no before I had a baby. I was going to make my own baby food, but yeah, I have to work all day and drive forever. And I was going to be a "hot" mom, dressed nice everyday with full makeup and hair. Now it's hello sweatpants and ponytails.
I was an awesome mom before I was...well a mom.