Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I haven't made a New Year's Resolution, but I'm gonna try to do a few little things in the New Year. First on the list is trying not to go inwardly postal about gun control/anti-gun control memes. Try, that's all I can do. Second, I'm gonna try to resist feeling patronized about my parenting. On my own, I feel pretty confident and calm about how things are going, even when they're tough. He's been teething and not sleeping as well, etc., and I lose my confidence and become a nervous wreck about it around other people. Why? Because of the two responses from daycare workers, people in waiting rooms, mimes, general contractors, acrobats, and oral surgeons. I made a few of those up. It's either(1) he's fine. Stop worrying and being a hysterical first time parent or (2), here's what you should do because I've been around him for forty-nine seconds and am, therefore, qualified to comment on his personality, habits, and preferences. It's enough to rattle my confidence, for sure. One woman, who shall remain on my personal prayer list forever, saw us at daycare and said. "What a happy baby. You're must doing a great job with him." She should be lauded. There should be a paid holiday in her honor. I'm also going to eat less cheese because, come on, no one needs that much cheese. I'm going to make an effort to keep my (new!) house more organized than our current one. I'm going to celebrate little victories, even if they seem insignificant. For example, I've managed to avoid formula for the first six months of his life. I feel guilty saying how proud that makes me, because I know how many people would feel some implied criticism of formula, but in reality, I'm just proud that I've achieved a personal goal. I'm sure that sounds nutty to anyone without children, but it's cause for celebration in my life. I'm going to cook more. I'm going to take more pictures of the baby with the real camera instead of my phone. I'm going to walk the dog more and, perhaps, give him a bath. Currently, he gets a bath around the beginning and the end of the fiscal year. He stinks. 2013 shall be The Year of Less Dog Stink. Let it be written. Let it be done.