Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what a typical day in their life is like? We bet most of us have. We wonder sometimes if our days are similar to others, especially people who are in the same season of life as us. Or we are curious how someone who is the complete opposite of us spends their days. How many times as a new mom have you scoured the web to find other mom’s feeding, sleeping, and daily schedules for their baby, just to be sure you’re on the right track and to feel a sense of camaraderie? Have you wondered how working mothers juggle it all? Do you really think stay at home moms sit on the couch and eat bonbons? Do you ever ask your friends how they spend their days or what they do on the weekends? We all want to know what the other person is doing. We’re curious by nature. Social media has certainly helped us out in this area, so thank you Facebook and Instagram.
I grew up without any siblings or family around. As an adult, I didn’t even have friends that had babies. My sisters-in-law had children, but I was never around enough to really talk to them about breastfeeding. I do know that they went to great lengths to breastfeed–one of my sisters–law even pumped while driving and making deliveries for her job.
“Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths” ~Moliere
I live with a burden that no one in my life truly understands. I feel its presence when I wake up each morning; and it lingers with me every sleepless night as I lay in bed, listening for sounds in the silence – concocting ridiculous scenarios of despair in my head. The days are no better; just masked by the chaos of my new life as a mother. I question everything. I create worst-case scenarios in normal situations and cling to them and the emotional and physical feelings that accompany them as though they are really happening. I live in these scenarios. I absorb myself in them until my mind cannot backtrack to the reality of the moment.
I have obsessive compulsive disorder.
Are you one of the “lucky” ones whose child loves the car and falls asleep before you are even out of the driveway? Does your little one hate the car seat and cry at the sight of the car? If you fall into either one of these categories, or even somewhere in between, the team here at Daily Mom knows just how you feel. Whether you flipped your child forward facing at one year old, are extended rear facing till four or fall somewhere in the middle, we can relate! In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Month we are bringing you some of our very own car seat triumphs, struggles and stories. After all, as parents, we all have one common goal, raising healthy and happy children in a safe environment.