July 23, 2009

Books, books, and more books...

It seems like everywhere I turn people are recommending books I should be reading!!! Not that research isn't important, but every baby isn't the same people!! I've been so stressed out trying to do the "right" things for Brayden that I haven't stopped to listen to my mommy gut telling me I'm doing okay. A certain book I've been reading which talks about how to get your baby to sleep throught the night...doesn't do crap for you when your child has a cow's milk protein allergy. Another book I'm reading that talks about amounts to feed your child each day when they are formula fed...doesn't work when the book has the weights listed 2 pounds lighter than they should be!!! And the third book I'm reading which tells you benchmarks your child should be at each week is totally UNREALISTIC!

Brayden is eating, growing, pooping, peeing, and sleeping through the night most nights. So I have to be doing something right! The newest stress of the week has been that one book said Brayden should be sitting up with his head fully supported when I hold him at the waste. Now...he is only 3 months old and this seemed like a hard task for him! He holds his head up unsupported and can lift it on his tummy, but wasn't doing what this "book" said he should be doing! I was so stressed about it that I called the pediatrician.

Yes, I'm one of those moms.

She assured me that he was well and healthy and not to worry. Then the next book I read said he shouldn't be eating more than 30 ounces a day. WHAT! He was taking 5-6 ounces 5-6 times a day. Usually around 32. So again...I called the pediatrician. They assured me that he could have up to 36 ounces in a 24 hour period so we were doing fine.

I'm so over the book thing. I'm done over analyzing things and I'm doing what my gut says. I love the website "babycenter" because it gives me great benchmarks for Brayden but doesn't stress me out! I also like the book "your baby week by week" because it lists games to help with development.

I just know I want what is best for my baby boy! I'm going to do whatever I can to make sure he is where he is supposed to me...healthy, happy, and loved! No book needs to tell me how to make my baby happy and loved!

1 comment:

Sugar and Spice said...

I'm sure you are doing fine. Every baby is different and develops at a different rate. Don't worry a bit, you seem like a wonderful mommy! And Baby Brayden is a happy little boy!