The Expert Panel of Moms on "Diva Mothers": How Much is Too Much? - Page 2
In my experiment, if you want to call it that, there were some interesting remarks. A few women said that they did their hair and make-up beforehand. Another thing I found interesting was one of the moms telling me about the importance of getting the animals used to the arrival of a baby by letting them smell clothes, toys, and other items.
I guess we are all different, but, few were absolutely, unanimously agreed upon as unanimously reasonable or ridiculous. Here are the opinions that both myself and my expert panel of moms wanted to add:
- Yours Truly who is mother to a plethora of animals and clueless about kids: "Personally, the male stripper part doesn't sound like a bad idea. However, wouldn't doctors be sexier? The comic relief would make me feel better. However, I also lack a maternal instinct. I could go for some sexy 'doctors' though! Maybe I'll do that if I ever get married and have a Bachelorette Party! DING!"
- My Aunt Lanie: "God gave these boobs to women for a purpose."
- Megan, a former teacher who has a toddler: "We are trying to make everything more energy efficient. I don't know how you'd necessarily do that with a nursery, but I'd be interested in learning! It's important to stay in shape, so the pilates class seems like a good thing. I never went to any, but did DVDs at home. I believe the fact that I stayed in shape made my labor go more smoothly. When you have a little one that has to rely on you to eat, there's no way around breastfeeding in public unless you stay at home all the time. I always covered myself, but you can't completely cover them because they get hot and won't eat!I guess the one thing I would add is that pregnancy is a very special and emotional time in a woman's life. She may do things she wouldn't normally do, which could lead to "diva-like" behavior! I would advise any soon to be mommies to focus their attention on preparing for the arrival of the baby as well as taking care of themselves (and therefore the baby). It's important to decide how you will welcome the baby into your home (i.e. will you put them on a feeding/sleeping schedule, will he/she sleep in your room or in the nursery at first, etc.). It's easy to get caught up in trends, but it's most important to focus on taking care the babies needs in the womb and outside. Pregnancy is an amazing miracle and I am so thankful God allowed me to experience it!"
- Tiffany, on getting a baby into the British aristocracy: "How the hell can someone do that? Thought that was determined by the family tree. Either way... YOUR kid is not that important to everyone else, just you."
- Jessica, Mother of Three: "To be honest, all but three of these are PREPOSTEROUS! Only number four (who doesn't want a lower electricity bill on those sleepless nights?), number 10 (babies need to eat too! As long as the mom covers her shame and the baby to give it some privacy, what's the problem?), and number eight seem reasonable (it helps prepare for labor and makes the whole process way easier.). Maybe number nine- but she'd BEST TAKE DAMN GOOD CARE OF HERSELF!"
- My Nana on public breastfeeding: "That is how God made us. I see nothing wrong with it as long as it is done modestly."