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YouTube: Living in the "ish"

Joined: 12/5/2011
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If my husband and I are going to do something "spontaneous" we schedule which night we are going to do it. We put in our calendar on July 12th, "do something spontaneous 7pm-10pm" If we are going to pick somewhere "random" to eat, we usually decide on what type of food and what area of the city, then we go pick somewhere "random." We love living with a schedule. When I became pregnant, our goal was to find a way to stick to a schedule with a baby. So, the first thing I did…go to my ultimate helper…YouTube. I watched numerous YouTube videos on how to have a routine, best ways to get babies to sleep through the night, research on the book Babywise, and how to overcome the loss of freedom that comes with having a child. I watched sleep experts on Oprah, Ellen, The View, psychologists that came up with brilliant plans to get babies to sleep, swaddle experts that guaranteed a full nights sleep. All of which seemed so simple. I would say (before child), “Okay, surely it can’t be this easy right? They make it sound so easy!” Here is what I learned after bringing that baby home, the videos I watched on YouTube were helpful, prepared me and helped me plan a routine, but no one on any of the videos I watched every mentioned “the ish" that comes along with having a baby. We live by the "ish." I'll meet my friend for lunch at noon"ish", we will drop him off at 2:00"ish", we will be at the pool at 11:00"ish." No one talks about the “ish.” However, as a new mother that was clueless about motherhood, YouTube was extremely helpful in helping us plan a routine for our baby...and occasionally a bit harmful. As helpful as it is to listen to stories from other moms and experts, the negative that comes with clicking on video after video is the perception I began to believe about what motherhood HAD to look like. Comparison instantly becomes a battle if an entire day is spent watching countless videos of moms that have it figured out and babies that never cry. Why didn’t anyone post a video titled “Schedules are great, but they do not always work” or "Be confident, you will be a great mommy." I had the image in my mind that if I just swaddled my son correctly, put him to bed at the exact same millisecond each night, and fed him the exact amount of milk at every feeding that all would be well. The truth is, I live by the “ish” and it’s perfect! If I had the guts to video myself and post it online I would tell all new mommies that they WILL do fabulous! Baby may or may not cry despite what the sleep experts on YouTube might say and that does not define motherhood! Be happy in the "ish!"

This is my favorite video from Missy Lanning. She has multiple videos that are extremely helpful for parenting little ones:
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