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Entering a…No Judgment Mommy Zone

When I was pregnant, a neighbor had told me she took her daughter to a playground, and her daughter had a case of explosive diarrhea (this is a mom blog, you can’t think explosive diarrhea would not be mentioned at least once :)) while in the infant swing. She cleaned it up the best she could, but focused on getting her daughter clean and home. I never forgot this story, especially when I started bringing my son to playgrounds. I would always wipe down the infant seat and then put him in. 
Well, I did this on one visit and another mom started laughing at me. She went on for about 5 minutes saying it was clear I was a first time mom, she had three kids and germs were an accepted part of her life, etc.
I really had nowhere to escape…on a playground there isn’t much for an infant to do besides sit in an infant swing, and my little guy was having fun.
After she started in again, I finally said…well, the reason why I do it is because I know of a child who got sick in the seat, and it grosses me out that my son could be sitting in the seat, or be like your son, and eating feces (her son was licking/sucking the side of the seat). I went back to pushing my son, and she promptly grabbed her child from the swing, got her kids, and left.

I am guessing you are wondering why I shared that lovely story, huh? Well, as I was doing my research and planning for this blog, I found a clip from the Today Show about mom blogs, and how people would say incredibly nasty things on them. At first, I was shocked, and then I started to realize, as moms 1. we are all incredibly passionate about our kids, 2. we like to talk about their kids, being a mom, and sharing their advice and 3. the internet makes it easier to share that passion, which some times translates to bad mommy behavior.

At the end of the day, I hope to develop a site where we can share our mom successes and our challenges. We are all trying our hardest to be the best moms for our kids that we possibly can, and I am hopeful that this site becomes a great information sharing tool, so that we can develop a great community while mastering our mommy brains.

Nora - April 28, 2012 - 1:12 am

AAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh my goodness!!! I am literally lol! Good for you!

I love reading and being able to visualize surroundings and people’s faces. Annnnnnd, I can totally relate! I get stares and whispers when I clean my 2 and 3 year olds grocery cart seats, or when I sanitize the area on the restaurant table where they will be eating. I used to carry those disposable place mats before I had my second daughter and realized it was easier to wipe the table down instead.

At the end of the day, I like to think that thanks to my “germaphobe” ways, I have prevented my kids from catching ugly bugs that are easily spread and highly contagious :)

Alexa - November 13, 2012 - 9:54 pm

Well good for you for saying something back… one thing I have not been able to understand since I became a mother is WHY people think that their way is the only way? I mean really! WHO CARES if you wanted to wipe down the seat. I think it’s guilt. Or a self esteem issue that they are NOT doing something they should be, so rather than admit she maybe should wipe the seat down too, she wanted to give you a hard time about it. I don’t know. What I have learned is that I do things my way, and if you want to do it differently, that’s cool. Maybe I’ll learn something new by watching what you do. I guarantee you after reading this story, if I ever put my baby in an infant seat at the park, it will be wiped down first! GROSS! Thanks for the story, thanks for the No Judging Zone, and Happy SITS day!!

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