As a new mom I was terrified. Of EVERYTHING!!
Were his clothes warm enough, or was he getting too hot?
Was he on track developmentally?
Was he going to grow up and hate me because I left him in his crib awake and alone while I got a shower?
Was the wheat I was eating transferring to the breastmilk and causing him a food allergy?
And my biggest question, why did I spend 9 months reading every book possible on pregnancy when I should have been reading about taking care of my baby?
What was I thinking? We can’t take care of this precious little guy by ourselves. The parenting classes did a great job teaching us about diaper rash and crib bumpers, but no one told me if I could leave the ceiling fan on if he was in the room. Is that draft going to give him a chill or is he going to stare at it and get dizzy?
So I read more books, this time on actually caring for an infant and toddler. And I latched on to a beautiful thing called podcasts.
When my son was about 3 months old I found the wonderful world of podcasting.
I could listen to people who knew more than me on a subject while my son was taking another nap and I was folding another load of laundry.
I found a group of women on a podcast called Babies and Moms. I listened to an episode, and another and another. I went back and listened to all their old episodes and was overcome with relief. The women not only brought a great deal of information into my new mom world, they brought peace. They were the experts, but made me feel that I was normal. I wasn’t supposed to know everything right from day one.
One of the podcasters, Nancy, wrote a book on baby sign language. I had read about sign language in one of my books, but it wasn’t until she discussed her children and the impact it had on their life that I decided to try it.
As time went on the podcasters’ children were no longer “babies”. So they added a show, MOM Podcast (Moms On a Mission).
They are still putting out some great nuggets of motherhood wisdom and I am still listening 5 years later.
When I wrote my book I sent Nancy an email to see if they had any interest in discussing Flying with Kids on their show. I was delighted when she said yes. Getting to be a guest on the MOM podcast and discuss my new book was a great experience. I am so thankful for the opportunity!
So, if you are a mom (of a teen or a baby), I highly recommend you go over and listen to The MOM Podcast. And if you love them as much as I do, leave them a great rating on iTunes!
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