Welcome to Momsâ€™ Month on Dr. Stephanie! This month I will be featuring guest posts from some awesome moms around the country.Â They will be sharing tips, tricks, and funny stories about motherhood.Â This will be a fun celebration â€“ thanks for joining us!Â Todayâ€™s author is Lori D’Angelo.Â Welcome, Lori!
Hi! I’m Lori Dâ€™Angelo and I am a fiction writer. I live in Virginia with my husband, son, dogs, and cat. Click here to read one of my recent short stories.
In the months before we had our child, I remember walking into Babies R Us and feeling very, very stressed.Â What was all this stuff? And did we need it?Â I had been reading parenting mags and baby books and online advice and felt that oh, yes, we did. Could we live without a changing table? Oh no, we could not.
But the problem was I got pregnant in graduate school and was looking for a job. Just paying monthly bills was a struggle. The other problem was that we lived in a house not a mega-mansion.
In the three years since my son was born, Iâ€™ve learned that we could live without a lot of that stuff. Due to the generosity of friends and relatives, we did get a lot of that stuff. But some of it we didnâ€™t really need. Some of it, no one really needs. For example, a video baby monitor is really not a necessity. Nor, actually, in the house we live in now, is a baby monitor at all because our sonâ€™s room is right across from the master bedroom. So, if he cries, we hear him. Many things, like a crib mobile, are only going to be able to keep up for a short time. So, itâ€™s okay if you donâ€™t actually put one up at all.
Some things about our society, the ease of getting information quickly or the availability of a million latte flavors, are really greatâ€”especially on a day when you didnâ€™t get much sleep. But some things really are a money drain. Just because somethingâ€™s available to us doesnâ€™t mean we have to have it. The joy, the pure joy of a hug from your child, is not at all dependent on whether or not he has a matching crib set.Â So donâ€™t let yourself get caught up in the designer parent rat race. You can be a good parentâ€”regardless of whether you have a top of the line stroller and a $300 diaper bag.