Ok, I'm just going to come out and say it. I'm probably going to get some gasps, some back lash, and some of you will be agreeing with me in your heads. I know we're ALL thinking it I'm just going to come out and say it.
I think the internet is ruining it. Don't get me wrong. I'm an internet junkie(ahem.. I'm writing on my BLOG). I'm addicted to Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram.. you name it. But I think with all this internet involvement we're putting way too much pressure on ourselves. Or maybe it's just me?
I love Pinterest. Love, love, love it! But seriously.. now you can't have friends over without having a theme, decorations, theme-inspired food, outfits. Every room in your house needs to be organized top to bottom and look just like a picture off one of your boards. Your children need to be dressed to the T, only fed natural homemade foods, and disciplined according to the latest blog.
Now I haven't even given birth to my child and I'm already getting anxiety. His room isn't perfect. He needs clothes for all these pictures I want to take. Oh goodness, don't even get me started on the guilt I feel from not taking enough pictures or "documenting" enough. I have been beating myself up because I realized I didn't take a single picture to put on the blog from our 2nd anniversary a couple weeks ago. I can only imagine what it will be like after baby Nolan is born! Trying to remember to document all of this pregnancy has been overwhelming enough!(speaking of.. I'll be working on my next bi-weekly after this).
Like I said, I love the internet. I have found so many great ideas on Pinterest. I do most of my shopping online. I love to read blogs and get ideas. But I think mommy bloggers can be some of the worst. Everyone parents differently. These days there are so many contradicting opinions and that's good because what works for one person, may not work for someone else. But there is so much pressure to do everything "right". You have to breastfeed(probably not.), you have to have a birth plan(Umm.. a what? My plan is to get this baby out the best way possible so that we're both healthy. You can't plan for these things!), you have to make your own baby food, they can only play with these toys, you have to do this just right for their development.
I guess what I'm saying is take what you read with a grain of salt. Search pinterest and plan your child's perfect party, but don't beat yourself up if you ran out of time to make one more decoration. Read blogs for baby raising advice, but don't stress when your baby doesn't fit the mold. Shop pinterest for cute outfits, but hey if you got a shower and made it out of the house you're doing pretty good even if you don't have coordinating accessories! Find the perfect organization for your living room, but don't pull your hair out when you turn around and your toddler has pulled everything back out on the floor. Everyone is different and we have to start doing what's best for us and our family and not worry so much about what it looks like in pictures, on the blog, or to all of our mommy friends.
Just a thought.. take it for what you will :)
Happy Friday, y'all!