Recently a few women I am close with and I were talking about parenting as I sat there pumping (oh the joys of EPing). I was explaining to a few (whom I hadn't seen since before LO was born) how I had never even thought about EPing before I had to (I'm too cheap to buy formula) or even really read about C-sections or anything. One of my SILs said, "that which I criticize I become" and it made me think about how I am different than my childless self expected I would be. For example:
I wanted all-natural birth, baby on chest immediately after delivery and EBF for the first year minimum. I ended up with an emergency C-section, not holding LO for the first week, and EPing (I know it's BFing, but it's also not).
When I started EPing I hated it so much I planned on quitting within the first month, using formula, and started solids ASAP. I'm pumping with the goal of 9-12 months and delaying solids until 6 months.
I planned on sleep training, letting them CIO as early as humanely possible, having LO in their own room in their own crib. We still have no schedule, I am very much APing (without even realizing it until a friend pointed it out) and we bed share.
How are you different than you expected?
**For the record, just because I don't do it doesn't mean I think less of people who do. Everyone makes the best choice for their own family and what works for one mom and baby combo doesn't work for the next.**