YoungMommy knows she’s not an “expert”

I have never been to nursing school or had any formal training as a doula or midwife. I am not a child psychologist or family counselor. I’m not an expert in pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or raising kids.

I have been pregnant 5 times, birthed 6 babies, breastfed all of them, and am now raising five boys and a little princess. So, I guess I know a thing or two.

Perhaps I know a bit about transitioning from the honeymoon “it’s-all-about-us” phase to the “oh my gosh, we’re having a baby” and “surprise, there are two! now what do we do?” shock of a lifetime.

I could know a bit about very little time spent “dating” before you had virtually no together time when the babies and diapers came into the picture. Or, about how important it is to make time for each other. Now, even more than before.

Mastitis and engorgement are no strangers to this mama… I know both well, but found many ways to curb the pain and discomfort.

Oh, and I’ve weaned 6 babies, potty-trained 5 (well, Ben trained himself, but…), have worn babies in various contraptions, can stave off a kiddo’s cough, make the boo-boo all better, and know the most effective way to show love and discipline to each of my six very different mannered children.

But, I’m no expert.


  1. says

    Did I miss something?

    You sound like an expert mama to me. I still remember that video of you shopping. Maybe they don’t hand out degrees in motherhood or have training certifications for getting in and out of the store without losing your mind…but that sure takes expertise.

  2. says

    very interesting. you may say that you are not an expert but in fact you care very much about your children. the most important thing in raising and nursing babies and child is love and care. ~ The most wonderful gift you can give.

  3. says

    I think you know a thing or two, and you have excellent children. They were all very well behaved on a broken bus in the heat, on the highway. You are a great mommy and give great advice.
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..Meal Plan Monday =-.

  4. Lorie says

    “. . . and know the most effective way to show love and discipline to each of my six very different mannered children.” Wow! This is no easy task. I hope to learn this about my children – & soon. Not an expert, huh?