I hope this series has proven helpful to you as you consider options for feeding your little one! I’d love to hear what worked and what didn’t work for you – leave a comment or contact me here.It was certainly a wild ride for us as we learned how to feed little babies well. And both my husband and I learned a lot in the process. Which brings me to the point of this post:
We didn’t do everything right.
I know. You’re shocked. (That was to be read with sarcasm, in case you missed it. =) But seriously. I don’t claim to know it all or have done it all right. Part of what I share is out of regret from things I wish I had known or learned prior to this season. But I am learning (quickly!) that this is just one area of parenting where I’ll look back and see where I could have done things differently.
So, like with all the rest of the “oh, darn” moments in parenting, I can choose to remember that God is ultimately in control over my children’s health. He has each of their days planned out – and has had them planned out since before one even took place, even before they were conceived!
The Lord has, however, given these children to me to steward and I do feel as if part of this stewardship is a responsibility to learn – to grow in an awareness of what is good, healthy, appropriate and right. And I’m good with that because I crave learning things. I’m not satisfied to just do the status-quo. Or go with the flow. Or my pediatrician (though we love him). Or Aunt Sally (actually, I don’t even have an Aunt Sally).
My motto has become: “when I know better, I want to do better.”
Of course this isn’t always possible. For instance, I can’t raise my own dairy cows right now for uber-fresh raw milk for my M&Ms! And my babies were fed way more formula than I would have preferred. But where it isn’t always possible to do better, I choose to trust that God is still caring for them.
So I wanted to encourage you with this. Feeding Baby can be fun, frustrating and overwhelming – all with the very first bite. =) But when we seek to acquire knowledge, apply as best as we can – we can then trust God with the rest. Right?
For fun, here’s the video of the babies’ first breakfast…I think you’ll enjoy it. =)
Do you have any regrets with feeding your kids? What have you found helpful in dealing with regrets?