I know that:
*I'll say that I won't let my baby watch TV until after he's 2....but he will.
*I'll say that I won't give in and use bribes/threats to get him to behave...but I will.
*I'll say that he will only play with educational, natural, pretty toys...but he won't.
*I'll say that he'll breastfeed exclusively until he's 6 months and breastfeed until he's at least 1...but we'll see.
*I'll say that he'll never come into the bed with us...but he will.
*I'll say that he'll only eat healthy and will never touch a chip, cookie or hamburger until he's older...but he will.
*I'll say that he'll always be cutely dressed with his face and hands clean...but he won't.
*I'll say that Dan and I won't just talk about the kids all the time...but we will (for awhile at least).
*I'll say that I will make an effort to not look frumpy or too "mom-ish"...but I might not.
*I'll say that I can handle all the housework, side jobs, budgeting and primary parenting on my own...but I won't be able to.
I also know that:
*I'll use the car seat as a place for him to sleep if it works.
*I'll stick him in front of the TV or some other form of media to get a few minutes of quiet.
*I'll feel frustrated at times and will wish for my non-kid life (and free time) again.
*I'll feel guilty for leaving him to go out at times. Then I'll feel dumb about feeling guilty.
*I'll get discouraged when I find myself struggling to speak to him in French.
*I'll be constantly judging myself and comparing myself to other moms.
*I'll wonder if I'm doing a good job.
*I'll overlook something kind of serious because I'd rather "assume everything is ok".
And yet I know:
*I'll read to him and expose him to as much music and art as possible.
*I will never switch over to English with him. Ever.
*He will be surrounded by his family and our friends who will love him.
*Dan and I will make time for each other.
*I won't be afraid to hug him or tell him I love him. Or to kiss Dan in front of him.
*We will go outside as much as possible.
*He will be photographed A LOT.
*I will continue to enjoy the things I enjoy now like photography, scrapbooking, blogging, etc (maybe just not as much).
*I'll be a good mother to him.