I recently felt mom guilt in a way I never had before. I felt excited to feed my daughter avocado. Not only is it easy to feed a toothless baby, but avocados are full of soluble fiber and healthy fats. I had even found a way to preserve the avocado without it browning so my eight-month old could enjoy eating some over the next few days (CATERING SECRET: 🤫 Avocados can be frozen. Though their texture will change after thawing, they're still great to use in creamy sauces or salad dressings, or in my case, to feed a baby. I recommend cutting it into the sizes you will later thaw out first). Normally I heat baby foods in the microwave under the defrost setting so it warms slowly, but this time, I used the standard heating button. I gave her a spoonful of avocado that was too hot, and she SCREAMED. Trying what I could to soothe her (cold formula, water) and neither working, I felt HORRIBLE. 😞
The good news is, my daughter forgave me, much faster than I forgave myself. 💗 She even went on to enjoying more avocado the next day. But until that incident, any mom guilt I felt ranged from not spending all my free time with my daughter, not buying her the highest quality organic clothing, or letting her cry herself back to sleep at 5am, things I had consciously chose to do.
Is mom guilt something we lessen sensitivity to over time? Is it different from mother to mother? I believe the 'role' we give to motherhood not only varies from one woman to another, but changes over time as our babies, as us as mothers, grow into ourselves. 🌱