When I was a brand new mom, I had a really hard time trusting my inner voice. My first instinct, most of the time, was to text my mom or a friend or my husband, asking a million questions a day about what someone else thought was best. Now that I'm on the far side of being a new mom, with a sassy toddler running around, I know there are so many new mom moments when you have to trust your own inner voice in order to help advocate for your baby.
This borders on TMI, but heck, what's good writing without a little too much information, right? When my daughter was about a month old, she started pooping less frequently and seeming very, very fussy. She was so new to our family, and the formula she was drinking was what the NICU had her on, so I was hesitant to listen to the tiny voice that was telling me to consider a formula change.
It seemed like such a monumental decision to make without her pediatrician, or my mom or everyone else I asked, weighing in. In the end, though, I had to listen to that little voice. I knew the formula was making her uncomfortable and trusting that voice was so important in helping her feel better. We switched formula to a sensitive one, but I still remember how terrified I was to give her the first bottle. Talk about being a new mom, right? Still, listening to that voice was critical in starting to advocate for my daughter.