10 Baby Experiences I'm Sad I Missed Out On

Being a Mom 23
baby toysI recently came to terms with the fact that I am done having children.
There will be no more cribs in our house, no more bottles to be sanitized and no more diapers to be purchased. And I am fine with that. More than fine, I'm GREAT with that.
But there are a few things I'm sorry that I never had the chance to use or do when my kids were babies ...
1. Pacifier mustaches. The mustache craze is a little tired, but these make me smile every single time I see them. Considering how pacifier obsessed my kids all were, I imagine I would have smiled an awful lot.
2. Mommy and baby shots. I hid from the camera like a crazy person when I was a new mom, but really wish I had gotten at least a few decent shots with my newborns. Even just a shot of my hair with a baby would suffice! Some proof that I was actually there, you know?
3. Baby bow-ties. Baby bow tie + plain white onsie = cutest outfit EVER, and tragically, my boys never wore it.

4. Ridiculously cute baby photography. Maybe it's better cameras nowadays. Maybe it's the invention of Pinterest. Maybe it's that people hire professionals these days. All I know is that the baby pictures I see these days put the ones I have of my own babies to shame. 
5. The shoe set socks. Shoes for babies are just plain dumb. Socks that look like shoes? Adorable. 
6. The new and improved strollers. I can't believe how far strollers have come in the past ten years. It's almost enough to make me buy one just to be able to put my shopping bags somewhere at the mall. That would be crazy... right?
7. Monthly pictures. Sure, I took pictures of my kids those early days, but I wish I'd thought of documenting them in the same place once a month. I'm constantly kicking myself over that one.
8. Bloomers. It's not like these are a new invention or anything, but for some reason I never bought them when Lily was a baby.  And that kind of kills me.


9. Baby Legwarmers. I may not be able to pull off the Flashdance look, but on chubby baby legs? Too cute.

10. Video. I could watch video of my babies forever right about now and have so little of it. 

Am I waffling on my no more babies decision? Absolutely not. It just means I'll be getting some kick ass presents for my baby-bearing friends and be giving them lots and lots of advice of things not to miss.
Lucky them.
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Samantha Kerr

I *SO* know how you feel!!

nonmember avatar dana

I don't have any picture of my son in his take home outfit or at ALL from the day he came home. I cry everytime I dwell on this. I don't have a smart phone, and had forgotten my camera.

aimers6 aimers6

I did professional photos every month on the day they turned a month older for the 1St year with all 5 kids. But I only had boys and there are some stinking cute things for girls. I get 1-3 nephews /nieces a year and I buy all the new things for them. But I can't wait for grandkids. Hopefully only a few years away.

Krystian Kaufold

Those are all stupid. 

Why would you want to put some of those things on your baby

momal... momalways1954

Oops...  We lost everything in a house fire but did manage to salvage some pictures that weren't in albums.  All the best baby pictures are gone.  I was like you, not wanting to be seen in pictures which is really unfair to our children.  Being vain trumped doing right by my kids.  My favorite photo - I won a prize! - was a daughter in a big pot with a chef's hat on (and nothing else) she was posed on our stove top and my husband's strong, huge hand, up to his wrist was holding on to the pot, but out of the picture.  She was holding a ladle and had a big toothless smile.  I shot it in black and white (old days) and it was so precious.  Gone... 

Angela Smith

LOL! I agree with every single one!

Karen Rippey

Yeah I said all of those things about how I was done and my kids were grown and out of the house and now I am raising my 2 year old Grandson.  Don't get me wrong I wouldn't trade it for the world at his point but when we got custody a year ago that was not what I ws thinking.  So basically be careful what you wish for is a very truthful saying.

Christen Aubuchon

I take pictures of my kids when I can, I would love to do a month to month picture thing, but knowing me I would forget. These are memories that we will pass on to our kids. I love looking at photos of me and brothers trying to remember when it was taken and what not, but never fully putting my finger on it. When my son was born we got him the shoe socks. Everyone loved them, I wish they would make pairs for adults too. This isn't be dumb or selfish, this is about wanting to capture every moment that we can and remembering all the fun that was going on. One day maybe or not people will want to remember and pictures are a way of doing so. As for the baby leg warmers, yeah I had a hard time putting tights on my girls there was no way I was going to wrestle with those knowing my girls were going to somehow take them off.

Latanya Ivey

I would like a third child. I have two boys and I think I am missing out on having a daughter. It's a nagging feeling that I can't shake. Don't get me wrong. I  love and adore my boys; but, I would love a daughter, too. I'm 36, so time is racing.

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