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Pooping with a Baby

By Jeannie Sanders.

I have tried to avoid using this word my entire life. Believe it or not, although my husband and I have a great relationship, we talk about everything, and he is my best trusted friend, we still don’t use it. Don’t get me wrong, I use lots of words, I am not shy, and I am a pretty “wear it on your sleeve person”. I just have never been the one to use it.

Yep, that’s right, I’m referring to the word, “poop”.

You avoid it and avoid it and avoid it and then, as a friend of mom’s you hear it, you end up on group texts about it, when it happens, when it doesn’t, the consistency of it, and even pictures of it to compare notes. These are your girls, your tribe, your family, so you open, delete, open and delete on repeat until you finally get the courage to say what I said which was “um, do I need to be on these texts?” Of course, in a fun-loving tone because in the back of your mind you can’t discount the poopy picture texts too much. One day you may have your own child and find yourself sending those same messages. So, we must handle it gently. Very, very gently.

And then the time comes, you are now the mom, you did things you feel human women should not do in front of other human women, you went to battle, you are now holding that precious little baby of yours you have dreamed and dreamed about. Suddenly you are faced with the vocabulary decision to use “poop” or not to use “poop”. Potty is so much cuter, isn’t it? Going potty, flushing the potty. Who must go potty? Did you just potty? The word Potty seems more, well, clean.

And then the harsh reality. You have held it in, but your baby wants you to hold him. You are still holding it in, but your baby wants you to cuddle her. You thought you had planned to wake early enough and go “potty”, but your baby woke even earlier and is ready for mommy. You feel it, your tummy is rumbling, and you have no other option because nobody else is awake.

Yes–here we are; when YOU, the dignified classy and proud businesswomen, professional, put together and still proud mom, must POOP with a baby!

Oh yes, I mean literally poop with your baby on your lap, in your arms, standing next to you grabbing your knees just checking it all out with that super adorable grin on their face while you look at them and say, “mommy is going potty.”

Haven’t we all “pooped with a baby”? Sure, you may have avoided that exact same real-life scenario (and good for you if you have), but you’ve probably still managed the balancing act of pooping with a baby. Nowadays we say the blend instead of the balance. We have what appears to be a pretty healthy mix and also an understanding from others in our families and offices when it comes to work, life, and family.

Whatever word resonates with you, what I mean by “pooping with a baby” is that as the EverReady mom, we are prepared for it all. Maybe it looks different, maybe it isn’t all you thought it would be, we already know not to compare because we know where that ends up, so that person’s all is definitely not like mine. (Might want to clean up the previous sections as it’s really awkward on the page and read aloud) But while we are balancing, we are blending, we are compromising, and we are collaborating, most importantly we are preparing and ready. We are making the list and checking it twice (sorry Santa, moms do it too) and we are teaching our kids, our colleagues, sometimes our friends, and often other people who somehow wandered in our homes at the last minute for that dinner you planned for 4 people but now there is 6, to dot their I’s and cross their T’s.

The teaching, leading, training, guiding, forgiving, mentoring, coaching, and loving never stops with just our family. We are women. We love our communities, and gosh, we love them with our whole hearts. We love them with all we’ve got! Our communities are deep, diverse, probably in different time zones, and all with a multitude of responsibilities.

I am proud to be an EverReady mom.

I am even more proud to represent the EverReady mom business.

I am most proud to be a part of a community of women who are brilliant leaders and moms. Uplifting and connecting with one another using genuine encouragement, as we prepare for whatever life throws at us with confidence, elegance, class, moments of forgivable classlessness, grace, messy hair and clean hair, gym clothes or a business suit, and a lot of grit.

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Jeannie Sanders is a mother of three and president-owner of Practice of Positivity, as well as the founder of G.R.I.T. Leadership Experiences. She is based in Henderson, Nevada.

When she isn’t writing articles for EverReady Mom or parenting her angel and fur babies, Jeannie leads women’s leadership initiatives in the corporate sector across a global platform.

To find out more about Jeannie’s work, go to www.practiceofpositivity.com
You can also follow Jeannie’s adventures on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/JeannieSanders_pop

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