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Motherhood is perfectly imperfect

I’ve learned the only thing I can expect in my day-to-day is the unexpected.

Motherhood is perfectly imperfect

For #MotherlyStories by Gina Schlosser |

It’s funny—I had so many preconceived notions of what motherhood would be like before I actually became a mother.


There would be lots of quiet moments together in the rocking chair. I’d be a well-planning working mother who perfectly balanced a career with raising a family.

In short, it would be perfect. I would be perfect.

And then I became a mother.

Neither of my girls liked to be snuggled, much less held, and the rocking chair sat unused in the corner of the room. One of them cried and cried no matter what I did. I tried to return to work as an engineer, but felt my calling at home instead.

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I’ve learned the only thing I can expect in my day-to-day is the unexpected. Nothing is absolute; things change each day, even hour to hour.

It’s messy and crazy and it’s wonderfully liberating to let go.

And these two girls who would rather adventure outside than snuggle in the rocking chair have filled my soul in a way that I didn’t know I needed. They have helped me recognize my true strengths and have also forced me to confront my weaknesses. I’m not perfect, but because of them, I sure want to be better.

All too soon, our carefree days will be replaced with the structure of school, organized activities and work, but today I am embracing the picnics by the creek, mid-trail diaper changes, and numerous stops to pick rocks out of shoes.

There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

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If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

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Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

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When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

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Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

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Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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