I was reading a blog the other day when a bit of advice really caught my attention. She said that parenting is about progress, not perfection. I love that! I think it applies to all sorts of things really. Seriously, none, and I mean NONE, of us will achieve perfection this side of Heaven, but we all can make progress.
This is my new mantra as I deal with acid reflux in my newborn baby, pediatricians who don't understand it, and my own frustrations as I try to keep some order in our lives amidst the reflux flare-ups that cause long bouts of crying that I can't help and the endless cycle of giving medication, pumping breastmilk, mixing bottles with rice cereal so he doesn't aspirate, turning the apnea monitor on and off, on and off for each naptime.
Today our progress was keeping a detailed log of his feeding and sleeping habits so I can try to help him better and spot patterns of what is working to help his reflux and what might be making it worse.
It's about Progress, not Perfection.
This coming week I'll be working on waking at the same time every morning, even when I feel tired and sluggish. I'll even be waking *gasp* before my toddler so I can do a quiet time/bible study. This might require A LOT of caffeine! :)