If Zac could throw out every book I've ever read on pregnancy or child rearing, he would do it in a heartbeat. But, as much as he would like to raise our daughter by figuring it out as we go along, he can't deny that she is truly thriving from some of the expert advice. He is still a strong and true reminder that our little girl will not likely fit any mold, and she needs personalized care. Which is why I'm excited and nervous to be doing it myself.
How will I know we're on the right track? When Hannah greets me with a smile post-nap or pauses while nursing to flash a toothless grin at me. I'll know it when she sails through a new experience confidently with me by her side. It'll be clear when I no longer hear wails as she cries, but individual and unique statements telling me exactly what she needs.
Every once in a while the books may give some looney advice. On the other hand, they might even make a suggestion I desperately want to follow, only to find that it definitely doesn't work for Hannah. That's the great thing about striving to become an expert on one little girl. I don't have to be a perfect Mom, I just have to be her perfect Mom and I can't help but feel like it's going well as I watch this amazing little girl grow.