You're doing ok mom

May 5, 2014

This whole being a mom thing is really hard. They tell you that over and over before you have kids. When you are pregnant it gets worse. Everyone in the grocery store tells you how good you have it now. All of your mom friends warn you about what's to come....but it doesn't really sink in until you actually do it. It's tough. It's tiring. It tests your patience. So many things are different about me now that I'm a mother...but one of the major things is confidence. I am so much more confident in who I am how that I'm Hudson's mommy. During that first rough year it was easy to second guess myself. My husband and I had no idea how to be parents....were we doing it right? Was Hudson getting everything he needed? Taking care of him was all consuming...and I often worried about doing everything perfectly. But now.....now that I've been doing this for 20 months I know. I know I'm probably not doing everything right. I've made mistakes. I've lost my patience. I've cried. I've lost my mind and my sanity. But you know what???? If Hudson were able to communicate in sentences he would tell you this: His mama...is the best. His mama cuddles him when he is scared or hurt. His mama kisses away the boo-boos. His mama makes mac n' cheese for dinner. His mama laughs and sings (off key!) and dances and rolls around on the floor and plays airplane and plays with trucks. His mama gives eskimo kisses every night and reads him all of his favorite the books. His mama prays with him each night. His mama loves him more than anything. His mama is doing it just fine.

Writing The Breastfeeding Diaries has been such a joy for me....I've met so many wonderful mother's and been inspired by so many women. I never predicted that the series would help create such an amazing community of support....but I'm so thankful it has. Somehow other mom's have looked to me for advice...and while I'm no expert, my advice to them has always been this: You are a good mom. Only you know what's best for your baby. It will not always be like this. You are doing it right. Sometimes that's all we need to hear to make things better. 

Every mom could use some reassurance and a reminder that she’s doing ok, especially on Mother’s Day. Have you seen the new Johnson's Baby commercials? They do just that...and they will also make you cry...


The Johnson's Baby brand is committed to ensuring that every baby has a healthy and happy start through educational and social initiatives, product donations, and financial support. For every view of the “You’re Doing OK, Mom” video between now and Mother’s Day, Johnson's Baby will donate $1 to Save the Children, up to $50,000. You can view the video above, or by clicking HERE

Have a tissue ready. 


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28 Responses to “You're doing ok mom”

  1. Yay moms!! We all totally rock at our jobs don't we? Well.. Until they become teenagers and the real parenting begins. OY.

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  2. Such a great post! Although we may doubt ourselves and get frustrated our kids think that we are the best and that is the only thing that matters and the best compliment ever. The days are long, but the years are short I hear and I try reminding myself that when I'm feeling frustrated.

    Have a great day!

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  3. Thanks for posting this! It will be a good reminder to me when my baby boy will be here sometime in September! I also love your "Breastfeeding Diaries" posts. They have been a pleasure to read and really reassures me that I will be able to breastfeed! Hope you have a fantastic Monday!

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  4. Such a great post! And I completely agree with every word!

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  5. yay moms! im not a mom, but excuse me while i tear up a bit. you're awesome!

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  6. Such a great post!! Love the video also. Tear.

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  7. I started crying reading your post...and then so more with the video. Being a mom is the best thing ever!!!

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  8. Always good to have a Mom cry first thing Monday morning!

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  9. A wonderfully heartfelt post! Although we live miles apart and we have never had the pleasure of meeting you, your husband or Hudson, I can easily say you are doing a whole lot better than OK. I would rate it more like superb or fantastic. You are an inspiration for many and are helping even more with your blog and posts. You are doing Great Mom!

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  10. I LOVE this!! I'm still in that rough first year where I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing!!

    You are an amazing mom :)

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  11. This is a great reminder! I completely agree with you on everything- that first year is rough and you want to do everything perfectly... but there is no perfect! You are an awesome mommy and Hudson is one super lucky little man!

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  12. Love the post and the pics. :)

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  13. Love this post Julie!! And such perfect timing with Mother's Day right around the corner. I hope you celebrate 20 wonderful months of being Hudson's mama this weekend :)

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  14. You are an amazing mom! I can't imagine what it will be like to have kids.. But I'm sure I will need this type of reminded daily :)

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  15. Love your necklace! Where's it from?

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  16. Aww I love this! I get so nervous for motherhood, simply because I'm worried I won't give, do, or be enough for our baby, but this is just perfection :) thank you for this reminder!

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  17. This post is great! So so so true! This mom gig is super hard, like really mind blowing hardest thing I've ever done hard. But we are enough and that's what really matters. :)

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  18. What a sweet and wonderful post. You are doing ok! We all are. This whole mama gig is so wonderful and hard and fabulous and challenging. H is a lucky baby to have you for his mama!

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  19. MOMS ROCK. Sometimes these words are so needed, but we are all so good at our job :)

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  20. I couldn't be more proud of you and the mother you are to Hudson. Trust your instincts and just love him. You are doing a wonderful job and Hudson is one lucky little guy!
    Love you

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  21. You are such a rockstar!! I can't even tell you how many times I've referenced your blog now that I'm trying to support BFF with her little one. Weep. Motherhood.

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  22. Such a great message! I don't have a baby myself yet, but I have so many friends that have little ones right now. I hear them say how hard it is at times, and I think every mommy needs to hear how amazing they are and that they are doing great! Happy early Mother's Day to you.

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  23. Gah! I've really needed to hear this lately, so thank you.

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  24. Yes!! We are doing it right. Thanks this is a great post!!

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  25. OMG! So true! :) and I totally agree with you. You're doing awesome!!

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  26. OMG, it totally did make me cry! I think we are all just doing our best and, in general, better than OK. :)

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