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With so many different opinions on how to raise a child, it can get confusing for us as Vito’s parents to make clear decisions about them. However, since I am a firm believer in Vito, young as he is, I go with the flow and respond to his wants and needs in the way I see fit. While some may not agree with my views (i.e. attachment parenting, continuum method, exclusive breastfeeding, delaying solids, etc), I stand on my beliefs and philosophy about raising my son. Of course, many of these theories might go against popular old wives tales and doings of generations past. Still, I choose to follow what we as parents believe is right.

I am learning to take the good advice I’m given. Still, I discern what or what not to follow based on my personal beliefs. I may follow head-on or I may not; what matters is that, as a mom, I am making choices for my child. We’re fortunate that his pediatrician is a breastfeeding advocate, and has been praising us for keeping Vito well-fed. As a result, he’s healthier than ever, strong and bright-eyed, and always active. By delaying certain things like solids, water and formula, we’ve seen that Vito has reached many developmental milestones in the natural course of time.

And so goes the journey that is parenthood. It’s not easy, it’s full of bumps, it’s paved with many choices. What matters most is that Vito’s priorities are met, his trust in me and his dad is strengthened and our bond as a family is reinforced through love. In the end, that’s all that matters.

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This is Vito’s favorite spot: his changing pad. A gift from Ninong Kiddo and Tita Amy, this changing pad was on our baby shower wish list back in my third trimester. We received it during a baby shower, and we had no idea it would one day be Vito’s joy and delight. It’s really just a piece of firm foam covered in a non-porous, baby-friendly vinyl wrapping. We saw it in Mothercare, and knew it would be useful in our little corner nursery for Vito, which is at one side of our bedroom.

The changing pad’s placed atop Vito’s cabinet/changing table. As you can see, it’s armed with an arsenal of baby supplies, wipes, diapers, cologne, cream — the works.

Lucky Vito has even nicer furniture and cabinets than his poor Mommy and Daddy, hahaha!

See how much he loves this pad:

(At 5 weeks old, when he wasn’t so fidgety on the pad yet; at 3 months old, hyper and happy after getting immunizations; still at 3 months getting wiped down and changed, but still smiling and happy!)

We can’t leave him on the changing pad unsupervised; he goes wild with glee once he’s plunked on the thing and starts cooing and gurgling! He’s so good-natured on this pad, it makes me look forward to changing his diaper each morning, especially when he looks up at me with his twinkling eyes and let’s out a shriek of delight.  — Mommy

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