Somethings Change, Others are Always the Same

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Beech Nut. I received a free coupon to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. bethany-eating-beech-nut-organic-realfoodforbabies-ad-4

When you find out for the first time you are going to be a parent, you have so many ideas, concerns and desires.  You want to be the best parent, provide the safest environment and savor every single moment.  Then reality sets in.  No matter how much you have been around children or how much you prepare, there will be situations and hurdles come up that you may not respond as you previously imagined.

One thing I learned is you have to be ready to adapt, or things may not go well.  Sometimes situations arise out of necessity and you may cave on how you thought you would handle it but IT IS OKAY!  Just because we may have to adapt, doesn’t mean we aren’t great parents or that we don’t love our children as much.

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When I became pregnant with our third child, the amount of hormones and steroids I had to take so she would develop was almost double what I took with my previous two.  I was sick, REALLY sick from sun up to sun down.  During that time I realized it was okay if I didn’t make every thing homemade, I still tried to feed them wholesome foods, but I also realized I had to be able to feed them and since I couldn’t function, sometimes frozen meals or quick things would have to suffice.  It didn’t change their love for me or make me a bad mother.  I did what I had to do to continue moving forward.

As a society as a whole, I think we tend to be judgmental towards others parenting choices.  I will admit I am one that watched others before I had children and said, I would never allow my kids to do that!  Ha, boy was I wrong!  There were times and situations that have arisen since I have become a parent when I HAVE been “that” parent.  And you know what, I am okay with that!

There are times we need to change how we look at situations and then there are times we may not.  While I have compromised in many ways over my ideas I had before I became a parent, one thing that has stayed the same with all three of my children is that I have always tried to feed them organic baby foods.  It was important to me to provide the best I could for their growing bodies without anything artificial or packed full of preservatives.  I made a lot of baby food myself, but there are still times I need to have some on hand to grab and go.

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I love it that so many baby food companies are branching out to make organic foods.  Beech-Nut is now making a GMO-free, USDA organic line that is inspired by homemade food you would make for your own little ones.  I would never feed my babies something I wouldn’t eat myself and Beech-Nut’s organic line contains only whole fruits and vegetables, ancient grains and beans, nothing else.  That is an A+ in my books.

Our local Kroger store just started to carry the Beech-Nut organic line and we picked up a few for  Miss B to try out.  So far her favorite is the organic apple, raspberry & avocado!  The texture is slightly thicker, like that of homemade food I would make at home so she loves it!

In my seven years of being a mother, I have learned so much about myself and my ideas.  I have learned I have to be willing to change and adapt to be a good mother to my babies.  As we continue navigating down the parenthood road, I am sure I will continue to learn right along with the children.  As much as we would like to freeze time in a little bubble, somethings change and others stay the same.  My desire to feed my children the best I can provide them will not.  For that, I am thankful that there are so many organic options now available.

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Beech-Nut organic is sold at the following retail stores:  Kroger, Babies “R” Us, Wegmans, Price Chopper, Wakefern, Walmart.com,  Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, Stop & Shop, Giant Carlisle, A&P, Pathmark, Albertsons, Hannaford, Raley’s, Meijer, Nugget Market, Diapers.com, Harris Teeter, Shaw’s, ACME, Shoppers Food and Cub Foods.

If you would like to try out a jar of Beech-Nut organic for yourself, leave a comment and let me know one thing you have learned being a mother.  You must be a US resident, ages 18 years and older to win.  Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States.

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