If you’re a super confused new mom being bombarded with words like “LO”, “EBF”, and “DH”, then I’m here to help.
When you’re a new mom and your newborn takes a green poo, spits up 5 times in 30 seconds, or if you’re just wondering how to get them to sleep better, you’re probably headed to the internet to find some answers. To your relief, you find a parenting forum, mom group, or a blog that seems to have the answers that you’re looking for… except… it’s in some foreign language: Mom Lingo. As if new moms don’t already have enough new information to learn, right? Thankfully, some websites already have a dictionary to help you decipher some of these acronyms. One of the parenting communities with a full dictionary is BabyCenter. It’s a bit over the top just how many abbreviations there are. I understand that people don’t want to type out full words, but when it takes longer to decipher what the post says than it does to just type out the full words, then there might be a problem.
Let’s be real here. We already have some serious mom brain. I’ve lost my phone and found it hours later in the fridge or pantry more times than I would like to admit. And somehow we’re expected to learn an entirely new dialect just to connect with our fellow mom community. It’s a bit much.
I mean, you’re a new mom. You’re given this new little bundle of joy who drives you crazy every second you get. You just need some answers, help, and community. Oh, wait, I meant to say that you’re given this new little bundle of joy who’s amazing in every way. They’re super pleasant. They might even be a unicorn. What’s a unicorn you might ask? More Mom Lingo. There are apparently two groups of babies: Dragons and Unicorns. Unicorn babies are just generally pleasant, happy, easy babies. They let you do things by yourself, they are probably a good eater and sleeper too. Dragons, on the other hand, are the exact opposite. They are difficult babies. They might be fussy, not a very good sleeper, and certainly very clingy. For a better idea on what exactly dragons and unicorns are you can check out the Fussy Baby Site. Especially if you have a dragon baby and are desperately needing some advice. I’ve been told multiple times that I have two unicorns, which is exactly the reason I named my blog Living With Unicorns.
I guess I’m just frustrated with the amount of effort that it can take to read these types of posts. I feel like I could get advice that I need and give advice that other people need much easier if I didn’t have to google every other word just to understand what I’m reading. I love mom groups, parenting forums, mom blogs, etc. Don’t get me wrong. I just want to be able to love them without feeling like I’m in a National Treasure movie.
Does Mom Lingo frustrate you? Comment below and tell me about it! Do you love Mom Lingo? Comment below and tell me why you think it’s worth the learning curve!