Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Battle of "They"

I get the distinct impression from "parenting" books and magazines that the minute a child is birthed their mother is supposed to intuitvely know everything about them.

Spoiler Alert: I did not.

The thing that always made me frustrated is that everywhere I turned when Little Dude was a baby there seemed to be someone or something telling me how mothers KNOW their baby's cries and what they mean.

I did not, still do not...and I made it to toddlerhood just fine.

What I do know, is that a lot of the feelings I should have felt or be feeling might manifest themselves differently than "they" might like.

But, I do know that the PRIDE I feel when Little Dude does something by himself. Accomplishes something that he's been wanting, or tries something new is incredible. It's something that I anxiously await for more of. Watching my son be proud of his own accomplishments is one of the best feelings I have had on my journey in motherhood.

Go, Little Dude, Go!

3 comments:

  1. Good for you for not buying into the hype books & magazines sell. Every baby & every Momma is unique. It can be very challenging to tune into instincts... and I struggled with it quite a bit, and still do with my first-born. The good news is, if you have a 2nd child -- experience helps SO much!

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  2. I think we have enough voices in our head telling us what we should do with our children and how we should feel. We don't need more voices.

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  3. Three cheers to fewer voices!!

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