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!


  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!

  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.

  3. Three cheers to fewer voices!!


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