Last night a friend of mine had a baby and we went to see her in the hospital today. My first impression: OMG she is SO small! Was my baby ever so small? I don’t remember…and yet she was even smaller. Second thing – the baby does NOTHING, she just wants to suck the breast and sleep! Thirdly, you want to pour all the wisdom you accumulated in the previous months as a mother onto your new mother friend:
- how to hold the baby,
- how to breastfeed,
- how to cut the fingernails,
- the benefits of co-sleeping,
- how to get back in shape,
- when she’s going to get used to her new role,
- which stroller is the best,
- which carrier is the most comfortable,
- your take on vaccinations,
- your take on pacifiers,
- how to treat the rhoids.
But you don’t do it. You just shut up and admire her little bundle of joy with everyone else.
And now about the mom. I looked at her and thought – OMG, she is in so much pain (even though she looked great and seemed just fine), all the nasty hemorrhoids are expecting her. The sleepless nights. The never-ending chain breastfeeding. And I’m like – thank God, this is all behind me.
Or is it? What if I have another baby? Then it’s going to be the pregnancy nausea, the incredibly painful birth pushing, the breastfeeding and the no-sleeping all over again!
I’d better enjoy myself while I can…
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