I was 18 when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I was a strong-willed teenager, hell-bent on making it through life on my own without the help of any pesky know-it-all adults, especially my parents. I listened to any and all advice given and took NONE of it to heart. I wanted to do things my way because I knew what was best for me. So as I prepared to leave the hospital two days after giving birth, I was ready to tackle the world. I did not realize, however, that I would be tackling the world with a baby on my hip. Literally….my mind did not comprehend that when I left the hospital that day, I had to take the baby with me….and I had to keep her forever. I just kept thinking, “I don’t know what to do with it.”
I had a hard time with post-partum. I was sure I was going to really mess this thing up. She was so perfect, everything about her was perfect. She was the perfect baby and I was not the perfect mommy. I was clumsy and she was fragile. I was scared to death to put clothes on her for fear that I would smother her or break her arm. I just knew that one day bath time would become a tragedy as a soapy baby is a very slippery baby. I even had to read the directions on her baby swing to make sure I had her strapped in there right. I couldn’t imagine how to make sure my baby was a happy baby.
I quickly learned that unhappy babies have no problem letting you know they are unhappy. They will scream at you, and get louder until you listen. So, as long as she wasn’t crying, we were probably okay. That’s when I wrote my first book titled “Baby, Don’t Cry.”
Fast forward 17 years. I published that book recently and now my first baby is expecting her first baby. I am sharing all of my advice and she is probably taking none of it to heart but, at just the right moment, when she needs me and my advice, I will be there just like my mom was. And as I am waving my oversized “I told you so” banner, I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my baby is a happy baby.
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