Growing With Your Baby

by Mum Dee on May 20, 2010

How am I supposed to take care of this baby? I don’t know what I am doing? What if I don’t hear my baby crying during the night, after all I AM a deep sleeper? Are these things that you worry about when you think about the arrival of your firstborn child? You are not alone. These feelings are quite common, but don’t feel anxious. Just the fact that you are concerned about how you will take care of this precious baby shows that you will do a good job.

When your baby is born you will become parents. Becoming a parent is not just a word, you will really become something you have never been before. There will be a transformation in you! Your focus will be on your new baby. You will become someone that sleeps with an ear open waiting to hear your baby calling out to you. Yes, you! Your desire will be to fulfill your baby’s needs. You will be tuned into him.

Babies need to be loved. Well no problem there, you have already fallen in love with your baby while you have been experiencing her growing in the womb. Babies need to be fed. Newborns only need milk, that’s not too complicated is it? Babies need to be held and touched. Everything you do with a baby involves touching and holding. Heck, once your precious bundle is born everybody wants to hold her, it’s natural. Babies love to hear your voice so talk away with to her. Babies want to feel secure. Well all the feeding and holding and loving is what makes them feel secure. You are perfectly equipped to be able to care for this tiny new life.

You will start out with a newborn baby and as he grows his needs will change. Your parenting skills will grow along with these needs. As your baby changes you will learn how to deal with new situations as they arise. When he is ready to start crawling you will be able to arrange yourselves to accommodate this new skill. Once he is taking his first steps you will be eager to see this happening. Your toddler will want to investigate the whole world with you alongside. You will grow together. You don’t need to know how to do it all the day he is born. Parenting is a journey that you take with your child. Both of you will come out the other end changed by each other. It is a wonderful experience.

Don’t worry too much about whether or not you will do everything right. It is guaranteed that you will make mistakes along the way. You might as well accept this now. It is all part of the process. Things don’t always go the way we hope they will. When things go wrong we learn from the mistakes and handle things differently the next time. Everything in life holds an opportunity for learning. If things don’t go wrong at home where her loving family is there to work it out with her how will your child ever learn the skills she will need to get through the difficulties that the world will throw at her later. Life happens to everyone and your child will have her knocks in life just like the rest of us. Your love for her is what will help her through the hard places.

You were designed to be parents so know in your hearts that you are able to be good at it.

What kind of things are you, or were you, afraid of before your baby was born?

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Mariah May 22, 2010

I remember being very afraid that I would not be able to bond with my baby. That they wouldn’t like me or something or I would not know how to comfort them properly. But eight years later I think it all worked out ok… LOL!!

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