With Hello Baby comes Happy Mother's Day.
You spend the first six weeks of your baby's life tired, sleep deprived and trying to figure out motherhood without so much as a smile from the wee one. And then one day your baby smiles at you and then she does it again and again. Now you see that your hard work is paying off-- your baby actually likes you! The months start to pass and she starts sharing her food with you. Then she is coming up handing you flowers or more likely weeds and all day long calling Mama, Mommy, Mummy.
My mother got so tired one summer of us calling her Mom she changed her name; she changed it to "DoDo", which in our family was a word we could not use. Being about twelve or so at the time, I simply started calling her double d-o and my three siblings followed suit. We still laugh about it today fifty plus years later. Hearing "Mama" can be both wonderful and wearisome.
I was in a store today listening to a little boy around three years old. "Mama look at this truck. Mama I like this truck. Mama see this truck. Mama do you like this truck? Mama..." He just kept going for about three minutes with his patient mother acknowleding every thought. I feel you smiling; we have all been there.
Enjoy your babies. Enjoy your children. Enjoy being a mother--it's going to last your lifetime. And remember your child is getting her PhD (philosophy of discovering) in life. You provide the environment and safety net for her to explore and gain knowledge. Open the doors to a life time of learning, laughing and loving. Your child will love you for it.
Happy Mother's Day!
Don't forget the movie "Babies" premieres this weekend. I can't wait.
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