It's been almost an entire year since this photo was taken. A year that has changed my life. Changed me. I told myself a year ago that I would savor every bit of this tiny baby...and I have. I look back at this picture and think how I'd love to do it all over. Oh to have a newborn again.
On my walk today I was thinking about new mom's. New, young moms...and what I would tell them about motherhood. Sure..I'd have a few books and now-a-days..even blogs to share with them. I may even share my own experiences. But I think every mom needs to find their own way in Motherhood. To learn to trust their own instincts. I believe there is no right way...we all Mother differently..and that's ok.
A few weeks ago while waiting for my own Mother to come out of surgery...I ended up in a discussion in the hospital waiting area with a complete stranger. Our conversation began innocently enough with talk about babies..(of course Griffy was on my lap). The topic somehow turned to working mothers vs. stay at home moms. There I was...standing my ground...saying that all mothers should stay at home with their babies. (I do still believe that). Anyway...we parted ways and my drive home that evening was filled with thoughts of our conversation.
Since then I've been haunted by this talk I had with this stranger. I've thought to myself...would the world be a better place if every mother stayed home with their babies? Would all the babies out there be healthier if they were all breastfed? Would all babies feel more attached to their parents if they slept in the same bed with them? These are my beliefs, but they may not be yours.
I think if a new mom asked me for advice I'd tell her to do what comes natural. Do what feels right to you. And don't worry about what other people think.
*Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. ~ Pearl S. Buck