I am a mother of two kids. My son Adam is 8 years old and my daughter Amyra is 9 months old. I would like to share some of my experiences of raising them. Let me just take you back to the time when my son was born. When my son was born, I was very young, inexperienced, and did not have much patience. A few months into my marriage, and I came to know that I was pregnant. At that time, I was excited of course, but I was confused too.
From being a professional person to becoming a mother was a hard task. While I was prepping to welcome my little angel, I totally forgot about the people around me. When I delivered my baby, reality hit me. As I was a new mom and did not have any experience whatsoever, people from every walk of life started suggesting me what to do and what not to do. Yes, I received unsolicited advice from everyone and I was really confused. There were times when I used to cry looking at my child and wondered how to hold him.
But my mom, who happened to be a nurse too, helped me take care of my son. My dad, my pillar of strength taught me a lot about taking care of my baby. He along with my mother raised my brother and me, and their experiences helped me a lot. They taught me to be more aware and alert. They told me to look for the signs of irritation and discomfort on my baby’s face and how to deal with them.
I know it is easier said than done, but if you observe your baby carefully, then you will notice a pattern. For example, if you see your child scratching his ear, then it is a sign that he wants to sleep. If he is irritated while playing, that means he might be hungry or seek attention. For all new moms out there, I want to tell you that please be very alert and carefully monitor your child.
And please remember that your child is your child. You know the best way to nurse him, nurture him, and enjoy with him. Your immediate family members and friends would suggest a thousand things and there is no harm in trying but do not let anyone push you to do something that you are not comfortable with. Learn to say NO. This will help you in the long run. Listen to others and do what you think is best for your child. Happy parenting!
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