'Please take the time to find out who I am' - and other commandments from a newborn to a mum
'Please hold, cuddle, kiss, touch, stroke, and croon to me. I was always held closely in your womb and have never been alone before' ?
If your baby could talk, do you have any idea what they'd say? Sometimes yes, we're guessing, and sometimes - not a clue, right?
But now, a healthcare professional (we're guessing a midwife) has envisaged just what our little one might say to us if they had the words, and shared it on NHS Ayrshire's Maternity Unit Facebook page.
The post in full
"Dear mummy and daddy,
- Please keep this letter from me in a place where you can read it and re-read it when things are rough and you are feeling down.
- Please don’t expect too much from me as a newborn baby, or too much from yourselves as parents. Give us both 6 weeks as a birthday present, 6 weeks for me to grow, develop, mature, and become more stable and predictable – 6 weeks for you to rest and relax and allow your body to get back to normal.
- Please feed me when I am hungry, I never knew hunger in your womb and clocks and time mean little to me.
- Please hold, cuddle, kiss, touch, stroke, and croon to me. I was always held closely in your womb and have never been alone before.
- Please forgive me if I cry a lot. I am not a tyrant who was sent to make your life miserable, the only way I can tell you I am not happy is with my cry, bear with me and in a short time, as I mature, I will spend less time crying and more time socialising.
- Please take the time to find out who I am, how I differ from you and how much I can bring to you. Watch me carefully and I’ll tell you things which sooth, console and please me.
- Please remember that I am resilient and can withstand the many natural mistakes you’ll make with me. As long as you make them with love, I cannot be harmed.
- Please don’t be disappointed when I am not the perfect baby you expected nor be disappointed with yourselves when you are not the perfect parents.
- Please take care of yourself; eat a balanced diet, rest, and exercise so that when we are together, you have the patience and energy to take care of me. The cure for a fussy baby is more rest for Mum.
- Please take care of your relationship with each other. What good is family bonding if there is no family left for me to bond with.
- Keep the “big picture” in mind. I’ll be like this for a very short time, though it seems like forever to you now. Although I may have turned your life upside down, please remind yourselves that things will be back to normal before long.
- Enjoy me – I’ll never be this little again!
PLEASE NOTE AUTHOR UNKNOWN ."
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We just love this. Because sometimes you really have no idea whatsoever how you're doing, what your baby's feeling and whether your doing OK.
But you know what? If your little one could talk, we reckon, just like this fella, they'd tell you to look after yourself, keep doing what what you're doing - and that you're the best mum they could wish for ?
Tara is mum to 1 daughter, Bodhi Rae, and has worked as Content Editor and Social Media Producer at MadeForMums since 2015
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