Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Woman Worrier

Baby and I went to see the nurse at the Plunket Family Centre this morning, to discuss how we've been getting on in the eating and sleeping department (Baby's, not mine). She confirmed that I should try to feed Baby as often as I can during the day, and that I should keep trying to extend her naps.

The nurse told me I was doing a great job on looking after Baby - I wonder how many times I have to hear this before I actually start believing it?

Her main message to me was, in short, that I should loosen up. My anxious nature and my personal leaning towards organised living, are getting in the way of enjoying life as a mum.

In future I'll try not to avoid social gatherings just because they might make Baby overtired (because she's going to deal with it, as all babies do), and I'm going to have to get over the whole breastfeeding in public thing.

I was also encouraged to put Baby to bed with the minimum of fuss - no prolonged rocking crooning. How liberating was that!

After that ra-ra session, I felt like an ice cream. It was absolutely delicious.

7 comments:

Avery's mom said...

hey, youre no longer a new mommy, you shouldnt be uptight anymore. I've had to learn that not everything gets done in a day but that I'm still going to have my outings...I view them more as quest for society. and as far as breastfeeding,,I was just telling avery that now that she's 3months old we're going to the bottle, of course that was said in frustration. being a nursing mother is not just physically challenging but its also emotionally/socially challenging.
Dont allow the world to limit you as a mom
You are a great mom and you do the very best for your sweet baby
take pride in it

Violet said...

Yesterday I threatened Baby with an IV line if she didn't get her daytime feeding act together.

small one said...

The thing about threatening a baby is that even when you do that, they just look back at you with the same expression as before. It's maddening, I tell you...

I'm coming to visit... D in particular and WN in general...

bwahaha....

JW

Violet said...

Grrr: so does that mean you guys'll be on your honeymoon ;-)

EB said...

I started to believe in Plunket's positive lines when they stopped saying them and booked me in for an extra appointment after the 9 month checkup. Reason: First Time Parent.

Violet said...

eb: Aren't you supposed to get your First Time Parent extra appointment at the beginning? I got an extra home visit two weeks after the first one.

small one said...

finally, my idiot home computer won't let me post comments...

No honeymoon, I'm not married. Just visiting.

Bwahaha.