Buying gifts for babies and young children can sometimes be a complicated experience. Family and friends might love to buy toys for your children, and grandparents especially often love to “spoil” their grand kids, but parents often find their choices can be a hindrance.
One of the unique aspects of raising a new baby is involving your parents and parents-in-law in the life of their new grandchild. Most grandparents want to get involved – it means a lot to them to see this little child coming into the world.
I know you are in the middle of a wonderful dream, enjoying a sunny vacation with daddy on an exotic island and yes, that seems to be me in your dream, perfectly silent, wearing some totally spotless designer outfit. I am swinging quietly in a white baby hammock floating gently over a beautiful lush tropical garden. It is so quiet mommy – where is everyone? Oh wait, the dream has just changed to you are shoe shopping in a place with rows and rows of rainbow coloured sandals and friendly shoe men that all look like George Clooney. How odd, for some reason I am nowhere to be seen in this dream.
The current well-documented and widely accepted mantra is that “breast is best” for both mom and baby. However, moms still might get certain questions from their partners, loved ones, or even strangers on the street.
On special days throughout the year, we give presents to those people we love and appreciate in our lives. We wonder what gifts to give and base our choices on how appropriate and precious they are for the individuals we care about. Mothers have an obvious choice for their babies. However, it could be said that breastfeeding is a priceless gift for not only baby, but mother and family as well.
If you want to buy a toy as a gift, it is a good idea to have a better-informed conversation with the parents when deciding what to buy. It’s important to make sure your gift is age-appropriate. Different stages of the child’s development are best suited to certain types of toys.
Mothers try their very best to appear to be in control of their lives. They are warriors confronting all the challenges of their new role and showing confidence in spite of insecurity. They deal with contradictions and manifest skills and capabilities they never ever thought possible. They try to breastfeed as if they had been doing it forever, and reassure everyone that they “have everything under control.”
You hardly ever hear mothers use the expression “free time”. In a typical day, most moms would agree that there are simply not enough hours to do the basic tasks, let alone find time to read a book, take a nap, or cook a meal with more than three ingredients. The idea of finding time to relax, regroup or re-energize is almost unfathomable. Most moms are totally ok with this because they adore their children to the end of the earth and even feel a little perplexed by the idea of having some free “me”” time at all.
If you are like most working moms, you’re probably feeling a little anxious about returning to work after the birth of your baby. Becoming a mother is a life changing experience and in your heart, you might really want to stay home and enjoy every precious moment with your little one. However, sometimes circumstances require that you return to work –
Hello my love,
You have finally gone back to sleep after an hour of breastfeeding, changing, hugging, soothing our beautiful little baby. I am quite honestly in awe. I admit that just as you suspected, I slept through the first 30 minutes. However, I woke up in a daze when I heard you have a little cry and sigh as you snuggled back to sleep.