Managing Time with Your Infant
By: Abigail Sharon
As a mother of a two-month old, I feel qualified to write about managing time while nurturing a wee one. Through extensive research, my revolutionary conclusion is… you can’t! Sorry to break the news, ladies. Just sitting down and writing this near-200 word essay requires an aerobatic feat-I am simultaneously rocking my baby in her bassinet with my foot, freeing up my hands to race across the keyboard with lightning speed. And if she wakes up? Game over.
So the next logical question is why in the world would anyone go through this? And I define “this” as sleepless nights, meals skipped as one of the many casualties of marathon nursing sessions, etc…
When my baby flashed that first grin, all the grunt work melted away. It all seemed trivial. The moment was this: a late morning feed and the babe was snoozing. I leaned over her bassinet, touched her shoulder, and said good morning. She opened up those baby blues and broke out in a smile. And when she got those two month vaccines in her darling, fleshy thighs, my eyes stung with tears as she screamed. It was at that very moment that I realized I’m deep into motherhood… and deeply in love with my child. There are days when I kiss her so many times I wonder if her delicate skin will chafe.
What’s your experience– instant bonding with baby at birth, or did it take some time to connect with your newborn?