Mothers Hold Your Babies Close!

July 30, 2010 at 09:52 Leave a comment

Mobility has fully set in here at the pocket.buddha home. Oliver had been rolling and wiggling his way across short distances for quite some time. But in the last 3 weeks he has started crawling, cruising, and attempting to stand unassisted.

He’s like a whole new baby. To those who told me that I would spoil him and make him too dependent, for those who told me that I would regret holding him too much, I need only point to him as he pushes me out of his way to explore as proof that they were dead wrong.

I literally held this baby for 9 months straight (18 if you count that I carried him in my womb for 9 before that). I wore him in slings when we went out, I held him in the bath and shower, I nursed for HOURS (sometimes it felt like days) on end, he napped on my chest and slept in my bed. The only time he was on the ground was for short play times and on the off chance that no one else was available to hold him while I was unavailable for short periods. I don’t think I could have held him more if I tried.

And now he only wants me when he’s hurt or hungry.

Ok well, He still naps on me for at least 1 nap a day, and he still sleeps in my bed, and we still have a great many marathon nursing sessions, I still hold him in the bath or shower and wear him in slings when we’re out. But in between all that I seem to just get in the way.

The world is a wide open and interesting place to explore. And thanks to 9 (18) months of back breaking warmth and security, my little boy has the confidence to explore it independently, knowing that I’ll be right there and more than happy to hold him whenever he wants or needs me to.

What’s more, as he grows older, as he moves out of babydom, through toddler hood and child hood; when he is a great big teenager who makes me drop him off a block away from school so that nobody sees him with his *mom*, I will have the knowledge that there were no missed opportunities. I will have fond memories of that 9 (18) months where I was his whole entire world, and he was mine, and the subsequent years of love and laughter that come from a close and loving parent-child relationship. What is there to regret about that?

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Entry filed under: attachment parenting, baby slings, bonding, motherhood, no-cry, Parenting.

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