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Is He a Good Baby?

‘Is he a good baby?’ they asked me. ‘Yes, he’s a wonderful baby,’ I told them. What did they think I would say: ‘No, he’s a real dud, but they wouldn’t give me a refund’? Then they asked me, ‘Does he sleep all night?’ Oops, they had me there. My baby had failed and so had I. I was an innocent then. He was my firstborn. I hadn’t ever related…
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Sweet surrender

A few years ago I had to pull over into the slow lane. An autoimmune disorder that had been in remission for years reared its ugly head. At first this was an enormous shock - what the…? I don’t get sick (just as well, because mothers don’t get sick leave. Do they?); I am a person with boundless energy (like most mothers, I had learnt that…
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Don’t let anybody ‘should’ on you

I have just returned from visiting another lovely, intelligent mother who is doing a wonderful job with her baby, but is convinced she must be doing ‘everything wrong’. She feels guilty that she has messed up her baby’s early days (she hasn’t at all!); she feels inadequate because (she thinks) she can’t read her baby’s cues (she is making…
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