When I was heavily pregnant with my baby, sore and swollen and ready, everyone told me not to wish away the time.
“You just wait until they’re here,” they said. “It goes by so fast.”
When my son was born and I took home a tiny baby everyone told me how fast the time goes.
“Enjoy the newborn snuggles,” they said. “It’s over in a blink of an eye and the next thing you know they’re walking.”
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Everyone told me how fast the time goes by, but I’m here to ask you to please think first before you say that to a new mother.
It’s well meaning. It comes from experience. It’s true. But it can also make a first time mum feel like there’s a rush.
Because maybe she’s really trying to savour the tiny fresh baby snuggles but it’s hard because she’s anxious. She’s never done this before. She’s second guessing everything.
She keeps hearing how fast the time goes, and how big her baby will be soon. She feels guilty that she wishes the hours away in the afternoons until it’s bed time because she can’t stop the baby crying, no matter what she tries.
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