I was lucky to have one of my childhhod girlfriends. She was 5 years older than me, and experienced everything first; filling me in, as time went on! My #BFF showed me a cover of a magazine, which featured “Veruschka” (the world famous model) pregnant, and barely dressed on its cover! Wow, all belly, dark eye shadow, gorgeous, and good bone structure too. Veruschka, was the first woman, to show her blossoming belly publicly, my BFF noted.
Many years later, my friend had her first, and only baby (girl) who was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC, I became the proud God Mother. However, in between my God Daughter and my own children, were the lessons of ”reading all these books.” She joyfully introduced me to Dr. Brazelton, via the written word, and recommended that I read his books, to get ready for my own brood someday!
My #BFF was like my older sister, so of course I wanted emulate her; plus she was drop dead gorgeous ( a natural beauty), and she was right about “Veruschka”! Not only that, but she had worked in the publishing industry, and had heard Jacqueline Kennedy‘s voice in the elevator!
“What does it sound like, what does her voice sound like??” I demanded, whining, and almost in tears from the mere torture of my not having been there, and shame of not having ever wondered what Jacky’s voice would sound like? I should have thought of this before, “what does Jacky’s voice sound like” I begged. My friend calmly said, “she speaks very low, and quiet”! ” Sort of like this,” she dropped her tone, a few octaves to get a low “C”, and said “good morning,” and “excuse me.” Oh pure joy, heaven, earth, rapture! “Now I know,” I would speak this way too, of course!
My children were born to a well read Mom with a low, quiet voice (at times). I continued to read more, and I really luved that “Parents” magazine! You may remember, that knowledge is power. The more you know the less nervous you are, the happier Baby is! As you continue your quest in Motherhood, and parenting, I hope you know that many came before you, and “reading all these books” has it’s rewards, and merits.
My BFF and I, often remember when she was pregnant in Manhattan. When she delivered, I brought Swiss chocolates to the Hospital, not knowing the new Mom wouldn’t eat them, she was breast feeding! Obviously, I was still in training.
My God Daughter? She’s in College! Jacqueline is beautiful young woman who plays the guitar, luvs a good read, enjoys the outdoors, and listens quietly.
My brood consists of two Sons, who are also in College, but don’t call home enough!
A Few More Lessons From My #BFF:
- When “Baby Proofing” your home get on all fours, and crawl around! You’ll be at baby level, and see everything that the baby sees, grab, or touch.
- Always test baby’s bath water with your elbow, if it’s slightly too warm, make it cooler.
- If you micro wave anything, remember that heat is hottest at the bottom, shake or stir and test on the wrist area of your arm.
A Few More Lessons From Me:
- Always empty the contents of baby food onto a dish, don’t ever take for granted that there isn’t a foreign object in the jar!!! (I once found a wood splinter in the baby food jar).
- When you use baby wipes, test them on your self Mom, you may find that what corporate America thinks is “gentle”, is not so gentle to you. Can you imagine if the wipe stung me, how would my infant baby would feel (boy or girl)?
Wishing All The Moms a very Happy Mothers Day, and if things aren’t perfect, please keep the Faith!