The Storm Before the Calm

I think about this a lot in my parenting – how plateaus fall right before a big step forward. My go-to bible when my babies were tiny was the wonderful book ‘The Wonder Weeks’ – which is not at all a book about parenting (yay!) but a book about understanding baby development.

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Fourmonthitis

As this amazing new world opens up, alongside the skills to explore it, your baby is also starting to realise they are a separate entity. It will be a few more months before this separation leads to anxiety when you’re apart – for now, bubs is usually pretty happy to drink in the world around and start to consider what is great and not so great about it. Where it gets tricky is that these emerging preferences can be difficult to work out, especially when an angry cry can come quite out of the blue. How were you to know the cushion you just moved was so interesting?

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A Step Ahead

It can feel like a race, always looking ahead, and at other babies of the same age, to see what comes next. And your baby does this too, filled with an irrepressible drive to keep moving forward, straining to lift that head up, pulling up as soon as crawling is mastered, and practicing all hours of the day and night.

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Without Walls

While the influence you already have on your developing baby may feel a little intimidating to you, it also reflects just how important you are. From a single woman, you are becoming a mother – a role revered throughout history. While it may not always seem that way now, when the role of a mother has become both devalued and idealised, you are joining the ranks of the matriarchs. Being a mother brings ideas of an awesome force, unbreakable bonds and fierce protection. There’s a reason it’s not Father Nature.

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