Tuesday, August 18, 2015
When my first baby was born, everyone in the family was so happy. Company came by to sneak a peek at the sleeping infant. We even had to make special trips to visit distant relatives so they could see the baby too. The arrival of a baby was the most exciting thing in the world and such a gift!
I remember how the nursery looked. I was given many lovely things at the baby shower. A pretty crib with matching changing table, a high chair, a carriage, and a playpen were all the basics. The clothes were in abundance, along with baby blankets for swaddling and snuggling. I received rattles and handmade sweater and bonnet sets. It was so much fun caring for the baby with all the happiness and support.
Each time I announced that I was expecting another child, my mother-in-law would clap her hands with delight. Her smile lit up the room with her delight! This happened with each of my five babies (her grandchildren). She was also so happy when any of her children were expecting a treasured baby.
It is important to have this kind of loving support from family and friends. It makes those difficult days of caring for a sick baby, or not getting enough sleep, so much easier. While there are certainly rough days of caring for a fussy baby, when we get though those times victoriously, we feel as if we have achieved much! We are doing great work caring for babies and children, and bringing them up in our loving homes!
These days, there seems to be a shortage of babies. There are not enough welcoming arms to usher them into this world. A baby and a small child bring such laughter and fun into our lives. They bring beauty and happiness. Mother Theresa is quoted as saying:
"How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers."
For those who don't have much experience with caring for babies, there are many willing mentors in grandmothers and good friends. It is worth the effort to find the right people (when family members are not available) to encourage and cheer you on in the great joy of motherhood.
May God rise up many who will lovingly care for an abundance of babies!
From the Archives -
The greatest fun in the world - Playing House in Real Life.
Some Encouragement - Inspired to Keep House.
Happy Days - Cleaning House with Baby.
Mrs. White's nostalgic book for Mothers:
- "Old Fashioned Motherhood - Baby and Child Care Advice from a New England Housewife."
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