There’s a lot to intimidate you about motherhood. And one of the things that intimidates me is the knowledge that so often, my kids are going to walk in my shoes, following the footsteps I’ve modeled for them. That can be encouraging, humbling, and quite honestly, terrifying! I know that I have not always given them the best footsteps to follow.
But one area that all of mine have copied me in that makes me smile and gives me no reservations is the way they nurture their “babies.” It started when my first baby became a big sister right before she turned 2. She absolutely adored her sister, and loved mothering her own babies. My mom made her a sling of her own, and she had at least one baby in it almost constantly.
She also loved to “nurse” her babies, especially if I was nursing her sister. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to many pictures of that. I do have this one, which I love of my daughter and hate of myself So just look at her!
My oldest may have been the first to copy these things, but all of the rest have too. Including my son! I hope that they remember even as they grow how completely normal it is to hold, cuddle, wear, and nurse a baby.
The copying hasn’t quite stopped yet, even now that my oldest is 9. She is great at comforting her 2 year old brother, and quick to scoop him up for a hug, or cuddle him for a nap. She also informed the pediatrician at a recent visit that the nurses said she had a lazy latch when she was born, but it was really that she has a tongue tie. He looked me with a smile and said, “Lactation consultant in training?” I could think of worse things!
Do you have a favorite picture or memory of your little ones copying your mothering?
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