Yo. I realize that this is your baby and that you know best and that all you want to do is protect, love, and care for this little monster, but jeesh, accept some help already. Your friends and family will gladly come by and help you. They (we) want to hold your baby while you shower yourself, or more importantly go to the bathroom. They (we) are dying to help you. It’s a fact.
Remember that your friends even the childless non-parents love your baby. In fact, the second you told them you were knocked-up; they loved that alien (monster?) growing inside of you. And, more importantly, they love you. Big time love you. That’s why they are your friends. Friendship = love.
For some reason, some women hang on to babies so tight that they don’t even let their friends hold their babies, like ever. What’s that all about? Come on ladies, share the wealth. A lot of people love to hold and care for babies/children. And we know how tired you are. We’ve all read mommy blogs. For me, I’m not even sure if I want any, and yet holding a baby is one of my favourite things to do.
I’m all for protective parenting (I mean those little things seem so breakable and their life is the responsibility of whomever is watching them at that exact moment), but this whole not asking and/or not accepting help is just a little bit bonkers. When someone else holds or watches your baby, it should be a wonderful moment for you for so many reasons:
- You can go pee.
- You give your tired arms a rest.
- A shower maybe?
- Or how about just some time to read, flip through the TV and not have a child dangling off of you. Sounds pretty good to me.
Plus, you’re robbing your friends the chance of that ovary-clanging-heart-warming feeling that one gets when they hold a new little person. With their over heating capabilities and their small little feet, babies are the cutest things in the world, even more so than puppies and kittens (which is quite a feat if you ask me), so don’t feel guilty when you need to ask a friend to watch or hold your child. If they can’t they will tell you and if they can, they will watch your child with such nervous over-achievement, that your baby will feel as if they are the boy in the bubble – protected from all that can hurt them. The thing is, society today is quite selfish, so there’s no need to feel guilty when someone is watching your child because if they didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t have. And this my friends is a fact. Based off of no research of course.
Side note: Don’t worry – when watching your children we will do everything differently than you. So there’s no worry that your kids will confuse us. Well maybe this is a little worrisome. But relax, we got this.