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Thursday, January 26, 2012

What have I gotten myself into?

My first child was born during finals week of my senior year of college.  Having a major in Child Development and Family Relations, you'd think I would be confident and well prepared!  Wrong!  When the nurse put that squalling little bundle in my arms, my first reaction was panic.  What had I gotten myself into?  I felt totally clueless!  How should I hold her?  How do I feed her?  How do I change her diaper?  How do I stop her crying? 

I remember holding baby in the rocking chair in the middle of the night, and both of us were crying.   Obviously I had some learning to do and I better do it fast!  This little baby was depending on me to be her mother and to do a good job of it too.  I couldn't let her (or her future siblings) down.

That was my first inkling that being a mom wasn't going to easy.  But if college taught me one thing, it was how to research and find answers.  My education was just beginning...


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