Isn't it funny how one person can make or break your day? Classic example this morning: Up super early to feed and dress Emily and get myself looking reasonable for being in public. I have not had to set my alarm in so long, very weird! Anyways I was a tad stressed as with all newborns they don't actually follow any type of schedule and I needed to be in Brunswick for 9am. I had put Emily in the sling before and she HATED it..lots of tears and ended up having to carry her anyway. Well she was an angel this morning, bless her cotton socks :) Fed well, changed without kicking poo all over me and got into the sling like a pro. I could have almost skipped to the tram stop I was so happy. The tram was super packed and glared at anyone who coughed in a metre radius of me. Being the super nerd I am, got there just after 8am..ooops! We had a nice wander around and took a few pics :)
Get to the community centre..knock on the door..no one answers. Maybe I am still to early? Sit and wait. Another mum comes by and I tell her that I have knocked and it looks like no one is there yet. She goes around the corner and its another 5 mins and I realise she hasn't come back..yeah thanks for letting me know that they are open but its a stiff door you have to yank it open and no one will hear you knock in that place. No really, I like waiting in the sun for no apparant reason. I made a promise right there and then I would always look out for new mums, no matter what.
Next debacle :( My lovely Maternal and Child Health Nurse. Totally useless. I mean my dog would have better social skills. I mean somewhere in her brain she must realise the highs and lows of a new mum. She really burst my bubble :( I was on cloud 9..getting the tram was a step closer to my freedom to the outside world. I had a very happy baby, I had managed to get her there on time and no tears! She weighed Emily and she has put on 500g in a week, not enough by the frizzy one's standards. Do I feed her enough? No lady, this nearly 5kg baby survives purely on love and coco pops. Does she have wet nappies? Yes, would you like to see them, there is a week load in our wheely bin. Is she sleeping enough? No, we make her stay up every night to watch jay leno. Of course she sleeps! of course I feed her! I am not out to win the mother of the world award but bloody hell lady, have some common sense. Not all babies will fit into your neat little chart. Emily is Emily.
It was at this moment I could have hugged the bejeezus out of my little girl. She did an almighty wee and explosive poo all over the weighing scales. Emily&Loz:1 the frizzy one:0 It was at this stage she had to admit "well she must be feeding enough to do that"
So to make sure Emily matches her chart, we go back to do it all again next week. But! I will be prepared, I hate it when people catch me off guard. I can be quite naive and have no idea when women turn all catty..its not part of me to fight back! I want to show Emily that you can be confident and not be rude about it.
I find it interesting how one conversation can change a whole day and attitude, how one small over sight can mean a lot to someone. We meet so many people throughout our days, we have no idea on their stories or battles. Instead of being so caught up in our little bubbles, a small gesture to someone could make a world of difference. Make someones day.
*gets off my soap box*