This is one job that they cant describe completely. Its a job that no amount of prior experience quite prepares you for. Qualifications of any kind dont matter. It covers just about anything and everything. Its a full time position. One that you cant put aside – ever. Not just 24×7, but every second of every day for the rest of your life.
And yet its the most rewarding job experience ever. You get paid only in smiles and hugs. And nothing else in life can quite match this.
Not awards. Not praise. Not money.
Nana can play with baby, then go take his afternoon nap. Or watch CNBC. Or sit to do his work online. Nani plays with the baby for a while, then goes back to her housekeeping. Daddy will play with the baby, throw him up in the air, talk non stop nonsense. But they each play with him for a while, and leave to do their own thing. Mommy cant do that. Mommy hangs around Juno no matter where he is, who he is with. If Mommy is within a 2 m radius of him, she’ll know instantly when he pees, or when he is about to poop. If he as much as wimpers or turns over in his sleep, Mommy’s ears perk up even if she’s in the other room. At night, as soon as he starts to toss and turn indicating that he wants a feed, Mommy gets to know even in her sleep.
Mommy is the one who checks behind his ears to make sure its clean. Mommy is the one who massages and sponges him every evening. Everyone loves to be around him when he’s happy and playful. Mommy is the one who sticks around when he’s hungry, and grumpy and crying. Mommy is the one who feed him 10 times a day, changes his nappies 20 times a day, wipes his drool a hundred times a day, changes his bib, his clothes every time he wets them.
It’s Mommy he wants around (or so I’d liek to think 😉 the whole day to play with. It’s Mommy who gets to see all his ‘first’s. His first sound. His first smile. His first wink. His first grasp. His first attempt at turning over.
And its Mommy who gets to see that adorable smile a hundred times aday. Who gets to see that content look when baby is done feeding. Whose arms baby falls asleep in so many times a day. 🙂