Falling In Love

I meet new mothers every week. It’s a gift. I see wrinkled little newborns, exhausted parents, and excited grandparents. I listen to stories and answer questions in the hopes of offering insights in the world of a baby.  
The world of babies. It’s complex. They cry, they sleep, and they eat. And babies poop-a lot. (New parents are poop obsessed. They bring them to me. They show me pictures. They talk about the color in vivid detail. It’s slightly charming in an odd way, but I digress.)
The reason I love working with new families is because of the raw emotions. It is such a precious time and so fleeting. Yet that is what makes it so hard for parents-there is a sense of helplessness. In our society, we like control. When a baby enters the picture, control is lost.
To the new mothers and fathers I say- take a deep breath for this phase is very short. That feeling you gets when your tiny newborn curls up on your chest to sleep is magical. The feeling you get when you listen to their breaths against your neck is so special. They will never be this tiny again.
As a person you will grow. You will learn about unconditional love in a way you never thought possible. Your patience will be tested and you will have to solve new problems. (What is the trick to getting the baby to stay asleep when you put him down.). You will put your faith in others-doctors, nurses, caregivers-and hope they have your child’s best interests at heart too. You will meet new friends to help you navigate this new world.
And you will smile. You will glow when you see that beautiful face for the first time. You will try hard to elicit the baby’s “real smile” for the first, second, and thousandth time. You will smile when you realize you had spit up on your shoulder for your entire work day-and no one told you.
Fall in love with your babies. It will not be an easy journey. It will not be all hearts and flowers. But the gift of parenthood is amazing so enjoy the ride.

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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