Seriously the level of conflicting, or just plain wrong, advice out there is appalling…
Two gems from a trained professional health visitor today at a weaning workshop for 6 month olds:
1) Add juice to their beaker to encourage them to drink water.
2) Try giving them marmite on toast for extra flavour.
Extra sugar and extra salt at 6 months. Shocking.
That is all.
I have always been quite a straightforward person, some might say harsh. People say things like “at least when I ask you I get an honest answer”… which I know is a back handed statement about my inability to put up with idiots. But since having BabBee opinions appear to have changed and I was recently described as an Earth Mother. DaBee laughed his head off at that (and said I was as much of an Earth Mother as Hitler!) but it got me thinking about how having children changes you…. hmm…
I knew that after having BabBee I “would change” as 46,000 people had told me this, but how far does it go? Now I am very pro breastfeeding, baby wearing, baby calm and use cloth nappies – that’s all pretty Earth Mother. I walk most places – I was definitely too busy (and too lazy!) before. But most of this is down to the gift of time on maternity leave, not the new “spiritual” connection I have made with the world. I still get annoyed with people but knowing how small the mummy circuit is I think it is wise not to piss people off, and therefore try harder to be diplomatic. What I would really like is for my non-baby and my baby friends to fill out a questionnaire but lets be honest this is all getting a little self obsessed… I think I am supposed to be obsessed with my baby – mot the inner workings of my own mind!!
I guess the ultimate change is all that love you have for the new little person in your life and no one can doubt or deny that. I guess the impact of the Bigger Change will emerge later – does anyone feel they have been intrinsically changed by the occasion of birth… I am interested?!