By Brooke Maree
I wake with a sore back from sometimes sleeping awkwardly next to you, but I brought you here to comfort you.
My nipples are sore from sometimes constantly feeding you, but I brought you here to nourish you.
I feel touched out when you sometimes always want to be held, but I brought you here to feel connected and safe.
My temporary discomfort is your complete comfort.
I have tools to cope.
So I will rise to the challenge each day, as you slowly rise to your independence. Unraveling from a helpless newborn, to an overwhelmed toddler, and into a little boy who figures out his place in the world.
I’ll cuddle you when you’re scared, feed you when you’re craving connection, and carry you when you need to come back into my safe bubble.
One day soon you won’t feed from me anymore. You’ll slowly stop needing to be carried. And sharing a bed with you will become only a memory I cherish closely.
Because I didn’t bring you here to fit perfectly into my world. And you didn’t come here to mess mine up. I’ll compromise throughout this chapter of life because it won’t last forever and you’re depending on me to do so.
Originally shared here.
Brooke Maree is a Babywearing Educator and mother of two based in Brisbane, Australia. She is passionate about parents finding joy and confidence in their roles by using a baby carrier or sling to make their lives easier. An expert in her field, she provides educational blogs, video tutorials, a monthly podcast, private consultations, and is soon launching an online program. Find out more about her services at www.brookemaree.com.au.