Reflections on Mommyhood

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Contents

Preface
The Presence
Waiting
Time Bomb
Wolf, Wolf
Rough Passage
The Newborn
Garage Sales and Baby
Mom's Conflict
Another Battle
The Transformation
My Child
Vacation with Baby
Busy Baby
The Battle
Horsie
Exploring
At Thirteen and Fourteen Months
Books and Puzzles
Christmas 1984
Lookie, Mommy
Toddler Words
A is for Ark
Me, Daniel
Three Little Words
Mommy, It Hurts
Daniel
No
Why?
Tired Again
Comparisons
Two Little Boys
A Father's Pride
Number Two Son
Tears
Oh, God
Too Soon

Comparisons

 

Last time I lost two pounds
At the beginning,
In the second month.
This time I lost one.

Last time I lay on the couch
Often.
Watching T.V.
Cartoons.
Too weary even to read,
This time I've responsibilities
In the form of a little boy,
I lay down
But not too long.

More books!
Water!
Mommy!
Read to me,
Play with me,
Mommy!

Last time was over
Twenty months ago,
This time is only
Twelve weeks old-
Scarcely begun.

Last time lasted forty two weeks,
This time, who knows.
Maybe thirty nine, maybe forty,
Maybe forty one.

Last time I had a boy,
This time?
In time I will know.
Copyright 1988 by Judith E. Garling

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