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

Vacation with Baby

 

Baby's sick.
It's something new.
Not quite sure
What I should do.

He picked a time
When we were gone.
How am I
To carry on?

When we get where
We've planned to stay
I call the doctor,
Miles away.

What should I do?
I ask the nurse.
I surely haven't
Seen him worse.

The doctor calls me
Back in time,
Relays instructions
Down the line.

I give him liquids,
Keep him dry.
Hold him when
He starts to cry.

Give baby time,
That's what it takes
When baby has
Bad tummy aches.

Baby's better.
Vacation's done.
Maybe next year
We won't take one.
Copyright 1988 by Judith E. Garling

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