8 things NOT to say to a new parent
I'm a fourth-time mother and nothing bugs me more than the unsolicited advice or all the questions about our future. I totally understand that most of the time people are just being conversational when it comes to baby talk but seriously sometimes people should really think about what they're saying.
When are you having the next one?
Sorry please excuse me while I pick my uterus up off the floor. While the newborn smell and snuggles are AMAZING - four brats, I mean babies is enough.
Is she sleeping through the night yet?
Really? What if she is? What if she isn't? Babies are
Ah, you have her spoilt!
For almost forty weeks my baby was in a confined space held by me, only me. So if my baby finds comfort adapting in this crazy world and surroundings by constantly being held that is fine by me. You can never spoil a baby, EVER!
'Before you know they'll be moving out and going to college'
Okay so you have come to my home, you're robbing my cuddles and now you're reminding me it won't last forever. Just give me my goddam baby back already.
Are you sleeping when the baby sleeps?
Bahahahaha. And exactly who will be looking after the other kids, cleaning, cooking, doing school runs? Oh would you look at that, my baby is sleeping... I know you have only arrived but it's time for you to go so I can eh 'sleep when the baby sleeps'.
You look exhausted!
Are you looking for a death wish? Why, like just why?
Is she a good baby?
No, she's a very bold two days old. Like I have to constantly feed her and wind her and then I've to change her nappy. Like seriously, whats her problem? Every baby is a good baby because THEY'RE BLOODY BABIES!
'Back in my day...'
Yeah yeah, I know, you did EVERYTHING differently. Show me the actual research behind your opinion and then maybe I'll listen. Until then keep your anecdotal information to yourself!
Written by Kellie Kearney, guest writer with Family Friendly HQ