Breastfeeding, Tales

Week 1 with My Baby: The First Problems I Encountered

There are so many things that make people happy. We are overjoyed with things that are special and expensive like a diamond ring or a holiday package. Sometimes, ordinary things also offer pleasure like a blooming flower in the garden or a flowing stream. But, the joy that a mother gets from the first look of her baby is above all these kinds of happiness. It cannot be compared to anything.

When I saw my son for the first time, I just could not believe my eyes. The doctors were still fidgeting with my body- stitching, injecting and what not, but my senses were all drawn towards the little screeching thing in the nurse’s hand.

I smiled and felt so good. Gradually sleep overtook me, and I was asleep.

The next significant moment I had with my baby was the painful enjoyment of breast feeding. It was so painful, and the tiny lips could hardly suck a drop. The nurses helped me for sure, yet it took a couple of days for my boy to learn sucking.

The trial did not end here. There was much more to learn. I was at my wit’s end when after a few days, I felt milk squirting out in full force and making me all wet. What was even more panicking was that my poor baby was almost choked. My nurse and my mom came to our rescue and taught me how to control the flow.

The next problem was my baby sleeping only after a few sucks and again beginning to cry in a few minutes. He was unable to suck enough.

Everyone, including my doctor, friends, and relatives, laughed at my small discomforts. Soon my baby was an expert, and I was trained how to do it right.

Pregnancy Testing, Tales

How I Knew I was Pregnant

I was married at the age of twenty-one. My husband is a tall, handsome person who has great affection for little children. Wherever we went, he was sure to find a kid and start playing. He used to laugh and did all sorts of tricks to make kids happy. At times, he got so involved with the kids that he used to completely forget my presence. I felt a bit jealous, but I admired him even more for this, and one day, I thought that I should have my own baby.

It was as if Providence was reading my mind. That very evening, I felt uneasy and nauseated. We went out for dinner, but the sight of my favorite food made me feel dizzy. I went twice to the washroom and returned home. I felt very sick. My husband was really worried, but I was feeling a bit happy. “What if I am pregnant?” I thought. I bought and used a pregnancy test strip and was overjoyed. The result was positive.

The next morning, we went to the doctor, and my pregnancy was confirmed. My husband was really glad, and my happiness was so great that I completely ignored my dizziness and my nausea.

The period of nine months was a period of mixed feelings. Most of the time, I felt really happy- the soft kicks of tiny feet, the imaginary face of my little angel, the preparations and shopping for my baby and above all, the loving care of my husband made me feel so precious. Sometimes, I was worried, tensed, irritant and moody. But there were lots of people who coaxed me out and everything was fine.