Thursday, November 15, 2007

I want Mommy

After four months of life outside the womb with me, le Petit has decided that there really is no substitute for maman. Several times over the last few days, he's calmed down almost immediately when I've taken him in my arms after crying inconsolably with my husband or my mother-in-law. This is new. He knows his father and his grandmother well, of course. Up until now, I thought I was only indispensable when he was hungry. Mere weeks ago my husband, with his broad chest and soft cashmere sweater that doesn't smell distractingly of milk, was often more effective at calming him than I.

It's kind of flattering, really. There's nothing like holding him against me and knowing that it is exactly what he needed to feel right with the world. But it doesn't give me any hope of escaping to a restaurant or to the movies any time soon, since my mother-in-law, who is honestly wonderful with le Petit, is now even more terrified of looking after him on her own.

In the meantime, I'll take it as a positive evaluation, proof that I'm doing this mothering job pretty well, after all.

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