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Reflections From The Bathing Grandma

By melanie jean juneau, published on Feb 24, 2014

How I move and speak and handle newborns is automatic after mothering nine children. I learned intuitively, by trial and error and of course from books. In fact one of the biggest jokes in our family is about the time I bathed my oldest child for the first time.

I was nervous about bathing a newborn. It is hilarious to admit now but I actually had a book propped open with one elbow awkwardly holding it open to the right page, while my baby was in a bathtub on the table. The book was my security blanket, I guess.

My new husband, who was the second oldest of ten children and completely... (more)

Tags: infant, bathtime, newborn, advice and tips for new parents

Honorific: To The Courage of My Newborn Granddaughter

By melanie jean juneau, published on Oct 18, 2013

...sweet.

This giant soul now inhabits a tiny, helpless body that is completely dependent on adults to decipher her wants and needs because she is pre-verbal. All she can do is hope that her parents learn her voice, facial and body signals and become baby whisperers. She is at the mercy of their intelligence , love and patience.

Lila is a person, albeit a little person with personality and preferences, not a cute object. She can only hope that she is treated with respect because she has no power or control.

So I salute this brave soul, my newborn granddaughter.

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Tags: life, courage, newborn, old soul

Bonding Before Birth

By melanie jean juneau, published on Oct 8, 2013

...As any mother can tell you, some babies move around energetically both in and out of the womb, while other infants are physically passive. Some infants are night owls both in and out of the womb and others actually sleep well at night.

Nurses will point out to new parents that their newborn quickly turns towards the voices of their mother, father, siblings and even grandparents. So that means that an unborn child hears what is happening and remembers what he has heard while he was still in the womb. These memories are conscious for the first couple of years of a young child’s... (more)

Tags: parenting, baby, newborn, nurture before birth

The Dreaded C Word: Colic

By melanie jean juneau, published on Mar 4, 2013

Even a casual visitor will never forget a tiny baby's heart-wrenching wails of pain. Colic kicks in when your placid, sleeping newborn morphs into a tyrannical monster at about two to three weeks old. There was no real solution 18-33 years ago when I mothered. I drank fennel tea by the gallons, bought gripe water, walked and rocked my babies for hours every day. All the doctors would ever say was,

"Make sure you've burped her well and be careful that she latches on properly so she will not gulp any air".

My daughter shocked me when she announced that what my generation called... (more)

Tags: babies, crying, infants, newborn, colic

Changing Priorities

By melanie jean juneau, published on Nov 9, 2012

Once I became a mother, I suddenly found that I had to devote 12 to 14 hours per day solely to nursing, burping, soothing, changing and bathing my newborn. Suddenly washing clothes (the baby's as well as mine which were often blasted with spit up and other nasty surprises), cleaning floors almost daily (babies and toddlers LIVED on the floor) sanitizing my kitchen and bathrooms added to the work load. Slap dash meals and quick showers at odd hours left little time for sleep.

At first I tried to do everything around the house that I had done before I became a mother. Even though I was... (more)

Tags: motherhood, newborn, little kids, change priorities

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