New Mom Secrets: I Worry About People Liking My Baby

Jennie Canzoneri

babyIt's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets—we won't tell.

This Week's Secret:

One part of parenting that's taken some getting used to is how sensitive I can be about how other people perceive my son. I know, who cares what others think?! Uh, I guess that would be me.

The other day I had to leave my first restaurant because my son was pitching the world's biggest fit, trying to squirm his way down to the ground, so he could wreak all kinds of havoc in the nice establishment we were dining in. Eventually, it got to be too much, and I asked for a to-go box, quickly paid, and left.

While I'll never see those people again, I obsessed the entire drive home over what they must have thought of my parenting and my son's stubborn demeanor.

He's such a lovable little boy with the most beautiful smile there ever was, and all the important people love him to pieces, but is it crazy to want strangers and acquaintances to like him, too?

The rational part of my brain knows that it is crazy, and it's also unimportant. If people can't see the gem that he is, screw 'em, you know? But in the heat of the moment, I get embarrassed and panicky, and I just want to tell the owners of those judging eyes that he's not always like this! He'll give you a big hug and kiss if you ask him to.

Am I the only one who occasionally feels this way? Do you care what other people think of your baby?


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