Who's Your Mama?

mom with newborn

I had a feeling that my baby would be familiar with my voice from the moment he popped out of the womb. I'm a talker, always have been and always will be. So, the poor thing was subjected to my constant jabbering for nine months straight. At just a few weeks old, his eyes lit up and his body wiggled when he heard me. 

 
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But I wondered when he would be able to recognize my face? At about three months, I noticed that he knew my face in particular. He could hold his gaze on me, and even track me with his little eyes as I moved from one corner of the room to the next.

At this very moment in his life, I was the most important thing. While it made my heart swell, it also made me realize the importance of my job as his mother. I was responsible not only for his physical well-being but for living up to his high expectations. I would always be there for him.

And it wasn't just my face that he seemed to recognize. It was also my smell. There was a time when my son was about two months old and I had to go out of town for a friend's wedding. My son was very fussy and not knowing what else to do, mother let his use one of my t-shirts as a swaddling blanket. Lo and behold, he seemed to quite down. He was comforted by my smell. 

When did you realize your baby could recognize you by sound, sight, or smell?


About christina f: My name is Christina Fiedler, and I am a parenting writer based in Los Angeles, CA. My husband and I are parents to a four year old boy, and we are currently expecting our second baby boy due this summer - I always knew I'd have a bunch of boys! I'm so happy to be sharing my personal stories with you and can't wait to get started!

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