She hesitantly repeated, “Today?”
She turned to me and said, “Whenever we do that today, will you bring me a box of tissues? Because this will be the first time I’ll really feel like his mother.”
I brought the tissues. Tears streamed down her face (and over her smile) the whole time she held him. He nestled in and slept soundly – the kind of sleep that happens best while skin-to-skin.
Helping this mom and her baby only took 20 minutes of our time. 20 minutes.
I walked away wondering how many times we forget (in our haste) to encourage such simple and powerful experiences.
She taught me something that day. And I wanted to share it with you – to remind myself and to remind us all. (I saw her years later while shopping at a nearby mall. She brought up that moment as a pivotal one for her, and a turning point, medically speaking, for her son.)
We walk past families sitting at bedsides all day long.
Today, intentionally look for a moment to help them parent their babies. As you well know, this will not only make their day, it will make yours.