There’s always a first time for everything – for many women, that includes being a mother. A mother’s instinct, which has been said to come on instantly after having a baby, may come with deep love and instant connection. However, it does not come with expertise at changing diapers or at deciphering a newborn’s cry. For many mommies, mothering is an acquired skill that is honed with a lot of practice.
It is not surprising that many new mothers will have more than one ‘blooper’ during the first few days and weeks of being one. Every boo-boo will undoubtedly come with a few laughs and a little bit of guilt. We asked some mothers to share their own first-time boo-boos.
Kristine Corella- Castillo, mom of 2
(I got sprayed with poop because I wasn’t fast enough in putting on a nappy. I had poop all over up to my face.)
Rheea, mom of 2 girls
(While I was cutting my baby’s fingernails, I didn’t realize that I was already cutting into the flesh of my baby’s pinky finger. Also, whenever I would give him a bath I never get to wash all his body parts because he would cry.)
Marren Austria, mom of 1
(There was a time when I was changing my son’s diapers when he suddenly peed while I was holding his legs up. His pee went straight into his mouth. I panicked and called his pedia immediately because I was worried he might get an infection from his own pee.)
These are just a few samples of typical boo-boos of many first-time mothers. Bloopers, boo-boos, mistakes – all of these are part of being a mother even for those who are not first timers. All we can do is to learn from them, to focus on the things we are doing right, and to just keep on mothering.