My charge, King William (whose mother is off with wild sheep in the Outback) is less than two weeks away from turning 7 months old. 7 months old. Have I really been watching this kid for that long? And where is his damn mother? Every day I wait for her to step out of cab and ring the doorbell and say, “Here I am!” And yet 4 AM rolls around and I’m up with William in the dark, no mother, no cab, no nothing. What gets me through it all is my baby group – talking to other women who have bags under their eyes, dirty hair, and an expression of shell-shocked confusion on their faces. These are my people.
There are several different Baby Groups in Los Angeles that run the gamut from the freebies to the full-money-down-mortgage-your-house groups that you need an introduction to get into. I have tried them all and find myself most happy in a group where I learn almost nothing, but leave feeling as if I’m doing a great job at being a mom. The fancy group did teach me everything I still know so far, but I left each class in a tizzy. Why wasn’t King William sleeping through the night? Why wasn’t I staying home all day to make baby food? And why, dear God why wasn’t I hiring instructors to come lecture me about preschool, letting him “cry it out,” and educational play? I was a failure and a slacker and my kid (who is not even really my kid) was going to end up never running a Fortune 500 company.
After I was ostracized from the future leaders of our world group, I found that I could breath again. So maybe William isn’t “supposed” to roll on top of the dog or lick the hardwood floors, but he seems to like it and I can’t say I really mind. I feel good and you know what they say, happy pseudo-mommy = happy baby. Bust seriously, where is his mother??