IT TAKES A VIL­LAGE

Your Baby & Toddler - - Letters -

As I sit here and look back at the won­der­ful first year of mother­hood, I can­not help but feel loved.

I think about all the times friends have come over and kept the baby busy while I took a bath or made din­ner.

Th­ese friends have babysat so that Daddy and I could have a date night or at­tend a wed­ding and they have picked up the baby from day­care when we were run­ning late from work.

I have fam­ily that spoils my lit­tle Lara with love and toys galore and girl­friends that rock up at my house with cup­cakes and wine, be­cause they know I did not get enough sleep all week while baby was teething. I have an awe­some hus­band, Si­mon, who looks af­ter our lit­tle one while I am do­ing night shifts at the hospi­tal as a work­ing doc­tor mom. Ac­cept­ing col­leagues and my boss al­low me to take a few min­utes off work dur­ing the day to ex­press breast­milk.

I also have Your Baby that gives me ad­vice and en­ter­tain­ment while tak­ing a re­lax­ing bath when the baby has gone to sleep.

My child is such a friendly and happy child and I truly be­lieve that she can see there is an enor­mous amount of love and sup­port in her life.

The say­ing goes, it takes a vil­lage to raise a child. I could not be more grate­ful for my vil­lage. CHANTELLE VAN DER BIJL, BLOEM­FONTEIN

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