When she was a tiny newborn, my approach was mostly "I'm terrified, how do I keep this alive?". Every little thing was a threat to her little delicate life, and the world entirely revolved around her. Doctor on speed dial. Phrases to describe our life in the first year were:
- "Better to be safe than sorry"
- "You can't be too careful"
- "Why risk anything"
- "Fear the worst"
- "She has to learn for herself"
- "A bit of dirt won't hurt"
- " Let's see how she is in the morning"
- "Turn a blind eye"
- "Just let her get on with it"
- "If she's quiet, just leave her alone!"
- "It'll clear up by itself"
I admit I am slow on the uptake and most parents probably reach phase 3 within the first year!
Ok I'd better go now, Daph has been squashing raisins into her playdough and tasting it for a bit TOO long...