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A Bleary Eyed, Tired New Mom In The Middle Of The Night

Posted: March 12, 2021

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A new mom, with next to no experience with a new baby… what is the stuff of her nightmares that may wake her up?

It is the dead of night
I awaken in dread
a nightmare
something heavy
so heavy
on my chest
what was it?
what is it?
why am I wet?
a mewling next to my stiff right arm
startles me
It is my new baby
I must feed her
no instinct clicks
just bleary-eyed darkness
I tug at the zipper
of my gown
try to position baby’s hungry mouth
but her head doesn’t come closer
I lift my head off
the pillow
to check what’s wrong
and gasp
she’s on her tummy
how is that even possible?
full of guilt
I sit up as per the doctor’s
instruction – always feed
the baby upright
now I know why.

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