I have become that slightly creepy lady who makes funny faces at other people’s babies and engages in conversation with every baby-sling-wearing, pram-pushing person. I suppose that motherhood, or parenthood for that matter, bonds you indirectly with every other person who’s also been blessed with little ones. I offer to hold babies while moms traveling alone with their newborns go to the loo on board planes and have extra nappies and wet wipes in my bag just in case, even when daddy is baby-sitting our son and I’m on my own.
You see, there’s something so humbling about being a new parent, which makes you feel super vulnerable. I remember traveling in Italy a few weeks back. I’d miscalculated how many nappies I’d need in a space of 8 hours. I’d removed my boy’s soiled nappy in a restaurant (not many places have a safe, comfortable nappy changing station) and was faced with the choice of leaving him without a nappy (a BIG chance to take after he’d just eaten!) or asking a stranger for a nappy.
A kind Russian lady who spoke no English was sitting at the next table and noticing my predicament, passed me two nappies and explained in very broken English that she had also forgotten nappies the previous day and an Italian stranger had helped her out. Thank God for the Mommy Network!
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