Parenting is a very complex role, anything is possible: ‘MATLALANE’S JOURNEY IN BECOMING A MOTHER

Everything is beautiful from a distance. How many of us can agree that we have always admired parents before we joined the club, only to later realize that it is not as glitz and glamorous as we see it on either TV or social media? I am guilty as charged!

Before I got married, I always fantasized about those ‘Woolworths’ babies I saw on billboards and magazines, hoping that I would be blessed with one too. After all, it is every woman’s dream to have the healthiest baby that no one can resist a touch on its soft cheeks.

The whole excitement and illusion washed off when I fell pregnant. It was the most confusing time of my life, not sure whether I was excited or scared, but I knew for sure that I did not want an ‘ugly’ baby. No parent wants those babies that seem to have all sorts of malnutrition, with spongy cheeks, chipped mouth and a heartbreaking weight as that of a single feather, who people only entertain from a distance. I could not afford my friends the satisfaction of making fun of me, because that is how we are.

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