Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Parental Seperation Anxiety

Haha... yep!

I’ve always felt very connected to my kids as I’m sure is pretty normal when they are grown inside you and essentially attached to you for a while as well after birth. It can be hard to watch them as they grow and gravitate toward others for affection. Caelum is a very sociable and sweet baby and enjoys the company of others. He did go through a phase for only a few weeks where he cried when I would drop him off somewhere but that seems to have passed. I must say when we are at a gathering although I just want to hold him and keep him close it is really neat to watch him play and interact with others.

I think it’s important for them to be able to explore and have time with others and in new environments. Kind of like when you get a puppy and are told to ‘socialize’ them. But as always I feel there is a balance between that and structure. There have been times when someone I’d really rather not hold Caelum reach for him and I’m thinking “please Caelum don’t want to go to them!” and other times when all that goes out the window and I hastily hand him off to get a break!

While he seems to not mind who cares for him my daughter who is almost 4 wants only mommy. Good luck to me if I try to let daddy put her to bed! But these times are short so I try to enjoy them while I can.

Do you find it hard to be apart from your little ones? What makes it easier?

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