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31 BONDING & GROWTH My baby isn't at all like I expected her to be! Help!
  • Hold your baby and look at her. Touch her often when you're not physically caring for her. It takes time to get to know one another.
  • Let her grow on you.
  • Close your eyes and just listen to her for a while.
  • Your child may experience you as different, too. Take your time.
  • You have already spent nine months together; draw on that.
  • Don't feel guilty. Accept your feelings and take time to see your baby in other ways.
  • Discover what it is about this baby that you do like, and write these things down.
  • Everybody has a fantasy of what his or her baby will be like. You will adjust your expectations as you accept what she is.
  • Examine your feelings without judgment. Let go of your imaginings.
  • In her book, Between Generations, Ellen Galinsky reports that accepting "this baby" is a common task for new parents.
  • The more you love your baby, the better she will seem to you. Loving takes time.
  • You can't control everything. Instead, enjoy your baby and thank her for being who she is.
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