The myths about what we're supposed to feel as new mothers run strong and deep. . . . While joy and elation are surely present after a new baby has entered our lives, it is also within the realm of possibility that other feelings might crop up: neediness, fear, ambivalence, anger.
(Sally Placksin (20th century), U.S. writer and producer. Mothering the New Mother, ch. 1 (1994).)
Good guilt is a product of love and responsibility. It is a natural, positive instinct that parents and good child care providers have. If bad guilt is a monster, good guilt is a friendly fairy godmother, yakking away in your head to keep you alert to the needs of your baby.
(Jean Marzollo (20th century), U.S. author. Your Maternity Leave, ch. 3 (1989).)
We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. speech, Nov. 1879. "The Babies," Mark Twain's Speeches, ed. Albert Bigelow Paine (1923).
Twain spoke at a banquet in which the fifteenth toast was, "The babiesas they comfort us in our sorrows, let us not forget them in our festivities.")
I'm a Nova Scotia bluenose. Since I was a baby, I've been watching men look at ships. It's easy to tell the ones they like. You're only waiting to get her into deep water, aren't youbecause she's yours.
(John Rhodes Sturdy, Canadian screenwriter. Richard Rossen. Joyce Cartwright (Ella Raines), Corvette K-225, to the captain looking at his ship (1943).)
In spite of our worries to the contrary, children are still being born with the innate ability to learn spontaneously, and neither they nor their parents need the sixteen-page instructional manual that came with a rattle ordered for our baby boy!
(Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. rabbi. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 3 (1987).)
Many people have an oversimplified picture of bonding that could be called the "epoxy" theory of relationships...if you don't get properly "glued" to your babies at exactly the right time, which only occurs very soon after birth, then you will have missed your chance.
(Pamela Patrick Novotny (20th century), U.S. author. The Joy of Twins, ch. 2 (1988 rev. 1994).)