A new mother’s fears

Monday, August 23, 1943

“I still have to write on my side as I am not allowed to sit up,” Lois wrote to her parents from the hospital in Carbondale, IL. “But I guess I’m doing pretty well for the second day, anyhow. It’s a very funny feeling when they bring a stranger to you and tell you it’s your baby. Perhaps the maternal feeling sits in after a while, but so far all I can think of is that she’ll break if I touch her, so I just look and wonder. Abe has slipped into the parental role like a hand into a glove. He keeps trotting off to the nursery and bringing me reports about how much the baby has gained or lost, whether she cries, etc, etc. The sad fact is that he knows a good deal more about babies than I do, and he’s not the least bit afraid of them.” A lot of new mothers are surprised at the difficulty of adjusting to their new role, plus lack of sleep. For Lois, one advantage was plenty of time to rest up in the hospital. Not only was she ordered to lie on her side, but also, she added in her letter, “The doctor was just here and he says I’m to stay in bed 10 days, no matter what.”

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