Rant on new mothers

Posted on 25/04/2006. Filed under: Frustration, Kids, Work |

Today was a rather frustrating day.  There’s a lady that I work with who recently came back from maternity leave and is constantly calling home to check on her baby (which is a bit understandable since it’s her first child).  However, she’s also constantly calling to make appointments, check with family members about schedules, etc.  and she’s only working 2 days a week.  The rest of us aren’t supposed to be making personal calls or reading magazines (which she also does) unless we’re on break.  She also can’t be disturbed to check things (which is her job) while she’s on the phone. *grr*

Then add into this, she’s constantly asking people’s advice about her child, especially me (since I am one of the only ones there with a child – and I have FIVE kids of my own).  HOWEVER she then doubts anything you tell her.  Why ask if you’re going to disregard everything someone tells you?

Why do new moms ask for advice of people and then disregard it because their doctor (who is tired of having them call 16 times a week) hasn’t told them to try what the person is suggesting?  I don’t mind giving advice but I do mind when someone asks me the same thing over & over and then has to ask everyone’s opinion on the advice, only to ask me again. I’m half tempted to give her a book on parenting and tell her if she has any questions to consult that or her doctor, but not me.  My favorite thing is that she thinks the formula might not be agreeing with her daughter, so I told her to try something else, possibly something soy based to rule out lactose intolerance, which won’t hurt a darned thing but could help a great deal…. and her response was “well, that’s so expensive, what if it works?” *rolls eyes* Hmmm… comfort and well-being of my child or a bit higher a price for formula…. I think I’d take the comfort and health of my child on that one.  Plus, if she tries it and it doesn’t help at least she KNOWS it’s not a problem with lactose. *eh* ah well… Cest La Vie!


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