My mom has been coming over to our house about once a week to let me do a couple things around the house while she plays with Levi. I've noticed that she knows how to handle situations with me like nobody else does. It's quite amazing. She knows that I don't like when people tell me what to do, that I'm a little scared being a first Mom, and that it is so much harder than I thought it would be. I'll tell her how I failed at something and she'll tell me that I'm doing everything perfectly and everyone messes up on a baby's first bath (he HATED it. Now he loves them). She lists choices instead of saying "You must do things this way!" I'm very blessed to have a mother that understands me so.
I'm around Levi all day and feel like him and I now have a pretty strong bond. We'll have conversations where I tell him all about Christmas and he'll baby babble right back to me. I know how to soothe him (most of the time) and it makes me feel so special. I'm not sure if this bond is something that begins while still in the womb or develops more over time, but I cherish it. When I was still being sewn up on the operating table and the nurses were weighing Levi and he was screaming, he heard me talking and turned his head, looking for me. That right there is something I want to always remember. Dave and I are the ones who brought him into this scary world, we have to make him feel safe and happy.