The fun has just begun for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. On May 6, 2019, a baby boy was born to Meghan and Harry. They might be English royalty, but today they are experiencing the same emotions as all first-time parents. Immediately after giving birth, Meghan might have felt overjoyed with happiness, exhausted, and drained. How might Harry have felt? He expressed to the news media he, “was over the moon!”
May 6 begins the “bonding” of these three who are connected for life. Bonding (forming a deep connection) is pleasurable for infant and parents. Meghan, like many mothers, might feel she and her son started bonding while he was in the womb. With each kick, hiccup, and summersault, mother and son grew closer. Once Meghan and Harry held their newborn son for the first time, the emotion of love must have intensified. The physical acts of cradling and gently stroking their son will promote an emotional attachment. Infants, children, teens, and adults thrive on feeling unconditional love. A newborn is never spoiled by being held.
What might the first week Meghan and Harry bring their son home be like? Their life might be hectic at times, their daily plans changed within minutes, and they might yearn for eight or more hours of uninterrupted sleep. It is important that the three of them take time each day to bond. This is a special time for them to relax and hold each other and grow closer.
Their daily routine might consist of: changing diapers 10 or more times a day, feeding their son every 2 or 3 hours and burping him (over time they will know how often they need to burp him and what position is best), and letting him listen to music, singing, and talking. While he is asleep, they will check on him often to ensure he is still breathing. Even though hiccups are normal and cause no discomfort to a baby, Meghan and Harry will probably hold their son to let him know they are there to protect him. All babies cry, sometimes they have a reason and sometimes the parents cannot figure out why. It’s those times Harry and Meghan might feel helpless and frustrated. It won’t take them long though to learn what soothes him. One reason a newborn will cry is overstimulation caused by too much commotion or activity. With all the visitors the first week, it will be important for Harry and Meghan to remember this and keep visitors to a minimum. When it comes to visitors, they might feel it in the best interest of their son to tactfully remind visitors to wash their hands before touching their little bundle of joy. Newborns have a weak immune system and are susceptible to infection.
Each day Meghan and Harry will be excited, proud, and anxious to see what new experiences this little person will bring them. By the end of the first week, their confidence with handling the daily needs of this love of their life will have grown.
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