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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 16, 1912, Image 19',
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&III.-She Sends rRockfflg Chair in W&cntd
My Dear Daughter: Of course you can have that old mahog
any rocking chair that L used to rock you to sleep in I do not
know why I did not send it before you asked me. I wonder if you
knew it was your grandmother's and she used to rock me to sleep in
Your child, "being a modern baby, will not be rocked to sleep,
but it will be just the thing to use when you bathe it. You can sit
behind the screen and if, after its bath, you want togive it a, little
extra "cuddle" before putting it in its little crib, no one can blame
I am glad you have decided not to go to the hospital. Perhaps
I am a sentimental old lady, but I must confess that I like to bear,
marry and bury my own family in and from my own home. I am
afraid I am not socialistic enough to want to share all my joys and
sorrows with the world at large. As you know, my home and family
has been my first consideration all through life.
I think you are sensible to have everything taken out of yotfr
bfedroom except what is absolutely necessary. With its big win
dows you will have plenty of fresh air and it is pleasant and "comfy,""
You have put the little crib over by the radiator, yQu say, and the
chair and the screen about it. Over the top of the screen throw tjje
big soft flannel blanket in which to wrap up "Baby Bunting" unit
tmrnurse is ready to care for it.
YpU know that baby's first bath will be a rub with the white
vaseline, the eyes and mouth being washed put with a solution of
boric acid, and a great deal of care must be taken hat the room Js
very warm for the first 24 hours. However, your nurse will knoXv
all about this.
A famous doctor has the theory that the sense of feeling is the
first one we reqoghize and that is the reason we all enter this worjd
with a cry of discomfort. This place is of such different tempera
ture to that which we have been used that we instinctively make
God grant we do not always find the world cold.
I am very glad you have at last gotten your mind into a calmer
state and that you are feeling very well physically. From now on
every messenger boy that I see passing or every time the bell rings
I shall feel my heart thumping. You see, my dear, the thought of
being a grandmother is new and somewhat disturbing as yet to
Your anxious MOTHER.
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