I have long been someone who talks aloud to myself, especially when I’m running or stretching myself in some physical endeavor. It’s no surprise to me, then, that talking to Baby Lav-Mulk has come naturally to me…especially when I’m out for a trail run. The monologue topics vary, but usually center on some of what I’ve learned in life. Here’s a recent sampling.
- The importance of knowing yourself and what’s right for you — I talked to our baby about listening to your heart and inner voice and trusting the wisdom offered there. I said that it’s important to make your own decisions about what’s “right” and “wrong” for you rather than merely accepting the opinions of others or dictates of your culture.
- Having courage to restart a journey after hitting an obstacle — After falling on my run (hit only my hands and knees; my reflexes and momma protective instinct are intact), I shared with Baby Lav-Mulk how I attempt to handle such bumps in the road. I encouraged my child to check oneself out to ensure the damage (physical or emotional) is only minor, and then slowly pick back up where you left off, not because you have to but because you want to and can.
- Being an encourager (of others and yourself) — In one of my most heart felt (and tear strewn) talks, I shared with the baby what a gift it is to be a giver of encouragement. I mentioned that, in my life experience, many people lacked encouraging voices in their lives and that Baby Lav-Mulk would be blessed to be someone who could offer that gift to them, helping them regain their vision, believe in themselves, or otherwise have faith that the possibilities before them were many. I also said how valuable it was to be your own encourager for those times when other inspiring voices were absent.
Although technically these talks are one-sided, I imagine that Baby Lav-Mulk is taking them in. I often mention to him/her that I strongly believe he/she has had many previous lives and may well know anything I tell him/her already (and probably even more than I know). I also say that I hope he/she knows that these talks are all from a place of love and that I share them as a way of connecting our lives from the very beginning. It’s a gift our child has already given me and I feel so blessed for his/her presence in my life.
Did you talk with your baby before he/she was born? What was this experience like for you? What did you talk about? We’d be delighted to hear your stories, so please share.