Janki Hemani

Abstract


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Janki Hemani

Abstract


Rockabye baby

Rockabye baby

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One of my favorite songs as a mother is Rockabye baby. It has such beautiful lyrics. The part of the song with which I connect the most is:

She tells him, "Ooh, love, no one's ever gonna hurt you, love. I'm gonna give you all of my love.

Nobody matters like you."

She tells him, "Your life ain't gon' be nothing like my life.

You're gonna grow and have a good life.

I'm gonna do what I've got to do."

So, Rockabye baby Rockabye, I'm gonna rock you

Rockabye baby, don't you cry, Somebody's got you."


During my pregnancy, I would sing this song to my baby to tell her not to feel scared because I was always going to take care of her. But after my delivery, I was so nervous and confused about how to take care of a baby that I would seek help from my folks all the time. Instead of keeping my promise of giving her all my love and attention, I would give her to my mother's brother, father, or husband. I am still coping with these feelings but this song reminded me of how I felt during my pregnancy. I recently joined a mother toddler program. This is the first time I have traveled with my baby alone in a rickshaw. Initially, I was skeptical but on the first trip itself, my confidence increased to a new level. Today I can take care of my baby all by myself if I have to. We connect so beautifully. She is like a best friend I never had, the one who will always love me. I still rock her in my hands when she wants to sleep.

The hands are sore but the warmth of her little body resting on my shoulder is so comforting. She is not going to need me as much as she grows. So for now instead of complaining, I am enjoying these little moments of love which can be felt by a mother only. I am going to do whatever it takes to keep her healthy, happy, and strong mentally, physically, and emotionally just like the mother expresses in the Rockabye song.

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