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Hi Christine,

I had a dream about my eight-week-old baby. She said her first phrase. (I donít remember what it was.) The baby then said her first sentence: "I like the leather pants and the anklet." I donít remember seeing leather pants in my dream, and she definitely wasnít wearing them. Considering she was only eight weeks old and hadnít spoken before, I was a little concerned. My midwife was also in my dream and said it was perfectly normal for my daughter to talk at this age.

New Mom

Dear New Mom,

It sounds like this dream is a result of the normal anxieties that any new mother would have about her baby girl. Kids grow so fast, and Iím sure that youíre savoring every moment of that soft, chubby cuteness and sweet baby head smell. Perhaps in the back of your mind, youíre contemplating what you may encounter in the future. Itís like your subconscious is gazing into the horizon, looking at the big picture: enjoying this time with your baby but naturally concerned about the leather pants and anklet-loving young adult that she may transit through before she reaches full powerful, amazon womanhood.

Whether your midwife was present when Emily spoke and didn't react, or you related what Emily said to her in your dream and she told you she though it was normal, suggests that, on some level, you understand that this is likely a challenge you may encounter in the future and, though it may be unsettling, it's not unusual. Other characters (or supporting actors) in our dreams usually represent some aspect of the self. And the midwife's outlook on the event seems to represent your more neutral (for lack of a better word) reaction to your babyís first sentence.

Mary Pipherís Reviving Ophelia is one of the best books Iíve read on this subject. If you havenít read it yet, I highly recommend it.

Best wishes and congratulations on your new bundle of joy.


(Please keep in mind that dreams speak to us through symbols and phrases and I interpret using these symbols as guides. When pondering any interpretations, the dreamer should always consider the more personal meanings the symbols in their dreams may have for them. If you have any dreams you would like me to interpret, email me at Christine@nightsandweekends.com. All queries will be kept anonymous. Sweet dreams.

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