From Wild Wild World: Gorillas by Liza Jacobs copyright 2003 Blackbirch Press –
“A female gorilla is pregnant for about 9 months. When a baby gorilla is born, it weighs about 5 pounds. Baby gorillas stay close to their mothers and are very well cared for. They drink their mother’s milk for 3 or 4 years. They also eat solid food starting at about 6 months old.
A baby gorilla sleeps with its mother. The mother also carries her baby for the first year.”
Today during our little school time, I read this passage to Deladis. It made me smile. In this small segment is attachment parenting, breastfeeding, child lead weaning, cosleeping, and babywearing. All these things are things I do too. All these things are done by amazing mama gorillas.
In the natural world, there is an order to things. A system that when left alone goes uncorrupted. In this world of gorillas, they have a system of parenting. One that insures their infant the best possible chance at survival, and a healthy full life. Since Darwinism, many people are either claiming we are more evolved monkeys or they are trying to make sure that we in no way shape or form resemble our fellow primates.
When I read this passage, I felt like congratulating myself and other mothers who are making the attempt to learn and do what is natural when it comes to parenting. Here we have an animal that is not bogged down with gaining wealth, industrializing, and gathering material things. They are not uber intelligent beings set on a crash course for self destruction. Their parenting skills are uneffected by these empty goals. They are using the instincts given them by their Creator. That is all I am trying to do. Parent by instinct and the obvious choices of what is right for my girls. I was amazed by the excellence in mothering these gorillas achieved by instinct, and intuition, and can only hope that I do as good a job as they do. They are my new mothering heros.