Thursday, February 24, 2011

Finally...she's asleep.

I'm sure they'll be many more times where I have no idea what to do to soothe my sweet baby.  This evening was one of those.  Chloe had hardly napped and it was nearing 6:30pm.  The entire afternoon into the evening she cried and cried as she resisted falling asleep.  I tried everything...fresh air, walking around the house, bouncing, the swing, nursing, teething gel...nada!

Finally after I finished cooking dinner (one handed) she fell asleep in time for me to gulp down dinner.  I really don't like eating like that but I felt like I better hurry because she could stir at any moment.  It was the only real meal I had eaten all day.  Breakfast was a protein shake and lunch was an apple, popcorn and a couple bites of last nights leftover tofu stir-fry.  Not my idea of a balanced diet.

Once she was asleep I was on the phone my mom and she reminded me that there are gonna be moments like that where you don't know what to do as a parent.  Sometimes you end up crying right along with them and that's okay.  I felt so much peace in hearing her say that.  The recognition that someone has been right where you are is comforting.  Especially your own mother.  Being her first child, I can imagine I gave her lots of those moments.  Sorry mom.

3 comments:

NicholsSouth said...

My mom told me the same thing. If I've checked their diaper, tried to nurse, changed clothing (seeing if they were too hot or cold), went for a stroll, and nothing worked, I'd put them in the crib and let them cry there. They usually just fell asleep and I got to keep some of my sanity. It's hard to listen to them cry though. Breaks my heart. You are a good mother! It only gets better!

Roxana said...

Mother's know best, isn't that the saying :)
Next time I come up I will make you dinner one handed so you can enjoy.
xoxo
R.

Joolz said...

Oh gosh, so sorry you had a rough day.

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