When Baby Gives You The Blues

Hickory Cottage By Hickory Cottage, 6th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Has your baby ever brought you to tears? Every mother has those moments when she would like to run away. Thankfully, most of us don't.

Baby blues, mommy blues.

I got up out of bed for what seemed like the millionth time and stumbled to the nursery to comfort my daughter. I picked up her wailing, writhing body and checked her diaper. Wet. I changed her and held her close. Still sobbing, she nuzzled my chest like she was still hungry. We headed to the living room to her favorite chair. I tried to get her to nurse, but she screamed louder and louder. I rocked and rocked and changed her positions. I sang songs and chanted poems. Nothing worked. We had been doing this all night long, and I was exhausted, exasperated and discouraged. I laid her face up on my chest , nuzzled her neck and kissed her.

Not being able to hold it in any longer, I started sobbing too, and we wept together. I cried and prayed, trying to think of all the things that could be wrong. My husband, who had to get up early and go to work, had even been up a time or two trying to comfort her so I could get a few minutes of sleep. I had tried the swing, changing diapers, nursing, rubbing her feet, massaging her back, letting her cry, and a dozen other things. I had been in the rocking chair so much that it felt like it was smashing my vertebrae into a solid mass of raw nerves, and my neck was stiff and sore from falling asleep so many times while my baby girl was nursing.

Through my tears, I was trying to comfort my precious little one. I was telling her I would fix everything if I just knew what to do. I would take the pain away, I wiped her tears as mine fell. I felt so helpless and inadequate. So totally incapable of providing even the basic needs for my daughter.

As I finished crying, I noticed, she had also quieted down. I eased her down to nurse and she started to suckle. I instantly fell asleep. I awoke a few minutes later, as I noticed she had quit nursing. As I looked down at her, she was looking up at me with her best, cheesiest sideways grin, as if to say, “Ain't I cute, mom?

I forgot all about the sleepless night, the painful chair, the crick in my neck and all of my frustrations as my heart melted into a puddle of love drenched goo.

She eventually fell back to sleep as I sang another sweet lullaby. I took her to her room and gently placed her down in her bassinet. With everything back in perspective, I drifted off to another few minutes of sleep.

Did you think I was going to give you a step-by-step process on how to stop your baby from crying? Well there is no magic formula. It's just good to know that every mama has difficult times to go through, and you are not the only one, isn't it?

So sometimes, when you've tried everything, give it some time, it will get better eventually.


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author avatar Hickory Cottage
I'm a homemaker, wife, and mom. I have too many hobbies to mention, but let's say, I'm artistic, crafty, and musical. As a writer, I'll generally focus on frugal living, but I'll write about anything.

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