This whole being-a-parent thing continually amazes me. I've been a relatively relaxed mom compared to how I thought I'd be. Still, there are things that just get to me. There are so many times I get completely fixated on something Ada is or isn't doing. I research whatever it is to death. Compare our situation to what others are doing/able to do. And I worry.
9 times out of 10, there's no need for this insane cycle to continue going round-and-round. Here are a few recent examples.
#1: Ada absolutely hated tummy time -- kicked, screamed, cried every single time we'd try it. She wouldn't roll over either. The night before her 5-month "birthday," Stephen was out late at a neighbor's house watching some basketball game . . . and I started Googling. I became utterly convinced something might be wrong with her.
And -- no fibbing -- the v.e.r.y next day she twisted and turned her way around from back to belly. It's been her favorite trick ever since. Her legs are even inching to a crawling motion more and more each day.
#2: It's been a rough couple of months because Ada stopped taking a bottle from ANYONE, meaning she was eating directly from the source every 2 to 3 hours. It was driving me insane because mom's gotta get some time to herself, you know? Well, we tried giving her a bottle once a day. I even tried to give one to her, completely defeating the purpose. Instead of realizing what the bottle contained was her beloved boob juice, she seemingly imagined it was some poison and would wail like you wouldn't believe.
I was brought to tears several times thinking she'd never do it again (and I write "again" because she had a good run of taking the bottle in the early months). Anyway, something magical happened in the last two weeks because on our of our last tries (we decided we were going to stop after so many fails), she started eating . . . and eating . . . and eating! She now takes a bottle like a champ. And not just a specific one with a specific look or feel, etc. All of them. Let's hope it continues!
#3: When Ada was little she used to
Thing is, I never really wanted to encourage the habit. I read such mixed things. But Ada has a lot, OK, a TON of trouble soothing herself, and she sure is a sucker -- but prefers to use me, which isn't exactly the most convenient thing when we're out and about. This success is as new as TODAY's news, but Ada loves her MAM pacifier. I had all but given up when I saw it at the store today. I thought giving one more kind a try might just work. And . . . it did. Fingers and toes crossed.
You all have been telling me that nothing is forever with babies. But it's really setting in as the months pass us by. Today's frustration could be a distance memory in a week's time. And new challenges will always present themselves. But that's part of being a parent. I'm here to help Ada in any way that I can . . . and should probably spend less time freaking out and more time enjoying her little quirks. Someday I'm sure I'll be sad when she no longer needs me 100%.
Actually, I'm sure that day is coming sooner than I'd like to think. And there I go getting worked up again!
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