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If you could go back to those first days, what would you want to know? Share those Mommy Moments, whether they are embarrassing, disastrous or turned out just fine.
I have a Mommy Moment to share. This one particular day in those first few weeks sticks out the most…actually, it’s the only thing about that sleep-deprived blur of the first 8 weeks or so that really sticks out at all.
We had had a tough night and a rough day. It was almost 2:00 and I hadn’t eaten anything ALL DAY. My son was inconsolable if he wasn’t being held. If he fell asleep and I tried to put him down, he would wake up and cry. But I discovered if I laid him on his tummy he wouldn’t wake up and he wouldn’t cry. Of course, I had heard the horror stories of letting your newborn baby sleep on their stomach but I just wanted 5 minutes of no crying so I could make a sandwich and eat it.
So I laid him on a blanket in the floor on his tummy and dashed to the kitchen. I made a sandwich and poured a glass of tea and then I sat in the floor right beside him while I ate my lunch. He was resting so peacefully but I couldn’t shake the fear of “don’t let your baby sleep on their tummy!” and I wanted to make sure he didn’t stop breathing. So there we were in the living room floor, me watching him like a hawk and in the end, he got a nap, I got to eat, and no one cried anymore the rest of the day.
What I learned that day is that babies cry. And as long as their immediate physical needs are met, sometimes you just have to put them down in a safe place, let them cry and take a minute to take care of yourself.