“Remember when this was all we had?” My husband asked, referring to the bouncing motion he was using to entertain our almost 15week old daughter. And boy, did I ever remember!
You see, back when Izzy was about 2 or 3 weeks old, we made the life-altering discovery that if we lightly bounced her, she would fall asleep. Finally, we had a sure-fire tool to get her to sleep that didn’t involve walking circles around our small apartment, wearing Izzy in an attempt to get her off to dreamland.
Now, we’re working dropping one of her night feedings, and bouncing no longer works as a way to induce to sleep. But still, the thought of those mind-numbingly hard first weeks makes todays worries of preventing the “45 minute-intruder” seem so small! I remember those days with a smile now. Who would’ve thought, right? Izzy’s seemingly unshakable determination to drive mommy into a mental break is actually a fond memory for me!
So now, when I start to get frustrated, I just take a moment to recall those first few weeks, when bouncing her was “all we had”. It makes days like today, when it’s 4:53 a.m. and I’m writing a blog post because Izzy won’t go back to sleep, not seem that bad after all. I remind myself that just as she outgrew needing to be bounced or worn, she will also outgrow waking every 3 hours at night, and needing to have a 3 minute breakdown before every nap. All in its proper time.
If you’re still at the point in your baby’s life where there’s only one thing that will get them off to sleep, whether it’s being swaddled and “shhh-ed” or being carried exactly at a 42 degree angle while being simultaneously rocked, sang to, and patted on the bottom……..please know that it won’t always be the only thing you have!