Well, maybe it is a bit dramatic to say a Facebook posting saved my life, but it certainly did talk me off some proverbial parenting ledge.
There I was, trying to nurse my daughter to sleep. I had been trying for over an hour. She was certainly enjoying herself, nursing when she wanted and then rolling over me, back and forth with a giggle. This all would have been funny had I not just finished arguing with my husband over the state of our disheveled house.
All I really wanted to do was to get her to sleep and then slowly sneak away to fold some clothes, but it didn’t look like that was happening anytime soon. What was actually happening was a fast and furious decline of my patience. Every time she jumped up to stand on the guard rail or slide off the bed, I got more and more upset.
Of course my mind went way off track to where it often goes in the darkest hours of the night. “Why am I still nursing my toddler to sleep? Why can’t I just put her in her crib at 7, close the door and have a night to myself? Why did I set her up to be sleeping with me until she goes to university?”…and so on and so forth.
Eventually she started to settle, but the nursing continued. It looked like this was going to be another all night buffet for my little one. I lay there annoyed with myself, my baby and my current situation. And that’s when THIS posting came up on my iPhone:
I instantly began to cry.
I instantly remembered why I nurse her to sleep, and why some (most) things fall to the wayside.
I instantly remembered why I begged and pleaded for this opportunity.
I instantly remembered that this too shall pass, and that when it does I will miss it.
I instantly turned off my phone and cuddled in for the night.
Written by Natasha Marchand, co-founder of bebo mia & mother to gorgeous Miss Sadie Lorraine!
Photo credit: www.babble.com
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Wow, sounds like I wrote that myself! I only just had a night like this last night, I really really relate to the bit about thinking why cant I just put her to bed at 7.. I feed to sleep an 18 months old and more times than not its a mission. thanks for this, its nice to know Im not the only one out there in my exact situation!