Thursday, March 31, 2011


Today wasn't the best day I've ever had.  Have you ever been in a situation where your only option was to just let the child scream bloody murder because you've tried everything else?  

I have.

More than once.

I remember when I first had Evie; we were still in the hospital, and they sent in a nurse to teach me a little something about babies: they cry.  Yes, it surprised me too.  I specifically remember her (the nurse) sitting at the foot of my bed, telling me about Shaking Baby Syndrome, or whatever it's called--something to that effect, and she said "It's OK to set your baby down in the crib and go outside for 5 minutes to collect yourself.  Your baby will be fine.  You take care of yourself when you get to that point."  

I feel like I've taken that advice, a lot.  And it has saved my sanity.  So, note to all you expecting and future mothers: It is OK to set your baby down, screaming till they're blue, and leave the room while you search for the remnants of your sanity.  Don't feel bad.  You're doing that baby a favor.


That's one of the keys of parenting, just so's you know.  I have to remind myself of that lots...especially since Evie has entered a repetitive stage of her vocal development.  Summoning my patience for the constant marathon of "Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom"  "What, Evie?" "Mom, Mom, Mom," etc, has become a more frequent challenge in recent months.

These two musings comprised my morning, and I just kind of...floated through the rest of my day.  Not a whole lot of energy.  My supply for the day was gone by 10 am.  AND, I took my vitamins and ate my Honey Nut Cheerios.  Still, it left me.  

Sad story.

Fortunately for me, my husband loves me, spoils me, for some reason.  He took care of dinner for me tonight, and bought me cupcakes from my FAVORITE place :-) The Sweet Tooth Fairy Aw, cupcakes :-)  What a great, wonderful, intuitive, sensitive husband I have :-)


Stephanie said...

It's the best when the hubby can just tell we need a little pick me up. I hope tomorrow is a better day!

Britany said...

wow. something to look forward to. lol. I'm sorry it was such a stressful day. I'm glad you have such a great man taking care of you

Brandon and Brooke said...

Thanks guys :-) Britany, hopefully I'll have an "It's all worth it because..." day to share with you soon :-) You hear a lot about the stress and negatives of having kids, but there are great moments too.

A Daddy Blog said...

Sounds like your hubby is a real keeper. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog from! As I said in my reply to your comment on my blog, I try to remind myself that some day I will actually miss some of these not so pleasant days. Hang in there.


ChildTalk said...

Parenting is SO humbling, isn't it?? I really thought I'd never lose my patience...ever. HA.

Stopping back from Mom Loop Comment Friday. And I'll answer your question on my post right now over on my blog. Feel free to ask more questions or e-mail me directly! :)

avonrepbarb said...

I learned to have alot of patience through the years of raising four children. I feel like I earned every minute of it because now I am a better, more patient, grandmother :) Thank you for following my blog through mom loop!