How to get your baby through those “fussy stages”

Have you noticed that all these baby apps always shows you at what age the leaps and growth spurts take place, are always basically on top of each other? They should just say birth – 18 years old with their little thundercloud next to it !

Then

I am the first to admit that we got a sleeping consultant when our baby girl was about 5 months old, its was chaos ! We used to get up at night about 11 times, and had to function on very little sleep and a very cranky baby. The main issue for us was her pacifier, as she only used it when she needed to sleep, and constantly lost it during the night, hence the getting up all night. The results were amazing and it changed everything for us.

Now

Then our baby turned 8 months, and she was standing in her cot throughout the night, refusing to lay back down, and screamed until we picked her up. I honestly thought here we go again.

Luckily I was wrong, we just did nothing haha, and before we knew it, about 2 weeks later, she decided that she might just lay down for a little bit, and that was it. Yes those two weeks were intense, and yes she still has moments where she refuses to sleep (just to keep us on our toes) but I can honestly say that it was just a phase and they all are.

Cue Overreacting

I am a first time mom, so for me, every change or phase or leap made me go into stress mode, and I used to google and ask for advice all over. Now, almost a year into it, I have learned to well, let my baby go through what she needs to go through.

Do yourself a favor, before you go and change your routine and blame yourself for the sleepless nights, just asl around. Our baby is drinking two bottles a night still, and I thought because the “books” say she should be sleeping through, that I am doing something wrong. I asked other moms, and guess what? I am not the only one who’s baby still doesn’t sleep through the night. What a relief, now I don’t feel like I need to revisit everything I have done so far, AND I don’t feel like I have failed somehow (because we love to go there don’t we).

I don’t know about you guys, but I seriously need to learn how to take a breath, I can get so worked up over the littlest things with my baby, that it has somehow turned me into a different person. Luckily my husband reminds me that I need to relax, not that it always works, the verdict is still out on how to take a breather, but the moment I figure it out I will let you guys know 😝

Breathe

The only way to get through it all is to not stress over every single moment, your baby can sense it and we all know how bad stress is for your health. Join a playgroup or get more mom friends, find a way that gets you through these tough phases, and you will be able to handle each one like a pro.

Good luck Moms

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The Next Milestone

Is it just me or are there other moms out there that look forward to the next big thing that their baby will learn to do?

People always tell me “oh you mustn’t wish their life away” – that is not at all what I am doing , I enjoy every phase she goes through , I even appreciate the hard ones, I am just so excited to see how she will be; her personality, what she will like and dislike, the things she will say, giving her, her first food, seeing her sit by herself, crawling, her first steps, her first day of school ….

I get goosebumps just thinking about all these things, because in a sense I am already proud of her for achieving all these things ! 😍👏🏻

I think there is just something so beautiful in being a new parent , a baby smiling for the first time warrants so much excitement in a household, the first time that baby hold a toy , the first time they roll over or bring something to their mouths, a baby brings so much joy to a family.

At this moment, I am counting down the days until I can start giving her her first food … I’ve already decided what to give, how to make it, and what date to start , haha can you tell I am excited ?

I don’t know if this type of excitement for new phases are different with your second child, but I hope not, because it keeps me looking forward to the little things with my baby girl, and to not take the new milestones for granted !

Today I am just so happy to be a mom , and just so so proud of my baby girl for accomplishing all she has already ! 💜🧡❤️

Angelique