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Getting to Know Her Signals

One of the hardest things as a new mom is learning to distinguish what the crying means. Are they hungry, tired, gassy? I remember recording every single little detail of our day when Avery was born so that when she did cry I could go to my list to try to see exactly what she could be wanting at that moment.

As she’s gotten older, I’ve started to recognize each cry and what they mean. But every once in a while she throws me for a loop and I have a hard time deciphering exactly what she wants.

Her sleep schedule has been really off lately and she is in a major sleep regression for both naps and at night. Last week though, she was giving me more than a cry to let me know that she  was tired. She started giving me “the signals.”

I remember when my oldest started giving me “the signals” that she was tired. At first I thought that she had an ear infection because she kept pulling at her ear. But the pulling at her ears accompanied by the rubbing of her eyes were a tell tale sign that she was tired.

Avery has followed in the foot steps of her sister and has the exact same signs that she is tired. It began with her rubbing her eyes, followed by the occasional yawn, and then she started tugging at her ears. It was was refreshing the first time I saw her do this. I was so excited that I didn’t have to listen for what type of cry she was letting out. I could now look to see if she was giving me the signs that she was really and truly tired.

It’s helped a little bit with our nap and night time schedule (although she is having a harder time staying asleep.) As soon as I see her rubbing her eyes, I start our routine for falling asleep. Rather than me trying to stay on a strict time schedule of when she should nap, I have started to follow her cues.

Although small, it’s these little signs that make life easier for both of us.

 

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