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I Check On My Baby In The Middle Of The Night To See If He's Breathing

By Alyson Brown |


Ah, that sweet face! It's no wonder I worry about him so much.

I suppose one of the biggest challenges that come with being a new parent is getting over irrational fears.  Before Wolf was born, I was more concerned with whether or not I’d be able to care for a new baby than the pain I’d experience during childbirth.  I mean, come on!  It’s a gigantic responsibility and it’s not like caring for a new pet where they can do most things on their own.  Babies can’t even roll over.  Gah!

So of course, I’ve had a few irrational {and yes, sometimes a little crazy} fears while raising Wolf these first two months.  Want to hear what they are?

I check on my baby in the middle of the night to see if he’s still breathing. Ok.  I did this a LOT when we first brought Wolf home.  I’d put him down for a nap and then once out of the room I’d worry if his swaddle was too close to his face or if he was on his side and might roll over and not be able to breathe.  Plus, I was afraid that he’d just stop breathing.  I’ve gotten over most of this fear now that Wolf is 2 months old.  But it was hard when he was so tiny and fragile not to worry!

I worry that he’s not getting enough food. This one is a little obsessive.  Since I’ve been trying to boost my milk supply, I still have no idea if Wolf is getting enough milk from me alone to survive.  I’ve been supplementing at the breast with formula since he was born and just recently I’ve started exclusively breastfeeding him when he first wakes in the morning.  I’m fairly certain he’s getting enough from me during this feeding to be satisfied yet he fusses when I try to feed him in the afternoons this way.  But he’s still peeing and pooping like a champ so I know he’s growing!

I’m convinced the brake on our stroller will give out. Every time we use the brake on Wolf’s stroller, I ask my husband to double check it more than once to make sure it’s working.  No one wants a baby in a stroller rolling down the hill!!

Whew.  That feels good to get them off my chest!  What about you, do you have any irrational fears about your baby?

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About Alyson Brown


Alyson Brown

Alyson Brown is a graphic designer living with her husband Levi, little boy Wolf and two cats in Bend, Oregon. She blogged for the Pregnancy channel on Babble, writing about her personal struggles to breastfeed, as well as searching for the perfect diaper bag. More of her work can be found on her lifestyle blog, Unruly Things.

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8 thoughts on “I Check On My Baby In The Middle Of The Night To See If He's Breathing

  1. Megan says:

    Cutest baby EVER! :)

  2. MIchelle says:

    I bought a mirror for the backseat because I would compulsively worry that I’d either left him at home or in the store. Weird, right? I’m a SAHM, exclusively breastfeeding a baby who won’t take a bottle. He’s never away from me!

  3. Shandeigh says:

    The first two are never going to go away… just an FYI. ;)

  4. Mommyd says:

    Just know that the first one will not go away. I still check on my four year old in the middle of the night when I take care of her newborn brother–her breathing among other things (if she’s kicked off her blanket or dumped her doll onto the floor)

  5. Ankh says:

    That face is to die for. Such a cutie! And although I don’t have kids, I have irrational fears all the time related to my husband and cats.

  6. MadelinePetersen says:

    I can totally relate. Sometimes in the middle of the night, I touch his face and move my hand around until he reacts. It’s so hard not to be terrified all the time.

    I am considering buying that gizmo Melissa posted on awhile back. I just need the peace of mind. (

  7. Meagan says:

    That photo is uber cute.

    I occasionally do the breathing check thing, but fortunately for my piece of mind, my baby has always been a loud breather. Most odlf the time, all I need to do is listen- even from accross the room I can usually hear his rhythm.

    I also have the feeding freakouts, especially since.he goes through cluster feeding periods where I seem to be sucked dry, but he’s still apparently starving. Like you, I figure if he’s puttig.out lots of wet diapers (he always is) he’s probably doing ok.

    I haven’t really taken him out in the stroller yet (too hot and gross) so I haven’t had a chance to test that form of paranoia.

  8. Allegra says:

    I still check on my son to see if he’s still breathing (he’s 2.5 years old now)! If it’s too quiet in his room, I worry. crazy…

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