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Leave Me Alone?

By alismith |

"I'm gonna work this one out, guys."

At Baby Girl’s two-week appointment, our doctor warned me that fussy times were ahead. As he said, our little one would soon come to the harsh realization that she would have to fend for herself, and his perspective is that she won’t necessarily be happy about it.

He told me that “fussy time” is typically between 5 and 9 p.m., and starts around week three. Around here, it’s more like 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., and didn’t start until week five. (This makes sense because our family is a late-night operation, and Baby Girl started out remarkably chill.)

That said, despite his warning and my knowledge of our family’s natural rhythm, I didn’t pick up that her fussy time was setting in until a couple nights ago when I found myself rocking, bouncing, nursing, swinging … for a couple hours.

All of that, and guess what makes her most happy?It’s like she’s just telling us, “Put me down!” Of course, my natural inclination is to pick up and rock and bounce. She likes that alright, but last night my husband recommended that I just swaddle her loosely and lay her down. She immediately piped down. She didn’t fall asleep, she just lay there with her eyes wide open and blinking, and her little chest rising and falling peacefully. For a good 45 minutes.

Who’d have thought? It wasn’t like that with my first baby, especially not with a loose swaddle. I love to cuddle Baby Girl (I baby my babies) but maybe this is a practice in soothing her that I can get used to, especially when I’m trying to get work done.

Has this ever worked for your baby? Might be worth a try!

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Ali Smith is a blogger and writer who contributed to Babble.com. More of her work can be found on her personal blog, Ali Loves Curtis.

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2 thoughts on “Leave Me Alone?

  1. Rachel says:

    My son was like that too. He loves to cuddle and snuggle, but sometimes he needs his own space and he’ll let you know!

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