Hey there mama with the baby that won’t stop crying no matter what you do, I see you.
To the mama who’s baby isn’t like your friends little one even though you try ALL of their oh-so helpful suggestions, I see you.
To the mama who’s baby doesn't sleep, doesn't like to be held, or like a cuddle, won’t self settle, be rocked or fed to sleep, I see you.
To the mama who’s baby isn't happy if you pop them down, in the pram, in a bouncer, in a carrier, or in your arms, I see you.
To the mama who’s baby makes you question every single part of your sanity to the point where you wonder if you can make it to 5pm without losing it, I see you.
To the mama who cries to herself in the shower every night and wonders what it is she’s doing wrong, I see you.
To the mama who doesn’t feel at ease with motherhood and wonders if she ever will, I see you.
Oh my gosh do I see you.
Because I used to be you.
I talk a lot about how Augie is such a happy, chill, baby… and he is, pretty much all the time, but I only know this as I’ve also had the exact opposite experience.
A baby that I could never, ever please, no matter what I did.
And it is gut wrenchingly hard.
I truely don’t think it’s something anyone can really understand unless they’ve been through it themselves.
This photo here and the next shot (swipe right) were taken when August and Eva were exactly the same age and they couldn’t be any more different.
I look back and remember the pain, desperation and sadness that I was failing, both myself, and my baby.
I wondered if things would ever change... and they eventually did.
So, to the mama’s that are struggling and so desperately wading through the darkness of a “difficult baby”, wondering why no one else really gets just how hard it is.
I see you and I get you.
But my gosh hang in there, because it gets better.
It gets SO much better.
Because one day soon that little one will say mama for that very first time, they’ll hold your hand as you walk along or squeeze you tight and say I love you.
And it’ll all be worth it, I promise.
Images and words from @the.dearest.days - 12 minutes ago