This was shared in a mother’s group I’m part of:
12 Things your Crying Baby Wants you to Know
1. I am not crying to make your life more difficult. I am crying because something is wrong. Even if it does not seem like it.
2. I am brand new. I do not have control of my nervous system. I am disorganized. Being with you; hearing your heartbeat, smelling your scent… it calms me. It helps me.
3. The fact that I cannot stop crying is not your fault. I know your are doing your best. We are just getting to know each other. We will get there- please stick with me.
4. You are my world. You are my everything. You are all that I know. I do not have anybody else that can provide for me what you can.
5. I do not need to cry. It does not exercise my lungs, or provide any other benefit.
6. The stress chemicals that are released when I cry (that stay with me my whole life) are lessened when you hold me while I cry.
7. Please nurse me. No matter how much I ask for it. Forget the time or how tired you are. If nursing helps me to stop crying, please nurse me.
8. Do not listen to anybody else– not your neighbor, not your aunt. Forget the book that you read which talked about helping me to learn to self soothe. Just listen to me. And you. Forget the world outside of ours.
9. I cannot self soothe. It is not possible. If I stop crying when you leave me alone, it is because I have given up hope that you will comfort me.
10. If you are at your breaking point ask for help; with the dishes, the laundry and preparing meals. If I am content with somebody else, please use that time to shower or change or have a cup of tea.
11. I know this stuff is hard to hear. We live in a world that promotes political correctness at the expense of others. My needs are real, and I really need you; even when this means eating one handed and with dirty hair. I am your baby. You are my parent.
12. This will not last forever. It feels like it now because we are in this time warp of newbornhood. If you comfort me now, I will be calmer sooner. We will be closer. This time will end- this is not the rest of your life. While you may never long for the crying, your wiser self will be grateful to know that you trusted me, and yourself, from the very beginning…
I can’t help it! I crack up at this sort of thing!
The irony is too good when someone writes “don’t listen to anyone else” in the middle of a 12-point lecture against sleep-training.
Plus, the dramatic, first-person prose! HAHAHAHA! My favorite line is, “If I stop crying when you leave me alone, it is because I have given up hope…”
So I commented. How could I resist?
Here’s the thirteenth thing your baby wants you to know, which I added:
“13. I didn’t really write this list. I can’t write. I’m a baby. This list was written by an adult woman with an agenda and opinions, just like all of us have. Number 8 might apply to this list, just like it applies to authors of books about self-soothing. Everybody thinks they know what’s best for me! (P.S. I won’t suffer lifelong stress from being allowed to cry for short periods, as part of a reasonable sleep-training program. That’s just silly.)”
Unfortunately, that comment was deleted.
Seriously! It’s gone!
I think I might go cry now.
Hopefully my mom will come make it better…