Hold on to these moments. Trust me, they are fleeting…
It’s 2 AM, the baby is stuck to your bosom and you are waiting for him to fall asleep so you can go to bed too. It’s been 2 months since you had a good sleep because you’ve been a new mommy. Everyone who comes to see your new baby asks you about your experience as a new mother, and the first question you ask them is, “When will the baby start sleeping through the night?” Days pass, and then months but you’re still struggling to get some sleep and so does your baby. You are frustrated because somebody is dependent on you 24*7. You wait for the baby to grow up so that he becomes a better sleeper because you are tired of everything.
And that is when it hits you, when did this little squishy thing grow up? While you were busy cribbing about lack of sleep and your ohh so tired body. And this hits you hard. And then you start missing that tiny angel who came into your life and changed everything about it. You miss that little helpless baby who was stuck on you for nursing for hours together and now has been weaned off breastmilk. You miss the baby who was dependent on you for all his nourishment and is on solids now and needs you mostly for comfort feed.
These tiny human beings grow up too fast. Every day they achieve a new milestone and then there is no looking back. I know you are a tired, helpless and frustrated new mother. Taking care of a new born all day and all night exhausts you. And most importantly when all of a sudden there is a human life that needs your attention all the time, so much that it becomes difficult for you to do your daily chores such as bathing and eating.
Just remember, this is the baby you prayed for and have in your arms now. He needs you now and soon he won’t. Help him grow up and become a strong individual. Cuddle him, snuggle him, kiss him and hold him tight because soon he will be a new person and run away from you to live his independent life. Till then enjoy the madness and cherish every moment you spend with him.
P.S : My son is going to be nine months soon and his sleep has improved since he turned five months old. There are exceptions when the growth spurts strike or he has troubles with teething. I was checking out his baby pictures today and I realised how much he has grown up in these eight months. I went and talked about this with his dad and he pointed out how frustrated I used to get in the initial months after having him because of lack of sleep and his gas issues. So this post is coming from the heart and soul of a mother to other new mothers around the world.