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Monday, January 5

What We've Got Here Is Failure To Communicate

Until just recently Lucy has been an extremely happy baby, really easy going. Now she's increasing her emotional repertoire by adding fussy and downright inconsolable.

OK...in all fairness I make things sound far worse than they really are. But the fact of the matter is that she's not as consistently happy as she was and sometimes we just can't figure out what on earth is wrong (not for lack of trying). Maybe it's just a growth spurt. Maybe she doesn't like the temperature. Maybe she's mourning for the sad state of affairs the world finds itself in of late. We. don't. know. And therein lies our frustration.

The hard part about parenting a newborn* is not the nightly disturbances, not the diaper changing, not the constant feeding (though those things can make one a wee bit crazy). The truly hard part about parenting a newborn is not being able to communicate. Oh sure, certain cries indicate certain things and certain motions = "feed me!!!" But what I'm talking about are those times when baby is fussy, not giving any clear indicators of what's wrong, has been changed and fed, and is being cuddled but still lets you know that she is not a happy camper. As a mother (or father, in Adam's case) you want to soothe your little one. You want to do whatever it is that will make her feel all better. But since she can't tell you what that is you're forced to sit there like a clueless idiot holding her and desperately trying to figure out what on earth is bothering her. And when you're functioning on little sleep you don't exactly have a lot of brain power left to utilize in the quest for answers.

But you know, I'd rather feel clueless and frustrated than not try.

Bonus points if you can name what movie this post's title is from (and no cheating)!

*At what point is a baby no longer a "newborn?"

4 Stubborn Stains:

CrystalHW said...

I know what you mean about being able to communicate, and its frustrations.

I have to say that I had never heard that wuote before, so I looked it up...nope, never even heard of that movie. Oh well, good quote anyways!

Kamity said...

I know why she's sad. It's because she's not here in Utah with us, and she knows she's missing out on having the BESTEST FRIEND EVER!!!

So, you know, you guys just have to move back here and she will be happy. Yup. <3

Kamity said...

Oh, and I don't know what the quote is from, but they make a reference to it in KOL (you know, that silly addictive stick figure RPG site I was addicted to for years?) ... you eat 50 lucky surprise eggs and you get the "Failure to Communicate" trophy. So I recognize the title of the post, but I don't know what it's from. =p::

adrienne said...

Vienna went through that same thing. She was a dream baby at first and then "BAM!" She was really fussy, especially in the evenings for about a month or more! I am happy to report that she is back to being a wonderful, happy baby! So there is hope! Just remember that "they" say that fussiness peaks at 6 weeks. (That is not a guarantee and I take no responsibility if that's not the case!!)

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