Who would believe the photos above are in the same day only but an hour or so apart? Very different scenes. So every once in a while we have... one of those days. I think that is the only word to describe it. Its perfectly normal for a baby to be cranky, I may not even know the underlying cause. Maybe he is teething, maybe his belly hurts, maybe he has a headache?
Well the day started off great! Augustus woke up at about 6am, that was okay because I was already up working on the computer. So we followed our morning routine a bit earlier than usual. Mommy even got to make fresh juice this morning, always a great start! So Augustus went down for his morning nap. He then got up about 45 minutes later, not a long nap but no problem. He had some yummy mangos, then we went outside to play in the garden. Augustus hungout in the shade playing with his toys and mommy went to work in the garden straightening it up for the seedlings.
After some time, as babies do, Augustus grew tired of playing and I knew it was time for another nap. So we packed up what we were doing and headed inside. This is where things got tricky. Silly boy was fighting his nap, HARD. Now, people reading should know, first of all I do not practice the "cry it out" method. I just personally feel as though there is something going on if my baby is fighting his naps which he usually routinely is ready for. I can't in good conscience ignore his crying which my body biologically is programmed to respond to! Anyways... I did all the usual things I do with him, we laid down and cuddled, he nursed but didn't want any part of that after a while. He was so tired but something was bothering him. Rubbing his eyes, turning from side to side, poor baby wanted so badly to sleep but just couldn't settle. So I decided I would let him sit on my lap and I would at least continue working on my website work I started early this morning. If he wont sleep then I can surely get some work done while he tires out and maybe he will fall asleep in my lap. Not this time haha, Augustus wanted no part of that. So now he wouldn't go down to sleep and I was wasting time and not getting work done that I so needed to do!
Whenever my baby boy gets uneasy like this it triggers this worry in me, like something is wrong and I don't know what it is. I get upset like I am neglecting something. Well I of course turned to my amazing man, amazing life partner, the love of my life, Augustus' daddy Jon :) He always knows how to deal with situations like this. So we began texting "Is he hot?" he asked, "No its not that bad in here, I have the fan on." I was getting panicky. Augustus was crying more and more it seemed and even the fail-proof tricks were not working to settle him.
So Jon finally texted "You should take him in the shower, cool him off." at that moment it seemed like a lot of work, to get into the shower then get out, towels, drying off, diapering, my hair being soaked and all over the place. I did not take that advice, I thought I could do something else. So we walked around, outside, back in, tried playing with some toys, even a wrapper to my cliff bar that I scarfed down as lunch. No time to cook with this fussy baby. All of those things worked maybe for a few moments but ultimately failed.
Then he finally just melted... he was on his last straw and so was I. He freaked out and cried really hard, and so I started tearing up too. "That is it" I thought to myself, "In the shower we go" So holding a screaming baby on my hip I got us ready turned on the shower. Miraculously the crying ceased. This baby was wiggling with excitement. We got in the shower and he was smiling. I literally was crying tears of joy, not because there was anything crazy wrong that I had corrected, but because my baby was so upset previously and now, giggling.
So I watched as my baby boy thoroughly relaxed and enjoyed the nice shower. The only thing I could think of as I wiped away my happy tears was "Wow Daddy sure knows his baby well" I should have taken his advice initially. I was sitting there thinking how much work it would be to do a shower right now and all the work I wanted to get done but I was not thinking about how great the shower would be for him. I sat there while Augustus reached for the shampoo bottles and laughed because I wouldn't let him reach them, I needed to think about him in that moment, not my work, not my website, but my baby. This is one of the lessons I learn daily when balancing working and being a mommy. All I can say is thank goodness for daddy.
So the photo on the right is Augustus asleep on my bed finally after his shower. He isnt even diapered mind you in this photo but I was absolutely not going to disturb him, he was so exhausted. Finally enjoying a nap by the fan wrapped in a towel, with his favorite blankie. Notice the bath toy from the shower still clenched in his hand as he snoozes.
Well now I am getting all the work done I wanted to do, I also painted my toes while I was at it! I figured I deserved it I guess for the stressful situation I was in about an hour ago! Haha! It's just one of those days but all is well now :)
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