So in my early twenties I learned that everything my Mother ever tried to teach me was true. When I was a teenager I thought she just didn't understand. My Mom had a entirely different life than me. She was married at 18 and had 4 children by the time she was 23. How could she possibly relate to me??
It must be something you are just given...the ability to relate to your children. Now that I am armed with this revelation, when she told me that Motherhood is full of guilty feelings I took heed.
I got my first taste of this the other day. My poor daughter!! I'm such a bad Mom!! We have been sleep training for 2 days now and I already have seen so much that I have been doing wrong. Madi took 5 naps yesterday! 5! She has only been getting 2 maybe 3 before now. I had NO clue she needed a nap every hour and 20 minutes. She cried for a TOTAL of 10 minutes yesterday going down for naps. I have been putting her to bed around 830pm and she really need to go to bed at 630! No wonder she is so darn cranky all the time. I thought it was her only to find out it was me! Guilt.
I am not going to get my hopes up that it will be this easy everyday, but I think I am starting to understand my baby more. I waited to put her down when she was looking tired (fussing, rubbing her eyes, and yawning), but I came to find out it was too late by that time. I put her down BEFORE, all this happens and she falls asleep with little or no crying. Who knew! She doesn't even look tired when I lay her down, but it works.
My pretty girl!