Before Annabelle was born I used to spend time with my sisters and their children, helping out with the odd nappy change or cuddle where ever I could. Rather by accident I learned then that babies don’t accept short cuts. What I mean is when you are at your wits and end and you really want your baby to eat or sleep or do whatever, we tend to take short cuts and the baby always knows and he/she will always tell us! Back then I was always fresh faced, relaxed and excited to watch the children, so was always happy to put in the time. But now, with my own child I do try to take short cuts when rushed, tired or in need of shower and it never pays off!
If you are trying to get a baby off to sleep and you are rocking and shh’ing, I always give an extra five minutes before I put the baby down. And when that five minutes is up I put in another five minutes of shh’ing for good measure. And then maybe another 5. Then and only then might I try and put the baby down.
The same is true when baby is feeding and you really need him or her to take a full feed for whatever reason. If she comes off the boob, I put her back on or wake her up. Then again and again. And once more. To ensure that when I do take her off eventually she has had a full feed.
Sadly this week I have been so tired from travelling (and if I’m honest adjusting to being just me again) that as soon as her eyes appear shut I creep out the room or take her off the boob, only for her to sqwark anytime from when her door closes to when my head touches my pillow. If only I stuck to my own rules of NO SHORTCUTS! (You might be asking why I’m rocking or feeding Annabelle to sleep and what happened to my sleep training? Yea, me too!)