Someone told me (maybe my mom?) that the best person to know what is going on with a baby is his or her mother.
If you are a mom think about it for a second (and if you’re not, take my word for it!) – Don’t you know the difference between a hungry cry and an angry cry, or when a nap is needed or when your little one just needs a hug?
**Let me preface this next part with the following: I really love my pediatrician’s office. They are very kind and care for my child’s well being.**
That same gut instinct seems to apply in most, if not all, situations. Here is my story, and the inspiration for this blog:
My baby was eating all the time, barely gaining weight at the appropriate rate, not napping well, was causing me a lot of pain when he nursed, and was getting the hiccups (or hic-come-uppers as we now call them!) all the time. The pediatrician (remember I really do like them) told me I had a fussy baby and to limit the length of time he ate.
Who tells a mother to limit their 2 month old breastfed baby’s food intake!?!
I knew, in my gut, that there was more going on and that was NOT the right way to handle things. Guess what, I was right! There was something amiss with my baby. I’m not going to go into too much detail now – I can’t give away all the good stuff or you’ll never come back for more – but once corrected things took a drastic turn for the better.
This has been the most important and valuable lesson I’ve learned so far – Momma Always Knows! And that as a mother you need to fight for your child. No one will care for that child more than you (and Daddy of course!). Now don’t skip trips to the pediatrician because some girl on the internet told you that as a mom you’ll know when something’s wrong with your baby…but if you suspect something isn’t quite right, do something about it! Trust your gut instincts momma – I promise you won’t regret it!
So I’ll leave you with that for now – but I invite you to come back and share in this new and amazing journey of motherhood with me. I’m not an expert but I can promise you I will try my hardest to give you new things to think about and the best advice I have – or, at the very least, keep you laughing!
And while we’re at it – do you have a funny, serious or inspiring story of how trusting your gut was the best thing for you, your baby and your family? I’d love to hear about it so share in the comments below!
I had a strong suspicion of tongue and lip tie with my little one but I was mostly dismissed by people. I finally reached out to a dentist with a lot of experience and my suspicion was confirmed. Sometimes we really DO know what we’re doing! 😉
The nasty tongue and lip ties! It always feels like such a huge win when your suspicions are confirmed and you see a positive change in your child as a result!
For me, I have found that I like taking other people’s advice, but then picking and choosing which advice seemed to work best for our family. I have Addie on a schedule that some people might not agree with (as you probably read on my blog, I’m following the Moms on Call program), but for us, it’s worked well. So I have to ignore what others say and just do what I believe works best for me, Addie, and daddy! 🙂
One thing I have learned is that every baby and every family is different and doing what is best for your baby and your family is what really matters! I know that can sometimes be hard for first time moms so kuddos to you for trusting your gut and doing what’s best in your situation!