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Oh, No – Here It Comes Again! A Baby’s Worst Nightmare – Me!

by TerriAnn
Almost crying baby face

Why a Baby or Babies Cry – Me…

The other day, I took my daughter to go ice skating with some friends. One of the other moms also brought her baby son who is almost one year old. He’s the cutest thing and has the chubbiest cheeks ever.

So, I bent down to say hello to him, gave him a smile, and this is what his once happy face began to do:

Almost crying baby face

Yep, he was about to explode. The corners of his mouth slowly began to curve downward and his eyes grew watery as they started to bulge. For the rest of our outing, that child would burst into tears every time I looked at him. The worst thing is, this seems to be a normal occurrence for me lately.

Somehow, after being a mother for almost twelve years, I get this kind of ‘experienced’ feeling. You know, that thing when you see a new parent struggling with a crying child and you think that you can instantly soothe them the minute they enter your arms? Well, it doesn’t usually work out that way for me. In fact, I’ll hold a perfectly content, giggling baby and they immediately begin to frantically look for their mom/dad as tears roll down their red, strained faces.

I might’ve done okay with my own daughter but, aside from that, I seem to be every newborn’s worst nightmare. I hate admitting it but I will spare future generations the experience of my ‘mothering’. Moral of the story: parenting one child does not mean you are particularly good at it 😛

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JulieD December 31, 2012 - 2:33 pm

Oh no! I hate when that happens!!

Hope you have a happy new year, TerriAnn!!

TerriAnn van Gosliga January 7, 2013 - 10:53 pm

You mean I’m not the only one?

Alison January 1, 2013 - 7:55 am

Hahaha! At least it didn’t feel like a Monday to me yesterday! I woke up this morning not even knowing if it was Tuesday or Wed. That’s what winter break does to ya!

TerriAnn van Gosliga January 7, 2013 - 10:54 pm

Very true but homeschooling just messes me up permanently 😛 Are you back in your regular groove?

Rosey January 1, 2013 - 8:03 am

My youngest did that to his paternal grandmother for a long time and my second oldest did it w/his maternal grandmother (he’d cry if he even heard her voice!). I felt sooooooooo bad.

Now my niece has a 3-yr old and when he was little he cried every time I went near him, lol. Poor guy. He loves me oodles now that he’s older and I’m sure glad. 🙂 I don’t think it has anything to do w/us, just that we look/sound/move so differently from what they are used to.

Anyway, I’m here to say Happy New Year! 🙂

TerriAnn van Gosliga January 7, 2013 - 10:55 pm

That’s very true and thank you for sharing those experiences – very comforting to know others have had this happen as well. It’s just a horrible feeling, though, to feel like a nightmare-inspiring horror to such a small, lovable little person.

Jenn @therebelchick January 1, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Well at least you have a good excuse not to babysit, right?

TerriAnn van Gosliga January 7, 2013 - 10:57 pm

Ooh, now you are one smart cookie. That’s the perfect excuse – “I’m sorry, I can’t babysit. Children are terrified at me and break into uncontrollable screaming when I smile.” 😛

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