Monday, May 25, 2009

Baby Drama

As parents we would like to think that our children are perfect. But they all have their days. Some days my son gets so cranky and I don't know what to do with him. I pick him up to comfort him and he arches his back, leans his head back and wails. He has a legitimate concern. Maybe he's tired, or hungry, or perhaps he's teething. Sometimes I joke to my boyfriend that he is being...dramatic!

And you know what? He is being dramatic. Or at least it appears that way, because he currently only has one real mode of communication: crying. Sometimes I wish I could burst out crying when things don't go my way...wait, I do do that. But not to the extent that my son does it.

When he doesn't get his needs met, my little man lets me know, and in quite a theatrical way. I think the reason I joke about him being so dramatic, is to relieve my own maternal anxiety. Let's face it, being a mother is a hard job. The hardest job I've ever had.

And when my son is wailing his head off, I laugh at his dramatic display to ease the tension within myself. Because I don't know what he wants. I use trial and error to figure out what could placate him until I get it right. And if I don't get it right, I ask my mom for what to do.

The truth is babies are inherently dramatic, because they have to let us know when they need something. And that communication cannot be subtle.


  1. He might be frustrated... my little one went through a period of bad moods/back arching drama and then he learned how to walk and he is back to his generally happy self.

  2. This is true! I truly hope that it is just a phase. Or perhaps he is headed for a life of theatrics as a drama major at LaGuardia!

  3. You are so right about the communication!!! Sometimes I just look at Z and say "You have to learn how to speak because I don't understand you!!!" I might want to think Lyla is perfect, but I don't think Z could ever get away with that title! LOL! Everyone knows she's a DQ! Gosh, I want to go back to the library! I enjoyed that it was a nice walk and we got to go to the gardens after. Even Chaim said he would have liked that. (Though I am paying for all that walking now! :P)

  4. It seems like it takes them forever to learn how to talk. It is so annoying. I've heard parents say: "You can't wait for your kid to talk, and then when they do start talking you wish they hadn't." Which I understand too. But anyway, I feel like at least their needs will be clear. Plus it will add an entirely new depth to their personalities!


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