“Why is she crying??”
I get asked this A LOT and often these are the suggested reasons..
1. “She needs fed.”
This is my husbands favourite. She’s crying so she MUST need fed – right? Let’s be honest, what he’s really saying is, “She’s crying and I don’t like it, take her back!”
2. “She’s teething.”
She appears to have been teething since birth…that’s all I have to say in this.
3. “It’s a growth spurt.”
* See point No 2. At least this is factually accurate as she has certainly been growing since birth!
3. “It’s a developmental leap!”
Yes, I’ve read the Wonder Years. I actually like this one as it means that tears = learning. My conclusion..a lot of tears = genius!?
5. “Something brewing!?”
Yes, this is an interesting one..she’s crying because she’s going to be unwell. If these are they ‘I’m going to be unwell tears’ then let’s brace ourselves for the ‘I’m actually unwell tears’….and yes, when they are genuinely unwell there will be A LOT of tears 😭
But here is what I believe, and this has got me through a many “why is she crying?” questions…
“She’s crying because she’s a baby, and that’s what babies do.”
They all cry. Sometimes for no reason at all, and we should be ok with that.
Yes, it’s tough/draining/soul destroying/traumatic etc etc but it should be expected.
What’s important to remember is that hidden behind all those tears and tantrums will be THE most beautiful smile..and that will make it all worthwhile.