Tag: Expectations

Letting Go of the ‘Should’s’

Letting Go of the ‘Should’s’

[ 7 ] 2:33 pm |

There is one thing, one insidious thing, that makes life with a high need child 10x harder than it needs to be. It’s not the fact that your little one wakes up 5 times a night. It’s not that he’s a fussy eater who can’t go more than 1 or 2 hours between feeds. It’s […]

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4 Bits of Advice for Parents of High Need Babies

4 Bits of Advice for Parents of High Need Babies

[ 14 ] 11:10 am |

Baby books and websites will often give you tips for making life with your baby easier and less stressful. These tips may include: ‘Get your baby into a good routine as early as possible’, ‘Put your baby to bed drowsy but not asleep’, ‘If your baby is fussy, it’s probably because of gas’, and ‘Be […]

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When Cuddles Won’t Cure Your Baby

When Cuddles Won’t Cure Your Baby

[ 6 ] 5:25 pm |

Before I had kids, I had a very vivid picture of what I assumed parenting a newborn would look like. In the mornings I would get my baby out of her crib, and bring her into my bed to cuddle. After a few minutes of cuddling (she’d be cooing the whole time, of course), she’d […]

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Taking Your High Need Child to a Playgroup

Taking Your High Need Child to a Playgroup

[ 9 ] 10:41 am |

Because my family recently moved into a new community, I have been finding meet-ups and playgroups for moms and little ones.  It’s one of the few chances I have to make friends, and let me tell you, I really need some right now. As many of you know, parenting a high need child can be […]

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Ages and Stages of the Fussy Baby

Ages and Stages of the Fussy Baby

[ 19 ] 9:34 am |

When Sammy was a baby, I would have given anything to have an idea of what to expect as each month (and even week) passed. Something to give me hope that things WOULD get easier. Or if they weren’t going to get easier, I suppose I wanted to know that, too.

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A Different Outlook

A Different Outlook

[ 0 ] 9:44 am |

People always say that your views on things change when you have a child. I often would nod my head in agreement stating that of course it does. However, I didn’t quite realize to what degree. The world looks different, the sky looks different, people look different – everything looks different. Even relationships that you […]

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Monica’s Story: Great Expectations, Hard Truths

Monica’s Story: Great Expectations, Hard Truths

[ 6 ] 9:49 am |

I was exhausted from another day of screaming. Just when it seemed like the light at the end of the tunnel was shining on us, we were in the dark again. At 8 months, I have spent my every waking and sleeping moment with our son, save for a reprieve of a few hours in […]

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We Are Individuals – And We Happen to Parent

We Are Individuals – And We Happen to Parent

[ 1 ] 10:06 am |

On many occasions I’ve read, in this blog and in other spaces, about how mothers of fussy or colicky babies often feel like frauds. They fear that they are the cause of their child’s fussiness or that they must be doing something wrong if their baby isn’t sleeping. They feel guilty, embarrassed, like failures. I’ve […]

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Christine’s Story: Running on Fumes

Christine’s Story: Running on Fumes

[ 3 ] 7:04 am |

My 10-month-old baby girl is bad sleeper. A terrible sleeper, in fact. For various reasons, such as reflux, gas and, probably by now, behavioural training, E is a baby who, quite frequently, likes to party in her room all night long. This isn’t a story about how to get your baby to sleep through the […]

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Travelling with a Colicky or Spirited Child

Travelling with a Colicky or Spirited Child

[ 0 ] 11:09 am |

We’ve been on vacation in Florida now for about 2 weeks, which is why I haven’t posted lately. (By the way, to any American readers, I am very jealous that you have Florida. Thank you for sharing it with us. The warmest we’ve got is Victoria, and it rains there all winter.) We have travelled […]

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