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My baby hates me.

She's at a point where it seems like everyone else can get her to calm down when she's upset but me. I know this can't be an uncommon new mother feeling - at least that's what the intellectual side of me (yes, I do have one of THOSE) is saying, but the emotional side is screaming:

I GAVE BIRTH TO YOU. HOW CAN I NOT CALM YOU DOWN?!?!

This morning she had a cry that I had never experienced before - almost like a frightened (or bad dream) cry. So I bounced up to get her and she just wouldn't calm down. After a few minutes Todd took her and it seemed like she calmed right down. "Why does my baby hate me?" I asked him. I was pretty upset and laid in bed for a little while before I got up and did what any self-serving, self-respecting research writer would do: I Googled.

I actually Googled "Why does my baby hate me?" and wasn't surprised to find that someone had posted this same question on a Yahoo forum. I knew it wasn't just me!

The person seemed to be having the same sort of problem (although her baby seemed a little older than mine). Her baby cried whenever she saw her (the mom) and no matter what the mom did she could never get the baby to calm down. There were four posting answers and all of them said basically the same thing: don't pick her up because that makes it worse, AND (get this) FEED HER A SNACK. "Keep feeding her snacks and she will finally stop and be happy."

Huh?!?
Wha?!?

UH.
OK.

Even as a new parent, this didn't seem like sound advice to me. FEED HER A SNACK!?! Uh. No. I scroll back up to re-read the post to see if I missed something (like maybe her baby was, say, a RHESUS MONKEY). And there it was, glaring back at me like a big red warning DON'T BE CONFUSED flashing neon sign:

Harvest Moon DS

(In case you don't know, they were talking about a VIDEO GAME, NOT a REAL BABY).

*sigh*

(Guess it's a good thing I don't try everything I read on the Internet...)

1 comments

doow said... @ 5:15 PM

Hehe, but maybe worth keeping in mind ;-)

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