She starts to get restless. I recognize the whimper and I pick her up and whisper in her ear as we walk around the bedroom. We walk and rock and it doesn’t take long before she is asleep, worn out from play and observing the world around her.
There are fussy moments that mean the baby is tired. Or hungry. Or overstimulated. Amelia lets me know.
As I learn more and more about my child, I learn what her cries mean, what facial expressions indicate she’s overwhelmed, and I can anticipate her responses.
This is something that an older sibling (and sometimes other adults) can’t as easily do. At times there are hurt feelings. “She doesn’t like me anymore.”
Sometimes, we can’t always decipher what our babies are trying to tell us. One moment baby is happy and giggling, enjoying the game, and the next she is overwhelmed and frantic.