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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Boo! What scares you?

Just in time for Halloween -- scary new mom things.  With all the crazy stories I hear on a daily basis (from the media, well meaning relatives and cautionary tales), I can't help but get the new mom jitters once in a while.  
Things that cause my new mom radar to go nuts:

1.  Rashes on my baby's skin...my mind instantly starts questioning -- what is he allergic too?  is it eczema? what should I put on it?  when to call the doctor?  Typically the rash goes away after a day and it doesn't seem to bother him, but I have caught him on his video monitor scratching his little head in an oh-so-cute-I'm-thinking kind of way...

2.  Finding my son face down in his crib after I had so carefully put him on his back ("Back is Best") to sleep...apparently he is able to turn over on his own and actually prefers to sleep on his stomach now.  Still scares the beejeezus out of me every time. 

3.  A cough.  After the whooping cough deaths in California -  http://www.foxnews.com/health/2010/10/27/cases-whooping-cough-california/ - I am freaking out when he makes the smallest sound. 

4.  The sniffles.  He also seems to be congested all the time so I am on the look out for another ear infection, which will probably appear any day now.

5.  Autism spectrum disorders.  The warning signs, the red flags, the symptoms...yep, hearing about the rate of autism in boys gives me the chills.  

The list could go on and on, but I'm not going to let it take over my life.  I know I sound like the biggest worrier and dooms-day mom, but seriously, these things do weigh on my mind.  To make myself calm down, I have to stop and take a step back and remember that babies are resilient and have survived with much less supervision than Cam has.  Plus, what does worrying accomplish?  

Any other mommy worries to share?  I'm sure I can empathize! 

1 comment:

  1. I worry about all of these things too. Nicky slept in a co-sleeper next to us for 4 long months before we transitioned him to the crib, and I spent several nights running into his room to roll him over. I stopped when I realized A)he wasn't dying and B) he seemed to sleep for long, glorious stretches on his stomach vs. short scream-punctuated periods on his back. At this very moment, he's face-down with his butt in the air, sleeping peacefully.

    Other worries... now that he's toddling, I worry about brain damage. Screw the kiddie leash, I'm ready to outfit him in a helmet.