And Then, He Appeared: A New Comfort For Sweetie

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Hello, mamis and readers!

For the past few weeks, I have felt in a little of a writing rut. Even though plenty of life has been happening, I haven’t felt that it was anything I could really put words to. Everything I thought of writing about seemed to be just a re-hash of the things my world revolves around nowadays, and I wanted to say something new.

I want to share that I am finally really enjoying being a mami. Not that I didn’t before, but I think, with a spirited sweetie, things become a lot more fun and fall into place when communication starts to pick up. And boy, has it! Sweetie is adding new words to his vocabulary daily, which is really an incredible thing to witness. And it makes parenting into more of a reciprocal relationship. If I were to say one thing to frazzled new parents, it would be, “Hang in there. When they really begin developing their language skills, the whole world opens up.”

A big step that we took in the past week was finding a new source of comfort for Sweetie. For a while now, I have been trying to find him something to bond with (preferably a stuffed animal, because I think soft things are comforting) to make sleep easier, to help when Sweetie is ready to wean, and to take a little of the load off when Sweetie is inconsolable. He has developed a love of Elmo (of Sesame Street fame), and, when we were at the store a few days ago for something unrelated, he saw a big stuffed Elmo, and couldn’t put it down. Even though I have been trying not to go crazy with buying a bunch of toys (which for me is harder than it sounds, because there are so many cool toys out there!), I saw it as my opportunity to give him a new, comforting friend. He carried Elmo all the way through the store, out to the car, and the two of them have been nearly inseparable since. Sweetie cuddles Elmo while I nurse him to sleep. They eat snacks and watch movies together. Elmo rides with us on our errands, goes to the bathroom with us, and takes walks with us in the afternoon.

It is indescribably adorable to see Sweetie so attached to a character that he has become fascinated with. I sometimes imagine him still having Elmo when he is much older, which makes me laugh. And I am very happy that there is finally someone to help me encourage some more independence in my son. I think Elmo is a pretty great choice for a partner, if you ask me!

Anyway, I think the moral of this post is: being in the middle of parenting an infant or young toddler can seem endless on the difficult days, but it really is true that things will change. Patience may not be easy, but it will be your best friend.

What was your sweetie’s first comfort item?  How did it develop/how was it introduced? What was the impact of such a connection?  Please leave a comment in the space below, and thank you for reading!

 

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Mami

Mami is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and first-time, full-time mother. She enjoys long walks with Mr. Sweetie, good food and cooking, her family and dear friends, writing, arting and crafting. She doesn't know everything, but wants to learn, and loves to do research and share what she finds. She thinks life is like a box of puzzle pieces: you keep trying until it fits, because every piece has its place. She owns and operates whatever she sets her mind to, and knows that the sky is only the limit if you haven't left the ground yet.

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