The very minute your baby enters your life you shift into something I refer to as “maintenance mode.” It is an entrance to a never ending treadmill ride where you are constantly running in sync with time.
- Baby wakes up.
- Baby needs changing.
- Baby needs food.
- Baby needs a bath.
- Get baby dressed.
- Put baby in the car seat.
- Take baby out of the car seat.
- Feed baby again.
- Change baby again…
And it just keeps going on and on and on and on. And you coast on maintenance mode driving and rushing forward until you crash in bed for a few minutes before baby wakes again, and it starts all over.
Adding more children that speed on that treadmill gets going faster and faster and doing things seems to be always on a deadline to “hurry up.”
So I am suggesting every once in awhile to push stop on that treadmill and look at your child…right in the eyes.
I heard one mother of triplets used to do it when she would place her babies in their car seats. She took one moment out of her day and looked right in their eyes… and paused out of maintenance mode and forgot about time.
She may have given them a rasberry under their chin, tweeked their nose and said “You’re a snicklefritz,” or sang a song…”I love you, a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck…”
Every once in awhile put a pause in maintenance mode. We all know “IT” has to be done and the treadmill keeps rolling, but you have control of the pause button. And when you stop and look, you are once again reminded why you love being a parent. It’s that baby!