While we were in Washington DC, my sister-in-law shared some words of wisdom from her mother. I’m going to remember these words:
“The troubles are little when they’re little.”
Such a simple little statement packed with a powerful punch. Now, neither she or I are trying to downplay some of the very critical issues that newborns might face. James and I are all too familiar with the endless amounts of worry that can accompany any NICU stay. (Read a Preemie Primer HERE.)
As a new parent, I’ve noticed my tendency to OVERTHINK just about everything. Each decision related to her care feels monumental and I am constantly asking myself, “should we have done such and such instead.” Are we using the right diapers? Is she getting enough tummy time? What developmental toys will help her brain grow? Is that toy made of organic and nontoxic fibers? And so on…
I love the statement above because it is a gentle reminder to just stop, breathe, and be present. As long as they are healthy and feel loved, everything else really doesn’t really matter (or matter as much as we think it might sometimes).
What a perspective changer.
(Definitely going to be thinking of this the next time Olivia is up at 3 am!)