I used to be a logical person. I’ve always tried hard to make rational decisions based on the facts at hand. I’ve been known to make a few pro/con lists in my day, and I’m quite deliberate when making choices. I prided myself on well-researched, informed actions, and I never made snap judgments. In the last six weeks, that’s all changed.
What is it about motherhood that makes me toss all semblance of logic in the diaper pail? I’m going to blame it on two things: sleep deprivation and my baby’s cries. The intellectual approach is almost impossible when you’re separated from your pillow half the night. I struggle to remember the day of the week, let alone form a coherent thought. When I’m so tired, my only option is to go with my gut and let my emotions make the call.
The other issue impacting my rational thinking is the sound of the Trikester’s cries. A little whimper that escalates to full blown bawling does it to me every time. I can’t stop to think. I’m a woman on a mission, and I. Must. Soothe. The. Baby. I will try anything to stop the crying, and if something doesn’t work almost instantly, I’m on to the next tactic.
Between the sleep deprivation and the primal urge to soothe, I’m probably doing things that aren’t in the best interest of my child. Specifically, I really have no idea what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to keeping the baby happy and healthy because I try a gazillion things all at once and don’t give any one option enough time to truly make a difference.
In addition to a degree in English, I also have a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Biology. I’ve spent enough time with the scientific method to know that you can only test one variable at a time or an experiment is invalid. Sadly, I test three or four variables simultaneously because I’m hoping that at least one of them will make a difference.
A prime example? The Trikester’s GI issues. The poor boy has tummy trouble. Instead of trying one thing at a time, I’ve eliminated dairy and soy from my diet, started block nursing, added probiotics to a nightly bottle of expressed milk, and just given him time to mature. He’s doing better, and I see a noticeable difference in his overall happiness. The catch? I have no idea why.
Can I eat a yogurt? How about some tofu? Can I stop buying the $40 bottles of probiotics? No clue! I’ve failed at the scientific method. I wish my approach was more logical, and I could specifically pinpoint what worked and what didn’t, but right now, that’s not happening.
Are you scientific in your approach to solving baby problems?