Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself. ~Cicero
“Just ignore her in the middle of the night. She will be sleeping through in no time,” I remember my friend saying. Natalie was hungry frequently. The advice just didn’t feel right to me. I was an inexperienced mother, so what did I know? I have a sick feeling in my stomach as I recall vividly the morning after I tried this sage advice. Natalie laid in her crib, not crying, limp, cold and clammy. Her eyes were open, but the shine was gone. What had I done? She was almost too weak to drink her bottle. Something was wrong.
Why didn’t the doctor believe me? Why did she think I was an excessively concerned first time mother? How could I get someone to listen? Natalie had a big belly that made it difficult for her to sit when she was 8 months old. Sometimes I made her wait over two hours to eat, and then when she did eat, she was ravenous and would often fall asleep mid mouthful.
I took Natalie to the pediatrician for her MMR. I expressed my concerns to the doctor again. With frustration in her voice she said, “If that is what YOU want Mrs. Tremelling! I will order a blood work up for your daughter. I honestly do not think there is anything wrong.” Hours later I received a phone call from the pediatrician telling me it was imperative that I get Natalie to Children’s Hospital in Boston immediately. Somebody listened!
Lesson Learned: Listen to your heart