As mothers, we seem to have the whole "mother's intuition" thing down pretty well. We know what each cry means or what each facial expressional represents. I wake at the same times every night because I know my baby is about to cry out for me. Before my daughter was born, I wondered if I would simply grasp these mom skills overnight. In the past months, I've had time to reflect on the bond I have with this little girl. I know her inside and out. Today, however, I swear our roles were slightly reversed, and it made me think....
Do our little ones have baby's intuition???
I gave Emma a bath this morning. I hate doing this when my husband isn't home because it's a little difficult for me to get her up and out of the bathtub. We manage; it's just easier if he can pick her up for me. Alas, she needed a bath. :-) She splashed and kicked the water all over me (as usual), and I got her out, dried, and dressed just fine. She was happy. As we walked through the kitchen, our dog (Bad, Bad Leroy Brown) told me he wanted a treat. Yes, he really does tell me when he wants a treat. With Emma in my right arm, I bent down to pull out a few Milkbones from the cabinet and somehow pulled a muscle in my left shoulder. It hurt. BAD. It still does, but this morning just flat out sucked. I could hardly move. To top it off, someone decided to turn on a blender in my stomach. I felt terrible.
I swear Emma knew what I needed. It's as if she looked at me and said, "It's OK, Mommy. Let's just take a nap." I managed to maneuver us into a somewhat comfortable position on the couch, and we fell asleep. Her naps during the day usually last 5-20 minutes each. Today, she slept for almost 2 hours. This means, I got to sleep too. I needed it. I really did feel better.
I think she knew I wasn't feeling well and wanted to make things easier for me. :-) Baby's Intuition? Maybe.
I love this little girl.