I’ve just returned to my computer after an hour-and-a-half of jiggling, shaking, rocking, bouncing, putting down, picking up, shushing, patting, kissing, offering my boob and full squatting. Why? Because I made a mistake. One I’ve made before, vowed never to repeat yet make repeatedly.
In this case I did not act immediately on my baby’s tired signals. Instead, in my quest for “efficiency” I rationalized that I’d get a little more done, and then put her to bed. But by the time we got to it, she was overtired and it was too late. Having missed the window period, no amount of calming would do the trick, or rather only an hour-and-a-half’s worth would.
Which reminds me how critical it is to be aware of and respond to the window of opportunity (def: A short period of time during which an opportunity must be acted on or missed). For when the moment has passed, to get back to it requires so much more energy and effort – if at all possible. And so once again I resolve to respect the window when it next presents itself, and if its for the good, to leap through.