I realized today as I was feeding Sam that there were worries that I’d had when she was younger that I no longer have.
I took a moment to revel in them.
- Breathing — OK, we aren’t out of the woods entirely for SIDS at this age, but we’re past most of the serious danger area. When Sam was a few weeks old, I remember waking up in the night, and not being able to hear her breathe. It took great force of will not to get out of bed and go check just to be sure — force of will I didn’t always have.
- Latch — I remember really worrying about how Sam attached to the bottle, and how that meant she would or would not attach to the breast later. She now eats well from both, and doesn’t seem to mind switching back and forth. I’ve been reasonably happy with the Avent bottles/nipples we’ve used with the minor exception that it’s easy to put the nipple on too tight, cutting off the airflow in, and it’s easy to put the nipple on too lose, causing formula/breast milk leak all over pajamas.
- head position — I remember worrying a great deal about the fact that she preferred to look to the right. She still seems to have a mild preference for looking that way, at least during sleep, but it’s mild, and she seems plenty capable of looking all over the place.
Some worries are still with me — her growth still causes me some willies despite the pediatrician giving her an “excellent velocity” report. Her sleep is of some concern. We’ve got 3 books and one video on it, I’m sure we’ll figure something out. Still, even if I can’t get her to bed, at least I’ve put a few worries to bed.