Lillian is three months old and it is good.
- Less colicky
- Takes better naps
- Loves to smile, coo, and interact
- Happy to play on the floor or in her bassinet
- Gives daddy the sweetest grins
- Breastfeeding hurts less (growing out of recessed jaw!)
- We go outside more
- We go to church more!
She is 11 lbs and is looking so long! (26 inches!)
I was hoping to not have a colicky baby this time, and the few days after she was born, she was an angel! I had been consistently taking probiotics and probiotics to hopefully pass on the best micro biome I could to this little one. Despite my best efforts, however, we started to notice her spit up more and have digestive issues that kept her from sleeping well (without being held 24/7).
So we held her 24/7.
When Marty went back to work, however, and it was just me, I started to dispair when she would never take a nap without me. I cleaned up my diet and bought a baby probiotic. We started noticing improvements right away, but not without a few set backs.
So one Sunday I requested prayer for my little baby. I felt kind of silly requesting prayer for colic but I felt inspired that if it touches me, it touches Jesus.
Then finally, almost one week ago, I decided to go completely gluten-free. I had noticed that she seemed to be especially sensitive to gluten. It helped tremendously! With in just two days she started taking good long naps by herself and crying less with gas/digestive issues.
Until yesterday. I’m holding her now as I type this because her sleep has been restless at best. Dairy? Teething? Growth spurt?
I’ve been tempted to be disappointed that all my work to be healthier this pregnancy did not pay off the way I hoped, but Instead I am thankful for what I have learned about gut health and food sensitivities so I can do what I can to help her.
And that leads me to a thought I had when I was up with my son a couple nights ago:
Mama’s, we do our best, but that will not be enough. Our children need God, too.
We can comfort, but not the way God can. We can care for, but God can heal. We can encourage, but God gives the courage.
The best thing we can do for them is pray for them and teach them to pray. Teach them how through example that prayer is always the answer. Teach them that when they are hurt or afraid, anxious or angry, they can pray.
Are we turning to God with our troubles and our burdens? Our children need us to depend on God. Not only will it show them the example of a Christian life, but it also makes us better parents. It is easy for me to put off praying if I think the matter is not important enough or big enough. (Like Lillian’s Colic) There are times I don’t pray because I think I can somehow do something about the situation (or I blame myself for some reason). God doesn’t want us to come to him with only qualifying burdens. He wants us to pray continually as we go about our daily lives.
If we really believed that God was as big as we say he is, then doesn’t he have just as much time/power for the little things as he does for the big? We do not have the right only to pray if it is life or death or a matter of eternity. He says that all who are heavy laden to come to him. He also said, “Let the children come to me.” He said to the blind man, “what would you have me to do?” His first miracle was turning water into wine to save a family from an awkward situation. (Although it can be argued he did it more for his mother than the marrying couple.)
That brings us to another point: intersession. If we are a faithful friend of God, will he not bless others (our children) on our behalf when we pray? Job prayed and made sacrifices every day for his children. A praying mother (or father) is an eternal blessing to a child. Even now I depend heavily on the prayers of my parents and in-laws.
So let us give our children the best gift we can give them and introduce them to our God, the Abba Father.