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Email of the Day: My Son Was a Terrible Baby

By Dr. Laura on December, 13 2021
Email of the Day: My Son Was a Terrible Baby

When I was pregnant with my first son, I worked and listened to you. I was on three waiting lists for day care, and didn’t think to consider quitting my job to stay at home. I had a difficult pregnancy and when they finally handed him to me, it was “KABLAMMY,” and I fell in love. As soon as I left the hospital, I quit my job and took myself off the day care list.


My son was not an easy baby. He had severe colic, crying sometimes for two hours straight. Interestingly, he wouldn’t cry when I had YOU on the radio! His crying was so lengthy each day that sometimes I would have to put him down in his crib because I just couldn’t take it any longer. At times, when my husband walked through the door, I’d hand him the baby and have myself a good cry in the shower. Because he was challenging, I believe had he been in a day care, he would have been “shaken” by someone there to quiet him. He has grown to be a smart, thoughtful and quiet young man. When my husband and I reminisce about him as a baby, we say, “He was a terrible baby, but a terrific boy.”


When I hear stories of babies being hurt while under a babysitter’s care, I think how lucky I was to be able to stay home with him. Thanks for telling me it was okay to be a “mom.” I’ve helped several pregnant women since make the decision to quit their jobs and stay home and raise their babies.



My Son Was A Terrible Baby



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