Ah, seek and you shall find. Ask and the internetz brings forth the answer. In browsing my blogroll today I stumbled across a post from Rambling Rachel about why she’s glad she never did CIO with her son.
She first tried CIO in frustration when her son was just over 2 years old. The nice thing about this experience is that 2 year olds can talk while babies can only cry until they pass out from exhaustion. She relates her experience;
…my son cried. And being over two years of age, he could also talk and said:
“Mommy, I need you.”
“Mommy, come back.”
“Please, Mommy, I need you.”
Heart wrenching pleas.
I remember standing over the sink of dishes and looking out the window as those words burned into my brain.
That is why I am glad that I never left him to cry alone when he was an infant and without words I could understand.
This is just what I needed to help me today (although it made me sob). Tonight when I hear Aellyn’s cries I will listen harder to hear what she can’t tell me.
Thank you Rachel.