By Kelsey on August 14, 2012 9


Look at this face! Aren’t we lucky?

Yes, we are.

But sometimes that face looks like this instead:

Not happy.

And as much as it breaks my heart, I am so very thankful for it.

I’m thankful that she knows how to tell us that something is wrong, so we can help her survive.

It wasn’t an easy road to get to this place. Lots of three-hour cry sessions happened before we would figure out what she wanted. One piece of the puzzle at a time.

I think there is a learning curve for all babies, but sometimes I feel bad that Rooney is our first and has to deal with all our mistakes. We often thank her for her patience with us.

We put in the time, and now we get to enjoy the benefits. Eric and I believe that we know Rooney’s needs better than anyone else and can give her what she needs quickly, when she needs it. It’s kind of funny when other people do something for her and we think, oh, she doesn’t like it like that. We kind of forget what you don’t know about her unless…you know. Unless you’ve been around since day one.

  • When she pushes the bottle away from her mouth, she needs to burp.
  • She likes when you burp her firmly. None of those soft pats.
  • After she’s done burping, she will throw her head back…meaning she’s ready for more.
  • When the bottle runs dry, you better take it out of her mouth, shake it a little, and show her that it’s gone. Otherwise she doesn’t believe you.
  • A combination of rocking, bouncing and patting will soothe her the fastest when she’s upset.
  • She needs the pacifier to get herself to sleep (although we’re working on that this week…).
  • After being held for a while, if she starts to fuss, it means she just wants to kick and roll and play independently on the floor.

I love learning her little quirks. And I’m praying that we keep listening to what she is telling us, even when she can use words. It’ll seem easier then to know what she wants, but in some ways–especially when we’re teenagers–we aren’t as transparent, are we?



I love my husband, my kids and the Internet.

  1. Aww, this post is so sweet. It’s heartwarming to read about all of Rooney’s quirks.

  2. What a sweet face! You two are incredibly blessed!

  3. Fun post! You’re right…as parents, you know your child best and that’s a great feeling. That’s why you let unsolicited advice from your sister roll off your back, okay!?!? Love you!

  4. I am finding out as a parent that that is what makes it hard to hand over my kids to babysitters! They don’t know the quirks!

  5. I can toatally relate! Something that is interesting to me as my daughter grows and is cared for by others is that things that are true when I care for her aren’t always true with others. The way the day care puts her down for a nap does not work for me and is different still from the way the babysitter puts her to sleep. She eats different foods with me vs. other people.

    Ultimately, her dad and I know her quirks and language best. We joke that we must look like mind-readers, but we just know her so well that we can interpret what she wants just with a point or a single word (her vocabulary is limited at 22 months : ).

    I loved the advice I got that as a parent, you are the expert on your baby, it feels very true.

    • We have found that too, already! We’ll ask our day care lady how she goes down for naps, when she goes down, if she’s swaddled or not, etc., and sometimes it’s different for us. But they know her pretty well, too, and have their own routines. We’ve noticed that a babysitter has a much harder time with her. She makes them work for their money ;)

  6. Did I ever tell you guys how much I love her name! And that she is so so so incredibly adorable.

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