Recently a Michigan mom’s 5-month-old daughter was crying inconsolably in her crib. Dayna Mager did the only thing that made sense: She climbed into the crib to console her baby. Her husband caught the moment on camera.
The mom recalled a Christian worship music concert she attended with her husband. At the event, a missionary described his experience at an orphanage in Uganda. He said when he entered a nursery with over 100 cribs filled with babies, he was struck by the silence in the room. The missionary asked his host why a room of infants was so quiet.
“She looked at him and said, ‘After about a week of them being here, and crying out for countless hours, they eventually stop when they realize no one is coming for them,’” Mager recalled him noting.
After hearing this story, Mager promised her infant that she would always come to her. She says:
“At 2:00 a.m. when pitiful desperate squeals come through a baby monitor, I will come to her,” she continued. “Her first hurt, her first heartbreak, we will come to her. We will be there to hold her, to let her feel, to make decisions on her own, and we will be there. We will show her through our tears and frustrations at times, that it is okay to cry, and it’s ok to feel. That we will always be a safe place, and we will always come to her.”
When parenting is difficult and overwhelming, it is important to remember how lucky we and our little ones are to have each other. Sleepless, colicky nights and teething frenzies can sometimes feel like too much to handle. But in the end, we have the privilege of comforting and snuggling and holding our children.