I Just Want to be Heard

I Just Want to be Heard

Bella’s new habit, which, incidentally, is very annoying: When Dom and I are talking, she will ask, “What are you talking about? What are you talking about? What are you talking about? What are you talking about?” If she did it once in a while or just asked once, it wouldn’t be so bad. But she asks over and over, despite getting an answer, and completely derails any attempt at conversation. Variations: she asks, “Who are you talking to?” or, “What are you saying?”

Also, if Dom is in the office trying to make a phone call, he will, of course, hush her. Then she comes running to me crying, “I want to talk in the office!”

I wish I knew what to do. The incessant whining, complaining and interruptions are driving me crazy. Is this just a stage that we’re going to have to suffer through?

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  • Since Todd and I were first married, we have said night prayers together. We say the act of contrition, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and then add our personal intentions. I’ve done this for 7 pregnancies now and have been amazed that after they are born they recognize night prayer time almost immediately. I think it is the cadence of the prayers of all the voices in unison, but nonetheless, the baby seems to pause and be still and listen for prayer time. When this baby was born we didn’t have child care for my second night in the hospital so instead of staying until 10 or 11, Todd had to leave at 7:30. Elisabet (the baby) was fussy and I was lonely and near tears and so I tucked her up under my chin so her head was touching my throat and I started to say our night prayers. She calmed down—for a few minutes anyway and the ritual of saying my night prayers helped me to relax as well.

    All this to say I agree with you 100% that it is never too early because I think that can begin to be formed even in the womb.