Saturday, March 26, 2011

3 month olds need encouragement

Rylyn turned three months this week and it is bringing new adventures. She is much more curious and adventurous. Looking everywhere and exploring her surroundings. Last night in the bath tub (with mommy) she decided to dunk her face. She came out all smiles. She tried again...smiles. It was so cute. I had to push a third try. She breathed in water. Devastation. Rylyn coughed it out and regained her breath. She had a blue tinge to her colouring around her nose and mouth afterward. SCARY! Bathtime over. We got out of the tub and I flipped her over and gave her a few good back blows (just in case). Her colouring returned to normal.

This incident made me realize a few things: 1) how quickly babies can asphyxiate 2) how important it is for me to let Ry set the pace and encourage her but not push and finally, 3) how hard it is for a parent to walk the line of erring on the side of caution and being irrational. I considered the emergency room and phoning nurse Auntie Lori to listen to her chest. Lifeguarding has provided me with too much information for my own good. Ignorance is bliss. I settled on having Ry sleep in our room in the bassinet instead of her crib so I could hear her every breathe (we both slept great).

Although adventures with children can be scary they can also be rewarding! Rylyn is sharing lots of smiles and giggles! She is also grabbing things. I love this because when she needs or wants me there is a little tiny hand grasping for some part of mom!

Bible Reflections:

John 2 (New Living Translation)

The Wedding at Cana
 1 The next day[a] there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
 5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
 6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons.[b] 7Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.
 9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”
 11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
 12 After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples.

-Interesting that Jesus' mother pushes Him in this situation despite Jesus saying it is not time. I feel I need to learn how to respect that boundary of readiness as parent to know when to encourage because Rylyn is ready and lay off because she isn't. That is the difference between encouragement and being pushy. I wonder if Jesus felt encouraged or pushed by His mother's confidence in Him. I wonder about their conversation afterwards in Capernaum.

1 comment:

  1. Kara - Before going to bed at night I would still check if Sarah & Sean (as sleeping teenagers) were breathing OK. I couldn't go to bed comfortably without performing that ritual.