One of the hardest parts of parenting has been holding a crying baby and simply waiting for him to stop crying.
Our little guy has gotten so tired that he forgets how to sleep. You can feel the tiredness in his heavy arms… see the anguish on his face… but nothing you do helps. You can’t make him fall asleep. You can’t sleep for him. You can only nudge him in the direction of sleep.
The first time I felt his little tears against my hand, it broke my heart. But it has also taught me a lot about empathy. Holding someone in pain — when there is nothing you can do to help — is a touching experience that helps you discover the meaning of true, unconditional love.