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Written by Lisa Rodebaugh
As a mother of a seventeen month old son with a CHD, I find
myself wrestling with this and other related questions quite often.
At this stage of my son’s life, the most relevant question has been,
how long do I let him cry? It has
always been clear cut with my older son, as long as he is not hurt, he can cry
for a few minutes. This is how we
established a consistent bedtime routine at a very young age.
Seemed simple enough to me.
Leave it to the second child to complicate things.
Almost from the moment Andrew was diagnosed with HLHS our world of order
and routine crumbled. My husband
Bill and I never let him cry. We
learned very quickly to anticipate his every need, so that he had no reason to
get upset. Simply put Andrew was
Now that his heart is stronger and he is older, I try to
strike a balance between making him wait for what he wants and not turning
twelve shades of purple. We want him
to grow up to be polite, patient, independent and strong.
But the Mommy in me, who has seen all he has gone through, just wants him
to grow up.
Sometimes I hold my breath and pray that as I walk this
fine line between spoiling him and keeping him healthy, that he and my other
children know I am doing this because I love him.
Am I alone in my fears?
Will I get over this? Should
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