It comes with the territory

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This post has stuff about a previous relationship. My perspective has changed

So the baby has been screaming her little head off for an hour while the missus heads out to do the shopping. You have tried burping her, changing her, swaddling her, unswaddling her. All the while she continues to cry hysterically. Louder and louder and louder she gets until you feel like you are going to crack under the pressure. To avoid shaking the poor little thing you muster all the will power you have and gently put her in the crib, close the door, and sit on the couch absolutely frazzled.

Finally the wife arrives home from shopping, happy as a clam—until she sees your face. Of course she can instantly calm the child down in a matter of moments. I don’t know about but you, but that makes me feel like a schmuck. After all that, you would think your darling wife would be compassionate and loving. Unfortunately, one of the nasty side effects of a colicy baby, is a colicy relationship.

If you have found yourself arguing with your spouse about your tiny spawn of Satan making a little squeak after one of these episodes you know what I mean. It’s hard to keep your cool after an hour of ear piercing, wake-the-dead, blood curdling baby-screaming. Even for a child who isn’t regularly collicy it can be absolutely unnerving.

It comes with the territory I guess.