Mama in the City

A blog about raising my family in downtown Vancouver

Cry Baby: Period of PURPLE Crying

This morning while my boy napped I decided to have a bubbly bath and read my latest delivery of a Canadian magazine called Today's Parent. I like to try and take these moments to myself on the weekends when my husband is off. I have been a bath tub magazine reader for many many years and follow in the foot steps of my own Mum. So, perfect. Seriously.

Today I came across an article about 'The Period of P.U.R.P.L.E Crying' called 'A Good Cry' by Teresa Pitman. You might remember my old posts about this very topic and how my husband and I call ourselves survivors of this period. Right now I have two girlfriends who are hopefully just about done with their own experience into P.U.R.P.L.E crying. They are handling the challenge beautifully and realistically and once it is behind them they will also have survived something big.

A really interesting thing in this article was how they did MRIs on mothers while they were listening to their crying babies. The interesting thing is that they found brain activity during the crying was similar to that of obsessive compulsive disorder. There is an INTENSE urge to soothe that baby!! So true I can't say it enough and I am still talking about it. PTSD maybe?!

I can relate to that intense urge and know how horrible that strong feeling really is. Especially since my boy could wail up a storm for hours upon hours. How many times did I think to myself, 'please! just stop crying!.' It is sort of like a panicked feeling and you aren't sure when it is going to end.

Has anyone else survived this tough parenting challenge?


Marie Honeken said...

Great post. You sure have been through the ringer with all that crying. It will make you a better parent in the long run because you have learned to meet the needs of your baby and he has learned to trust you. You seem like a wonderful mother and should be quite proud of yourself.

Grandma Marie

August 10, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Katie said...

THat is a darling picture and it makes me just want to pick up that crying boy and love all over him. You have a sweetheart on your hands. Love your blog. Read it every single day and I don't even know you!! In real life that is!

August 10, 2009 at 10:32 AM  

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