“What do you do when your baby cries?” I asked the 20-something new mom who was already feeling overwhelmed and beginning to slip into post-partum depression. Her mother-in-law had suggested she talk to someone and recommended yours truly.
“I pick him up,” she said.
“You always, when he cries, pick him up?” I asked.
“And when you pick him up, then what?”
“Well,” she said, “I try to get him to stop…you know, I walk with him, bouncing up and down, and I sing to him, and I talk to him, trying to comfort him.”
“So,” I said, “he cries, and you walk him and sing to him and bounce him up and down.”
“And he seems to be crying more and more.”