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What if the baby won’t stop crying?

What if you tried swaddling, swaying, sushing and singing?
Or walking, rocking and a car ride.
What if you already bought a swing, sling, carrier and wedge?
And your baby just won’t stop crying.

What if you called the doctor, the specialist, your mom,
Your best friend and her daddy?
You even called PAGER Association, chatted on the on line forums
And shared your message with cyberspace loud and clear:
My baby won’t stop crying.

What if you let her cry it out, put her down, picked her up,
Burped her, changed her, cried with her,
Held her all night, all day, 24/7.
And your baby just won’t stop crying.

What if you bought the meds, mixed the meds,
Fixed the meds on a spoon, syringe or cup.
Tried the capsule, the pill, the compound and the melt in your mouth.
Tried another med, tried two meds,
Split the dose, doubled the dose.
And your baby just won’t stop crying.

What if you changed your diet, pumped the milk,
Added rice cereal, switched to formula, changed the formula,
Bought new bottles, cut the nipples, changed the nipples.
And your baby was still crying.

What if your arms are sore from holding the baby,
Your back aches, your shoulders ache, even your brain aches
From caretaking and worry.
What if you lose your keys, lose your mind,
Feel sad, angry and frustrated.
And your baby just won’t stop crying.

What if you are waiting for the doctor to call,
Waiting for the long, dark night to end,
Wishing for someone to help you.
Hoping someone will understand you.
But meanwhile, the baby just won’t stop crying.

Note: This poem is dedicated to the PAGER moms I spoke with over the weekend. One baby is in the hospital because he just wouldn’t stop crying. Another baby is home but friends and relatives are coming round the clock to take turns holding the baby.



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