When the bough breaks

I’ve been singing Rock-a bye baby to Em for a long time. I’ve never really liked the lyrics though. Last night, was a rough night. As I sat and tried to rationalize with an overly tired toddler, I kept thinking, “this is when the bough is going to break.”

I think there is an unwritten rule applied to parenting. No one talks about “those” moments. The moments when you just lose it. I had one of those nights last night when Em would not go back to bed.

The irony, I read a great post over at In These Small Moments that resonated with me, right to my core. After reading the post, I was relieved I wasn’t alone. Yet here I was, sad that I couldn’t find the smile to shake the anger out of me.

When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall. And down will come baby, cradle and all.

After an hour we started over. We got out of bed and had a glass of milk. We brushed our teeth again, and headed off to bed. This time, she feel asleep. I had a huge sigh of relief.

I looked forward to morning, knowing it would be a better day.


  1. Isabelle Nicolas Baeck

    Deep sigh, great job. Not only in parenting, but for sharing – not an easy feat.

    1. Cam nothankyouplease.com

      Thank you! I think one of the hardest things about parenting is feeling alone. I feel nothing but shame when I have “those” moments. If I know I’m not alone, I feel a sense of normalcy and the shame subsides. Still never easy.

  2. Shana Klein

    Thanks Cam for your honesty. It is nice to know that I’m not alone. Sometimes at the end of a long day when Olivia’s been cranky and uncooperative all day, or at least most of it, I will lose it cause I can’t take it anymore. Then my husband makes me feel even worse by the way he looks at me for yelling at a baby.

    1. Cam nothankyouplease.com

      I know it’s hard. My husband, the very patient one, just started to lose it too! It made me feel so much better to know that it’s not just me anymore! Hang in there. “They” say it gets better!

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