Rub Tummy & Pat Head

I can remember being in Kindergarten when Mrs. Berswell would have us stand in line she had a special trick to get us quiet. She'd stand at the front of the line and say, "OK class, rub your belly in a circle motion and pat your head." She would do it herself.

Then I would stand there and try my very hardest to do it too. Inevitably I would first pat both. Then I would focus really hard and I keep patting my head, but then I would start patting my belly in a circle motion. By the end of the ear I finally got it down.

I still think of that moment and think of it as one of the biggest accomplishments of my life.

So why on earth am I sharing that now? Putting Karis to sleep or calming her when she gets fussy, I feel like I'm doing the same thing.

Here is the secret formula to calming my baby girl:
Swaddle up tight
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Hold like a baby (cradle) on her side
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Wedge paci in her mouth between arm and her mouth
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Pat bottom
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Sshhhh her until you get dizzy
+
Rock as big as it goes
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Shake Head (like just when you think you might give her whiplash, you've reached the right intensity)
=
One Sleeping Baby

Every time I do this combo I laugh to myself and think of 5 year old me doing just two things at the same time. Now I'm doing much more but I still find myself shaking what should be patted and patting what should be rocked, etc. Oh how I adore Mommyhood!