I was talking to an impatient new mum yesterday and remembering how many stages my son went through as a baby and how each step seemed to persist for a very long time. The crying at 1.00am seemed to go on forever. In reality, it was probably over in less than 12 weeks. The throwing food on the floor stage lasted …, well a few months.
In retrospect, I would like to say to the younger me, "relax, be patient, enjoy". "Whatever you do, however you respond, these stages will pass, sometimes slowly and sometimes quickly."