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The Reason This Mom Climbed into Her Baby's Crib Will Break Your Heart

The Short of It

A photo of a Michigan mom asleep in her baby's crib is going viral online for a very touching reason.

The Lowdown

When a new dad came home from work to find his sleeping wife and baby cuddled together in her crib, he had to capture the precious moment in a photo. Now the image is going viral, to the surprise of the mom, Dayna Mager. She explains what prompted the candid cuddle to Today: It had been a really rough day, and I just needed her to sleep. I needed to rest. I climbed in there, and she snuggled next to me and fell asleep," she says.

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Mager posted the image her husband took to Facebook with an accompanying caption that further elaborates on why climbing into her baby Luella's crib was completely necessary. It has subsequently been liked over 60,000 times and has more than 22,000 shares! It reads in part:

"This was from several weeks back, yes, I climbed in the crib in hopes to soothe my screaming, teething, blushed faced, and tear soaked little girl. My husband came home to this, and I am re-posting because this captures the essence of my heart, and my 'why...' There I was in the heat of this exhausting, beautiful thing we call parenthood, and I remembered a promise I made to her."

The new mom goes on to share a story a missionary told at church:

"That missionary was in an orphanage in Uganda, and he has been in many before, but this one was different. He walked into a nursery with over 100 filled cribs with babes. He listened in amazement and wonder as the only sound he could hear was silence. A sound that is beyond rare in ANY nursery, let alone a nursery where over 100 new babes laid. He turned to his host and asked her why the nursery was silent. Then, her response to him is something I will never, ever forget. EVER. This was my 'why' moment.

She looked at him and said, 'After about a week of them being here, and crying out for countless hours, they eventually stop when they realize no one is coming for them....'"

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Mager made a promise to Luella that night that she would always come to comfort her. She writes, "Her first hurt, her first heartbreak, we will come to her. We will be there to hold her, to let her feel, to make decisions on her own, and we will be there. We will show her through our tears and frustrations at times, that it is okay to cry, and it's ok to feel. That we will always be a safe place, and we will always come to her."


This was from several weeks back, yes, I climbed in the crib in hopes to soothe my screaming, teething, blushed faced,...

Posted by Dayna Mager on Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Upshot

Mager shared the photo in the hopes of touching other parents at the end of their ropes with the message that things could be a lot worse. She told Today, "Be thankful for even the hard times. It doesn't mean that we're not frustrated because that's not real, especially as new parents. But ... in America, we can offer this support to our children. There are kids who don't have that protection, that comfort."

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I, for one, am very touched by this post. It's easy to get annoyed at your kids when they're whining and crying, especially when you're exhausted because you've been up with them in the night. But at least you're there, and they have you. I will try to remember how lucky we are to be a family the next time I'm compelled to sigh deeply and roll my eyes when one of my children cries out.

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