When your experience of parenthood was one of constant screaming and struggle, sometimes the experiences of other parents can be a little baffling.
Me: “I went to see Pug Mama last night. Her new baby was awake and not crying.”
PH: “I don’t understand. Is that possible?”
Me: “And then I held her for a while and she just fell asleep.”
PH: “That sentence doesn’t make sense.”
Me: “Wait, it gets better – then, I put her down, and she didn’t wake up.”
PH: “YOU’RE SPEAKING GIBBERISH.”
Me: “And then, and then, when she DID wake up, she just opened her eyes and started watching the boys play. She didn’t cry or anything.”
PH: “I know you think you’re speaking normally, but your words are garbled and nonsensical. Do you have aphasia?”
I know, my first baby wasn’t like that. My second kind of was. G is *exactly* like this. He won’t fall asleep in my arms, usually – he likes to be rocked for a few minutes, we sing “hush little baby”, I put him down awake, DONE.
It did not come without effort, mind you. But from about five weeks old he would fall asleep with minimal intervention. I’ve never needed to do the hours and days of endless floor-walking I had to do with # 1.
Pug Mama’s first baby was colicky. It fills me with hope that maybe the second one would be easier.
So true! And the one thing that drives me crazy is that Nestle Good Start commercial with all the happy babies giggling about their happy feeding. It’s not even that I object to the advertising of formula … I just find that the mere sight of those unnaturally happy babies fill me with rage.
Not to mention that baby laughter is creepy. Owl sounds like a maniacal evil genius when he laughs
Hi, I'm Natalie. said:
Yah, both my babies have been the happy types. Makes life worlds easier.
wombat central said:
My son (first born) didn’t like to nap, spit up a ton, and cried quite a bit. Baby number two (my girly) was an angel. Barely cried, ate like a champ at high speeds (son hung on that boobah for hours if you let him) and made me want to dance and sing because it was so easy. 🙂
I hope that happens to me
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