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The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease… So Squeak, Baby! by Jill Krause

1 April 2011 33 Comments

The last few months with Leyna, our 2nd baby, have been nothing- AT ALL- like the first few months of Kendall’s, our 1st’s, life.  For one, she sleeps; I’m talking through the night (6-8 hour stretches). At this point with Kendall, we were thrilled just to get a solid 4-hour block of sleep. Leyna’s been sleeping through the night for over a month now.

Also, she doesn’t have colic. Oh, thank goodness, she DOESN’T have colic! She doesn’t have reflux, she doesn’t spit up, she doesn’t get bad gas, and she falls asleep in the car, instead of screaming the minute the back of her head hits the car seat, increasing in volume as I enter the highway, thus insuring the most stressful driving conditions of my life, like Kendall did.

She actually doesn’t scream at all. She cries every now and then. Most of the time, we just hear polite yelps of discontent from her when she wants our attention. At worst, she makes a really good, heartbreaking, EPIC sad face, complete with a whiney cry that makes me want to scoop her up and snuggle her with kisses, not plug my ears and pull my hair out. She’s very low volume, in general.

She’s such a “good” baby… a little too good. There are times we almost forget she’s there.  Just tonight, I put her in her exersaucer and went to work making dinner.  My mind was focused on the chopping and sautéing, and helping Kendall help me. It wasn’t until 15 minutes later that I thought to hop over and check on her. Poor thing, she was sitting in a puddle of her own poop and not a peep of unhappiness did she chirp that whole time.

It’s easy for me to put her down, walk away, and tend to other things- mainly, her brother.  I must make a habit of giving her more attention during busy times, even if she doesn’t demand it as loudly as Kendall does.  I also hope, in time, she’ll learn to speak up a little more, to squeak a little.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying her laid back personality, but a girl’s got to learn to make some noise in this world! (I’m fairly sure this is one of those posts I’ll wish I hadn’t written come the teen years when she’s making plenty of noise and telling me ALL about what bothers her.)

It’s just crazy to me how different her personality is from my first-born’s. Did you have a similar experience?

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33 Comments »

  • Stefanie said:

    Both of my kids are pretty laid back but I think my son (10 mos) might end up being a bit more dramatic than his sister. :)

  • arely colin said:

    when my baby was 1 month old she sleep 4 hours at nite and she was a good baby , but now she dont sleep naps

  • Bobbi Janay said:

    I hope I am only so lucky come august when Oliver gets here.

  • Stephanie said:

    I personally didn’t have that experience at all…i would say you are very lucky and never question it…enjoy it! My daughter is a screamer, she screams about everything, we are trying to teach her not to do this, but it’s what they do to express themselves and until she understands that we don’t like it she seems to continue to do so…i have constant ringing in my ears and probably some hearing loss from her constant screams. It’s not just a gleeful scream either, it’s shrill and glass breaking…once when i went out of the house to get the mail box down the street i could hear her from the mailbox inside the house…the nieghbors must think we are torturing her…lol…
    It must be so nice to have a quiet little lady…i envy you, you will still be able to hear everything in a year…haha

  • Sabrina Clemens said:

    My baby girl is still in the womb! but her heartbeat is quite loud and her hits and kicks are violent ~ but I love every heartbeat, hit and kicks….

  • Bonnie said:

    My kid is definitely a talker. :)

  • johanna almazan said:

    My first was pretty laid back and awesome about everything, like sleeping, eating etc. Now baby #2 is due in a few weeks and I can’t help but think that my luck won’t hold out for #2. We’ll see…

  • Desiree said:

    It sounds like my story– My son was so wild and needed every waking moment of our attention- Now my baby girl is just so laid back– Like you said just quiet and plays by herself- you just forgot her in the excersaucer– however I have actually gotten everyone dressed for church put everyone in the car (so I thought) and got in the vehicle my self only to realize Luci was still on the floor in the living room playing!! I felt terrible!

  • Lindsey said:

    I feel like I could have written this but reversed. One is easy and two is very hard, she is needy and high maintenance.

  • Amy Thomas said:

    My son has been so laid back ever since he was born. He never cries or makes any cooing. I don’t think he belongs to me. i’m loud and outgoing! LOL! He even falls over when playing and just gets back to playing with no crying or anything! I think i have the most laid back kid ever! He will sleep all night and then in the morning he won’t cry just play til i come in and get him. the the same for his 5 hr naps during the day. very chill baby!

  • Amanda said:

    My son is somewhere in between. He is overall pretty laid back, but he does like attention. He’s not very vocal when it comes to needs or pains (he had an ear infection and we’d never have guessed from his actions, but he can get vocal when he wants a playmate! When he was teeny tiny, he was not vocal at all unless of course he was hungry. I feel like since we give him attention when he “requests” it, he is able to deal with his smaller issues for longer on his own without screaming; but I also know part of it is that we are just lucky to have a laid-back kid.

  • Paula Caudill said:

    My little sweetheart is such a good baby, really quiet, so blessed to have such a good baby!

  • colleen said:

    My first was no where near quiet….my second was very very quiet…my third is kind of in between.

  • Diana Berns said:

    I have one child and he is ” such a good baby”. He is sweet and quiet unless I take away his bottle. He is almost 5 months old now and I keep waiting for the other show to drop. I thank my lucky stars everyday for my sweet baby Beau.

  • Diana Berns said:

    I meant shoe

  • Natalie Harrison said:

    Well I only have one child and he is exactly the way you describe your first! He makes sure I know where he is and what he is doing at all times and he is not quiet about expressing when something is making him upset! It can be very stressful at times but when I pick him and play with him and he laughs at me, I forget about all the screaming and crying and I just love him tears!

  • Jess said:

    I pray for a similar experience. I SO need a less demanding, less high maintenance 2nd child for my sanity!

  • Jaime Soria said:

    I only have one kid, but I’m kinda fearing the opposite, lol! My daughter is 5.5months old and pretty easy. She’s very laid back, and is definitely an observer. She slept through the night starting at 2.5months and before that only woke up once in the night to feed. I’m fearing that this is God’s way of luring me to have another kid, ha-ha! Can one be so lucky twice???

  • Katy G. said:

    I have one daughter who is now 14 months old. She had horrible colic until she was 5-6 months old. She also didn’t sleep well at all until the colic stopped. We are wanting to try for another soon and eventually have a big family!! :)

  • Rachel H. said:

    I only have one baby so far, but people keep telling me to stop with the perfect baby. Nonetheless, I’m sure the next one will be the exact opposite!! Would love to win the giveaway bottles!!

  • Amanda said:

    She was sooo quiet when she was little. Only cried when she was hungry. Until she learned how to squeal, now she loves her voice!

  • Ashley said:

    Our 12 week baby boy already has quite the personality! He just recently found his hands and discovered the joy of sucking on them. Who needs a pacifier when you have hands! Our baby has no problem letting you know when he is tired, hungry, or just board.

  • Kristin said:

    I’m still on my first – he has gotten noisier with time (he’s 7 months). He never complained about dirty diapers and stuff, but I felt like very early on he was trying to talk, squeak, and let it all hang out. He’s not colicky (whew!) but can get fussy and vocal about it when his gums are bothering him. Most of the time I love the soundtrack, but there are certainly occasions that I’d like to give my ears a little quiet! :)

  • Michele Weber said:

    Harrison Turned 3 months today… and he is already a talker! Always making noise almost like he is answering our questions! Too Cute! :)

  • carol naes said:

    these would be great for my niece…she is bringing her new baby to visit for the first time for Easter…can’t wait to see her…McKenna was born in Jan.

  • Mel1010 said:

    My first son was very chill and did not care about eating, etc. He is now a maniac! My newest (1 month) is a vulture wants to eat all the time I think he will be my laid back one!

  • trista Hevey said:

    lil baby hevey is inside kicking, moving…active little one.

  • Kate said:

    Our daughter was a perfect sleeper and hardly ever cried! I’m definitely worried things will be different with baby #2!

  • Laura Fiegel said:

    Sounds a bit like our home, except the opposite. Our firstborn, has reflux but he was a happy baby. OOur secondborn has given us a run for our money since he first entered the world.

  • katie said:

    Baby #1 was pretty laid back until it came time for bed, then he would wake up every hour and a half and scream to eat! Baby#2 who was born 22 months later is the most laid back baby i have seen, he also started sleeping through the night at 2 months :)

  • Tiffany said:

    My darling Leta (3 mo) is a fairly quiet, contemplative, observant baby…only pipes up when she really need something…otherwise she just sits/lays and stares, taking in the details of everything around her! My friend’s little one (2 weeks younger) came over to “play”…she’s a talker and was babbling away, meanwhile Leta just laid next to her staring in confusion. I’m expecting the second (when that happens) to be quite different!

  • Blossom Dawes said:

    I am curious to meet my little boy in a few months. And I am hoping that he will let me/us sleep! Our daughter is almost 3 and is wonderfully independent, except for sleep time.

  • Jennifer Boydon said:

    Hope my second one due in June will be just as good with sleeping through the night

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