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