I got to meet my new baby niece! My sister, her husband and their baby came for a visit this weekend. My niece was born a month ago (exactly two weeks before Bo) and it was hard not being able to meet her right away.
She’s a gorgeous little girl! She was a lot smaller than Bo was when he was born, so they are now about the same size. The interesting part was how different their personalities and temperaments are.
I’ve got to say, I feel very lucky that Bo is such a good baby. My sister is having a harder time. Her little girl wants to eat all the time and hates being put down. She is sweet and calm when she’s being held, but fights going to sleep. She also likes to be walked around and isn’t as happy if you’re holding her sitting down. The longest she sleeps at a time is usually about an hour, unless she is being held.
My sister’s situation reminds me of our first few weeks with Littleman. He hated being put down. He fussed a lot. I remember spending hours walking in circles around our main floor. He liked loud noises, so we would stand and bounce in front of the hood fan for our stove. In the middle of the night, I would bounce on a yoga ball for ages to get him to sleep.
Bo, on the other hand, is a totally different baby. He’s very laid back and calm. He cries, but pretty much only when he’s hungry or if he’s mad that we’re changing his diaper. When he’s awake, he likes to be held but he is als0 pretty happy in his chair or on his play mat. He’s pretty easy to get back to sleep after nighttime feeds and he’ll sleep in his bassinet in our bedroom for 2.5-3 hour stretches.
I spent the first week or so after Bo was born feeling jealous of my sister. Breastfeeding was going really well for her and she wasn’t having any pain. Her physical recovery from the birth seemed to be going so much faster. She felt good. I was hurting and felt horrible.
Now, I realize how lucky I am. I know that Bo can change at anytime and we could end up with a more challenging baby. But for now, he’s so good. I guess it helps a bit that I had my harder baby first. My experience with Littleman made me expect things to be harder, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Bo’s temperament.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I am still tired. And sore. And I need a shower. But, if that’s the worst of it, I’ll take it!