L., in the brief month that we've known him, seems to be a much more laid back and more easily satisfied baby than my first two babies. He seems to be particularly sensitive to wet and dirty diapers, noticeably calming after a change. When he's awake, he observes the world around him quietly and clearly with wide open eyes. He makes squeaks and snorts while he's sleeping, the way O. was a croupy cougher from day one. He sleeps blocks of up to four hours at a time in his bassinet, where N. only slept on my chest, and I'm pretty sure O. never slept for longer than 45 minutes at a time until he was six months old.
However, I've been surprised at how many things I just plain forgot about having a baby in the house. It's only been three years. Here's a brief list of some things I've had the chance to remember since L. was born.
- Newborns are really, really small. Smaller than you remember. If you pick yours up after carrying your three year old (who now seems more like a ten year old), you may have to catch yourself so he doesn't hit the ceiling.
- Why in the world aren't all sleepers made with zippers rather than snaps?
- There are no pants for baby boys that do not make them look like your great-grandpa. Overalls, on the other hand, immediately make them irresistible.
- The worst nights with a newborn come not from the baby being awake all night, but from falling asleep while you're nursing the baby. Sleeping sitting straight up, waking to transfer baby back to bed a half hour before they're ready to eat again does not make for restful 'sleep'.
- The cries of a new baby are really pretty quiet. However, once they start wailing, there is little that makes you more frantic or impatient. Your five and three year old, however, seem to be basically deaf to this particular tone.
- There are few things better than watching the satisfied face of your baby after he has fallen asleep nursing. Or the weight of a tiny baby on your chest as he is curled up, breathing those soft baby sighs as he sleeps.