18 September 2009

wah, wah, wah, wah, wah


To all those people who told me that third children are more calm, sleep through the night quicker, lay there and entertain themselves amidst the chaos of the household more than the first two did: thanks for the warning, but Henry didn't get the memo.

My first two children were pretty fussy. Especially Owen. One of the memories I have of him as a baby is a 2-year-old James yelling in his face, "STOP CRYING!!"and me not even reprimanding the yelling because I felt the same way. The poor kid cried all the time and we just learned to deal with it.

The other night I heard Jeff say to Henry in the middle of a major crying meltdown, "you sure aren't a very easy third baby", and I would have to agree. Luckily, we are 3-for-3 on fussy babies so we sort of know how to deal with it. It's exhausting, but we'll look back on it soon enough and realize what a short time it really was. And the smiles we get in between the crying are precious and sweet, so we can't really complain too much.

**the picture above is of Henry with his cousin, Bradley, only two weeks older, and thankfully for his parents, my brother and sis-in-law, NOT such a fussy baby.


7 comments:

Tara Thompson said...

Oh man that is hard. I am sorry Kristine! That's how Luke was for a while, and it was hell on earth in my world. I wasn't used to that with Drew. Anyway hang in there! and you are so right - good thing it is a teeny tiny portion of their lives!

Jaclyn said...

Oh man Kristine. I was really hoping that those rumors of third children were true. I don't know what I'm going to do with myself if this next one is like Laila. I may have to drop her off at her grandmas house indefinitely. Please be a good baby, please be a good baby.

Aimee Fuller said...

He just has a lot to say and he feels that it is necessary to shout it out to everyone! Hope he grows out of the fussiness soon!

Jen I said...

Dude, seriously? Thanks for the heads up. I'd rather bank on never having easy babies than plan for the easy baby I'm due for like everyone tells me. I really feel for you. It is ROUGH having hard babies. I still feel like crying when I look back to that time in Cash's life and remember how hard it was and I didn't know any better because I was a first time mom and didn't have the perspective yet that it does get better eventually. Glad you're getting some cuteness in between.

Lizzy said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! Thank goodness for those smiles in between! Funny that even without the ability to do much of anything, babies have a way of redeeming themselves with just a smile or coo or snuggle. They've suckered us all. Good luck!

tlenox said...

Henry, if you're reading this, give those parents of yours a little break, or at the least a full hour of smiles and coos to make up for the lack of silence.

Brittany and Steve Macbeth said...

I pray EVERY night that this one that I am about to have isn't to whiny or fussy - Isabel wasn't too bad - so I have a little hope! I can't decide what I want more right now - not being pregnant (I am SO uncomfortable) or having a newborn again - I am terrified!!! (I'll be okay) We miss you guys!