I just have to say it again. I can’t believe how lucky we are to have Max. We try really hard to not say that Carson was a “bad” baby. Ugh, that’s so horrible to say! But he was more than difficult. In contrast, Max couldn’t be more happy and fun so far. By no means am I saying he is a better baby…this has just been a more enjoyable experience. I guess I just value moms who are honest with their feelings and experiences and so I want to be honest. I know probably 90% of it comes from me though. I feel SO much more confident this time and I’ve grown so much in the last three years. Apparently there is a little truth in waiting a little longer with maturity to have kids, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
With just 6 short weeks we are starting to get a glimpse into Max’s personality. So far he is a deep sleeper and more of an observer than his extrovert for a brother who has been super vocal since the beginning. He gives us the biggest smiles and we even got some real laughs from him yesterday. He loves to watch you make faces at him and goes nuts when you tickle his belly. He goes from sleep to smiles so fast! For as challenging as it can be to be a mom, it is beyond rewarding. The other day I picked him up and took a deep breath at the side of his neck. In that instant I literally felt that heart-in-your-throat feeling and my eyes filled with tears. Apparently I’m still full of hormones!?
And you’ll see I wasn’t lying about that fist. He ALWAYS has at least one hand in a fist up by his face. We have to pry them open to see those long fingers!
As a side note:
When I was having so many issues with Carson as a baby I read every book I could get my hands on. Well, lets say I skimmed every book as well as I could while surviving in a zombie-like state. The one I wished I had read from the start was the Baby Whisperer. If you’ve never heard of it it is based around the E.A.S.Y. method. This means to structure your day so the baby gets into a rhythm (NOT a timed schedule). You let them eat, then you play and engage in activity, then it’s time to sleep and finally have time for yourself. I started this pretty early with Max and it worked wonders. I love that as soon as he wakes up he wants to eat right away then we can have some fun and I know when he’s ready to go back to sleep. I think it has done wonders for my sanity while also handling Carson! Anyways, I wanted to put that out there for any of you moms who haven’t heard of it and maybe could use some help in that area. Believe me, I had my fair share of handling an unsettled babe. Carson was the fussiest baby I’ve ever encountered and didn’t sleep through the night until 11 months, 1 week! Send me a note if you think you want someone to give some real world advice!
And today’s my birthday so I’ve got to get out of this house! We’re going to meet the hubby for lunch and I’m craving a trip to the MAC counter…….. Need. New. Makeup. NOW.