I’m sure all parents feel this way, but I’m pretty sure I actually have the greatest baby in the world. People always remark on how happy he is, and while he’s not quite in a great mood 24 hours a day, he comes pretty close.
He’s a lot of fun to spend time with because he loves to laugh and is pretty easy to amuse. Sometimes I can just make faces at him to get him to crack up, but it usually take dangling him upside down over the bed or pretending to eat him like a zombie that gets the loudest fits of laughter.
But in addition to laughing a lot, he also knows when to be quiet and reserved, which also gets him compliments from people.
Not too long ago, he and I went to get pizza for me and my wife — he’s still a little young for that delicious meal — and he impressed all the other people in line. I carried him into the restaurant in his car seat and he just sat their staring at all the people while sucking on his thumb. It was also cold outside, so he was also under a blanket and wearing a hat.
In fact, he was so quiet that I saw a couple people checking to make sure he was a real baby and even heard someone comment about him being so good.
I think it’s all the new people that he finds so interesting. He seems fascinated by them and just quietly watches everything that’s going on until someone speaks to him. He then immediately lights up at any compliment, breaking out his smile to show off his six teeth. If the person keeps talking to him, he’ll even start making his little wordless baby noises that I suspect are supposed to mean something, but don’t yet.
Still, what really blows people away is when I tell them how he sleeps.
Last week, he didn’t get in an evening nap, so by 8:15 p.m., he was fighting with everything he had to stay awake. My wife and I were concerned about giving him his evening bottle and putting him to bed too early because we didn’t want him to wake up an hour before we did the next morning.
It’s a delicate balancing act that we did not want to disturb.
He’s a great sleeper, regularly putting in nine to 10 hours — in a row — per night. My wife and I know we are extremely lucky to have a baby that sleeps that much, and has been sleeping that regularly for months, and we’re very thankful for him.
In fact, he started sleeping through the night so early that we started having diaper problems. Some mornings when he’d wake up, his diaper was so full that it had exploded. Our pediatrician advised we not disturb his sleep to change his diaper, so we went looking for some of those overnight diapers we always see advertised on TV.
However, he was so young that no company made overnight diapers in his size because few babies sleep through the night at that age. We had to pay a little extra for some premium 12-hour diapers, but that made all the difference in the world.
Of course, since then he’s continued to grow and has made it to the next size up, so he recently got to wear his first overnight diaper.
Now, I just hope we’re lucky enough to have an easy to deal with child as he gets older, though I suspect our luck will eventually end.
William C. Wadsack is the managing editor of the Herald Democrat and a first-time father. He never realized just how expensive babies can be until the birth of his son. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @WCWadsackHD.