Sunday, March 7, 2010

Meet Your New Boss. He's Angry.


In the very moment that I am writing this, my son is going on his third hour of a nap. I should be joyful, triumphant, rejoicing. Some of our firm, stick-to-it-ness around recent nap and bedtime issues seems to be paying off. However, I cannot deny a creeping worry. Surely, something must be wrong. Is he coming down with something (again)? He must be getting sick. We just aren’t this lucky to have this long of a nap.

I have a friend whose children both take three hour naps reliably. They also wake in the morning about 9:00 am. These parents never conducted cry-it-out. These parents were sleeping through the night at about 9 weeks with their babies. There are names for babies like these. They are even referenced in all sorts of books about taking care of babies. They are called “Angel Babies.”

Ahhh, the angel baby. I have heard that these exist.

My niece was an “angel baby.” When my brother heard of our struggles with reflux and colic and allergy and crying (oh man, the CRYING), he was like, “Geez, I don’t hardly remember at all having to go and give my daughter a bottle in the middle of the night, maybe once.”

My first week with my son, I called my best friend who had two boys. She was like, “Gosh, Kristy, I don’t remember my son crying really very much, unless he was hungry.”

Do these people have memory problems, or do babies like this actually exist?

Of course, everyone thinks they’re going to have an angel baby as well. Soon after I gave birth, I will never forget my husband standing in our hospital room with our son, and he said (I shit you not), “We are not going to be those ‘ON-DEMAND’ parents. Our child will be on a SCHEDULE.” “Yes,” I affirmed, “A schedule.”

The crying started that night. I knew something was wrong. I had a creeping worry that perhaps we had not had an “angel baby.” From that point on, we darkly realized that not only were we on-demand parents, but a new boss had entered our house, and he was very angry.

Well, we SURVIVED with only mild residual post-traumatic stress. My son is now two-years old, and I’m here to write about it! Last night, my husband, son, and I were at a friend’s house. One of our friends had her 2 month old there. When we left, my husband said, “That baby was so QUIET.” I just chuckled because, to us, a quiet baby is quite an unnatural thing.

My husband is right now, as I type, waking our son from his now too-long nap. Guess what? My son is smiling. He is happy. He had great sleep. We are awesome parents. Nothing is wrong. (“It’s all going to be alright.”) I love my angel boy.

33 comments:

daddy/husband Lorenzen said...

Wait a second, I thought I was the boss....

♥ Katinka said...

Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a fantastic Sunday :)

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Angelic kids? Are you sure you heard right?

Finding My Weigh said...

My 2yr old goes from Angel to Hellboy in seconds. The good news is he is pretty easy to distract and cheer up, except at 6am. Then it's ALL Hellboy, no halo in sight.

Kassie said...

Stopping by from SITS. A three hour nap sounds wonderful! I am like you, I get paranoid if it lasts longer than 2 hours.

kathryn said...

Oh, and I can SO TELL how much you love your angel boy! He's beautiful, btw...but you knew that.

It's frustrating that we get so few reminders just how wonderful parents we truly are!

Pink Haired Momma said...

You are hysterical. I am starting to "make" baby #2 wth my H4L, because i have forgtten why i have this bald spot in the back of my head from the long nights of crying. Crying? What is that?How easy we forget, but how quickly they remind us!

Found you through POM!

Kelly said...

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Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

This blog is hysterical! So glad you stopped by so now I can stalk you!

babyandsofia said...

Hah! That is hilarious. It is so entertaining to read about other newborns...I think I am one of those lucky mammas. Paolo didn't really ever cry; maybe if he was really hungry or didn't want to be in his car seat. He fusses a bit, but is very easily soothed. The first time he pitched a fit, I called the pediatrician, because I worried something was wrong. (She had to stifle her giggles.) He's really only pitched about 3 real fits in his 5 months of life. I suppose we'll be in for it with the next baby.

melissa said...

Sounds like I got the same babies... my loud first baby is now an energetic, enthusiastic and loud toddler and I wouldn't change a thing.

Sure, sleeping through would be nice before 12 months, but oh well!

WarsawMommy said...

Dropping in, courtesy of Brenda and FlogYoBlog.

Yeah, our first son Max was the boss from Hour One too. Whenever I asked any other new and first-time mothers for advice, these SM's (Smug Moms) were happy to inform me that their baby (a) never behaved in such a way (b) never did such a thing (c) would NEVER be allowed to get away with it.

Funny thing about karma, though: every one of these women had another baby within one year of having has their first (because, you know, they had Angel Babies and just could not WAIT to have AB #2) and that second baby? WAS A NIGHTMARE! Crying, on demand, no sleep. You know, my whole life with Max, the one that they judged and found me lacking in.

Guess who the sleep-deprived, panicky, frustrated and not-so-SM's called?? You got it.

And it took all my strength to not rub it in.

Elena said...

Lol! I had one of each- had the angel baby first which tricked me into having the second baby who was not so quiet.

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