My Buddha Baby, Magic Baby and Miracle Baby

Some Babies are easier than others, right?  For those who have met Baby J, she definitely falls in the "Easy Baby" Camp.  Friends and Family have termed her Buddha Baby, Magic Baby and my favorite Miracle Baby.  Although I paid my price with a 62 hour labor, I wouldn't have it any other way as I was gifted the easiest and happiest baby ever.

Baby J was the perfect newborn.  She was born exactly on her estimated due date.  Exactly 40 weeks in utero. No signs of colic. Zero risk for jaundice. Upon birth, she latched immediately. Both sides. No assistance required.  She had a very healthy appetite and liked to eat, both breastmilk and formula.  She took it from a bottle and a syringe.  She never refused a nipple or a pacifier.  She didn't cry much or for long or for no apparent reason.  She was even kind to my body.  I had lost most of my pregnancy weight by week three.  By seven weeks, she slept in her own crib in her own bedroom.  By nine weeks, I dropped her nighttime feedings. And by twelve weeks, please don't hate me......drumroll

She was sleeping 12 hours at night! 12 hours by 12 weeks!

These days, I can generally put her down in 15-20 minutes: storytime, last feed, and then put her in the crib to fall asleep on her own.

I feel that Baby J knows I'm a single mom and that she wants to do her best to make things as easy on me as possible.  To boot, she got sick for the first time at 8 months with hand foot mouth disease.  She recovered quickly. Babies are really smart that way, they really know how far to push the envelope with each family member.  She knows Grandma will pick her up at the start of a fake cry.  She looks to her Grandpa for sheer entertainment when she's bored.  She knows Nanny is her Monday through Friday Caretaker.  And she definitely knows I am not a pushover mom.

I paid a fortune to hire a night nurse for 16 weeks. She helped me train my baby to sleep and nap on a regular schedule.  That is indeed priceless! I'm thankful for our smooth journey so far and I know not to take each day for granted. Each month will come with a new set of challenges to work through.  But I hope she keeps up with her reputation as "Buddha Baby, Magic Baby and Miracle Baby".


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