I know she is only 6 days old, but I just gotta say: Claire ROCKS!!! She is the best baby (knock on wood). She eats incredibly well and is always content. Last night, she woke up ONCE to nurse. ONCE! Granted, that could totally change tonight, but it doesn't matter- the fact that she had such a wonderful night is indescribable. We NEVER got that lucky with Audra- she was still waking up 6 times a night to nurse at 9 months old. This gives me hope. This gives me hope that perhaps Claire will be the greatest newborn of all time and I won't be having nervous breakdowns every other day and/or considering shipping her off to China on a regular basis. As opposed to last time, this newborn experience has been (thus far) dare I say...Pleasant? Enjoyable? Miraculous?
Claire rarely cries- and when she does it is the easiest thing in the world to get her to calm down- just stick your finger in her mouth. That's it. We don't even have to use the techniques in "The Happiest Baby on the Block" because she never gets riled up. It's amazing. She'll sit in her bouncy chair while we eat and just watch us. No crying, screaming, or torturing us. Today I put her in the swing while I showered. Did she cry uncontrollably the entire time like a certain other newborn? NO!
And, when Audra gave her a kiss yesterday, she smiled! I don't care if it was a gas smile, it was a smile nevertheless- and Audra got Claire's first smile.
So, to all of you parents who have done nothing but brag about how wonderful your babies are, I say this: ha ha ha- I now join you:)
****Disclaimer: I know this can all change in an instant. She does have a lot of gas bubbles that I am worried about, but so far they don't seem to bother her. We will have to monitor this closely so our perfect angel does not turn into a screaming monster. But, though colic may appear at a later time, I will continue to treasure this precious time when she is still our perfect and delightful Clair-bear (I know, we tried to not use that nickname, but it was just too cute).