So I’ve decided that Anna’s new nickname is “Sunshine”. You’re probably thinking it’s because of her new talent for smiling and her winning personality. Well she does have a fantastic smile and you could definitely say she’s got spunk but I’ve been calling her Sunshine for the sarcastic value. Because my Anna is, by far, the fussiest of my three children. Thomas was supremely difficult but he actually didn’t cry much as long as he was swaddled, bounced, and/or nursed more or less constantly (and yes, sometimes I had to nurse him while he was swaddled while I was bouncing on a yoga ball). Theo was such an easy baby I was convinced something was wrong with him for weeks. I just couldn’t understand how he could fall asleep on his own when he was tired. What awesome madness! I think it is highly probable that Miss Anna has cried more in her six weeks than our other two children did their first year – combined. She usually doesn’t seem to be uncomfortable or in pain; she just seems pissed. Anna fusses when she’s being held (which is 90% of the day) and on her play mat. She fuses in her sleep. The girl even fuses sometimes while nursing! When something is really wrong; a wet diaper, hungry, or has to burp the fussing changes into outright wails of fury. Yesterday she was clearly working through a growth spurt – nursing every 40 minutes, seeming exhausted, and she was so very, very annoyed by the whole process. Thomas even commented, “Our baby is so cute…and she is so fussy.” I think can already see the good side of fussy though – she is determined. At four weeks old Anna was rolling (angrily) from her back onto her side. She swats at toys hanging over her or next to her with excellent accuracy and gusto. Anna is not to be trifled with.
When Baby Girl started turning from breech to head down to transverse and back again and again in utero I had a strong foreshadowing that this one was going do things her own way. I knew that all those “Girls are so much calmer and easygoing.” comments that I got were full of shit. But you know what…it’s ok. She’s actually so fussy it’s funny. I think she’s pretty awesome and I wouldn’t want any baby but my little Sunshine.