It’s seven am and all of a sudden Nate and I are pulled out of our slumber by a blood curdling scream. Nate rolls over, takes a deep breath, and stumbles into Caleb’s room. There’s our little man with tears streaming down his face – awake and unhappy. I try to stay asleep as Nate does his best to calm our son and dry his tears.
A few hours later I put Caleb down for a nap. Forty five minutes later another scream comes from the nursery. This time it’s me who goes in to get him. I spend about half an hour trying to calm him down and attempt to get him to drink some milk.
Sounds like Caleb might be sick or teething, right? WRONG. This is an every day experience. I’m not even kidding. My little dude loves to scream!
Recently I was chatting with my sister-in-law, Megan, about our kids. Her daughter, Kalena, is six months younger than Caleb (to the day!) and has always been so easy compared to my monster. She actually coos instead of screams when she wakes up from her naps! I hadn’t realized that was a thing!
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Megan told me about a book she had been reading called The Baby Whisperer
that she felt was teaching her so much about her daughter. One of the premises in the book is that there are five types of babies and the type (or types) of personality your baby falls into explains so much about him or her and teaches parents how to care for their specific baby.
We pulled out the quiz to find out what type of baby each of us had. The five types are Textbook, Angel, Spirited, Touchy, and Grumpy.
Precious little Kalena fell into mostly either the Textbook or that Angel categories because of course she did. Caleb, on the other hand, was mostly Spirited with a touch of Grumpy thrown in for good measure.
If you have the chance to read about the spirited baby (or toddler) at Baby Wise Mom
I would highly recommend that you do because, you guys, THIS IS CALEB! Absolutely 100% to a tee!
I have obviously had to learn how to care for my stubborn, opinionated, rough and tumble little man and we’ve gotten into a good groove together. The information in The Baby Whisperer about how to care for a spirited baby was amazing to read! So much of it was things Nate and I figured out as we went and other things are wonderful and amazing ideas that we’ve started implementing and it’s helped out so well!
It’s wonderful to have some validation that I’m not crazy and if you’re in my shoes with a spirited child you’re not crazy either! There are so many of us out there and we can’t compare our kiddos with the angel babies. While one personality type may be easier, no personality type is better. There are SO many positives that go along with having a spirited little one.
Regardless of the personality of your baby there are people who have been there and done that and would love to help you out. Seek out the help you need and enjoy your little one as best you can! Everything is a season and even the most difficult baby can grow up to be an amazing child! You are not alone!
Have you read The Baby Whisperer?
Do you think you have a Spirited Baby?