Linnea was not nearly as laid back or calm as Peter. That is to say, she screamed at diaper changes and had a horrendous period between weeks 3 and 8 or 9 of life when she would scream for hours every night. It was awful. She also hated every trip in the car. Every. Last. One. Pretty much until she could face forward at 13 months (I rode in the back seat a lot). Peter dislikes the car now and then but usually there’s a reason, ie we are scrambling to get home because he’s already hungry.
BUT, all the sweet things that Peter is now doing DO remind me of my sweet girl as a baby:
cooing back to me,
and holding onto my hair or shirt when nursing (this my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE).
I don’t want to do too much comparing between temperaments because it’s not as if Peter is a “better” baby than Linnea…heck, Linnea slept 8 hrs straight at 4 weeks and our guy has done about 6.5, and only just recently (he’ll be 8 wks on Wednesday). Not that I’m complaining. But it’s not super useful to say, “Linnea wasn’t like this, right?” or, “Wow, X is so much easier,” except to just be grateful that we’re almost 2.5 years down the path in parenting and we have seen a lot, muscled through a lot, and most importantly, given a lot up to God because we are not perfect in caring for our children, but He is! However it is an evidence of God’s grace when we notice something is easier with Peter this go round than Linnea as an infant…in the same way that when Linnea wants something she can ask for it, but he can only cry!
We were snowed in all last week and have all gotten a round of the cold since Saturday, so we haven’t had a ton of parental leave adventures with Tim home yet, but we have enjoyed a girls night to a play in Seattle (Frog and Toad musical! It was wonderful!), playing in the snow (Linnea got an igloo constructed for her), going to the park on a rare sunny day, Kidsquest, cupcakes, baking with Daddy and Mama, shopping for some new clothes for L, and my personal favorite, reading aloud by Tim. He’s done all the My Father’s Dragon series and is now on book 3 of Narnia, which Linnea sweetly calls “the Nonicles of Carnia.” Love.
And last but not least, some photos to go along…