How’s the Weather?
Even people who don't have babies themselves know that babies tend to cry... a lot. My sister-in-law tells our neice that this is just the baby's way of talking to us because he doesn't have words yet. This is true and a nice way of putting it when your neice is standing in your kitchen with her hands over her ears because your baby is crying—I mean, talking quite loudly. Even though Will is actually a very happy baby and doesn't cry that often or for too long of a period, there have definitely been a few moments in our short parenthood experience where we have had to remind ourselves that, yes, we have checked all of the regular causes for a meltdown (dirty diaper, hunger, wanting to be held, wanting to be put down, overtired, overstimulated, understimulated, etc.) and that Will just needed to 'talk' about his baby problems.
Marc and I have come to refer to these moments of baby split-personality as sunny or stormy. These terms come from a book called The Wonder Weeks written by Frans Plooij and Hetty van de Rijt. The book discusses developmental leaps in the baby's brain that can cause your baby to be fussy. What I love most about The Wonder Weeks is that there is an awesome calendar that can basically predict how your baby's personality will be during any given week. What I don't love, however, is that the calendar is telling me that almost all of month four is going to be stormy.
No matter what the weather is, we love our baby boy just the same. Also, he has the cutest pout I've ever seen. Here are two examples of a sunny Will and stormy Will: