I read somewhere that the "average baby" cries X minutes a day at this stage. X was a LOT OF MINUTES. I felt so horrified, and then immediately afterward like kind of a tool for ever feeling whiny about wishing I could put H. down sometimes.
Because he basically doesn't cry. Yes, he cries in tiny bursts when he needs something: I'm hungry, turn me around so I can see something else, pick me up. But those are maybe 10 seconds of crying at a time, and he's immediately consoled when you try to solve his problem.
As stressed as I sometimes feel right now, I KNOW I would probably flat-out lose my mind if he cried a lot and were inconsolable. I am in awe of parents who are able to handle that, you know?
Also, a baby we know a little bit is a few months older, and the mellowest baby ever. She's very undemanding. At first I thought: wow, how glorious to have that kind of baby! (And don't get me wrong, I still wouldn't object.) But then I noticed that because she's so laid-back, it's very easy for her caregivers to leave her sitting pleasantly in her bucket for hours at a time. I think that you probably, if you have a super-mellow baby, have to be really tough on yourself about making sure you interact with her and don't just leave her alone while you get things done. I don't know if I'd be able to do that!
Science-loving mama to one little guy (11/09).