Post Partum Induced Rant

Filed Under: Life

After a fairly positive post, I feel the need to balance it out by writing something that I bitch to Tucker about frequently…the concept of a “good baby”.

With Cara, I got a lot of sympathy from friends and family because Cara was such a “hard” child.  No one ever called her “bad” but I definitely never heard, “Oh, what a GOOD baby…”

The questions started the day she was born: How does she sleep?  Is she a good baby?

For some reason, the majority of people link the goodness of a newborn with the amount that they sleep and that makes no freakin’ sense.

By that reasoning, Cara is the spawn of Satan and Oliver is Christ reborn.  I’m doubting both assumptions.

Maybe I’m being hypersensitive/protective of Cara since people keep saying what a “good” baby Oliver is since he sleeps all of the time.  Maybe he’s just a lazy bum.  Has anyone thought of that?  [Ok…not really because of course he’s an angelic child who is a genius.]

Maybe I just have issues with the idea that a newborn could be anything other than good.  They were just born!

When the hell did they have a chance to become corrupt?

So, when people ask me if Oliver is a “good baby” I say, “of course…he’s a baby”.

What I wish I could say is that he has a pitchfork hidden in his diaper and that he speaks Latin in his sleep.

For some reason I don’t think that most people would think that’s very funny.

And another thing.

Don’t offer to keep the one week old exclusively breastfed baby.  I don’t need a “break” or some “time alone”.  I need my newborn on my boob and people to quit trying to give me a break.  My hormones don’t appreciate the offer even if my brain knows that you’re only trying to help.

Also, I’m not going to pump just so that you can attempt to bottle feed said newborn and possibly screw up the tenuous breastfeeding relationship that we’ve established.

*If you’re reading this then that last part was not directed at you.  The person/people it’s directed at don’t use computers.*


  1. People always told me how Mira was such a better baby than Cordy, because Cordy was always fussy. It irked me, too. She’s only “better” in that she didn’t piss us off as much. Babies cry, they have needs, and some have more needs than others – it doesn’t make them a bad baby.

    Christinas last blog post..Forty Years Ago, I Would Have Starved

  2. I agree — all babies are “good” some are just easeir than others…. but they are all good

    and yes, after a week….. you don’t need “a break” — ask again in a couple of months 🙂

    I think second babies are easier in general – but I think in my case it was because I was so much more comfortable having been through it once already

  3. I think your reply is perfect “he’s a baby.”

    You are right to be annoyed. I’m almost five years post partum and it still annoys me!

    Carries last blog post..Lush

  4. Jennifer Walker says:

    I guess if one baby is “easier” than the other that makes the other one bad? My “bad” baby was just different. Who could expect both kids to be the same. I also agree that all newborns are good and if one happens to need to sleep/cry more than the other it is just a personality difference. Oh and yes I hated when people asked me if I wanted I break. I waited nine months to spend time with the kid, I kinda want to enjoy it, so leave me alone!!!

  5. “What I wish I could say is that he has a pitchfork hidden in his diaper and that he speaks Latin in his sleep.”


    I could have written this piece when my youngest was a babe. Although not as well as you just did.

    lauries last blog post..well, that’s a relief

  6. I think you do a fine job with your “bad” baby (who is not so much a baby anymore, and who wasn’t “bad” to start with). I thought you did fine with her almost 2 years ago. You told me then that you wouldn’t know what to do with a kid like mine. I replied that I wouldn’t know what to do with a kid like yours. Well, shit… 2 years later and look at us…

    Personally, I think we’re both doing a fine job with #2 as well.

    As far as the comment on taking your one week old, so you can have a break… Remember that crazy girl at my last duty station that tried to breastfeed Jack… At least you don’t have anyone trying to do that!

  7. I guess we should say easier then others and not good or bad. But that is how I refer to my two kids based on how well they slept and how often they cried!! I had one good baby and one bad baby!! lol! They are both great but I think people would sign up to watch the second one more than they did my first

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