Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Baby B

Willa Caryn Vaughan
a.k.a. "No Nap"
born July 10, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Willa was our second born, and our smallest, weighing only 3 pounds 8 ounces when she arrived. What I remember most about her birth was that she was silent, and I kept waiting for her cry, but as it turns out that is just how she is. For most of her life, she has been the quiet one. Most of the time. But boy, oh boy, when she is finally mad about something, she lets you know it. Along with the entire neighborhood. Even now, once she gets into a full-throttle crying fit, she is hard to calm back down, and usually we have to let her just cry it out of her system. Luckily it doesn't happen that often any more.

Willa was pretty healthy when she was born. She needed a little supplemental oxygen but could breathe on her own, and caught on fairly quickly to bottle feeding. She, along with Oliver, was in the NICU for three weeks, mainly waiting until she gained some weight. Despite her quiet nature, she has been, until recently, the high-maintenance baby of the bunch. She wanted to be held ALL the time, she wanted to be picked up and carried to wherever she wanted to go, and she wanted attention. Alone time with me and John is her favorite thing - she becomes a different baby when she gets it - she lights up, and is all smiles, and chatter, and happiness. I think this is what has led to her nickname. She doesn't like to take long naps, and I've decided it is because she has figured out that if she wakes up early, she gets some Mom time. I've been putting her down for naps downstairs in the swing, while the others sleep in the nursery, so that she won't wake them up when she gets up early. However, yesterday, I came downstairs to find her standing up backwards in the swing and hanging down with her head inches from the ground. We are officially moving her back upstairs for naps!

In my last post about Willa, I mentioned that she had no interest in crawling. Well, she decided to prove me wrong and started commando crawling the very next day. It is a funny, crooked little crawl, but it gets her around, and she is getting faster every day. She loves that she can keep up with Kate and Oliver now. And she has found her voice. She loves to yell (happily I think) when she crawls now, and likes to chatter in a quiet, soft voice, so that we find ourselves leaning forward to hear her. She is still a long way from standing up and walking, but she seems determined to take her own time.

I really dislike any little girl things that say "Little Princess" on them, but she is the closest we have to deserving the label. She is very ladylike and proper, sits up very straight with perfect posture, and doesn't like to get her hands into anything, which is one of the reasons I think she has been slow to crawl. She doesn't like to share her toys with the others, and she cries anytime another baby touches her. And if she doesn't want to be messed with, she pushes our hands away. I don't see her as a leader or a follower, she is simply her own person. A very independent, yet quirky person. She is very serious most of the time, and has this very funny glare she gives, with her chin down and her sharp brown eyes staring up at you under frowning eyebrows. But when she opens herself up and smiles it is magical and transforming, and she gives you a glimpse of her very big and vulnerable heart. Most people come away from spending time with her thinking that she is very special. We think so too.

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