10 Things I Love About My High Need Baby (Part 1)

I have been talking a lot about the difficult times with my high need baby. But there are also so many wonderful moments I get to enjoy. Sometimes, they are far and few between and I really have to enjoy them while they last. Other times, I am blessed with several good days in a row.

Here are 10 things I really love about my high need baby:

1. Giggles And Laughter
As a high need baby, Livi is notoriously fussy and well, needy. And it is true that she cries pretty often. But thankfully, that does not mean that she never laughs.

Livi’s laugh is the cutest I have ever heard and her giggles are really giggly. So much so that they often end in excited high pitched shrieks. You cannot help but laugh with her.

Lately, she has been laughing whenever she hears us laugh, which makes us crack up even more. A laugh or giggle from Livi can make up for a whole lot of tears and fussing. Can you blame us for trying to make her laugh any way we can think of?

2. Fun With The Wind
Livi has always been hard to calm down. One thing that has often helped ever since she was little is to show her the wind. She loves to watch it move the trees and play with the leaves.

When we go outside, she holds up her little face so she can feel the wind. It is the cutest thing I have ever seen and makes me appreciate wind in a whole new way.

Lately, she has started pointing at things and she loves to show me the wind in the trees. She also likes to hear me say the word wind and then tries to repeat it. She simply cannot get enough and it is an easy way to keep her occupied for a while.

3. Big Hugs
Livi is one of those high need babies who do not like to cuddle. She wants to be held but she is not one to cuddle up to us when we read and she is not very interested in quiet cuddle time in general.

All the more precious are her hugs that she has been giving lately. Sometimes she suddenly holds me tight while I carry her. Other times, she walks up to me while we are playing and gives me a big hug. I were lying if I said that it doesn’t melt my heart every single time.

4. Content Smiles
As a high need baby, sleep does not come easy to Livi. She has great difficulty falling asleep and just as much trouble staying asleep. So it is all the more rewarding when she does fall asleep after a long day.

When she was really little, she would nurse a lot, it was the one sure way to get her to sleep. Once she was done nursing, she would unlatch and, with a peaceful smile on her face, she would drift off to sleep. It was the one thing that kept me going during those long days and even longer nights. It was just so satisfying to see her sleep peacefully and to know that she was finally getting some rest.

5. The Best Entertainment
Livi was and still is fussy quite often. She struggles with separation anxiety and is very anxious around strangers. But when it is just the three (or two) of us, her little personality is starting to shine through.

She loves to entertain us and make us laugh, which she gets from her dad. When we laugh about something or applaud her for doing a new skill really well, she notices right away and keeps doing it over and over again. Often she even applauds herself. How can you not enjoy such a cute performance. It is nice to see this happy, playful part of her.

Part 2

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5 comments on “10 Things I Love About My High Need Baby (Part 1)

  1. Deni Lyn says:

    Anytime my normally docile little guy has a “high needs day.” I remind myself of all the joy and beauty and love that can still be gleaned in the midst of a what feels like a very challenging situation. Your words are a terrific testament to that!

    • hnMom says:

      Thank you. Sometimes it is not as easy as I would like for it to be but I always try to focus on the good things that happen that day or something I can look forward to. I have found that if I am more relaxed and mellow and upbeat, it also rubs off on Livi, no matter how tough the day.

  2. Amanda says:

    Great post! Reminds us all that we need to take a step back and focus on the good times more than the bad. Thanks for sharing.

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