I’m not sure how or why, but our (7 week-old!) baby Cana is very calm in my arms. Talitha, our 3 year-old, was often restless in my arms and much preferred Mommy’s embrace (and anatomy!). But Cana purrs like a cat when I’m holding her. Case in point: Last night as I’m reading to Talitha and getting her ready for bed, I hear screaming from the first floor. Cana was giving Mommy a fit. After sitting with Talitha for a few minutes as she drifted into sleep, I went downstairs to relieve my wife of the screaming infant. Within seconds of being in my arms Cana was calm, and she was asleep within a few minutes. Perhaps she likes my belly?
As a father I simply love this. It made me sad to hand Tali off to Mommy so often, and I’m thrilled to hold Cana for 15, 30, even 60 minutes at a time. I can never have the intimacy of carrying a child in the womb or breastfeeding my baby, but having these prolonged times of embrace is just priceless.