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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sensitivity

Evan seems to be a very sensitive baby. If he hears another baby crying, he'll get upset and start crying too. He also flinches a lot, like when a toy makes a lot of noise or moves a lot (spinning toys especially).

The worst thing, for me at least, is that he tends to get overwhelmed when we're out of the house. It doesn't seem to matter where we go - somewhere loud like a mall or restaurant, or somewhere quiet like someone's house - he gets upset after an hour or two. I don't know if he just likes the comfort of home, or if he just gets overwhelmed when surrounded by new things.

At first I thought this was just because he was, you know, a baby. But, I'm starting to think that it's just part of the way he is. People said he would cry/scream less after that magical 3 month mark, but it hasn't gotten any better. It makes it hard to get out of the house for any length of time. It also makes him look like a very fussy baby, but he's mostly happy when we're at home (though he's in that extra fun phase right now where he screams his head off trying to fight off sleep --- at least I hope it's a phase).

I don't know if this is related, but he seems to be a lot gentler than other babies too. When he plays with toys, he just reaches out and calmly brings them toward himself. He examines them, chews and them, and touches them, but he doesn't hit or swat at things very hard.

Anyone have any experience with similar traits? How do/did you deal with going out of the house? I'm particularly worried about our upcoming trip which will involve airports, planes, driving long distances, staying at a hotel and at my parent's house, and being around new people and things. Especially since DH won't be with us!