Grin and bear it

No one will ever be able to accuse James of being a high-maintenance baby. Other than his preference for the All Mommy All the Time channel, he’s pretty easy to please. In fact, unlike a certain other baby I could mention, James can be left in his bassinet for 15 or 20 minutes at a stretch and remain perfectly contented.

Part of this, of course, is attributable to his beloved bears. His bassinet came with a mobile from which dangle three plain white ursine pals, which online reviews of the bassinet assured me were too boring and dull to capture any baby’s attention. However unimpressed Target’s and Amazon’s customers may have been with the bear mobile, James has no complaints. All we have to do is turn on the mobile and he will kick and flap and gurgle and coo at those bears for as long as they remain in motion. Should his little friends cease moving, James will let us know via urgent grunting and complaining that we need to reset the mobile. But does he want to get out of the bassinet? Nope. Not really. Just turn his bears back on and he’s good for another 15 minutes.

Thus far, he’s been only marginally interested in other toys — even ones that rattle and chime. But for some reason, those bears are really entertaining.

And here’s our little James at 14 weeks old:

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