Having a new
baby is a tiring job. New babies donít sleep very well and they cry a
lot when they are hungry. Little Leslie cried all the time, even when
she wasnít hungry. Mama stayed up all night with her, rocking her,
patting her and even changing her diaper ten times. No matter what she
did, Little Leslie kept on crying. Papa didnít get much sleep that night
The next day
after Papa went to work, Little Leslie kept crying. Mama fed her a
bottle, sat on the chair and patted her back and walked around bouncing
her gently up and down, but still Little Leslie cried. Mama cried
because she was tired and didnít know what to do to stop the baby from
When Papa came
home from work he saw Mama crying and heard Little Leslie wailing. He
put down his briefcase and took off his suit jacket and tie. He lifted
Little Leslie from Mamaís arms and put her over his shoulder. He patted
her back and sang a lullaby to her.
let out a huge burp. It was so loud that Mama jumped up in fright.
Papa laughed and
kissed his baby girl. Ten minutes later Little Leslie fell asleep. She
slept while Mama fixed supper. She slept while Mama and Papa read books
and she slept all night long. She didnít cry, or wail, or fuss.
From then on
when Papa came home from work, he burped Little Leslie and she would go
to sleep. Little Leslie was happy. Mama was happy and Papa was happy