Monday, December 14, 2009

Realization #13 - Diapers aren't all that messy...

#13 - I've started trying to feed my little man some baby food and I'm realized that this is a much messier endevour than any diaper I've changed. And, I feel like I've had some messy diapers - one that reached all the way into his little armpits. (Still wondering how that one actually happened...) It amazes me how such a small amount of food can literally get all over the place - all over him, all over me, all over the table - just all over. Yep, I need some more practice with this feeding thing. I'd be happy with just food all over him. High hopes???

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Realization #12 - The best toys aren't always the most expensive

#12 - My little man has started playing and enjoying some of the toys he has - a ball with a bell, an alien guy with squeeks and mirrors on him, a zebra with a rattle inside and several others. But his all time favorite that not only makes him smile but can calm him in an instant? A cloth diaper. Yep, he loves it. A no frills, plain white cloth diaper.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Realization #11 - Old thing, new use

#11 - I've found out, from experience, that in the event that you may not have any more disposable breast pads or none of the washables are clean, a sanitary napkin works just fine as a substitute. I just snip one in half and insert - voila!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Reaization #10 - Burp cloths aren't big enough

#10 - I've decided burp cloths are not big enough - or maybe it's that my little man just likes to out smart Mom. It seems that regardless if I have something covering my shoulder as I burp him, he manages to get some spit up outside of the burp cloth realm. It truly is amazing how he can do it, really. I'm wondering if putting a bib on him will help...or if he'll just manuever around that as well!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Realization #9 - Bath time isn't always clean

#9 - My little man who is now just 6 weeks old hasn't had too many baths in his lifetime but enough for me to learn a few things. For instance, after the first bath I realized that everything needed for the bath literally has to be at arms reach - not sitting on the counter next to the sink. (I put him in his little tub inside the large bathtub and sit on the floor next to the tub and scrub-a-dub-dub.) It is NOT easy to keep a hand on him in the baby tub and try to reach for the towel on the counter. BUT - that was then and I know better. However, the latest in bath time fun occurred the other day. I normally make sure he's not hungry (but not right after a meal because he could spit up in the bath water) and has just had a bowel movement before he gets a bath. Leave it to little man to mess up the tub and water by squirting out of his back end in the middle of his bath. (Apparently that was leftover from the mess he made in his diaper before I put him in the bath.) Ah, that was fun to try an manuever him out, clean the tub, dump the water and then start the bath again. Someone is getting a laugh with the situation, I just know it. I will admit though, I did have to chuckle about the situation - what else can you do?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Realization #8 - Laundry doubles

#8 - I'm still trying to figure out how such a little person can create so much laundry. It seems that for every load of laundry my husband and I have . . . he has a load to wash as well. Sometimes I wonder if it's even worth it to put the clean load away because I know it's only a matter of time when it will come right back out of the drawer, get put on him, then right back in the laundry. It's a good thing I've got plenty of detergent!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

#7 - The carseat isn't simple

#7 - I was thinking today about a few weeks back when I attempted to install the carseat in the car before my son was born. I am embarrassed to say I had trouble figuring out how it was supposed to properly be installed. There are straps and hooks and levels and boosters and it goes on and on. It's not as simple as just putting the seat belt around the carseat. So, I initially brought my car and the carseat to the Fire Station near work where the gentlemen there installed it for me. My next hurdle came when I actually had to put my son in the carseat for the first time! How do the locks and straps all fit together?? Then, come to find out a week or so later, the top lock should be at nipples/armpits, not at his belly. I learn something new everyday. Thanks to an experienced Mom who set me straight...how else would I have known?

Monday, August 10, 2009

#6 - Each day is different

#6 - My newborn is now just over 3 weeks old - 23 days to be exact. And, must to my dismay, there is no consistency, no pattern, no predicting. Each day is different. VERY different. It seems one day he could enjoy being soothed by a song or the glider chair and the next day it's something different. It's difficult to get used to the randomness when 24 days ago I did my best to keep a schedule and routine. It's a different kind of life - Life with a little one.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Realization #5 - Babies are allowed to do things others shouldn't do

#5 - While at a Mother Baby Tea today (breastfeeding support and information group sponsored by Winnie Palmer Hospital) it dawned on me that babies can get away with pretty much anything. My son, for instance, does not hold back when he needs to spit up, pass gas, burp, hiccup or mess up his diaper with a loud thunderous force. It's almost as if they try to make sure everyone around them can hear what is going on with their little body. As if they're not cute enough to be noticed...they think they need to draw more attention to themselves! I guess I should just get used to all his body noises...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Realization #4 - A clean diaper doesn't stay clean for long

#4 - Even though you may have just changed a diaper with more poop than you thought could come out of your little one (the kind that has poop up the small of their back...), there might be more to come. The first time this happened I changed him once I found the mess...only to hear the sound of round 2 exploding into the clean diaper 20 seconds later. So, the next time it happened I thought I'd get wise to his little trickery and waited about 5 minutes or so for round 2. Well, funny thing is, round 2 didn't happen until there was a clean diaper on that boy! I guess it boils down to, "When ya gotta go, ya gotta go." (And who can blame him for that?)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Realization #3 - You never have enough of what you've brought

#3 - Every outing we take I try to pack enough stuff of things we may need. Inevitably, though, I never pack enough. For instance, if I packed one change of clothes, I realize I should've packed two because the first outfit he was wearing got covered in spit up and pee and the back up outfit became smeared with poop. My goal is going to try and remember to bring more than I think I'll need. And I always wondered why those diaper bags were so big...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Realization #2 - Turn the light on

#2 - I've read several articles that suggest when you're changing a diaper or feeding at night, to try and keep the lights dim so you keep the calm evening feeling in the room and encourage them to go back to sleep. So, I've tried this and I'll have to say that I think I need the light on when changing my son's diaper no matter the time of day because that is the only time I seem to get squirted. It is a tricky job changing the diaper of a little boy as it is but I'll have to say that I'm going to go against the grain and toss out the suggestions and start turning the light on. Well, that or start wearing a flashlight strapped to my head!

Realization #1 - You can't store sleep

#1 - When I was still pregnant I can't even count how many times I was told, "Get your sleep now..." Now that I have a newborn I can understand why I heard it so many times but I'm not seeing the advantage of getting all that sleep when I was pregnant. Unfortunately, there is no piggy bank of sleep that I can dip into for those nights when I only get a few hours of sleep!