#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?
#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!
#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?
#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.
#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...
#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?)
#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...
#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!
#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!