How lucky are we today? I’ll tell you – super lucky. We have a guest post about new babies from a new friend of mine named Jasmine.
She blogs over at Love Life Laugh Motherhood about being a crunchy-lite, first time mom to a little boy. She has some great posts on cloth diapering, babywearing, and breastfeeding. She is so different from me: tattoos, piercings, lover of Netflix and wine, which is why I’m so glad to have her here! Plus, parenting is so hard and can be done so many different ways, I’m glad to have another opinion to present to you!
So without further ado, Jasmine.
Throughout the course of your pregnancy, if you’re anything like me, you will learn a lot about babies. But here’s five things that I learned the hard way….
5. When they say “you’ll never sleep” they mean it.
I thought this was one of those exaggerations that are never as bad as they sound. While sometimes that’s the case, it wasn’t for us. Even at ten months old, my baby still wakes up at least once in the middle of the night and that’s on a good day. The first few weeks of newborn stage are awful for getting rest. Seriously. You aren’t going to get any. Just accept that now.
4. They grow with stealth.
You’ll never see it coming, but they grow very fast with no warning. Those cute newborn outfits looked like a good choice before your baby was born, but you’ll be lucky if they fit upon delivery. That 36 month onesie that fit yesterday? Don’t be surprised if it’s too tight today. And baby shoes? Forget it. In the first six months his feet outgrew 4 pairs.
3. They can be selective with behavior.
If it seems like your baby naps better for grandma than yourself, that’s probably because it’s true. My son does things with everyone else BUT me or his dad. I can’t easily get him to jut lie down for a nap EVER, but my mom can just plop him down in the crib and sleepy time he goes. In essence, don’t be surprised if their behavior changes with who is with them. This will forever be a constant in your child’s life, in one way or another.
2. Babies are Ninja masters when it comes to the 3 P’s…
What are the 3 P’s? Puke, Pee, & Poop. No matter how hard you are anticipating it, or try to prevent it-that lovely little bundle of joy is either going to puke, pee, or poop on you (hopefully not all three at the same time). Usually at the worst moment. And it’s usually unnoticed for a few minutes. They sneak it in like little evil ninjas, hell-bent on ruining your cutest “mom” outfits. If you use the little washcloths expecting pee, he’ll puke. If you keep a burp cloth over your shoulder for snuggles, he’s gonna poop down your arm. If you’re prepping the changing table for poop explosions mid-diaper change, you’ll forget to cover baby with the washcloth and he’ll pee on you. It happens. Just be prepared as best you can, and carry extra clothes for yourself.
1. (I wish someone had told me…) Newborn breastfed poop smells like buttered popcorn. You might think I’m crazy – I did too at first. But our son was EBF (exclusively breastfed) and I thought my hormones went off the wall at that first real poop change. This kid’s diaper smells like popcorn. It was the only thing I could equate the stench to. But I didn’t want to admit it. It wasn’t until Daddy did a change in those first few days that he quietly sat next to me and said, “This is a weird question. But does Bruce’s poop smell like buttered popcorn to you?” I was ecstatic with this-because it wasn’t just me! The nurse at our doctor’s office agreed with the comparison and I will never forget this as the most surprising thing about babies I really wish I would have read somewhere. (So if you’re sitting in your living room and all of a sudden you smell popcorn and no one is using a microwave-yes, it’s your baby. And he pooped). To this day I still can’t eat buttered popcorn.
So there you have it. I have to agree most strongly with #2. For reals people – watch the 3 P’s!! Also, I will have to wait until I have another newborn (which is coming!! If you missed the announcement, find it here.) to analyze its smelly diapers. I don’t remember buttered popcorn but I do remember a strange funk smell. What are other things you have all learned the hard way about your babies that you wish you would have known going into parenthood?
Don’t forget to go check out Love Life Laugh Motherhood. You may have even been there a few days ago for my guest post! But no harm in heading back. And thank you Jasmine for stopping by with this great post!