I admit, I didn't read ANY books about pregnancy, labor, delivery and bringing a newborn home. It's no secret, part of me was afraid that by reading and preparing for baby, I would jinx our luck--and the other part of me just figured that we'd do things our way and figure it out as we went.Which is, for the most part, working out for us pretty well so far.
We've juggled our bedtimes in order to attend to our wide-eyed from 10pm-12am baby, so that we both get a 4 hour stretch of uninterupted sleep, making both of us civil, and operational human beings come morning time. Once he gets his nights straight ( he finally went down at 9pm last night), we will stop taking sleep shifts and just do feeding/diaper shifts, with NZ taking the late evening and myself taking the early morning.
The sleep situation aside, there are some things I have learned in the past 2 weeks that I wish I had known before bringing Sal home...
1- Diapers&Diapering...How on earth can one little one go through so many in a day? Yesterday presented me with a few mystery soakers. As in, I finish putting on a dry diaper, pick him up, and his entire back and clothes are wet. It leaves me with a WTF?! expression as I strip his clothes off, give him a baby wipe bath, and start over again. Anyone with boys had this happen before?
2- Target Brand Baby Wipes...NEVER.AGAIN.WILL.I.PURCHASE.TARGET.WIPES. The re-useable container sucks. We have a huge stack of Huggies refill wipes that I have been filling the container with, and they rip off inside and are not "one handers" which OMG I only have two hands and one is holding his legs up, so it's be extra super if the wipes would tear off easily with my one free hand...Needless to say, my next trip to Target will find me buying a national brand container of wipes in hopes of ending my war with our current container.
3- Farts....I never knew babies could have adult sized farts. Ours does. Seriously..MAN SIZE. How's that much fart fit in such a little belly?
4- Over the Head clothing...EEK! I get nervous everytime I pull a onesie over my boy's head. Why can't they make the neck openings a bit bigger? I'm a huge fan of the zip up sleepers, snap up sleepers and kimono style shirts. Soon enough I'm sure I will be manhandling Sal into onesises, but at this point, as cute as they are on--they make me squirm trying to get his melon through the neckhole.
5- Fingernails...dagger like. Thank goodness for mittens and shirts/sleepers with the mitten cuffs.
6- Linens..I should have made more linens! I am kicking myself for thinking we only needed one changing pad cover. That number should have been more like TEN. My saving grace have been these changing table pads that my sister in law made. They lay over your changing pad cover, like a towel of sorts, so that they can easily be picked up and thrown in the laundry without having to remove the entire fitted cover. As soon as our dining room remodel is done, and our table is back ( that's my sewing area of choice), I will surely make some more fitted changing pad covers.
I'm sure there are a whole lot of other things that will come to mind as soon as I post this entry, but for now, these "wish I had knowns" are what I learned all about this week...Hopefully they will help some of my friends who will be welcoming little ones shortly.