Things they never told me about poop

When you have a baby, your life centers around poop. What color is it? How many diapers did he go through? When is he finally going to poop? Etc. 

Seems my baby classes all focused on the first poop- the black tar meconium. Then the color change to mustard and so on. But there were a couple things not mentioned-

1) Newborn poop doesn’t stink even after the color change. I thought I’d be gagging trying to change diapers and here I was just being excited to announce “oh we have mustard seed poo today!” No stink the first couple weeks. (Not sure if this is same for formula fed babies)

After a few weeks they did start to get a little stinky but nothing compared to the farts. The farts will singe your nose hair. 

2) The stinky poo is usually the big blowout one that comes after a poop strike. Not one class mentioned the fact that breastfed babies can go days without pooping. The milk is so nutritious they use it all up with very little waste. I thought that was pretty amazing!  We are currently in an every third day poop cycle. 

I feel like this might be an even better sell for encouraging breastfeeding. Like yes we know it’s nutritious and encourages bonding but did you also know it makes poop disappear? Lol

Doing it all for the smiles 

It’s official, we have real smiles! Not “I’m having some sort of bodily function” smiles or muscle reflexes, but honest to goodness smiles with eye contact. And they are the best thing in the world! I stayed up an extra half hour last night because I couldn’t stop cuddling and playing with him while he was smiling. I’m addicted!

   
     

It does get easier!

Sitting here with a sleeping baby on my lap and enjoying every moment of it! We are just over 6 weeks now and finally seeing the light at the end of the newborn tunnel.

As much as I wanted this, as hard as I worked to get it, I was surprised to spend the first few weeks crying every day. A bad case of baby blues mixed with no sleep and a wide awake screaming baby just really beat me down emotionally. We had our good moments and I’ve been crazy in love with our little guy since day 1, but we were not prepared for the insanity of being first time parents. All those classes did not help! I feel like they purposefully neglected to mention how tough it is because they don’t want to scare the crap out of everyone. 

While we still have some trying moments, we are learning and getting better.  I haven’t cried in days! I can’t say the same for the baby, lol. 

  

Less Picky Posting

Two blogs in one day, omg! Well I started posting from my phone and not worrying too much about it being perfect. I got a feeling this new attitude is going to be manifesting in other parts of my life as I try and adjust to the new mom thing.

Also with the phone I can use “talk to text” and make it even easier!

I was trying to decide if I wanted to change the blog to a public blog and make a lot of changes and improvements. I was going to expand it and add new sections and articles, big plans! Well, that will be a while! And until then, I’m going to keep this blog what I originally started it as-a blog to keep me sane. A place to unload. A place to share with others in similar situations. 

The only thing that doesn’t fit so much any more is the name. Nobody’s really telling me to relax anymore. They’re all telling me “sleep when the baby sleeps.”

Yeah right. Who’s got these magical sleeping babies? 

The Friar Tuck

That’s what my husband has been calling Keelan’s new hairstyle. He was born with a full head of hair but over the next couple weeks his head peeled from his eyebrows to his crown. It was pretty bad looking! What was left was peach fuzz and male pattern baldness. I think he looks like the Benjamin Button version of my husband. 

 

I at least got all the flakes cleaned off by taking sunflower oil (any oil will do) and lightly brushing his head with a soft cradle cap brush. It all flaked off in giant pieces and then I washed it all off in the bath. Nice clean head 🙂

   

I miss my blog

There was a time when I would blog a few times a week sometimes once a day! Now I can barely formulate a blog in my head much less type it out. It’s amazing how such a tiny little being can completely kick my ass. 

He’s just over one month old now and we still don’t have much of a schedule. But things are getting a little better. We figured out how to split the evening schedule so we both get a little sleep, and he starting to have more awake time but less crying. 

He’s a handful but he’s my little cutie pie! And sometimes my tiny dragon 🙂