5 Reasons a Newborn Baby Will Make You Late

Life with a newborn, Life with baby
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I’m often late, and I know I’m not alone in this… Why, I hear you ask? Well, I have a baby, and baby’s appear notorious for delaying their parents departures…

5 reasons a newborn baby will make you latd?They cause chaos, and missed coffee dates. This is dire news to new parents. We crave talking to other parents and coffee, even if it’s decaf. Newborns also cause lunches to end up being at 4pm, or for that matter missed lunches, dinners at 9pm, or even dinners at 3pm. You have to eat as much as possible whenever you get the chance, dinner can be anytime!

So, what can your darling newborn be doing to cause all this chaos?…

  1. “I need milk NOW” screams. You can’t possibly ignore these! Drop everything and get feeding!
  2. Poo, poo, poo. Newborn poonamis are indescribable. Huge, explosive, leaky and most definitely, are not quick to clean up. They involve full changes and sometimes baths. And, I’m not just taking about changing and bathing baby, you might need to change too.
  3. Then there is the time baby’s cry says “Actually, mummy, you know how you just changed my nappy? Well you need to do it again” -the blue line confirms it. Yes it was only changed 5 minutes ago, but yes, baby was very good not wee-ing all over you, them, and the changing mat as you changed them…. They waited 5 minutes so you have done your victory dance, high-fived your other half, and revelled in our success as parents. Note. This might happen more than once, or on a bad day, twice. It can also lead back to points 1 and devestatingly 2.
  4. 4a. Then, there is the “Oh yuck I’ve just been sick. Clean me up, mummy! Quick! And, by the way you probably need to change me too” moment. This is pretty self explanatory and often leads back to point 1, followed by 2, and on your ‘you’re actually not going out days’ point 3. Then there is also point 4b… ? ? 4b. “Oooops I was sick on you too, you should probably change” I’d like to say I would change, but no, a wet wipe usually solves that problem enough to get out the precious door…
  5. Baby is sleeping. Never, never, ever, ever, ever move or wake a sleeping baby. Sorry dead arms. Sorry uneaten food. Sorry hubby feeding me biscuits and holding luke warm mugs of tea to my lips. I’m not waking the teeny tiny sleepy baby in my arms. I’ll even skip my coffee with my new mummy friends (though I will spend most of the time baby sleeps, hoping she wakes in time to still get there in time knowing they will mostly all be late too).

Please let me know you can relate to this??

Lynne x

PS. I must say I wrote this a while ago, when H was still only on milk…. Now she’s 9 months, my reasons for being late are a bit different… I’ll write about that next time!

PPS. As a side matter, if you’ve got a newborn or are still pregnant, just combine those meals and eat as much as you can when you can, who knows when your next meal will be, but you can guarantee little newborn will be demanding their food as soon as your dinner is cooked!?

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  • Reply
    Aisling Ozdemir
    September 1, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Hi, this brings back memories, not so long ago as my youngest is 2. The yellow poo is the worst and I had to throw away many many vests. Looking forward to your next post! #twinklytuesday
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      September 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Oh yes the yellow poo, really really was!

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    Silly Mummy
    September 1, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Yes, this happened to me. Followed by toddlers make you late. Followed by a toddler and a baby make you twice as late! #twinklytuesday
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      September 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Haha I’m sure I’ll experience the toddler version very soon eeeeek! Time is flying by!

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    September 1, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Haah this is fab! I am currently holding a sleeping three week old having just put two year old to bed!! During bed time stories said three week old wouldn’t stop feeding then decided he had over fed so threw up all over himself and me, right after bath time….fabulous! At least we weren’t trying to get out the door I suppose haha!
    Really enjoyed this!
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      September 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Haha yes, there is a positive! Typical though! Thank you for the compliment ?

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    Mummy's Blog
    September 1, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Oh yes, I can relate! Unfortunately it still takes forever to leave the house and my daughter is nearly a year and a half! Then again, at least it’s been a while since I had to burn a poo covered vest, lol!! x
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    September 1, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Yup, yup, yup!!! This has happened to be a million times and still continues to happen even 1 year on! haha! Such a lovely read! Thanks for sharing! Suz x Beauisblue.com

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    Cheryl @ Reimer and Ruby
    September 2, 2015 at 7:49 am

    I can totally relate to all of this… I remembered when I used to drop off baby Reimer to his childminder, he won’t miss having a poo spot on time when we’re about to go out, grrrr! #bestandworst
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      September 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Hahaha I’m glad we’re not having to make work deadlines… I don’t know how people do it!

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    Mumma McD
    September 2, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Ah yes, I remember all of these! Now I have 2 toddlers I’m generally running late because a) my son refuses to put on his pants b) my daughter decides she needs a poo just as we’re heading out the door or c) World War III has erupted because I suggested they help clean up their toys!
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      September 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Hahaha oh dear! Sounds interesting, I’ll await that with baited breath!

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    Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)
    September 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Haha I can relate to each and every one item here!!!

    Sadly it doesnt stop on babies. Once you have a child you are bound to forever be late =P

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      September 4, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      I better get used to it then… X

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    John Adams
    September 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Totally relate to this, although be warned as kids get older they imply find new mays of making you later! #MMWBH
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      September 4, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      I’m learning that… ?

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    Lady Nym
    September 3, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Ah, I remember those days well…if not fondly. It doesn’t take much less time to leave the house with a toddler and preschooler, though! #AnythingGoes
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      September 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks for the tip!

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    everything mummy
    September 4, 2015 at 10:02 am

    gosh I remember these days well, I am still always late now even though my girls are 18 months, 3 & 4 they always need the loo or to find one specific toy or in most cases they’re hungry – again! #thelist
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      September 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      I’m impressed you ever get out the door with 3 little ones! I can’t imagine!

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    Julie Dutra
    September 4, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Babies do have an amazing sense for comic timing, don’t they?! Mine would wake up the moment I sat down to eat and fall asleep the moment we wanted to leave the house…
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      September 4, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Oh yes, it’s uncanny isn’t it?!

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    September 4, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Yep yep yep to all! Never wake a sleeping baby, that is the truth. And also, those poonamis are something else!
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      September 5, 2015 at 6:42 am

      Glad I didn’t miss any tricks 🙂

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    Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)
    September 5, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Oh yesss! Can remember. I think it was always the poos. The explosive, clothes changing poos that got me! You are right though – they age and something else makes you late! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon xx
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      September 5, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks Sarah x

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    Random Musings
    September 5, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I think babies are born with some sort of sensor that knows when you are due to leave lol 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
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      September 5, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Absolutely! Thank you for commenting x

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    Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    September 6, 2015 at 5:35 am

    haha yep it is definitely difficult to plan anything in those newborn days as life basically revolves around all of these things! Sorry for the late commenting, thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays, hope to see you again tomorrow! x
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    September 8, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Ahh I remember these days. My son would always fill his nappy and baby grow just as we got into the car, all rightly secured in his car seat. I’d have to take him out and start all over again. Oh the fun! Totally worth it though 🙂 xx
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    […] I have been nominated by the lovely blogger Lynne over at New Mummy Blog.  If you have not been to her blog yet, I recommend you go and pay a visit as there are loads of wonderful posts in there as she reflects and mused about being a new mummy.  One of my favourites in her blog which is so hilarious and yet so true is her blog post entitled “5 Reasons a Newborn Baby will make you Late” […]

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    January 24, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Oh my word, I’m always late as it is so I doubt I’ll ever get anywhere at all once baby arrives! At least I’ll have an excuse then though!! x

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    Cucumber Diaries
    January 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    When I read your title my first thought was Poo, Poo, Poo so number 2 made me smile!

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    February 8, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Dealt with this today. Already running late getting my daughter to preschool in the snow and my son decides to take a massive poop! Fun Times.

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