I just realised we now start every day, and I mean every single day for the two or three months with baby H waking up having pooed. Sometimes it’s a poonami, other times, this is just the start and the rest will follow once we’re downstairs, well, as soon as we’re downstairs, then it’s back up to battle another change. Big deal you say? Let me explain…
- undo her sleeping bag,
- remove legs from babygro,
- undo nappy,
- wipe, wipe and more wiping,
- make sure the new nappy is in place and….
- Drumroll please, do up the new nappy
- Then either a) change all of baby’s clothes as there was a leakage, or, b) do up the old clothes and I’ll fight that battle later after a cup of tea!
Changing a newborn was simple. Easy peasey. She stayed still. Not any more, half the time as I attempt to lie her down she’s twisting round in my arm and on her side ready to go by the time I get her to the floor, other times she screams then flips and is away. I hold her legs and next second she’s doing the wheel barrow race.
So, do I have any magic solutions for his nightmare, no. Plain and simple, no. Other than….
- she does not do any of this for hubby. Only me.
- sometimes giving her a rattling toy or a bath toy helps for a bit. Something she doesn’t get often and never the same as the last nappy change. In fact his morning I got to the stage of putting he new nappy on fairly easily but only after giving H a little tub of her rice crackers to rattle.
- put nappies on while baby is crawling and standing. Believe me, if H has stayed on her back to get her clean nappy on, I do a little dance, congratulate myself, and feel on top of the world. I can do this being a mummy thing!
I should add that H started crawling on the day she turned 7 months, so at nearly, 11 months, she’s been crawling for almost 4 months. She’s been very fast for two months and so I’ve now accepted this crawling away and standing business.