You would think that the fact that I have a three year old and a 22 month old would mean that I would feel like a pro when it comes to taking care of a new baby. WRONG. I think I might actually feel the exact same as when I brought Isabelle home from the hospital.
Take for example, diapering a baby. This should be easy, right? And yet diapering Lawson is kicking my ass. (sorry for the cursing, I am tired) Let me start out by saying I blame it all on the fact that he is a boy, and that right now we are in the "care for the cut weenie" phase. You are supposed to put vasoline on the wenis (penis, wiener, weenie, pee-pee, whatever you want to call it) so that it won't stick to the diaper. How much vasoline? Good question. The tablespoon amount I am using may be a bit excessive. Which brings me to my next point.....I think the vasoline is causing the pee to be diverted straight out of the absorbent diaper on to Lawson and the surrounding clothes and blankets. He wakes up soaked 90% of the time. And I am pointing it down! It is coming out the side. I am currently losing my mind over diaper changes.
Next is gas. I must have forgotten how gassy babies can be and how painful it is. Lawson is a gas factory and in turn is a crying factory. He seems to be in constant pain and seems to always be farting. I know that this doesn't last forever, but for the life of me can't remember at what point it will. Is it two weeks? four? six? Somebody tell me when this kid will be able to fart without wanting to die.
Lastly, the thing that seems to be totally escaping me at this current moment is how in the world I got my girls on a schedule. I am a big believer in the sleep, eat, play thing. I think I have read babywise a dozen times. And yet, here I am, totally clueless as to how to get this kid on a schedule. Lawson is clearly a different baby. So far not really into doing what I tell him to do. Like sleep, or stop crying. Don't think that is going to stop me! It will likely significantly slow me down, but eventually this house will be a calm and predictable, routine oriented place.
So anyway, all that to say that I pretty much feel like a first time mom. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated. Have a great day!