Having the baby at home brought all new “horror stories” to my ears. “You’ll be awake all night”… “they scream & cry constantly”… “they puke on everything”…”it’s impossible to get rid of diaper rash”…..
Either people don’t know how to deal with babies, or I’m a very lucky new mom. For the first few weeks, Cody woke every 4 hours for food… then he slept 6-8 hours a night, and now he sleeps from around 8 PM until around 8 AM. Not too bad!
Unless Auntie Kristy is around, he hasn’t been much of a spitty baby… sure once in a while he’ll spit on you, but mostly he’s been pretty clean and keeps his food in his tummy. Poor Auntie Kristy… she came all the way from NY with my Mom to be here when Cody was born, and Cody spent most of that time in the hospital. When he finally did come home and she sat down on the couch to hold him…. he let her have it… Boy…. did he let her have it. I think she refers to it as “egg beaters surprise”…. all down the front of her shirt. (I’m glad it wasn’t me! haha!)
And yeah, he cries and screams once in a while too, but all it takes is a few minutes of trying different things to get him to stop and be happy again. Diaper? Bottle? Hot/Cold? Bored? Lonely?…. almost always attending to one of those 5 items fixes the problem. There have only been a handful of times where I haven’t been able to get him to stop crying.
Diaper Rash… once or twice the first few weeks, but he hasn’t had it since. I truly believe the trick here is CHANGING THE DIRTY DIAPER. I use Pampers diapers and Huggies wipes. That’s it. No creams. No powders. No lotions. No diaper rash. EVER. Cody doesn’t like a dirty diaper, and he tells me right away when I need to change it. Sure, I probably spend a little more money on diapers… but I’d rather do that then let him sit in it and get rashes.
The first haircut… They tell me it’s impossible to get a child to sit still, much less an infant. Cody desperately needed a haircut around 5 months. I’m not kidding. His long locks were poking him in the eyes and tickling his ears. I was always de-tangling little knots! So off we went to our favorite hair cutter… Misty! I held Cody in my lap and Aaron manned the camera. Cody was so curious about everything… he sat almost perfectly still… as if he was listening to the scissors. No fear whatsoever… not even when Misty brought out the electric trimmers to neaten up around his ears and the back of his neck. He just sat there and slowly looked around. He even giggled!
Overall… the kid is an Angel. I’m not kidding. Ask Santa! We took the little munchkin to get his first picture with Santa. He was about 6 months old at the time. I started to hand Cody to Santa and Santa said “Oh no!! Not like that!! Just back him in…. back him in! Don’t let him see me!”… I guess most babies are afraid of Santa and cry for the picture… but not Cody! Cody thought Santa was TOO COOL…. We could not get Cody to look at the camera… He was way too busy grinning from ear to ear at Santa Claus. When we finally DID get him to look at the camera he stuck his tongue out at us! The little turkey!
Yeah, we have our difficult days, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Aaron & I are the luckiest parents in the world!