Friday, May 18, 2012

Teaching and Learning

This week, it has been extremely difficult to understand the role of teacher versus student.  For the most part, I think I've been the student and the teacher has been this little Nugget:

Today marks his 5 week birthday, and here is a shortened list of the things he has taught me this week alone!

1.  When I say to him before every nap/sleep, "I love you to the moon and back, all the time, every day, no matter what,"  the statement must also apply at three o'clock in the morning when I am putting the third onesie over his head in less than 10 minutes because he had peed through the first one, peed on the second one before I could get his diaper attached and pooped on the third (it was 3 o'clock in the morning, cut me some slack!).  Thankfully the third application lasted until morning.

2.  Sometimes motherly instincts trump medical school degrees and I should have followed my instincts.  Thankfully nothing was unable to be undone.  I hate wrecking the little guy's digestive system even if only for a day.

3.  Being 10 lbs, 1 oz when you are 4 weeks and 3 days old only lands you in the 50th percentile but 0-3 month sleepers will be too small.  Remind me to write a letter to Gerber and tell them how their clothing is inappropriately sized.

4.  Just because the label says "1 month+" doesn't mean that when you are exactly one month old it will be the right option for you.

5.  Sleep during the day is apparently optional.  But sleep at night is not.  Which is the way we would prefer it.  Thanks for the great night last night, Nugget.  But I pay a stiff price today!

6.  Running four weeks postpartum is difficult.  Running four weeks postpartum pushing a jogging stroller uphill, against the wind is IMPOSSIBLE!  We need to find a flatter route.  Or hope for the wind to ease up.

7.  At some point in the past five weeks, I have learned the difference between the cries of "I'm bored and don't feel like sleeping so come pick me up and play with me," and "Oh, Momma, I am in distress please come quickly, I need your help."  Rule of thumb:  if he sounds like a cat, it's a trap...he doesn't need me, he wants to play!

8.  Lower intestinal gas cannot be "cured" with infant Mylocon.  But keeping his belly warm and massaging it in a clockwise motion can release enough "Nugget Toots" to make me giggle for HOURS!!!

9.  Whoever invented the baby swing deserves a Nobel Peace Prize...with emphasis on the "Peace!!!"  Thank you, whoever you are!

10.  Spit-up happens.  It dribbles down chins and onto shoulders (his and mine alike...shoulders, not chins), so I need to except it, wipe it up and move on.  Stop stressing about the clothing.  Tide Boost can remove the stain but it will not give back the 15 minutes of quiet time I just lost because I insisted on changing his clothes and therefore needed to settle him back down before nap time.


  1. Cute post. And this little nugget...I saw your dad when I first glanced at the photo!

  2. I love to read your posts:) A couple of comments. Gerber has the worst sizing ever...they must know it. Stack the small soft (no binding just zigzag stitching around the edge) baby wash cloths on your changing table and place one over his private area when you are changing him....if he pees you just need to toss it in the laundry with his other clothes or a load of towels. They are very absorbent. When he starts eating, keep a stack in the kitchen. You can wipe him down, wipe the tray/table, and then wipe the floor before you toss it in the wash. I have about a dozen at my house and they are so handy and cheap. Baby massage is a very good thing:) He is growing up sooo fast, I can't wait for his river visit.

  3. Sue, That's the funny part! I did have a cloth covering it. But it tends to dribble down to his bottom or be pointed toward his head in which case, I don't catch it fast enough! I go through about a dozen of those little cloths a day! They are great for bathing him too!

  4. I have to agree with Kellie, he does look like your dad at this point.

    Funny what the little guys will teach us, but sounds like you faster at catching the meaning of cries than I was, it took me at least 3 months.....for each one of the boys...

    Little boys and their pee, just wait, really, I have stories that will uncurl your hair.


  5. Heck with Gerber. Save the name for baby food if you need it. Keep writing your list of learns. It is going to get long and in 20 years you will have lots of laughs reading it.

    Bryan is learning from you too. What do you think his little brain is planning for you tomorrow??