Who Knew?

I am surprised just how much I am learning as I prepare for our daughter to join our family. I am surprised how little I actually know.

This morning I had some quiet busy time while I was getting the garbage ready to put out, and I was thinking about what’s in store for us. I realized it’s been something like 12 years since I have had to change a diaper. Is it like riding a bike: once you learn how, you never forget? I hope so. If diaper technology has changed in the last 10 years, I am screwed. (I think baby bum technology has remained pretty much the same, so at least I know that much.)

I had forgotten how many baby medications there are. I don’t recall ever knowing there were baby versions of Tylenol and Advil and Motrin and Gravol. I had forgotten the wonderful world of Anbesol! And there are so many homeopathic or natural meds out there now as well. I wonder how I will keep them all straight.

I wonder how I will ever know she needs them. I wonder how I will ever know what she needs.

And baby products in the grocery store are never-ending! I have no idea what half of these things are! I am embarrassed to admit, I am going disposable for much of this trip — bibs and washcloths and that sort of thing — because it’s convenient and laundry is not a really viable possibility while we are away. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have all that stuff! Good doG, I have tons. I’ve been buying it bit by bit all along, so we are well-stocked with washcloths and baby spoons and sippy cups. One thing I did when we started this process is buy one or two things each week when I was grocery shopping — a soother here, a pack of diapers there — so that the expense would not smack us in the face all at once. And also, it means we don’t have to run out and get a bunch of stuff while we’re stressing with packing before we go and/or cocooning with baby when we get back.

Did you know they have washable, reusable swim diapers out there? I didn’t. Did you know those things your friend/neighbour gave you with all the boxes of clothes were waterproof change pads? I sure as heck didn’t. Did you know Gatorade was basically the same as Pedialyte? I didn’t. Did you know you needed all these things? I didn’t.

I am learning a lot. I think I can basically get my kid fed, bathed, and to sleep. I can entertain her. I can keep her mostly comfortable and happy, on a normal day. But beyond that… I have a lot to learn.

It’s a good thing she’s so small. She won’t know that I haven’t got a clue. We can learn together.

3 thoughts on “Who Knew?

  1. WELCOME TO MOTHERHOOD.
    There are many things you will find out that you did not know. YOU WILL BE LIKE THE MAJORITY OF US WHO FIND OUT WE DON’T KNOW A LOT ABOUT BABIES UNTIL WE HAVE OUR OWN. THEN WE LEARN FAST BECAUSE OUR BABIES DEMAND IT AND WILL LET US KNOW IN SHORT ORDER IF IT IS RIGHT OR WRONG.
    1. Get on good terms with your druggist.(He will be your best friend.
    2. On diaper changing…..It’s like riding a bike, you remember things in a hurry.
    3. Stay in touch with someone who has a little one.
    4. Relax , they just want to be loved, kept clean, and feed.
    5. You can always call Gram. But I must say I am getting behind in the baby department.
    6. Enjoy your new baby girl!!!!

  2. Well Gram, better start brushing up on the babyhood… because I am going to need all the help I can get!!

    But on the plus side… perhaps I’ll be able to tote herself down to visit from time to time when the seat sales are on, while she still flies for free!

  3. You MUST go get this book for you and BDH to read on the plane.
    http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Owners-Manual-Instructions-Trouble-Shooting/dp/1931686238

    For I think it will be most helpful and right up your alley.

    As to the other? Relax. Look how many times you given me some of the most helpful parenting advice EVAH. You got this. You can DO this. And, you’ll be fabulous at it.

    But sometimes? Sometimes, having the sense of humor that you do is really what you need to get through it. Just remember what you told me one time, “Sometimes, they just need to have a little cry.” And you, as it turned out, were completely right.

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