The parenting books and blog posts I read prior to having my son, failed to mention these five new parent happenings. Therefore, I am passing on my discoveries and yes, they are funny now but a few months ago; not so much. Links in the post are items that we own and found useful.
One outing a day is the new normal
Gone are the days of running around town accomplishing multiple errands. With a new baby comes an extremely modified idea of what can be done in 24 hours. In fact, it is completely normal to be wiped out after a trip to the corner store. After packing a diaper bag, unexpected diaper blowouts, spit up, setting up a stroller or carrier; it’s a full day affair so try not be hard on yourself.
Rearranging furniture becomes a hobby
Babies change and grow at an exponentially fast rate. With that comes new furniture, new toys and new equipment. Since having C in March we have rearranged our living room, our bedroom and his bedroom countless times to accommodate a bassinet, a pack and play, and exesaucer, a play mat, a walker, and an organization area of toys. In the living room, we finally settled on a strange configuration where all pieces of furniture are along the perimeter of the room which although not visually interesting, it left the largest amount of open space for walking around baby items and playtime.
Teething rules the world
Take a minute and let that title soak in, because you’ll need to remember this when you’re about to pull out your hair. I know teething is mentioned in countless books and articles, however, it can not be fully understood until it is experienced. It is the longest, ever changing and most disruptive process that will happen to your child. It’ll mess up naps, night sleep, eating, temperament and just about everything along the way. Endless teething products will be purchased, in search of regaining sanity but it’ll all only offer temporary relief. Unfortunately, only time and some experience will make it better. Keep breathing!
Paper towels will need to be purchased in bulk
This sounds silly, I know. But for some reason we can’t keep enough paper towels in the house. Solids have pushed us over the edge and they are now on our subscription service with Amazon. As our son started solids and is teething he often likes to grab the spoon chew on it and throw it on the floor. Yes, we’ve tried kitchen towels and cloths etc. but somehow nothing beats a paper towel, and our dog isn’t bad clean up either.
Random children’s songs will become your jam
I never thought I’d watch children’s TV with a newborn. I imagined that I wouldn’t want to cloud his little brain with television nonsense. Haha, that didn’t last. For my sanity and not wanting to subject our baby too crappy daytime TV, I opted on cartoons a bit in the morning and again at the end of the day. PBS, Disney Junior and Sprout TV seem to have a few shows with catchy tunes that even my nine-month-old gets into. Therefore, throughout the day I can count on humming and singing Thomas the Train, The Number of the Day, and of course, the infamous, Hotdog Dance. If you’re not familiar with these yet, just wait to join the fun! Hot Diggity Dog!
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