Postpartum and Beyond

Why Babies are Terrible

Babies have a reputation of being cute and innocent. They’re small and they don’t know anything. Don’t let this reputation fool you though. They are really adorable little terrors. They come into your life and they turn everything upside down. Today we are going to take a look at why babies are actually the worst.

They’re freeloaders

They come into your house (sometimes they’re late and other times they’re early. Hello?! Have they heard of the due date?) and then they start demanding things from you. They want food, they want to be held, and they can’t even wipe themselves after they go to the bathroom? If they’re not sleeping they want something of yours. They don’t even understand the concept of money, so it’s just a waste of time trying to get their cut of the rent from them.

Poor communication skills

The only thing they know how to do is cry. They don’t know any language at all. So how does a baby tell you what they need you ask? They cry at you. When they’re brand new it’s all the same cry too. Are they hungry? Tired? Wet themselves? Who knows? Just that baby and they’re not making it any easier on you. I don’t want to accuse people of things, but I’m pretty sure they’re doing it on purpose.

Grabbing

What’s up with this? They see something and they just reach they’re little hands out for it. Phones, glasses, remotes, hair, just your face, it doesn’t matter. Nothing is safe anymore. What happens if they get a hold of it you ask? Well, they’re probably going to put it right in their mouth or they will manage to break it. My daughter once tried to eat my chin once. So, if you thought your face was safe, you were wrong.

Claws

You thought babies had regular finger and toe nails? Oh, no. They have little tiny claws that grow back quickly. Babies can be fast, so you’re never safe from a scratch or them digging into your skin. Cutting those things are hard too. They’re so curious with what you’re doing that they don’t sit still. Your best bet is to try and do it while they’re asleep and hope you don’t wake them. Be careful, if you cut them, you’ll not only feel terrible, but they’ll cry and cry because of it.

Sleep

For something that loves sleep (they need so much of it), they absolutely hate going to bed. They’re probably going to fight it. They can rub and rub at their little eyes, get caught sleeping sitting up, and still refuse to go to bed. They have a serious fear of missing out.

Another thing, they wake up early! If you think you’re getting a later day because the baby was up later, you’re probably wrong. Somehow the late night means they require less sleep and they’ll be up even earlier to wake you up!

Adrenaline Junkie

They have absolutely no concept of what is and isn’t dangerous? Electric plug, better grab and put my fingers in this. Large heavy objects? Better pull and try and stand on/against this. What is this? Put it in my mouth. You can’t even trust them sleeping. Babies are just constantly looking for their next adventure and don’t you even try to tell them no. You try and keep them from danger and they’re going to cry at you.

Personal Space

They have no concept of this. You need to get used to someone wanting to be by you constantly. Did I say by? I meant on top of you. They love to climb and be held by you. That is unless they’re trying to get their adrenaline fix. Your options as parent are now be a jungle gym, a bed, or following them around the house as they find dangerous objects or dirt.

So, there you have it. Those are a few of my reasons why babies are the worst.

I should also make it clear that I’m joking.

Babies do have a habit of unintentionally being the worst though. What are a few quirks that you notice babies do that you would add to this list? Also, let me know what you guys thought of the post. I needed something a little more lighthearted today.

Thanks for reading and I will see you next time!

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Postpartum and Beyond

My Hospital Stay Regret

Around nine in the morning on August 29, 2019, my husband, brand new baby, and I were transferred into our hospital room. A short while later my parents arrived. My husband’s mother wasn’t able to visit (I delivered sooner than expected). I adore my mother-in-law, but it was nice not to seem put together for another person.

I’m relatively close with my parents and I’m thankful that they were able to meet their grandbaby pretty much immediately, but looking back at it now, I think I would actually skip out on having visitors at the hospital. I would’ve really liked to use that time to be with my husband and Little P.

Overall, the number of visitors we had was pretty low. My parents and there was a family friend that stopped by. My parents stopped by multiple times throughout the day. The family friend came unannounced with my dad, which I didn’t appreciate, but that’s beside the point.

Every time people came to visit it felt like everything stopped and the focus went to them. I was exhausted, my husband was exhausted, and everyone just wanted to see and hold the baby. At that point, your baby needs to eat every two hours and (if you’re like me) then whenever your changing diapers it’s frustrating and difficult. You’re learning your baby and figuring out how to be a mom. My point here is, you’re not getting a lot of sleep and having visitors takes away time that you could be trying to nap.

I had a natural birth, so we only stayed in the hospital for about 24 hours, not including the whole birth process. I would probably feel differently if we had the C-Section as planned. We would’ve been in the hospital for three to four days. That’s a much longer time to be there. There’s more time to recover (as there should be) and a few friendly faces would be a welcome sight after a surgery like that.

For my circumstances though, I would’ve like to take everything in with my brand new little family and dealt with the greetings and celebrating once we were at home and comfortable. So, for my next baby (if there is a next baby), I think I will ask visitors to please wait until we’ve left the hospital to say their hellos.

So, what do you think? Are you all for the hospital visitors after a birth or do you want your space as well? I’m also curious if you’d be upset at not being invited to come to visit in the hospital.

Postpartum and Beyond

Ditching the Swaddle and Sleeping Through the Night

A Guide on How I Did It In A Week

When my daughter was 11 weeks old I had managed to convince myself that Little P would roll over in her sleep and suffocate. It was an irrational fear, I knew that then and I still know it now. She wasn’t anywhere near close to being able to roll herself over. But what if? I thought I’d give myself some peace of mind and help Little P stop using the swaddle. We’d have to do it sometime eventually right? Plus, this way I got to use all the cute sleepers people gave us. (I also didn’t have her in sleepers and the swaddle, I thought she might get too hot.)

Now, here is my experience on the week to ditch the swaddle and sleep through the night.

My Experience

Night zero

I swaddled Little P with one arm out and had her laid down at mostly sleeping at 10:45. I couldn’t get her to calm down and 30 minutes later I gave up because I needed to get up early the next day and I honestly just wanted us (okay, me) to get enough rest. So, I fully swaddled her, gave her back her binky, and she slept much better.
Bonus, I did as well.

night one

Today Little P woke up at 6:30 am. Throughout the day she had three short naps and one longer one during lunchtime.
I gave Little P a bath at 6:00 pm and had her laid down at 7 pm. She was swaddled with one arm out.
With her swaddled with one arm out early, I was able to help give Little P her binky when she knocked it out (or ripped it out, I swear she does it on purpose) and help her calm down if she happened to get fussy.
At 10 pm I woke her up, unswaddled her and gave her a bottle.
After the feeding and diaper change, I reswaddled Little P (still one arm out) and put her back down to bed.
There was some fussing throughout the night, usually, after she managed to knock her binky out. I was able to give the binky back and she went back to sleep.
At 3 am, I did get a little frustrated every few minutes she was knocking her binky out. I got tired of getting up and putting the binky back, so I disconnected her bassinet from the stand, put her and it in my bed, and it went much better. I was able to get her back to sleep (I had my hand gently on her) and I didn’t have to stand up any time she needed her binky back.

night two

Our day started at 7 am today. She ended up staying the day at her grandfather’s house, so I’m not too sure on exact specifics for her day.
I got her back in time to give her a bath at 6 pm.
She was again swaddled with one arm out and put down to bed at 7pm.
Again, she was woken up at 10 pm to bed fed and changed.
Today was a hard day throughout the night. Little P woke up fussy around 2:45 am. She kept knocking her binky out and was really fussy until about 4 am. From there she fell back asleep and didn’t wake up until 6 am.

Night three

Our day officially started at 7 am. (She started waking up at 6, but she was ready to go and eat at 7)
Today Little P spent the day at her grandmother’s house.
I got her back in time to get her her bath at 6 pm.
I had her swaddled with one arm out again. She was down and sleeping by 7 pm.
Tonight, I only woke Little P up to change her and not feed her. It was a bad decision as she woke up at 2 am for a feeding. After her feeding, her diaper was changed, and she was put back to bed.
She went down surprisingly easy. I like to think she also likes sleeping throughout the night.
The rest of the night she slept fine. She knocked her binky out once but went back to sleep right after she had it back.

night four

Our day again started at 7 am.
She had another long nap around lunchtime and only short ones in the morning and closer to 4 pm.
Little P was bathed at 6 pm and put down at 7 pm.
Tonight, I fully swaddled her (my husband had come back from his military work and I wanted to make sure that sleep happened for everyone).
At 10 pm I still fed Little P, but again, she was fully swaddled.
There was some fussing around 3 am. When I went to check on her, she had actually managed to get both arms out of her swaddle. I gave her her binky back and left her arms out.

Night five

We woke up at 7 am again.
6 pm she got her bath and at 7 pm she was put to bed with both of her arms unswaddled.
She was woken up to be fed and changed at 10 pm.
Tonight was a really good night overall. She fussed a little bit around 5 am, but once she got her binky back she went back to sleep.

night six

Today we mixed it up and woke up at 6:45 am.
We were back on schedule at 6 pm when she had her bath. Today after her bath she was changed into a sleeper (those baby clothes basically with built in socks and long sleeved). Today was the big day of not having a swaddle.
At 7 pm she was put to bed and, once again, at 10 pm Little P was woken up for a bottle as well as a diaper change.
The evening was uneventful. She only woke up once, around 3 am, she took her binky back and once again went to sleep.

night seven

We woke up at 7 am.
Again at 6 pm she was bathed and changed her into a sleeper.
7 pm she was put to sleep and at 10 pm fed and changed before being put back to bed.
This day there was no fussing throughout the night! There wasn’t any fussing. We managed to ditch the swaddle and get her sleeping all the way until 7 am.

How You Can Do It

Get a bedtime routine
The bedtime routine is really important. Get your baby recognizing when it’s time to sleep. I personally start mine off with the bath, but you can do whatever works for you.

Don’t skip that 10 pm feeding
If you don’t want to wake up throughout the night, then don’t skip the feeding. I learned it through experience. There’s no way your baby is going to sleep until morning without that feeding. Don’t be like me and think for some reason your baby now has an adult tummy and can go that long of a stretch with no food.

Go at your own pace
You don’t have to do both of these at the same time if you’re not comfortable. The logic works if you want your baby to sleep throughout the night first and then work on getting them out the swaddle.
You can also go slower with having your baby’s arm out. If you want to take a couple more days with one arm out, that’s totally okay.

Nap times
Keep the longest nap time around lunchtime. You don’t want a long, deep nap, closer to 7 pm. That means you’re going to have a wide awake baby who refuses to go to sleep.

Keep at it
I was complacent a couple of times throughout this. You need to keep up with it! Stay consistent and things will start working out.

Some thoughts

Remember it’s not a race! The goal isn’t to do it as quickly as possible. It doesn’t matter if you’re not ready to ditch the swaddle. It’s okay if you don’t mind waking up  throughout the night to feed your baby right now.
I did this when I did and how I did because my baby was mainly sleeping throughout the night anyway. She’d been waking up anytime from 3 am until 5 am for a feeding and then still waking up at 7 am to start the day.
I thought that it would be great if I could eliminate that feeding and just have our day start at 7 am. I felt my baby could handle the transition. If you feel your baby isn’t ready, it’s okay. You don’t have to push them into growing up too soon.

Also, keep track of how much your baby is eating (I formula feed, so that makes it easier). You want to make sure that your baby is still getting enough to eat.

Let me know what you think. Would you ever make the transition to no swaddling and trying to sleep through the night at the same time? Would you have waited longer or started sooner?