I talk the big talk, but really most of my advice is a little weak. So dear Violinist, you have a week, and I hope you’re more prepared then I was because I was so damn sure I was NOT having that kid today. And the kid disagreed. So I figured I sum up my best jewels in one post.
The Diaper Bag: Have two. One that you take with you, and an emergency one with wipes, diapers, a blanket, and a change of clothes in the trunk. You’ll be amazed how many times you’ll need it. In the bag you carry, never forget zip lock bags, in case you can’t find a trash, and a small tube of diaper cream because it’ll saves asses, yours and hers. If you do pacifiers, ALWAYS have two. Always carry toys.
Toys: The best toy EVER is a set of measuring spoons. They’re shiny; they’re loud; they’re cold to put into a teething mouth. I learned this from my grandma. They’re also super easy to clean.
Chores: In the next few months, you need to sleep when she sleeps. Enjoy this because it won’t happen again. Make sure your sweet husband pitches in. Failing that, “dishes, your new home is now the dishwasher.” Use the dishwasher like a new cabinet. It helps.
Naps: When you decide not to sleep when she does, don’t turn off the phone or put off vacuuming. The kid has got to learn to sleep through distractions, or you’re going to have a hard time with naps when she’s a toddler.
Colic: Most kids get some form of it. It’s normal. Both my boys had it due to gas. If it’s gas, Mylocon drops and baby reverse crunches. Every one told me to cut out things from my diet, broccoli, cucumbers, caffeine, chocolate. When they got to chocolate, I freaked out and called the doctor, who said don’t change your diet because the baby has to learn to deal with those foods eventually.
Random Weirdness: Babies do weird things, like turn purple, shit ALL THE TIME, make choking sounds. If you have a doubt, talk to your pediatrician before you become Dr. Mom. This will keep you from freaking out and doing something stupid.
Stupid: You’re going to do something stupid. You’re a first time mom, and she’ll survive. You’re going to have this crazy irrational fear that won’t make any sense to any one but you. My mom was worried someone was going to microwave me, and I, well, it still seems rational to me, so I don’t know.
Phases: Always remember “This too shall pass.” This applies to those horrible nights of colic and teething because she won’t do it forever. This applies to those cute sweet moments because she won’t do it forever.
Well, I think that covers all my advice, but then I’m aiming low and hope to get my boys out of diapers and out of juvy. So, ladies, does anyone else have anything to add?