Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The first time I looked after a baby.

Having trouble during nappy change time with a wriggly baby? Try BabyLove Nappy Pants - with no tabs to contend with, the 360-degree stretchy waist allows you to pull them up quickly and easily, so your active toddler can get back to action in no time! Request a sample.



Its safe to say that before I had my own baby, I was a tad obsessed with babies. Even before I started trying for one of my own. I just couldn't get enough of them. You know those people who are too scared to hold newborns and have no idea what to do with them, that's never been me. I'm always the first in line to hold a baby and they usually fall asleep in my arms. So, when my brother and sister in law had a baby I was pretty much holding up a massive placard sign saying FREE BABYSITTER from the moment she was born.

She didn't have the easiest start in life being born six and a half weeks early, but she was still perfect. She spent 17 days in the NICU and I used to go up there every two or three days after work and just sit with her at night time for an hour or so. I got to hold her a few times because the nurses said it was better for her to be held by people she was going to be around than by them all the time. It was definitely love at first sight with her. I couldn't wait for her to come home so I could steal babysit her.


At two months old I finally got my chance to look after her overnight. I stayed at my brothers place and looked after her in her own room the first time before taking her back to my place by myself. I still looked after her completely by myself, but it gave us all a bit of a safety net. The first night certainly was an eye opening experience.

I was super paranoid that she'd wake up and I wouldn't hear her. I was so naive. You see in order to have to wake up, you have to actually fall asleep first. Which I never really did. Between the main road traffic outside, the constant paranoia that she'd stop breathing and then physically getting up to check every ten minutes or so that she was breathing, there wasn't really much time for sleep.

Apart from the lack of sleep though I thought I had that shit pretty much down pat. She was sleeping. She was getting fed on time. She was burping. She fell back to sleep after each fed and change. I was pretty much a babysitting god, albeit a tired one. Until about 6 in the morning.

It all started out normal enough. Wake up, warm bottle, feed, burp, change. It was when I took her nappy off that things turned ugly. Welcome to poonami central! I shit you not (pun intended), she had done the biggest poo I had ever seen. She was only two months old (and being six weeks early was about the size of a one month old). Where in the hell did it all come from?! To top it all off as I was changing her she put her socks in the poo. Then, after I took her socks off, she put her feet in the poo!! This was clearly before I realised holding babies feet while changing them is an important part of the process. Eventually after using seventeen wipes, yes SEVENTEEN, she was finally cleaned up and without socks, but thats the price you pay if you're going to shove your feet in poo.

In order to recover from my introduction into poonami land, we sat on the bed and played together for a bit. Mainly so I could convince myself that she was actually cute and not just a poo spraying devil creature. She thought the whole episode was quite hilarious. Especially when she started farting and then made a funny face at me.... You didn't, did you?! 

Oh my god you did! Yep ladies and gentlemen within five minutes of producing poonami she decided she wasn't quite done and had another crack at it. Seriously. Where does it all come from?! Needless to say my brother was really happy that I'd looked after her that night and he thought it was just as hilarious as she did.

For some reason it didn't put me off though. I was still well and truly smitten with that little baby girl and we had many a fun sleepover at Aunty Toni's house. Thankfully it never involved another poonami episode, but it did involve a lot of cuteness.



Have you ever had to use seventeen wipes to clean up a poonami?


Toni x

Linking with Jess

This post is part of a Nuffnang native advertising series.


Having trouble during nappy change time with a wriggly baby? Try BabyLove Nappy Pants - with no tabs to contend with, the 360-degree stretchy waist allows you to pull them up quickly and easily, so your active toddler can get back to action in no time! Request a sample.

22 comments:

  1. She is too ADORABLE. Those pics! I'm melting. Top post Toni (stopping by via #IBOT)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know right. I went back through all my pics of her last night then all the pics of bub and now I well and truly want another one. They're just too cute!

      Delete
  2. love it. Izzy did some really good ones when she was a newborn/infant too. i think i came close to about 8-10 wipes on her many times. Ella's always been good at the poo's that's for sure (she still is now even with toilet training lol)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You should tell Ella about it lol she wont believe you. I showed her old videos I took of her as a baby and some of these photos a while ago and she kept saying "that's not me!"

      Delete
  3. Ha ha ha. What a great introduction to babies!:-) #TeamIBOT

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yea I think she just wanted to get all the bad shit out of the way lol.

      Delete
  4. Ha! My nephew, now 14, was my first baby to look after and yup, he pooped like a trooper!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I swear they do it to put us off having kids so they can be the golden ones forever!

      Delete
  5. Oh god, poonami is one word I am GLAD to remove from my vocabulary forevermore. I'm having horrible flashbacks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Fun isn't it?! Ironically when I was writing the post I kept putting an "n" where the "m" should be and that turns it into an entirely different word with a vastly different meaning, good thing I proof read.

      Delete
  6. Love that word 'poonami' LOL! Yes I have experienced many a poonami in my day and had to use zillions of wipes (ok slight exaggeration). I was also like you - always clucky and loved babies. My husband's brother and his wife's two baby girls were ADORED by me. I babysat them all the time, during the day, overnight - lots! They had their own beds, their own cups, their own plates. I adored them. Eventually I had my own kids and was cured of wanting to babysit other peoples babies/kids. Those two nieces are grown up now and I still adore them :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They have two girls too and I was obsessed with both of them. I didn't go as far as buying them cots or anything though, but I did have a portacot and pram. I'm still sooooo clucky after having bub, probably more than before.

      Delete
  7. I'd say I've come very close! I hate those ones in the car and when you lift them out it's everywhere. Even up to their arm pits. It sure is a shock to the system the first time you look after a baby. What a good Aunty you are :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hayley used to do explosive ones up the her armpits all the time because of her allergies. Don't miss those. It's good cos I'm their only Aunty too so I will always be the coolest one!

      Delete
  8. I remember one that went on forever and ever. I think it took about seventeen cloth nappies to clean it up. All over clothes, and the car seat, and eventually I was just standing at the change table holding her feet, and the nappy in front as she kept on going.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh my word yes! Phoebe did the worst one this week that I've ever seen! Thank goodness for wipes and napisan!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh thankgod for Napisan, I don't know where I'd be without it!

      Delete
  10. What a wonderful sister you are! Can I steal you? ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha yes if you have a cute little baby I can cuddle! I can't resist them, even though my own has worn me out now.

      Delete
  11. Ha ha yes at first when I was babysitting I used to use dozens and dozens for fear I might actually get poo on my hands - oh how things have changed - thanks for linking!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yea I'm no stranger to having poo all over me now!

      Delete