Sound familiar? I have experienced every single one of these with my newborns!
by Nikki Pennington | staff writer for The Snap Mom
Newborn Lockdown: this is what I have been on for the past seven weeks. Your pediatrician has put the fear of God in you about leaving the house for any length of time because everywhere is a germ-infested nightmare. When you get the courage to venture (sneak) out on your own, you can hear the voice of the pediatrician…you know at the next visit they will question you about it. He/She will stare you in the eyes and say, “Did you leave the house?” It’s not that you doubt your pediatrician, but you just want to double check the advice. What do you do? The only logical thing: google it. You find out if anyone else has left the house with a newborn early on. You will get fifty-eight million answers from moms on the BabyCenter. Most of these answers will ask “what kind of mom thinks about taking her newborn out that early?!” Since I decided to not leave the house much, I decided to use the time to learn about my new guy. I would like to share with you what a newborn lockdown looks like for us and hopefully help those of you that will soon be experiencing this to get a picture of what you will learn.
1. He is constantly plotting
All that projectile vomit it not an accident. He plans to avoid the burp cloth and aim straight for my hair, face, and the seventh outfit I have just changed him into…the best shot is down my shirt. Even though he can’t laugh just yet, I am pretty sure he is laughing on the inside as I panic to find anything in sight that will clean up the vomit. He may have his father’s sense of humor.
2. He’s secretly an owl.
He sleeps the entire day away, come 11pm to 3am he is wide away and extremely happy about it.
3. He’s a little Houdini
The entire time we were at the hospital, this guy wiggled his way out of even the most experienced nurse’s swaddle. He can kick out of everything, even sleeping. It’s pure talent really; I see it as a milestone.
4. He is an over-achiever
At seven weeks, this guy holds his head up for a long time and drinks six ounces like it’s nothing. Between the Houdini act and this, I’m documenting, and it will be noted on admission applications to college.
5. He has a mission
His mission is to help me lose weight. I know this because every time I go to sit down after heating up a meal, he starts to cry. It wouldn’t be so bad if the food wasn’t sitting right in front of me, and I can smell it the entire time I am feeding him.
All jokes aside, I am so blessed to be home and learning all these amazing and funny things about my guy. I find that my days are so much more fulfilling and entertaining with a newborn and two cheerio smashing, Mickey Mouse obsessed, toddlers running around on a nap strike.
About the author:
Nikki is a stay at home mom to three high spirited boys. Three years ago she became a motherless daughter after losing her own mom to terminal brain cancer. When she is not playing the role of referee for the boys, she spends her days trying to encourage and inspire others that are on the grief journey.