Kate’s Temporary Belly Button….GONE!

When Kate was born (well, when any baby is born for that matter…), the hospital cut the cord and then clamp the remaining piece of cord so that there is no protrusion. This clamping process essentially allows the remaining umbilical cord to decay and eventually fall off. Truthfully, this looks kinda weird – the protrusion turns black and looks horrible.

The hospital informed us that we should wait until the temporary protrusion to fall off before we give Kate a full bath (as opposed to a sponge bath). They also told us to wash the protrusion with rubbing alcohol once a day, which we apparently did not hear. We did not touch her protrusion at all….until we started to smell it. Let’s admit it here…Jennifer and I are amateurs and we have absolutely no idea what we are doing. The protrusion started to smell really bad. By the time we got to the pediatrician, it smelled so bad that Jennifer and I wondered if she would ever smell as good as she looks.

The pediatrician heard us complain about the smell and immediately suggested we needed to clean it out every day and seemed surprised that we were not doing so. No infection, but I am sure we were skating on thin ice.

To make a long story short, the temporary protrusion fell off yesterday. I know what you are wondering…”Did you save it?” OF COURSE NOT. The thing smelled. I may take pictures like crazy and attempt to remember everything by writing about it, but the protrusion is not something I want to remember…I was happy to see it go because now Kate and I can have bath time. She seemed to enjoy her first real bath….and of course, there is a video of it all. Take a look!

One Comment

  1. Amy Kolarik
    Posted November 18, 2008 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I just want you to know how awesome Kate’s blog is. I feel like I live next door and am welcome over anytime. It is super fun!

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