We learn as we go…

As I said before, Jennifer and I are amateurs at this whole parenthood thing. We learn more every day. Here is a breakdown of some of the things we have learned over the last two weeks:

– Kate is the leader of the family at the moment. She eats when she wants, sleeps when she wants, is awake when she feels it is appropriate and pretty much tells mom and dad when it is time to do anything. This is key to understand if we are to have any sort of happiness in this house.

-Nights, Days, Hours, Minutes, etc have no meaning anymore. Jennifer and I have no idea what day it is most of the time. When the rest of the world is waking, we are going back to sleep. When most of the world is going to lunch, we are just welcoming the day. Not sure time will every mean the same again.

-You can never have enough baby bottles. Breast milk and baby formula are not very patient. They last only a few hours at room temperature and last a few days in the fridge. (There is a whole set of rules to follow about thawed vs. fresh milk that I will not get into right now). Once Kate touches a bottle, she either drinks it all or it has to be thrown away. This makes for a very complicated situation at 3:30 in the morning when Kate wants to eat and there are no more clean bottles because she went through the rest of them already and dad did not wash them immediately because he was afraid he would put them in the fridge like he does everything else in the middle of the night (picture waking up in the morning and finding your blackberry in the fridge).

-There is no such phrase as “the laundry is done”. It’s NEVER done.

-Never (under any circumstances) take baby’s diaper off without placing a new diaper underneath (unless you enjoy cleaning baby poopy off furniture surfaces).

-Get used to baby sounds that seem more appropriate coming from your favorite college roommate who favored beer and burritos on a daily basis. Use these sounds as an indication of upcoming diaper change. (on the plus side, get used to hearing your baby have the hiccups on a hourly basis…and get used to falling in love with the “squeak” of a hiccup made by your adorable baby).


  1. amy
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    That cracked me up!

  2. Courtney
    Posted November 23, 2008 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    You just have to have friends come by and take a few hours of the night shift 🙂

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