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When tha Poop goes down, ya better be ready !

cypressCypress Hill once eloquently stated, ‘When tha ship goes down, ya better be ready’. The line I’ve quoted is of course the clean version that Cypress Hill released to be more radio friendly or PG (just like I’m trying to be). However, I’m sure you all know the original line, or at least can guess it. Well it’s these lyrics that I find to be bang on, when it comes to a newborn at nappy time. Cypress Hill had the advantage of being able to release a clean version, I on the other hand, am yet to see a clean version to be released from Rory.

Of course this topic was to come up sooner or later, this is a blog about a new child. A bog blog was always on the cards, and on the floor, and on the wall, and on the….. There has been many hilarious movie moments, horror stories, and a whole genre of comedy based on those little surprise packages that our little ones leave for us to deal with. Because of this build up, I was always a tad worried when it came to changing nappies. I can now tell you, if I’m to be honest, it’s not that bad…I can hear other parents mouthing right now ‘ oh yeah, you wait and see buddy ‘, and I totally agree, my child is only a couple of weeks old, and I’m guessing as input increases so does output, but for the moment it isn’t too bad. This could be due to the fact that I was ready for it.

Ok, as I don’t want to get bogged down in too much of the details, sorry just had to say it,  I think I’ll let Cypress Hill continue to describe nappy changing time with their hit song, so here goes, apologies if the rap is crap, but it is a crap rap….

When tha Poop goes down (ya better be ready) – BabyandtheBeard remix

Sittin’ on fat nappies they’re fat wit tha gack
Rollin’ around on the change table, an Ikea flat pack.
Still got my partner to watch my back
And she’ll clean ya ass, while I hold your hand and chat
Let fly some pee and my partner be gettin wettin’, I followbandana
With a hollow hand so she don’t swallow
Why wallow when you come to roll on? I pull the nappy clip
And before I bring ya ass on, what chu gonna do
Kickin’ a fuss, peeing on your head or a midwife’s bust
My grip surrounded, I’m about ta get rushed, I’m brushed wit brown death
How many smells stuffed in that nappy, my disposable change matt, cut

When tha poop goes down ya better be ready
(When tha poop goes down)
When tha poop goes down ya better be ready
(When tha poop goes down)
When tha poop goes down ya better be ready
(Ya better be ready)

I told my partner get tha bits off his glock
And tha rest from tha crack
As I strapped on tha bullet-proof vest
Boom I think I got one to tha chest
Hot damn I didn’t want to spill a thang
I still stand tall with tha Tommee-Tippee Clan
Y’all better stand back, diapers ’bout ta fall
I’m comin out blastin like Yosemite Sam
Spin tha handle on tha bin for tha plastic sausage bam!

When tha poop goes down ya better be ready
(When tha poop goes down)
When tha poop goes down ya better be ready
(When tha poop goes down)
(Ya better be ready)

There you have it, changing it up, nappy style.

In all seriousness though, being well prepared in advance of what is to come does take the heat off you at changing time. We found having the change table ready is best, with disposable mat, clean wipes, new nappy, new clothes (as I found leakage tends to happen, will cover later), and antibacterial hand sanitiser gel within hands reach. If your change table has a couple of layers, you can keep them stocked. Another great addition we have is a Tommee Tippee bin / nappy wrapper, this is a separate bin for disposable nappies, spoiled wet wipes, etc, that rolls them into a sausage like chain of plastic wrapped goodies. Locks in the smell!

There are many varieties of poo, and it depends on different factors, like, if your child is fed breast milk or formula. Our boy is getting breast milk so he supposed to have a nice mustard colour poo that is liquid like in consistency. There can also be little lumps of white milk curd. He is nearly creating these colourful treats (once straight onto my hand) each time he is fed, which is up to 10 times a day. I have been told by our mid-wife though, that a baby after a while, may go days without pooping, and this is normal when a child is breast fed. If fed formula, the child is supposed to be more regular however.

Also, as just sung about, little boys can shoot pee anytime, so we found having a cloth over it can soak up any stray shootings during nappy change. This doesn’t always work as Marilyn can attest, Rory is a keen shot, and can hit bulls-eye or Marilyn’s eye from over 3 feet ! His great, great, grand father was awarded a clock from Queen Victoria once for winning a shooting competition, so it must run in the family!

Well that’s about it when talking about such…..but I guess in life we all have to deal with it at some point, but I find it isn’t so bad when it is coming from your little one.

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Tip of the Ice-Blog #7

As I briefly mentioned before leakage can happen, which has been a nuisance of late, with changing sheets, mattresses and clothes etc. We had been using huggies disposable nappies, and they were fine for the first week, but with increased output they haven’t been able to keep it all in, all of the time. There seemed to be gaps around the leg. Thankfully, Rory’s aunty, had given us some re-usable Bumkins nappies that click together for different sizes. Since we have used them, Rory is leak free. You have to wash them but that’s easy enough and you can either use cloth or disposable inner linings. Perhaps a more cost effective option for both your wallet and the environment.

 

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Boy meets boob – A journey on the Marilyn Express.

boobmountainIt has been a lovely week with little Rory and Mum home. Yes it is true, sleepless nights go hand in hand with a newborn, mainly due to the consistent feeding that is required – every 2-3 hours – so we have said adios to those nice long uninterrupted slumbers. But who wants to sleep when you can marvel at your little wonder ? Another thing to marvel, is the intellect of a breast ! A breast you say…chuckle chuckle.

I am serious though, they are wonders of nature. It was jammed down our throat at all the courses, that breast is best, but only after seeing them in action can I fully appreciate them (hmmm hard to contain my smile writing this blog…yeah I know I’m immature, but tell me you’re not smiling too).

We were always hoping that Marilyn was able to breast feed, though never sure that this would be the case. Marilyn has a family history of it being difficult, and you don’t really know if you can until birth occurs. Thankfully, perhaps due to the support of our current health care system, Mum is able to breast feed. This may have not been possible without the midwives being hands on immediately, consistently assisting with the manual expression, providing general encouragement and offering support via lactation consultants.

Although, I say breast feed, it isn’t what you are probably thinking, it’s more like express or perhaps espresso feeds. Little Rory along with being a great sleeper, is a lazy feeder, just likes to have the boob in the mouth really…just like errr. Mum has therefore had to resort to expressing the milk into bottles and feeding him via them. Yes, I refer you back to a previous post of mine, monkey pump…according to Marilyn a breast pump bra would be very handy right now!

This constant expressing is a little bit of a nuisance and uncomfortable for Mum, as you have to plan for expressing, and have a power source (unless you have a manual pump), you just can’t whip it out so to speak. I’ve never seen someone use a pump in public, but from what I’ve seen at home, it is far from subtle, I again refer you to the pic from the previous post.

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This impressed our GP. ‘So you’re in IT’ he said…

The benefits of breast milk is worth the hassle though for both baby and mum. A couple of benefits for Mum, are that it helps reduce weight via fluid loss, and the act actually contracts the uterus back to pre-pregnancy. Amazing machines us humans, seems to be a reason for everything. For baby, it gives the child all the nutrients it requires, and provides natural anti-bodies to help with the immune system. Plus, it’s free. The breasts even regulate the amount of milk required.

We found that through expressing we were able to document exactly what we were feeding Rory. No worries about if he was, or wasn’t getting enough milk. Breast milk production increased through the week, exactly co-ordinating itself with what Rory required. 20-40 mls milk after the first few days, once colostrum had dried up (colostrum was administered via syringes whilst in hospital), and now up to 80 ml per 2-3 hour feed. The breasts knew best.

Our next step is to try and get Rory to get the milk from it’s source, all us guys know that tap beer beats bottle ! RBWH provides a free lactation service so we will be making an appointment this week to get some tips, for using the nips…can I say that here?;) We are after all, noobs to the boobs.

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Can’t cock the leg, but can definitely cock the eye !

As you can read, it’s all about learning for the family this week. Mum and I are getting to know what the little boy’s grumbles are. Urrrrrrrrr – is doing a poo (see left), so we put him in the squat position as gravity can help. Head bobbing, smacking lips, and hands in mouth – is he needs a feed. This is nearly clockwork. Just general grumbling is that he wants to be in a new position or some cuddles to help sleep. Wide bright eyes and reaching out, it’s time to play, whether it be tummy time on the chest, some up and downsies, or some fine air guitar to Led Zeppelin ‘Whole Lotta Love’. It’s such a pleasure seeing Rory come into his own, and showing more and more cute little expressions, even if it’s just him saying, ‘Yo dad, change my nappy!’

Rory has also had his first couple of outings, one to visit my Mum, or Netty. Another to see the Robinsons at the local markets, and some lunch with Unky Craig & Richie. Rory was happy to open one eye to say hi, and just lay back in his chair to take it all in (or sleep, mainly sleep).

All in all, it has been a wonderful first week, a fantastic learning curve for the whole family. We are first time parents just trying to get it right, but thankfully Mother Nature has some pretty great arsenal, just ask Austin Powers. Which takes me back to my original point, perhaps the next time someone calls you a boob (does anyone use this term anymore?), you can say ‘Thank you, so nice of you to say so!’, feeling sound in the knowledge that boobs are both smart and useful 😉austingirl

A quick thank you to everyone for their beautiful gifts and well wishes this week. It’s so nice to hear from friends, near, far and wide.

We are loving the love !

Tip of the Ice-Blog #6

Not everyone is able to breast feed. This doesn’t mean your child can’t get the nutrients he/she needs, as formula is a perfectly suitable substitute (we’ve used it when the boobs were out of service for a session, and I’ve got friends who could only use formula, their children are better than fine !). We have found breast feeding hard, and for us, it hasn’t come exactly naturally, but if you have the chance, I think it is worth the perseverance. It can save time and save money. There are many services out there more than willing to offer support, not just your local hospital. Such services as Australia’s Breast Feeding Association and Early Feeding Support Clinics.