I dragged myself home from work after a hectic and difficult day. My husband and Punkie were already home and I could hear them playing in the living room as I walked in.
On my way through the kitchen, I noticed (1) the washing machine was running (highly unusual), and (2) there was a note on the kitchen table from day care.
Pausing to look at the note, it took a few minutes for the words to de-fuzz in my failing, tired eyesight. The note said that Punkie had a diaper blowout of such epic proportions that they had no choice but to give him a bath and they recommend that we just throw away his clothing. They explained to my husband when he picked Punkie up that, at one point, the poop radiated out from his diaper to cover 90% of his body. It reached all the way up the back of his neck.
That’s a new one on me. Um…sweet? (That’s probably not the appropriate reaction.)
I blame the peas. I know Punkie loves those now (horrifying), but they’re disgusting and they obviously have an agenda of their own.
Punkie is 5 1/2 months old and I haven’t figured out yet how to meet other new parents.
It seems like it should be easy, but I am apparently not hip to the mommyhood secret club. I imagine Punkie with little friends and play dates, but it just hasn’t happened. I suppose it isn’t urgent – he is at day care Monday through Friday and is meeting and playing with other babies there.
I live in a very nice, family filled suburb. There are kids all over the place. How do I not run into other new parents on a daily basis? We enrolled in a baby sign language class for two reasons – to help Punkie develop his communication skills even before he can talk, and to meet other parents. I guess I don’t click with the few other parents in the class.
I think maybe my work schedule is a factor – a lot of new moms are physically at work outside the home as well, or they’re out and about during the daytime hours. I’m lately only out and about during a very narrow band of time in the evening.
I worry that my social failings will have a lasting effect on Punkie. I want him to have life-long friends. And to learn that you shouldn’t grab other babies’ noses with a kungfu grip (I neither confirm nor deny any such event).
For now, though, he seems happy.
Punkie is 5 1/2 months old now and I’m struck by how, since he was born, it’s the little things about him that make me smile. Although my routine has become a monotony, Punkie has a lot of quirks that really entertain me.
He’s babbling and yelling gibberish at us continuously. He’ll jump in his Jumparoo toy for 15 minutes straight while yelling and smiling. I just love it – I can tell that he has a lot to say. My husband thinks I’ll regret saying this, but I can’t wait until he starts talking. I am going to love hearing the rolling commentary of everything in his head.
Also, he has a new habit of snatching things out of my hands. He’s fast! His favorite thing to try to snatch away is my phone- here he is trying to grab my phone for the 100th time:
I’m sure this should annoy me, but he’s so darn cute and he’s always smiling when he does it. The only real issue is that this new habit is cutting down on my coffee intake in the morning – I can’t risk burning him with a hot coffee mug.
We’ve started him on some solid food and he has favorite foods already. For some reason, Punkie just loves carrots and peas. Personally, I cannot stand peas and I find the smell of the pea baby food to be disgusting – I can’t understand how those win out against apples and bananas. I told him that I love him even if he likes peas instead of apples. This enthusiasm for peas and carrots is as endearing as it is puzzling. And I have time to work on the apple thing – apple season is coming up quickly.
It’s the little things.
If Punkie has a motto, it’s “Live to Bounce,” or “Vivamus Currentis” (because all good mottoes are in Latin).
The bouncer is by far his favorite toy. He is so fun to watch while he’s bouncing it out in his bouncer.
And I’m happy to have a use for my old, expensive textbooks from law school. I graduated 15 years ago and, since then, these books have been gathering dust.
Now, they have a new life. A life dedicated to bouncing.
The kind folks at day care sent home a note letting us know that they were doing teacher conferences this week for all the kids. We were invited to schedule a conference with Punkie’s teacher.
Punkie is 5 months old, so I’m not entirely sure what we will talk about. I mean, I don’t want to NOT go to the conference – I want to know everything about how Punkie is doing. But, what are we going to talk about?
Why yes, Mrs. Punkie’s Mom, Punkie appears to like the color orange and the butterfly toy that goes “HONK” when it hits the floor. He also poops a lot and dislikes napping.
Any suggestions for questions I should ask?
Also, as I discussed in a previous post, we’ve been ejected for illness. So . . . I will need to find a baby sitter to watch Punkie while my husband and I go to day care. Just take that in for a moment.
About a week and a half ago, I wrote that day care is snotty. HA! It’s worse than snotty.
Punkie is sick again. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate because he never recovered 100% from the cold he developed on day 4 of day care. Now, he has a fever.
Day care called me yesterday to let me know that Punkie had a fever over the maximum permitted threshold of 100 degrees and that I needed to come and get him right away.
I dropped everything and cancelled a couple of meetings and went to get him. When I left day care with Punkie, I found a piece of paper in his bag that said (and I’m paraphrasing) that he was sent home for a fever and would not be welcome back until 24 hours after the fever went away without the help of medication. So, if he magically recovered the same day, the earliest I could bring him back is Thursday. More likely is that he would not go back until Friday or next week.
Okay… what do I do now? I can’t bring a sick baby to work, so I need some kind of child care or I have to take time off from work. I can see why it takes a village – someone has to be around when day care ejects the baby.
I brought Punkie to the pediatrician and she thinks that he got a virus on top of his cold. The poor little guy was really miserable and I felt bad for him. At its highest, his fever went to 101.8 and I’m not 100% sure why, which bothers me a lot.
He had never been sick before he started day care two and a half weeks ago. He’s going to have the strongest immune system in history if he keeps this up.
He looks better this morning. And, luckily, my husband was able to stay home with him today.
I was thinking about all of the things we received at our shower – our friends and family were so generous, it was pretty overwhelming. Some of the baby gifts we received were necessities – diapers, car seat, crib, etc. Some other things, we never used.
When it comes to non-necessities that we did use, my absolute favorite is the Podster. I affectionately call it the “cushion.”
Here is a video that shows it off a little bit: http://leachco.stores.yahoo.net/podster1.html. It’s basically a Boppy with a closed end, so the baby can lounge in the pillow.
I put the cushion on the couch and Punkie hangs out with me while I’m doing things that require me to have my hands free (like take tons of photos of Punkie, fold laundry, eat lunch). You can’t carry the baby every minute of every 24 hours in a day, but I didn’t want to put him in a bassinet where I couldn’t see or talk to him. Having the cushion on the couch, I could sit next to him and talk to him constantly (lucky kid?).
The cushion inclines the baby a little bit so he can see what’s going on around him (I hear that it’s good for reflux). It’s also very comfy and is Punkie’s favorite nap location.
I use this thing EVERY. DAY. When Punkie outgrows this cushion, I will be very sad . The day is near – he is rolling now, so the cushion on the couch is no longer a totally safe hang-out for Punkie.