So, as you’ve probably gathered from my blog’s name, I’m a bit of a list maker. Well, this weekend I re-discovered what must be my all-time-favourite list, the mother-of-all lists if you will. I can’t take all the credit for this little beauty. It was written in cahoots with my sleep-deprived, first-time dad husband (in fact, he did most of the actual writing). It makes for hilarious, heart-warming and ever so slightly worrying reading!
This list was made during the first five days after bringing our newborn daughter home from the hospital. It details her every activity. Every nappy was analysed and compared against the NCT poo colour chart we’d been given as a handout during antenatal classes. Every feed was timed and written down, along with which breast had provided the said sustenance.
For some reason, in the new baby blur, we both became convinced that when the midwife came to check in on our tiny charge she was sure to give her hapless, exhausted parents an FBI-style grilling. I’m not quite sure what we thought might happen. It was as if we expected to be asked to sit some kind of parental exam to assess our fitness to take care of this helpless little person.
Since we were both in a sleep-deprived, emotional haze we must have decided that neither of us, not even my usually cool-as-cucumber husband, could be relied upon to provide an accurate enough account, so we’d better just write it all down, just in case.
It seems so funny reading it now, almost two years on, but back then it must have felt like a totally sensible thing to do. Another thing that had seemed entirely logical at the time was ordering another three baby care books from Amazon at 3am in the morning from my hospital bed, just hours after I’d given birth! I already had at least two at home but as the enormous weight of responsibility hit me it was all I could do to feel that little bit more in control. And I couldn’t bring myself to sleep when I had such a precious bundle lying next to me.
So here is the first 24 hours from that list, our daughter’s second day in the world… it may be a tad repetitive!
1.15am (when the list appears to begin) – Big nappy change, dark.
1.25am – Right side feed, ten minutes.
1.45am – Left side feed, 20 minutes. Unsettled until 2.40am then another feed, right side 20 mins.
3-4am – Husband settling her.
4am – Sleep on/off, 5.45 am swaddled.
6am – Unsettled.
6.15am – Big nappy change.
6.25am – Swaddled.
6.45am – Left side feed, 20 mins, then swaddled (after a few more days we realised that Little Miss actually didn’t like being swaddled, she much preferred to stretch out all her limbs and kick her feet!).
7.05am – Sleep.
9.40am – Right feed, 15 mins.
10.10am – Little bit sick – uncomfy (windy?)
12pm – Left feed, 20/25 mins
12.45pm – Right feed, 30 mins. Bit of a struggle getting into position.
1.45pm – Nappy change, dark poo. No smell, poss bit wet?
3.10pm – Midwife visit.
3.30pm – 15 mins feed each side. In-laws visit.
5.45pm – Feed, 20 mins left, 15 mins right.
6.45pm – Left feed and right (15 mins each until asleep).
7pm – Nappy change – poo bit lighter. More poo while being changed.
9pm – Left feed 10 mins.
9.30pm – Cleaned top and tail and changed wet nappy – pinkish tint, no poo.
9.50pm Right feed 15 mins, then sleep.
And so it continued. Poo became green, then yellow. We had some hiccoughs, some grunting and a few more sick spells. As the days go on, the lists get that bit shorter until we finally realised that, actually, we are doing ok and don’t need to do this.
Are we the only new parents to have done this? Did anyone else do anything similar?
And hope you like the early picture of my gorgeous Little Miss.