Go with your gut feeling

In my recent conversations with parents with young children, I have noticed that a lot of us like to blame teething for many of our babies behaviours, whether it be the constant crying, moaning, coughing, pooping, chewing, drooling, sleepless nights, you name it, it’s because of those darn teeth.  After this week, I think it’s better just to go with your gut feeling and not assume that is because of those darn teeth…

We started off the morning with a very runny diaper.  Pretty much covered her up to her neck. This of course happening whilst we decided to go have breakfast at a nice restaurant. Of Course.  Then another pooping incident at home whilst sitting on me. Yes, I was covered in poop. Of Course.  Then the evening, not wanting to sleep because of her tummy rumbling, another pooping incident, covering the carpet with poop (and the next morning I noticed at work, also my feet). Of Course.  I have had not at much sleep at all.  Trying to change that diaper as soon as I hear somethings happening, to avoid a horrible nappy rash.

Of course the nappy rash became just worst once she was back at play school, because the teacher did not smell anything, so poor baby girl was sitting in ‘acid’ for few minutes.  Poor Baby Girl. 😦  Sudocrem works wonders.  Not only for babies, but even for adults as well.  So we have been smearing her with heaps of cream! After two days I decided enough is enough.  We got to sort this shit out (pardon the pun).  I went to chemist, told my story, lo and behold, was told that there is a stomach virus in the air! Baby Girl had a bad bug in her tummy!  So we got some medicine to take away the virus and help with the discomfort.  It is going so much better.  Poop is not yet the right consistency, but the colour is perfect.  Look at me describing poop.  Never would I have though that this would be so important subject. Poop.

So before you want to blame the teeth for all sort of behaviour.  Rather visit your clinic or pediatrician to make sure that nothing else is bothering your baby.

And now we wait for those teeth to cut through and constant crying, moaning, coughing, pooping, chewing, drooling and sleepless nights…



Monday Bluezzzzzzz

Two weeks have gone by in a flash!  I am full steam back at work and baby girl has just gotten use to her new friends.  The Teacher reassured me that it takes about two weeks for the kiddies to adapt to their new ‘home’ for the day and yes, it took two weeks for her to settle into a new routine.  She is loving it.  Smiles every morning when I go drop her off (yes, they work on the ‘drop and go’ method.  This avoids any water works, both from mom’s and baby girl’s side)  and I am sure she smiles even bigger when she sees daddy when he fetches her.  I trust that she is being taken care of very well.  I have not noticed any weird behaviour, except that she is really tired when she gets home.  There is a little bit of play time with mom and dad.  Bath time. Bottle time. Sleep time. Until…

Baby girl has been waking up once, maybe twice a night.  She drinks her milk, maybe its a dirty nappy and THEN, it takes about an hour to get her back to sleep.  This is between 1 – 3 o’ clock in the morning.  We then have to get up again at around 6 – 6:30, to get ready for work and play school.  I am knackered! Besides that, this cutting teeth thing, is definitely no fun and games. In the beginning it was lots of drooling and chewing stuff and now, well, lets just say it has become a very messy situation.  I am constantly at the washing machine, so that no stains later become anyhow difficult to remove ( just being a little bit paranoid, I know). She also has a runny nose and a bit of a cough, which also makes it harder to stay asleep.  Giving her all sorts of powders and gels, seems only to help for few minutes.  Paracetamol is probably overrated but some may use it.  Giving her frozen toys to chew on also only keeps her entertained for so long.  This too shall past the pros say…

It’s been a rough weekend.  Lots of runny poops and on and off sleeping patterns. But hey, she is still smiling and trying to crawl her way around. As long as baby girl is happy, mommy’s happy (and sleep deprived).

I am now not trying to fall asleep at work…


Back to work!

So far it has not been bad at all.  Maybe it’s because I know she is with my mother, whom she recognises immediately when walking into a room.  But next week I will be handing her over to total strangers.  I get all teary eyes just thinking about it.  I keep telling myself I am not a bad mother for doing it nor is it totally the wrong thing to do.  It just really makes me sad to think that this tiny baby has to stay for almost eight hours with not her parents, but with someone she has never spend a day with.  I also keep telling myself that these people are professionals and have been doing this for years. Needless to say, it is going to be a big adjustment for the both of us.

There will obviously be people thinking that seven months is way to young to start going to school.  Some mothers only send there kids to school from 2 – 3 years old and then that’s only half days to socialize with other kids.  But when you don’t have a choise, then unfortunately you have to do what you got to do.  I just hope and pray that all works out for the best.

Chosing a play school is a crucial decision.  Not only is this the place that your child will spend most of her time, but she will be spending time with other kids and with one specific teacher.  My advise would be is to ‘shop’ around, a lot. Play schools that are close to your work or your partner’s work are always a plus point.  If logistics don’t work out, look at schools with enough room where kids can play and run around.  Do they have enough room to sleep.  Food options. Are fresh fruits and vegetable daily prepared for them. Good healthy food options should be a must.  Are they sharing bedtime and feeding times with older children in the same room or are the babies in their own building/room.  Look at places that come recommended by your friends or school teachers.  Visit play schools without appointments.  This will ensure that you experience the school as is.  Go with your gut feeling.  If you don’t like it, then look at the next one.  If one of the teachers or the principal give you the jeepers creepers, then opt for some place else.  You as a parent must feel at ease and comfortable with the people working there.

I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to place Baby Girl in a school 5 minutes from my partners workplace.  Half an hour from my mother and its also situated in a beautiful area, close to where I  grew up! Lots of play areas outside, farm animals to feed.  Tractor rides, horse riding and so many more thing to do outside.  I am very happy with my choise and I have a good feeling that all will be great this year.  This school will most probably become her second home for the next 5 years!

Moms and Dads, go with that six sence.  If your friends recommend a certain school, know that they will not put your child’s life at risk.  There are so many options, play schools, day mothers and nannies.  At the end of the day, go with what suits your lifestyle and pocket.  Remember, this is your child’s future we are talking about, make it a fantastic one!