Friday, December 6, 2013

Part-time Animal Wrangler

That's what I feel like most days lately.

Diaper changes work best when I let Dylan stand on the changing while I try to maneuver around him.  But if Butt Paste or another cream must be applied, laying down is a necessity unless there is a second adult around.  (During our recent bout of severe diaper rash, it was a two-person job for many of the first days...)

The next step is to make sure you have a really engaging toy handy.  But this usually backfires as Dylan prefers things he should not chew on like diaper cream tubes, wipes cases, and lotion bottles.  So I usually give in and just give him one of those instead...right at the moment just before I'm ready to apply the cream (often it's already on my finger).

But the second his back touches the table, he twists out of reach to try to grab for something else.  I hold one leg, preventing him from fully turning as he yells in protest.  If I can get both legs bent, he's stuck and I can quickly apply the cream that is now on his legs and clothes.

But at this point the diaper is still not on.  And the cream is applied.  It's a very delicate stage.  I need to get diaper on the booty ASAP before cream is transferred from booty to changing table.  usually getting him standing again works best, but attaching a diaper to a wiggly child while standing is not easy work.  Eventually it happens.

And we move on to clothing....

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Like I always say, I've really been wanting to blog, but I just haven't been able to make it happen.  When i do get on my computer, I usually try to start a post about feeding, but it gets complicated way too fast and I give up.  

On that front, Dylan is doing pretty well with solids and we add extra calories through butter or coconut oil or olive oil or cereal or cheese to everything he eats.  He still doesn't eat a ton of volume so we need every bit to count.  Oh and he LOVED turkey dinner!  

Dylan stood up on his own for the briefest second last night.  He's super strong and pretty well balanced.  I don't know if we'll see walking by Christmas, but he's close!

Our new nanny is a life-saver!  She cooks all kinds of amazing high calorie food for Dylan and even for us sometimes.  She's personable and diligent and I love her!

I'm leaving Dylan for 3 nights this weekend to attend a memorial.  his dad is awesome with him so I know he'll be fine, but it's still super hard!  He would barely look at me this morning before I left : (.  Hopefully FaceTime will work.

There's probably tons more to say, but I'm boarding soon...

Here's our super fabulous Thanksgiving picture that I'm in love with!


  1. You are describing our many times a day ritual to a tee! I'm so glad it's not just us though whew it is HARD to get them to sit still to do the essentials! I absolutely love that pic of you. Glad things are going well overall!

  2. Ugh I hate diaper changes these days! I pacify d with the remote or his hairbrush. We've had severe diaper rash here too. Maybe it's the solids.

    I'm glad to see someone else is adding calories. D is so sctive that he's not gaining a lot so we have to do the same thing.

    Great pic. You look gorgeous!

  3. Love the picture of you two!
    I am very thankful that diaper changing isn't usually that bad for us. IN fact, he is generally less wiggly if I use the changing table. We do have our days, but not always. And I have always given in and let Paxlet chew on lotion tubes and other stuff (one of his favorite "toys" is one of my mini-handlotion tubes. LOL).
    Now that he is standing (with help) at the changing table, have you tried pull up diapers instead of tape? I found pull ups to be very handy and quick. Especially when he is wiggly.