I think it is fair to say I was a nervous new mother. For someone who likes organization, schedules and lists, who has never been late for anything, EVER, who planned her entire study schedule for the semester on the day she received her syllabi...a baby is the beginning of a lifetime of unscheduled, planning upset. I didn't know how to roll with the punches.
My husband and I dutifully attended the new expectant parent class offered by our health region. We sat through two entire days of information on what to expect with a newborn baby, the what to dos and the what not to dos. I took notes. I came home and typed the notes. I then tagged the afore mentioned notes so that I could quickly retrieve the primary information, as well as related topics, when I needed it. (I am a Librarian by trade, my colleagues would be proud.)Cut to AC's First Bath.
The class video said I had to use cotton balls - one for each swipe we took on his skin - to avoid - I don't know what it was meant to avoid, but SOMETHING IMPORTANT, it was in the video. I laid out 2 brand new towels (laundered by newly purchased baby friendly soap), and poured water into the baby bathtub until the bath thermometer showed the EXACT recommended water temperature. I insisted we do the bath in the kitchen (we have a centre island) which provided more space than our bathroom, as well as allowed my husband and I to stand on either side of the baby; you know, in case our 1 day old rolled off the counter.
Oh, and I asked my Mom to film it. First baths are a milestone after all. Right? Hello? Anyone....
15 minutes later (no, that is not a typo) I carefully picked up our little baby and cradled him on my towel clad shoulder while my husband draped him with a second towel. I brought AC downstairs about an hour and half later (because that's how long it takes to feed and change a newborn, OK) to get kisses good night. I saw my mom had cleaned up the THIRTY cotton balls we used and had washed out the tub as per my, "that's what the video SAID TO DO MOM" (sheesh) instructions.
It didn't take me long to realize how ridiculous this scenario was. Three baths later I was using a washcloth and managing just fine in the bathroom.
If AC ever watches the video, he will see two parents who love him very much, trying their very best to do something as simple as a bath the best way possible. I am hoping he looks at me and says, "Wow Mom, you are way more chill now."
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