[Gavin’s note: In case of any confusion I should say these are weeknotes from week four of my son’s life. I’m about six weeks ahead of the blog – for safety… ]
Carseats, slings, sterilising, baths and bottle feeds. It’s all go.
Bottle feeds rock our world
Bottle feeds are going well. We’re very lucky. We’ve had three nights of doing partial feeds, and tonight we try a full feed. This means my partner may get a potential 3.5 hours sleep in a row. Holy shmoley. In other news, last night I managed to completely soak both my son and I with the milk as the lid wasn’t on properly. Sweet work dad.
Sterilising is a massive pain the arse
Who’d have thought sterilising and breast pumps would be such a minefield? For someone with low level OCD like me, this is a particularly difficult territory. Instructions everywhere on the internet say air-dry after you sterilise. Did it air-dry? Did it f**k.
Pulling my hair out in fear of causing illness to my child, I stood frozen to the spot in the kitchen as my fiancee handed me the expressed milk. After contaminating the milk about four times I fumbled it into a storage bag, threw it in a lunchbox in the fridge and had to have a lie down.
The first emergency bath
Due to a shit up the neck incident we had to hurriedly bath our son in the bathroom sink. Lacking the time to prepare beforehand, it was a lesson in what you really needed to prepare to achieve this very complicated task. The answer is that you need to prepare. Properly.
To buy a car or not to buy a car
We’re a pretty green, so buying a car is something we’ll avoid if we can. We’re trying to see if we can manage with Zipcar. So we had a test outing. After taking an hour to leave the house, get to the Zipcar (one street away), fold the pram, fit the car seat in the temporary position, drive back to the house, pick up the car seat base, fix the base in the Zipcar and fit the car seat back on. Two hours.
Turns out the easiest way to use the Zipcar is to carry the baby in the sling, carry the car seat around to the Zipcar, load up and drive back home to pick up and install the car seat base and refit the car seat to it. Faff. So, the jury’s still out on whether the Zipcar is a feasible long term solution. Without the car seat base it would be less hassle, but we’re too nervous for that at the moment.
The sling library is worth a trip
Our destination was the nearby sling library. Here you can be recommended slings for your child in that fit your physique and be taught how to wear it. You hire it out for two weeks to see if it’s right for you. This is simply a brilliant idea.