November 28th, 2008

Lex

Things New Parents Should Know #20 - 3 Months

By three months, you're well into the reward phase, and the interactive phase. Oh, it's still tough, but at least you get the smiles, the almost laughs, the assorted cute and delighted noises.

Dante's Tenth Level of Suck is over.

There are still other sucky things, but overall, it's improving. Less and less often do you want to shake your baby like a British nanny. Playing with bub, reading to him, singing, all gets a noticeable response.

Still hard, but way more worth it than in those first few weeks. Hang in there!
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Lex

Things New Parents Should Know #21 - The Game

If you are sharing the care duties of your child with someone else, you will start to play The Game. You can't help it, even if you don't want to, you will keep hoping for the other person to lose. Not beacsue you hate them, but the alternative is you losing.

The game is called Russian Poo-lette, and the rules are simple. Every time you get a non-pooey nappy, you're relieved. That relief then turns to the hope that the other person will be the one to get the pooey nappy. Naturally, they are thinking the same way.

The game has really come into its own in recent weeks since Lex has become a one poo a day baby. It's virtually always a huge, nappy-breaching monster of a dump, and every wet nappy I get brings the chances closer that Sharon will be the one to get Poozilla. But you can't rely on that.

Sometimes they miss a day... and then all you can do is wait with dread in your heart.
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