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Friday, April 21, 2006

maybe toilet training an infant isn't such a bad idea after all?

I have officially lost my mind. Changing Estee's diaper has become even more of a wrestling match. It is often not even possible to change her on the changing table because she attempts to crawl off of it. Although I have mastered changing her backwards, standing up, and while holding one leg tight so she doesn't take a dive, I have not yet mastered the art of changing a moving baby.
Over Yom tov, being that we were at the grandparent's, changing had to be done on the floor since there was no table available. Of course, the floor has a wider surface area for crawling, standing, sitting and rolling. If she stood long enough attending to an activity, I was able to change her standing up. Unfortunately, at the precise moment I slathered her with desitin, she decided to sit and take off. There were many incidents that occurred as a result of this:
1. Erev Yom tov she was flat on her back and I was changing her. The second the diaper came off, she rolled away and stood up by my stepmother's coffee table. Before we could even blink, she peed all over the carpet. I have to say that although my stepmother wasn't so happy about the pee on her carpet, it still left my father, Aaron and I laughing. It was inevitable that that would happen.
2. Being that I was unable to give Estee any of her usual cereal and that she gagged and vomited over the pesach concoction, my brother (smart guy that he is) mixed up matzah meal and water. She really enjoyed this. Only problem is- it constipated her beyond belief. The poor kid cried every time she went to the bathroom and she literally had boulders coming out of her. (dropping a diaper into the garbage I heard a clink) This made for much easier on the go changing but did not stop the boulders from making their way on to the floor quite often.
3. To celebrate my grandfather's 75th birthday, my entire family went out to my most favorite dessert company (another story, another day.) For some reason the owners of the restaurant did not take babies into consideration when constructing their bathroom and did not include a changing station in their plans. The old Estee would have been easy to change in the little section in between the two sinks. Not the new Estee. Rolling around in between two sinks on a granite counter, not only is not very sanitary but is also not very safe. The first time she needed to be changed she was so enthralled by the stainless steel faucets that she stayed on her back for most of the changing. The second change wasn't so easy, and the third change required me to hold her in a standing position while my aunt got her changed.
4. I guess my mother's house has many exciting things for Estee to explore because the whole time we were there it took me a very long time to get her changed. There was a point in which I was simply able to give Estee a toy to keep her busy and then quickly put her on her back and change her while she was playing. NOT ANYMORE! The second she sees her diaper or her changing mat, she bolts! The second I took her diaper off, she began to crawl away. One particular time I chased her into the kitchen. As she stood gazing at her reflection in my mother's oven, I began to lather on the desitin, with her diaper right under her. Of course, the second I was about to close up the diaper, she crawled away. There was desitin all over me, all over the floor, all over the oven and all over her. I did finally get the diaper on but sheesh, I dread changing her diapers now. Not to mention the fact that when I do have her on her back she twists her body and screams as if she is being beaten (G-d forbid) Keeping her on her back requires a second person to hold her down otherwise she squirms her way out of the hold. Is this ever going to stop?


Blogger Ayelet said...

Tee-hee. Boy, do I sympathize. The skills we mothers must acquire! We don't get nearly as much credit as we should. But, as for practical advice, during this stage, your best bet is to enlist someone else's help at every diaper change. It might mean bringing her over to where someone is so that he/she can just hold her shoulders down while you do the dirty work. It'll save you lots of gross clean-up duties. As for toilet-training her - let me know how it goes, k?

6:38 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Oh, goodness! We're about to go through that again soon as well. We have a new little one due in August. First kid was fun, second one should be easier. Good luck on your side!

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did you have to change her THREE times during one restaurant meal?

5:21 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

constipation I said. So, she went a few times because she had a hard time pushing it out.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Kar said...

It was a looong meal, trust me.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

anon, I'm just curious, can you please reveal yourself?

2:19 AM  

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