Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tough Day Today

Okay, I'm going to make a controversial statement: taking care of a newborn is not difficult. They have few needs: they need to sleep, they need to eat, they need to evacuate waste, they need to be held and they need to cry (it's their exercise). There's a few subtleties in there, but that's the gist of it. The thing that it DOES take, however, is time. Nothing is done quickly, nothing is done conveniently and nothing is done according to any rational schedule. But, it's not difficult to hold a baby, feed one, get one to sleep or change a diaper.

(Yes, I know there are exceptions. There are babies with physical issues that prevent them from locking on to the boob / bottle, fall asleep easily or whatever. I'm talking about gross generalities here.)

Today was a tough day, because The Boy's schedule was not locking up with my own. The nap & feeding schedule that I was HOPING for never came to pass, and each feeding took twenty minutes more than it should have. He spent a lot of time fussing and screaming, and it took me FAR more time to figure out why he was fussing and screaming than it should have. I did have my morning nap(s), about two hours' worth, and I did get some errands and cleaning done. But, he didn't want to be in his chair for any appreciable length of time, he was being fussy about which bottle he drank from and he was not taking whole meals at a time.

The Boy definitely does NOT like the taller bottles, and he does NOT like the wide shorter bottles. He won't take milk from them. It might be the nipple; I think those nipples are a lot faster than the ones he's used to using, and he's just not quite capable of handling it yet. The shorter bottles that he likes tend to have slower nipples. I don't really get it, though.

I wonder if this is an indicator of a fussy eater? Neither his mother nor his father are fussy eaters, me being less fussy than The Wife. I was a little fussy when I was younger, but not so much; I just didn't eat fish or egg dishes. (Or lima beans. Nowadays, I'll eat anything that I can fit in my mouth, except for lima beans.) But, I know that little people (boys or girls) can tend to be really fussy and particular eaters.

Then again, I don't remember My Neice being really fussy. A little too fond of PB&J, perhaps, but that's not bad. What do you think?

1 comment:

the mol said...

We're fortunate in that we didn't have trouble getting him to take a bottle of breastmilk. He probably looked at you crosseyed the first few times you gave him the bottle but beyond that, he'll eat it if he's hungry which is why I'm surprised that he didn't like a bottle today.

He may have just a sensitive stomach rather than fussy eating habits, which means that eating slowly makes a lot of sense for him.