Saturday, July 12, 2008

Dad tip #84: To let him sleep in a poopy diaper or not?

My wife and I just got home from our friends' wedding (which was beautiful, by the way). My parents were taking care of our son while we were out and, as usual, it sounded like they did a great job. We decided to check in on our son anyway and upon opening his bedroom door, we were immediately hit with the distinct odor of poo.

We backed out of the room to figure out our plan of action. After all, we REALLY didn't want to disturb his sleep pattern, but we didn't think good parents would let their child sleep another six or seven hours in a diaper full of poo. Ordinarily, I don't think he would've pooped his pants so soon after being put down for the night (or at all), but I suspect tonight was something of an exception because of the teething "symptoms".

Assuming that we could get him back down to sleep fairly easily, we decided that changing his diaper was the right decision. Like a finely tuned machine, we went in, changed his diaper, and had him back asleep with minimal disturbance all in about five minutes. (My wife and I are to middle-of-the-night diaper changes as Mulder and Scully are to paranormal investigations.)

After seeing and smelling the horrors that awaited us in the diaper, we knew we'd made the right decision. We also got a bonus out of the decision: seeing him smile at us in an adorable half-asleep (and grateful) way.

Perhaps the advice for dilemmas such as this would be to simply ask yourself: "Would you want to sleep in a pile of poop all night long?" Probably not.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Dad tip #83: Other less obvious symptoms of teething

Your kid drooling like crazy and chewing on everything in sight may be some obvious indicators that he's teething. But today, I learned of some other less obvious signs of teething.

Our boy had some light diarrhea the past couple of days and we saw that he had a mild fever of 99.7 today. I called up the pediatrician's office and spoke with a nurse only to discover that he's displaying classic symptoms of teething.

I don't know the exact science behind it but the words "inflammation, gums, virus, mild fever, and diarrhea" came up. We were told to stay away from fruits beginning with the letter "P" and to call back if there were any major changes to our boy's behavior.

So, that wasn't so bad, but it was surprising for me because I NEVER would've associated yellowy watery stinky smelly icky poo with teething.

Did I mention stinky?

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dad tip #61: Beware teething babies

Tonight's advice will be in the form of a haiku:
Tiny Sarlacc pit
With no teeth on baby's face
Toothless bites still hurt
Okay, I don't know definitively that our baby boy is teething or even close to teething right now. However, he has been more and more inclined to actively gum/chew anything he can put in his mouth as opposed to just passively drooling on it.

Also, with his coordination improving every day, he's able to grab my fingers and jam them into his mouth and then ... CHOMP!!! Now, those toothless baby bites are REALLY starting to hurt.

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