Felix is my stinky little buddy. People speak about how boys are messy and watch out for their pee during diaper changes. I scoffed at that. I even made fun of the Pee-Pee Tee-Pee and had Dora wear it as a hat. I was wrong. I think boys ARE messier. I know that my laundry responsibilities didn’t really increase much with Stella. With Felix, they’ve at least doubled.
It started in the hospital. Will would help with most of the diapering during the night, just because it was a bit hard for me to get out of the bed due to my incision, etc. We did quickly learn that 2 grown ups were better than one. Twice we had to request all new linens from the hospital, as he hosed everything within a 3’ radius. And each and every night we would have never-ending poos. It’s like my kid was a human toothpaste tube, only instead of minty fresh paste, tar black meconium was coming out. In a way that was ok, as once that stuff sits for 8 seconds, it’s not coming off. Better to head it off at the source. But it is a bit ridiculous when it takes 2 people, 20 minutes, and a landfill’s worth of diapers and wipes to clean one infant’s butt during one diaper change. It was like a Carnival cruise in dry dock.
Fortunately, the meconium phase transitioned away before we came home. All was “normal” the first day out of the hospital. Then things got smelly. People say newborn gas and poo either has no odor or what odor is there is not offensive. That’s the way it was with Stella. Her little butt tooted all the time but there was no stink. His poo is ripe and constant. I got so startled by it that I even Googled it. Turns out, this too is “normal.” Some folks say that all the poo and even the smelliness can be a good sign, as it indicates he’s getting plenty to eat and is able to easily pass his gas vs. backing up and becoming agitated with pain from it. He’s gaining weight and is totally content, so I’m not worried about it.
As for the peeing? Moms of boys: is there a trick?! I don’t mean the hosing. I mean, how in the $(%&) do you keep the pee IN THE DIAPER? At least once a day I get a nice warm bath from my son. The diaper is bone dry. It’s actually somehow serving as a conduit to transport the pee to the outside world. I check my seals all the time. I make sure the Apparatus is pointed down as much as one can. Doesn’t help.