Bodily fluids. There are a lot and Baby Bop and I are sharing them all.
She gives me saliva. I give her milk. She gives me spit up and dirty diapers. I give her a bath. Sometimes I take a shower.
When I was pregnant, I figured I’d be so grossed out by spit up that I’d be changing my shirt on the reg. Not only do I not change it on the reg, I probably wear it longer than I would a clean shirt. Why put on a clean shirt when it’s going to get more spit up on it in 5 minutes?
The other day the pediatrician looks at Baby Bop’s bottom and declares,
“Her diaper rash is a yeast infection.”
She prescribes butt cream and sends us on our way. I tell Captain. He jokes,
“Baby Bop has jock itch.”
Yup. And it turns out that Mommy has jock itch on her nipples. Which means Baby Bop may have jock itch in her mouth. Yes I’m referring to myself as mommy. I talk to Baby Bop about myself in the third person all the time,
“Who loves the baby? Mommy loves the baby.”
I have no idea why. It just happens. Maybe this is how she learns my name.
The nurse offers advice for saving my nipples,
“If you can, get some sun on them.”
I would love to relax at a topless beach right now. How do I make that happen?
As I continue to care for Baby Bop’s bottom better than I’ve ever cared for mine, I bend close to examine the rash. This is a terrible idea. Captain tells me,
“I never get that close.”
Yes. That’s sensible. So I’m down there, with my nose inches away from the cutest little butt I’ve ever seen, and SPURT. Projectile poop shoots straight up my nose. Not on my cheek. Up my nose.
What surprised me the most was that I wasn’t grossed out. I was just annoyed that I had another mess to clean up.
And some messes do require a clean shirt: