Welcome to my life as an expat parent, where I’ve decided to welcome the world into my adventures not only as a new mom, but as a mom living in another culture…technically, a mum living in another culture. Hopefully, it’ll be an opportunity to share information and ideas, but also it’ll be a fun chance to learn about what happens in American and British cultures when it comes to bringing up your little ones.
And what better way to break the ice than to begin on the topic of poo. Just under three months ago when I had my daughter, who I will refer to as “The Duchess” in honour of this year’s Royal Wedding, I was told by the community midwife that as a breastfed baby there would come a period where her digestive system would take in the nutrients it needed from the breastmilk more efficiently and so she may go days without doing her business. This didn’t become a reality until a couple weeks ago. The first time around she went four days without going and my husband affectionately dubbed it, “Operation Poo Watch” as we worried that not going would make her uncomfortable and distressed. She was fine, however, and the day she finally decided to ‘make it happen’ I changed five dirty nappies (or diapers depending on who you are).
Well, Operation Poo Watch 2.0 has occurred this week and after another four days without going I can confirm that OPW 2.0 is complete and with disastrous results. After getting up, showered and ready I woke The Duchess and got her changed and dressed, as well. We then sat down in The Chair of Goodness, where nice things like getting milk happen. During the feed, I could see from her red face and concentrated grunts that she was trying to move things along, shall we say. I was pleased for her as she was bound to feel a little bit of relief after that many days. I sat her up in my lap and was enjoying what I thought was a lovely cuddle when I felt a warm trickle down my right side. Knowing this wasn’t spit up, I quickly looked down and saw what I can only refer to as a poo-nami, (def: a mixture of rapidly flowing pee and poo staining and destroying anything in its path) which had made its way out of her nappy, onto my shorts and was running towards the chair. Not only did The Duchess need a good wash down, but Mummy needed a bath as the poo-nami had leaked through my own shorts onto my under-things. It was not pretty.
Due to poo-related things I’ve already had to get rid of one bodysuit/onsie, so as I listen to the washing machine rinse away the aftermath of this morning’s destruction, my questions are:
- Which nappies/diapers do you use that are good at controlling leaks? Disposables? Re-usables?
- AND which tried and true methods do you use to get those nasty stains off of clothing, but that won’t be harsh on baby’s skin?