It is not that I particularly enjoy writing about thought provoking subjects. I also love futile stuff. For example, I just purchased a bottle of "autumn" nail polish color as part of my cutify challenge. However, I don't think that you care that much about the state of my nails to justify an entire blog post about it.
Instead, I will write about something that could lead "teenager" Alice to be really pissed at me if she ever read my blog. I'm willing to take that chance because I would really like to have your output on this delicate subject.
Lets talk vajayjay!
A few weeks ago, I realized that Alice had a new favorite activity during diaper changing time. Looking at her mobile was no longer her priority. No, as soon as she found herself butt naked, my adorable baby girl would grab her lady parts with both hands and pull on it like there is no tomorrow.
New mom immediate reflex:"No!!! Don't do that Alice!!!"
After a few south of the border episodes, I realized that I didn't mind that much the vajayjay grabbing. Exploring her body is a natural process, right??? However, I truly disliked the vajayjay grabbing that could lead to poop on her hands that would find its way to her clothes, face and wall!
So imagine the scene at baby daycare after another puree workshop.
Claudia: "So...um...did you change Alice's diaper?"
Day care worker: "Yes." (looking a bit insulted)
Claudia: "So...um...things went well?"
Day care worker: "Yes." (looking a bit annoyed)
Claudia: "So...um...did she do anything unusual?"
Day care worker: "No." (looking even more annoyed)
Claudia: "So...um...(playing with my hands looking awkward) did she...um"
Day care worker: "Yes and it is normal."
Claudia: "Oooohhhh, really!"
This is when things get a bit confusing for me. She warned me that to avoid future sexuality issues, I should let Alice discover her body. I should just tell her (!), something like: "No, don't do that Alice because there is poop in your diaper". Let me tell you that Alice understood right away ;)
This made me realized that there is more to be done then the classic birds and the bees discussion. Kids have a sexuality and we need to address it as parents. Yes, shocking, I know! Recently, a friend told me a story about a toddler that loved to put her hands in her underwear in the middle of the living room in front of her parents! Unusual...or is it?
Alice is still a baby but, in a few years, I want her to feel that she can come to me if she has questions or concerns about her sexuality. I want to be that cool mom. However, so far, I reacted like a total idiot. C'mon I could not even pronounce the word vagina in front of the day care worker. Lame...totally lame.
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And now, the winner of the beautiful custom name print from English Muffin is Heather MK!
Happy birthday, Alice!! I think breastfeeding and generally getting over the FEAR of not knowing what to do with (how to care for) a new baby was a huge accomplishment. So much of it did come naturally and the rest worked itself out over time. And oh yeah, getting through the million little phases of the first year was pretty huge for me too. (My son will be 1 year old on Saturday, Oct. 8th!)
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taryn: You are right. Some babies are funny looking but I would never say ugly. And yes, I also think that parents are programmed to find their babies adorable.
suite henry: Oh, I was there on Friday. I would have loved to talk to you.
tallulah maggs: Those stats are so sad. At some point, most babies kinda look like Golem. I do find wrinkled newborns totally cute.
alyson: Alice is like a mini Tyra Banks with her big forehead ;) You don't want to google ugly babies...it is sad and most of it is stupid photoshop stuff anyway.
anonymous: A Shirley Temple baby! That should be cute.
kara: I'm just like you. If I see a funny looking dog (or cat), I love it right away. It was a bit like that with my dog but with his personality and his health. He was so fucked up that I had to take him home with me...to give him a good family. Again, don't google ugly babies. Not cool!
ines: I must find that Seinfeld episode. All babies are cute in their own special ways. Take care and xox to your newborn.
marie christine: T'es trop intense pour les gens qui suivent mon blog ;)
celia: We all love to tell other babies that they are cute and I don't think that there is something wrong with that. It is all a a question of balance. Any baby with a big smile is all the time adorable.
bugheart: No, I didn't have my camera! And even if I had my camera, the room was so full of people that it would have been too difficult to take a decent baby picture :) And yes, post pregnancy outfits can be a bit challenging.
anna of (green gable): Um...we only wash Alice 3 times a week. She has very sensitive skin (like me) and too many baths make her eczema worst. Unless she had a big poop accident or if it was a very hot day, we just wash her with a wet face cloth. Now that her neck is strong and that she can "hold" on my body, we occasionally take our shower together. She likes that. Oh, come to Montreal :)
carlinha: I also didn't get it when the doctor told us that Alice had a c-section head (I didn't have a c-section). Anyway, it doesn't really matter since all babies are adorable.
renae: Are you serious about this redhead thing??? This is so inappropriate. I personally love redheads...sssooo cute!