The only one? - Baby Steps in High Heels

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The only one?

[Warning: I'm talking about poop today. And some other stuff.]

Baby is my first and only child, which I suppose still allows me the title of “new” mom. As I’m trudging along in this game of life and motherhood, I do my best to learn, research, and make informed decisions about the many elements that make up Baby’s life.

However, there are some things that, for no apparent reason, I have just always assumed were normal. It never occurred to me that she might be the only one that does that (whatever that may be).

The other day, my mom commented that my daughter is the only baby she’s ever known that poops in the middle of the night. Is that true?! Is that not normal?! She almost always wakes herself up with a dirty diaper around 5 or 6 a.m.

Then, she has at least one, sometimes two, more dirty diapers by the time breakfast is over. Is she the only one?!

There are some other things too. I just always assumed that every one-ish-year-old baby fights things like getting dressed and wearing shoes. It’s a struggle. Every. Day. But maybe it’s not supposed to be like this. Is she the only one?! Or do your kids also fight tooth and nail when you try to put a pair of pants on them? Even when it’s freezing and you know they must be cold??

And the table food thing. I see tons of first birthday smash cake pictures or plates/faces full of spaghetti … but not my child. She will only eat either pureed foods that we feed to her, food that she sees come directly off of my plate, or hard/dry/crunchy things that she can pick up with her hands (like cereal). Is she the only one?! Or is this normal?

I suppose the more relevant question is really … what can I do about these things? Especially the poop!


  1. Both of my kids poo'd in the biggy. My son was never a food/face smasher, he always had to be neat and clean. Couldn't stand for his hands to be dirty.

  2. She's not the only one! My son's first birthday is coming up in a few weeks, and my nephew just had his a week ago.

    I have to wrestle my son to get his pants back on after every diaper change; putting clothes on in the morning and pjs at night is the same.

    My nephew is that way about table food. He wasn't very interested in his birthday cake.

    I don't know my nephew's pooping habits, but my son is definitely not that regular. Sometimes he poops first thing in the morning, sometimes in the middle of naptime, sometimes at bedtime, sometimes not at all, sometimes 3 times in one day...

  3. My 3 year old still rips of his socks and shoes. It took pre-school to keep his pants on. No Joke. I was so worried he would get kicked out early because when he started school, he still sat on the toilet to pee and insisted his underwear and pants come off. Once they were off, he didn't want them back on.

  4. Good luck with the poop! Marlee sometimes still poops in the middle of the 2 nights ago, she woke up at 1 crying for me to change her diaper, and then pooped again right after. She was then awake til 3. This morning she woke up at 5:45 with a poopy diaper, and wanted to be changed...I don't know how to change this either!

    As for the food...I would just start trying to put more solid foods onto her plate. Marlee didn't have any problems with this part so not sure how to help any other way than that...