Motherhood is hard; it is often uncharted territory. You are sent into this new land with an unmarked map and minimal food and water and expected to not only survive; but kick some booty while you’re at it!! Thankfully along the way we find some resources… your mother, your sister, your best friend, a slew of parenting books. But when you are in a bind, and it is 2 A.M. and your go-to people are sleeping, and you don’t have the energy to search for said parenting books, well then there is Google.
How did we every survive without Google?
Google has been my friend for a long time, but I feel like we became besties after the boys were born. Google was always just an arms reach away and would happily answer any of my inquires. Even in the wee hours of the morning! I swear I have Googled everything under the sun; Matt and I have often joked about what someone would say if they saw my search history. Well today I thought I would share with you just a few of the things I’ve Googled as a new mom!
1. Top news for today
If the boys are awake, the TV is not on. If the boys are asleep, while the TV may be on, I am far too busy folding laundry, making dinner, attempting to shower, etc., that I pay it little to no attention. I cannot tell you how many times someone has asked me, “Did you hear about ____?” And I sheepishly searched Google for the latest news for the day. Sorry, current events, you are just not a priority.
2. How can I stop my baby from peeing when I change his diaper?
Seriously, was I going to have to use a pee pee teepee forever? Well the answer is yes. Or just get peed on.Eventually they will stop everyone reported. And now I too can report that we have retired our pee pee teepees and yet I do not get peed on!
3. What does normal baby poop look like?
I am slightly ashamed to even admit this but when we started introducing solids to the boys, I was terrified at what I would find in their diaper. It was SO drastically different from before, I couldn’t help but worry if perhaps something was wrong. But don’t you worry, Google will happily show you a slideshow of what your little ones dirty diaper should look like at different stages.
4. Acetaminophen dosing chart
I seriously printed this out and it is hanging on my fridge. But you know what I still Google every time one of the boys needs some acetaminophen? Yep, you guessed it, to find this chart! Thanks Google for not judging my laziness for walking from one room of the house to the kitchen.
5. What is the difference between spit up and throw up?
I mean really?? This was confusing to me. The best way it was explained to me, thanks to Google, was when a baby spit up they were still happy and content, they would spit up and happily go on their way. This is called being a happy-spitter. Who knew!? Not me! But now I do! Thanks Google!
6. How many poopy diapers should I expect each day? Can my baby be pooping too much?
The answers to those questions are as follows; a crap ton, and no! Also is it normal that so many of my questions revolved around diapers and bodily functions? Maybe I should Google that!
7. Will my baby ever stop being such a messy eater?
I swear the boys have gotten messier the longer they have eaten solids. I feel like it is a constant battle of keeping not just the babies clean; but the walls, the floor, and even the ceiling surrounding their highchairs. Also the verdict is out, Google gave me tips for handling their messiness but potentially they will be going to college and still throwing food on the floor.
8. When should my baby _____?
Fill in the blank with any slew of milestones; support his own head, sit unsupported, crawl, say his first word. As a mom of premature babies, we are fortunate to have a team of specialist who track the boys development. The downside of this? It can make you a little milestone obsessed.
9. Is my baby sleeping too much?
Go ahead, roll your eyes at me. But I was honestly concerned my babies were sleeping too much. For a long time their schedule was a constant cycle of awake for 45 minutes, asleep for 45 minutes, awake for 45 minutes, asleep for 45 minutes. This just did not seem normal. Plus I was going batty with the constant awake/asleep/awake business. Well guess what I forgot… there is no normal when it comes to babies and children. Thanks Google for reminding me of that!
10. Does my baby really need a bath every day… or even every OTHER day?
So here is a major mom confession, you can roll your eyes at me again, I do not give the boys a bath every day. And thanks to Google, I feel AOK with that decision.
Do you Google everything under the sun too?