The Hardest Little Button To Button

She's laughing at how long it took me to do the buttons and poppers on this outfit.

She’s laughing at how long it took me to do the buttons and poppers on this outfit.

In life, you know certain things are going to be easy and others will be oh-so-hard. You’re pretty sure before you enter into it that motherhood will fall firmly into the latter camp. Keeping your baby alive, getting them to sleep, wheeling a pram on and off a bus – all things I knew would be ridiculously difficult. However, there have been some hidden gems, some things I really didn’t even consider BA (Before Alexandra).

Credit to myself for the blogpost title. Pah.

Cutting their nails –
Seriously?! Take one squirming child who can’t keep still for longer than a second, a sharp implement and a teeny, tiny, minuscule nail which needs chopping just a millimetre shorter to stop them getting all Edward Scissorhands and making their own face look like Halloween.
How is this meant to work without at least one finger amputation?
Keeping bibs clean:
I thought I was doing a pretty good job with clothes. She has something clean on every day. Aside from the odd poonami after which we’ve bid goodbye and farewell to a vest, we haven’t had too many clothes casualties. Now she’s weaning though, game over.
Most baby food is brightly coloured. Most bibs (ones we own anyway) are pastel shades. See what’s gone wrong here? I may just give up and dye them all orange, they’re halfway there anyway.
Since somewhere around the mid 90s I’ve been managing to dress myself quite successfully most days. Fast forward to now and I find myself spending a good proportion of my day attempting to fasten tiny buttons and do up a ridiculous number of poppers.
I have a theory whoever designed baby clothes was a man who’d never seen a baby before. Some of them are like the final challenge on The Cube.
Dummy weaning:
Alexandra goes to sleep every night without fail without her dummy in her mouth. She can sleep for a good ten hours without it. However any time she wakes in the night or whenever she gets tired in the day, suddenly she needs that dummy like she’s never needed anything before. I know I could probably get her off it if I tried harder, but seriously – constant whining or instant quiet (she normally falls asleep within seconds of the dummy going in). Sometimes it’s better just to go along with something for the easy life.
There’s probably plenty more I haven’t included, if you’re dying to share anything with me do comment below or find me on social media or shout at me in the street.
Harriet and Alexandra x

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