Baby Baby Baby, OOh Baby Baby Baby
No, it’s not a Justin Bieber song. Poor new parents. Sorry, dear new parents, these are the words that you are going to be telling each other, for the next few years. No, not calling each other baby. All that you talk, is going to be about your baby boy or your baby girl.
Daddy: Why don’t you make him stop crying? I need to go early to work tomorrow & I haven’t had enough sleep for the past 2 weeks. Its 2AM already!
Mommy: Here take your baby. Try & put him to sleep. Quit working. You stay at home, I’ll go back & join my job.
Daddy: How can I do that? It’s your job as a Mom. He cries louder when I try to pacify him.
Mommy: Exactly! Don’t tell me what to do. It’s difficult for me too. I wasn’t trained for this all my life
Baby (in his mind): Seriously guys? This loud? Forget sleeping tonight also.
This was bound to happen. You definitely weren’t prepared for sleepless nights. Take turns in taking care of the baby.
Give your partner some rest. Working dads, please take care of the baby at least in the evenings, or help with the household chores after getting back from work.
Daddy: It’s our wedding anniversary tomorrow. Let’s go out for a nice dinner.
Mommy: Yeah that will be great. But wait! What about the baby? We can’t leave him alone at home. He’s too small to even go out with us.
Daddy: Why don’t we leave him at your Mom’s or at my Mom’s place?
Mommy: No, I don’t feel good about it. He’s too small & will be a burden on them. Why don’t we just order something in?
Daddy: Ok. Whatever you say. It’s about spending time together. But don’t complain, about staying at home, all the time.
Baby (in his mind): I love it when it’s about me. I love you guys.
Going out for parties, dinners or to the movies, until your baby is about a year old, is a distant dream. Unless, you have someone to take care of him. Someone you can trust & with whom, the baby can be comfortable with. You are definitely going to miss spending private time together for a few months. Try having lunch or dinner together at home. Try doing things together. This way, you can spend quality time with each other & even with the baby.
Daddy: Why don’t we hire a full time nanny or a baby sitter for the baby? You need some rest after all.
Mommy: It’ll be a relief, but can we afford a baby sitter now? I won’t be going back to work until he’s one year old. It’s just you who is supporting the family now.
Daddy: You are right. His vaccines, diapers, baby food, painting the baby room is already making a hole in my pockets.
Baby (in his mind): Baby sitter? Maybe she speaks baby language? Please get her. I’ll chip in. I’m tired of seeing the same faces.
A baby is a responsibility. Your expenditure is bound to increase. You have to cut down on some not so important expenses.
The frequent doctor visits, for their timely vaccinations, & buying baby products, is definitely going to affect your budget.
Daddy: Why is he vomiting so often? Why isn’t he eating?
Mommy: My friend told me it could be because the new baby food product we tried doesn’t suit him.
Daddy: Why is he suffering from dehydration?
Mommy: My cousin told me it could be because of the heat inside his body.
Baby (in his mind): Duh-uh I‘m 8 months old. I’m teething. Call the doc someone!
Please, do not listen to your friend, uncle, aunty, neighbour or Google. Do not give self-medication. You do not take such risks with a small baby. Consult your pediatrician. Ask him why your child vomits, why he cries a lot, why he is suffering from dehydration.
You are not being fussy or paranoid. You are being a new parent. Ask as many doubts as you can. But do not take advice from people who do not have any medical knowledge. Take advice from experts.
Situation 5 :
Daddy: The baby hasn’t eaten anything since morning. Why don’t you feed some sweets?
Mommy: Sweets? No ways? I, anyway, don’t give much sugar and salt in the baby’s regular diet.
Daddy: Okay, then maybe you should try some new recipes.
Mommy: I have tried 6 different recipes since morning; I am feeling frustrated and tired. Why don’t you try a few?
Daddy: Okay, here is some delicious Pisum and khichdi for the baby.
Baby: You both need to train yourselves badly in cooking. Can somebody get me new recipes from a well-trained chef, please? I am tired of eating the same flavors over and over again.
Situation 6 :
Daddy: My colleague, who is also my boss, has invited us over a dinner tonight. Make sure to be ready on time.
Mommy: But, how about the baby? She will not be comfortable at the party and won’t sleep either as she is used to sleeping in her cot after a warm water bath.
Daddy: I know. But we cannot ignore this party as it’s my boss’s invite.
At the party: The baby, who would generally fall asleep at 7:15 pm, didn’t sleep till 11 pm. The baby kept crying, refused the food, and was highly cranky as her routine got disturbed. Both the parents took turns in handling the baby.
Baby: Can somebody take me back home and put me to sleep in my cot, please?
After reaching home, both the parents are tired and frustrated and pledge not to attend any more parties till the baby grows up.
Daddy: Would you want to watch this latest movie at the theatre this weekend?
Mommy: With the baby? How is it gonna work?
Daddy: Let’s try taking the baby for a movie; else, how will he get used to going out?
At the theatre: The baby starts crying due to loud noise and dark ambiance. The people around started staring at the parents as they were getting disturbed.
Mommy: Let me take the baby out for some time.
Baby: Finally, there is some peace. Let me sleep for some time.
Daddy: Comes out and says, ‘Wow, the baby has fallen asleep. Let’s go inside.’
Both walk-in and sit in their places. The baby starts crying again due to a loud sound. This time the daddy takes the baby out. He returns after 10 minutes with the baby, who is fast asleep. A few minutes pass by, the baby wakes up crying again.
Baby: Do I need to cry more, or will you both take me home?
They leave the movie in between and come back home.
But, despite all this trouble, this journey of parenthood is going to be the most-rocking and most-fulfilling journey of your life. You will forget all your pains when you see your baby reciprocating to you with much love and affection.