Thursday, May 13, 2010

Super Diaper Dad

I remember the first time Jim changed a diaper. Bennett was two days old and in the room with us at the hospital after getting out of intensive care. Bennett had "delivered" and it was time for a change. Jim looked at me - I was lying in bed with a leg broken in two spots, a cast just off my wrist recovering from a very recent c-section. I was also quite ill as a result of the drugs and unfortunately had a bowl nestled beside me rather than my baby. I probably wouldn't have been much help either as at that point it had been more than twenty years since I had changed a diaper. I suggested that he just pay attention to how it was put on and then try to do the same.

Since then there has been no looking back. Jim changed the majority of diapers for the first 3 months of Bennett's life and he quickly became an expert. And not just any expert but one of those slightly annoying ones that professes to "know it all" about a task. Soon he was providing detailed instructions and constructive criticism to anyone who dared change Bennett including his own mother who has undoubtedly changed hundreds of diapers.

I will say though that the man can change a diaper ANYWHERE. At a recent birthday party he overheard two mothers discussing how nice it was that the facility had added a change table in the bathroom. He was quick to scoff as they talked about how uncomfortable it had been to change the kids on the floor. With a shake of his head he exclaimed, "Really? They should see some of the places I've changed diapers!" And he's right - although, I have to add that the two women in question have probably changed their kids in many awkward positions. But in no way does that diminish Jim's accomplishments. I simply can't believe some of the places he has changed Bennett.

However, - and I'm sure you knew there would be a "however" - despite the fact that he is my diaper changing hero, Jim does not always go about the task quietly. In fact, at times the diaper drama is a bit much especially when he starts gagging. Despite that I will gladly hand the title of "Super Diaper Dad" to Jim - that is if he wants it.


Anonymous said...

A title few wear with pride - please give Jim my congratulations!

Has he developed technique for changing while Bennett is standing? Have mentioned this a couple of times on my blog - no need to get totally on the floor.

(that other) Barbara

Anonymous said...

I don't "know it all" I just know the best way to do it ... my way.
Very funny post though :)


Mummu and Poppa said...

Excellent write-up Barbara.

I don't know if I should comment but since Daddy is my 'baby' I feel like I must print the fact that I let Jim tell me whatever he wants (about changing diapers - his way - the right way!)but in the long run (just like pulling Bennett's pants up to under his arm pits, ha! ha!)I will always end up doing it 'My Way'.

Like Mother like Son - we are always right - if only in our minds.

My slogan is 'I am not part of the problem, I am part of the solution'. I am sure that every member of our family has heard me use these words more then once.

Bennett doesn't seem to care how the change is made as long as he gets changed and can get quickly back 'on the road again'.

We all have our own way of doing things (especially Anonymous).

You know, Daddy, that as long as you do such an 'excellent' job at changing diapers you will continue to have the job. Funny the way that works out.

Enjoy in joy.

Mummu and Poppa
xxx ooo xxx ooo xxx ooo xxx ooo

Barbara said...

Barbara - Jim can and does change Bennett when he is standing. That's how he's changed at daycare and at preschool. I on the other hand have not been able to master this technique at all.

Jim - We both know that often "your way" is not only the "best way" but often the "ONLY WAY". You are the king though.

Mummu - I certainly do notice that you "ignore" some of Jim's advice. I often find myself doing the same thing....

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