Death, taxes and diaper changes. Inevitabilities.
Since that first day in the NICU I have jumped at the chance to change as many diapers as I possibly could. In fact I make an effort to change every single diaper when I'm home. Twins have given me plenty of practice in the diaper changing department. It has also helped me learn quite a few things about changing diapers:
- You will never be more excited to see poop in your life. It's almost unnatural when you think about how happy poop makes you, but it is most certainly a relief when you've gone a few days without a poopy diaper.
- Your kid will seem stronger than you would ever think; breaking away from your grip like he or she is a wrestler and the state championship is on the line. Or maybe its just an irrational fear that you're going to break them, so you let them wriggle away.
- This will always lead to a foot in a dirty diaper. Take off any socks before you start changing and the wiggling and squiggling begins.
- Always put the clean diaper at the ready underneath the dirty one in case he or she isn't done. Trust me. This is something you'll blow off and learn the hard way.
- If your wife/significant other/baby mama is breastfeeding your kid or kids, your child's diapers won't smell nearly as bad formula-fed babies. Another nice bonus of breastfeeding.
- Blow-outs aren't nearly as bad as you'd think, and I've seen some diapers that looked like a war zone.
- Your wife or significant other will be incredibly thankful and think you are the best dad ever since you are helping her out by taking a job off her plate. Volunteer and be enthusiastic. There a worse things than having to change a diaper.
- You will always go from uncomfortable baby to happy baby which means they will always associate you with making them happy. I feel like this is the way I can catch up with Erin in her breastfeeding bonding. Sure she can make them happy with food, but I can make them happy with cleanliness. And the saying ain't fullness is next to godliness.
- I've connected with my girls while changing their diapers more than at any other time. It's when I get to spend one on one time with them without any other distractions. I get to smile and sing to them. They get to see me and only me for a few moments. It is beyond awesome.