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Tales of poo

The topic of poo must surely rank at the top of new parents conversations. Childless, poo was taboo. As a new mum I could talk about poo with friends, family and strangers on the bus, in a shop or at the park. A year on I still have poo stories to tell my husband when he comes home from the office. Occasionally I even shout for help if two hands just aren’t enough to change Edward and I’m always happy to let my mum or sister change Edward when we’re visiting them.

My first thoughts on poo were formed when I attended an NCT antenatal course. One of the sessions covered the contents of newborns’ nappies. Our group looked on in horror as the course leader put A4 laminated photographs of nappies filled with poo (practically all the colours of the rainbow) on the floor for us all to crowd around and universally shudder.

The only upside of my c-section was that it incapacitated me enough to give me a few days respite from changing Edward’s nappies so I was spared those first few nappies where the contents went through the complete colour spectrum. I have faint memories of my husband exclaiming loudly over those first nappies and it’s almost like a badge of honour (to him) that he coped, not just as a new dad, but also as chief nappy changer.

The best advice I remember from those NCT classes was the leader saying by the end of the first day we’d all be experts at nappy changing. And she was right. Nappies have come and gone, we’ve tried all brands, reuseable and disposable, as well as nappy creams, changing mats, changing bags. The poo has been pretty constant, barring the odd occurence of constipation. We’ve survived the poo and my message to new parents is that you will too 🙂

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    Emma
    April 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    But those first few nappies are by far the easiest, and least offensive?! Emma 🙂
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    Fishfingers for tea
    April 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    We had much the same situation here with DH having to do most of the first few nappies. He also feels very proud of his ‘Chief nappy changer’ role but does tend to think this gives him a free pass on nappies now 😉

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    Katie
    April 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I have a 14 week old and am constantly dealing with these horrors. I also got shown the laminates of poo at my NCT classes- why why why?!! I found you through the blog hop- I am a new follower 🙂 x
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    Mañana Mama
    April 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Hah, indeed – I am definitely a poo expert, and poo-survivalist at this point.
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    SAHMlovingit
    April 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    A great poo survival guide 🙂 I too ended up having a c-section so I just merely observed the meconium stage!

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    Notes from Home
    May 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Haha, I remember having the exact same thoughts after I had a C-section!
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