On the Job Training…

I bought a million books. I read a thousand websites. I talked to countless mommies. Nothing, however, can REALLY get you ready to be a parent like the on the job training you get once that little guy is here. Cortney and I got crash courses in many things over the past 2 1/2 weeks.

First, we learned that babies don’t necessarily poop every day. What?!?! We also learned that if this is their habit, when they do, it is NOT pleasant! Daddy did better (not by a ton, but better) than mommy did with the smell. PU!
We also learned that babies have very immature digestive systems and some (like Eddie, apparently) cannot tolerate milk-based formulas. After a couple colicky days followed by a HORRIBLE day this past Thursday and a pretty bad few hours on Friday, we switched Ed to soy formula. So far, so good, although today he accidentally was allowed to suck some air on a bottle and had a bit of an episode this evening. hopefully it was just the air from the bottle and not the formula.

We are still praying about the soy because another lesson we learned is that the WORST feeling in the WHOLE world is when you can tell your baby hurts, but you can’t fix it.

We also learned that while Eddie HATED to be wiped down via sponge bath (a necessity until his belly button nub fell off), he LOVES sitting in warm water for a bath…
so much so that on Saturday night he thought he would just take a nap while I cleaned him up!
He still loves to cuddle! Daddy claims that he loves to do this with mommy most, but I don’t know about that.
We also learned that he is just a great-looking kid! He is quite fashionable thanks to all the great gifts from people!
And lastly, we learned that when your life revolves around feeding, changing, and worrying about your baby for three weeks, you tend to forget to eat…and that leads to weight loss. I am already back down to UNDER what I weighed before getting pregnant, and Cortney has also lost some pounds. Luckily for us, so many kind people have brought us dinners and food or else we may have wasted away to absolutely nothing by this point!

Tomorrow Cortney goes back to work, so tonight I take over the “night shift” of feeding and changing Eddie. Hopefully the transition to having Cortney gone for most of the day goes smoothly. I know Eddie and I will miss him since we have gotten pretty used to having him around all the time. Although I suppose this will bring a whole new week of lessons to be learned!

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. missy widener says

    that is hilarious that he fell asleep during bathtime…and seriously, eat a cheeseburger already! you look so damn skinny, it is so not fair…

  2. ErinDoobs says

    He is so CUTE! Now if Rexy will just come so our kids can meet eachother already!

  3. Starr Bull says

    First of all you look amazing! Looking that good Courtney is going to be all over you and so be careful another bundle doesn't arrive on the set to soon!!