Welcome to motherhood!
This time last year you weren’t even knocked up yet … look how far you’ve come since then! Even if it’s not your first time around, you’re probably still feeling a little overwhelmed. That’s partly because – even though all your baby seems to do is eat, sleep, and poop – she has an uncanny knack for leaving you exhausted. Luckily, at this point she’ll be snoozing for about fifteen hours per day or more, so if that means you need to catch a few zzzzs while she catnaps, jump on that opportunity like it’s your job! It kinda is, at the moment!
At this point, your little diaper-filler (… er, bundle of joy) still has rotten-looking remnants of umbilical cord just kind of hanging out where that cute little bellybutton is supposed to be. Yeah, it’s disgusting, but the good news is that every day it dries up a little more and gets closer to falling off. It doesn’t require you to do anything special; just keep it as aired-out as you can by folding baby’s diaper down in front. Stick to sponge baths until it’s gone – it isn’t like he’s been out digging ditches, so a wipedown of the important parts is totally sufficient. And while you may be tempted to just pull it off, this is just gonna have to be a lesson in patience: it needs to fall off on its own. Patience is something you need in spades as a parent anyway (Toddlers! Teenagers!), so consider it skill-building.
The umbilical stump probably isn’t the only cringe-worthy feature you’ve noticed. Flaky skin, baby acne, weird wrinkles, old man face, body hair…they’re all a normal, harmless part of the newborn experience, brought on by extra hormones circulating in their systems and the transition from water-filled womb to air-filled world. So don’t worry if your baby is less “peaches-and-cream cherub,” more “naked pigeon” – before you know it, these things will resolve themselves and you’ll start wondering if Anne Geddes is looking for newborn models because OMG ALL THE PRECIOUSNESS.
Really, we promise.