The first night in the hospital after Divine was born the nurse came in with a screaming, inconsolable infant and said, "Your baby is hungry."
What? Who? Mine? It was so strange to hear those words: "your baby". Such a huge adjustment to have this helpless little baby so entirely dependent on you, and it's unlike anything because there's no school, no degree, nothing to truly prepare you for something so life altering, not to mention significant.
Like how after a wonderful, thick full head of hair during pregnancy sometimes falls out to the point of panic after the baby is born. Or how all you have to do to get rid of the flakey scalp on a newborn is add a bit of baby oil and lightly rub during bathtime. Or how just when you think I can't do it anymore, your baby will give you a little smile, making all the sleepless nights and dirty diapers worth it.
I remember one particular night. I was a brand new mom and trying to nurse. We had moved away from all of our family except for Ryan's cousin, I didn't know anyone and was on a post-partum emotional roller coaster.
I had a blocked milk duct and was in so much pain, I broke into tears when Ryan asked what he could do to help. He didn't know, I didn't know, and it was too late to call the doctor. He suggested I talk to his cousin who lived close by. She told me her trick of positioning the baby's tongue at the blockage. I tried her trick and within a minute the pain had dissipated. I was so grateful for her little advice.
It's easy to forget once you get past each stage, easy to forget what that brand new mother is struggling with and fumbling through the firsts of an infant. At least it is for me, because I'm onto the next milestone or struggle.
I remember when I just had Divine and shortly after my sister had her first baby. She always know the latest and greatest and asked if I had ever used Butt Paste. Say what paste?! I hadn't even heard of it, but she swore by it.
Being the obedient younger sister I was, I bought a tube the next time I ventured out of pajamas and our apartment. Diaper rash was more of an issue with some of my kids than others, but when it was, IT WAS.
I could see (and smell) instantly why she loved it so much. Boudreaux's Butt Paste doesn't have a medicine-y smell like so many other diaper ointments do, and it works. Period. It stays, it protects and it makes that pesky diaper rash go away or never even attempt a visit in the first place. I've used it on all 6 of my kids and love to share that little bit of advice if any mom ever asks me if I've got a good solution.
Happy bottom makes for a happy baby.
In fact, just the other day Drummer had a rash that had manifest itself in not such a nice way. He was even more angry than usual about having his diaper changed, and I could tell he was in pain. I grabbed the Boudreaux's Butt paste and slathered him up. It doesn't seem to sting like a lot of other brands. By his next diaper change, things were already beginning to improve. Happy baby, happy momma.
Boudreaux's Butt Paste can be found on Facebook. Not only do the people at Boudreaux's keep your baby's bottom happy, they want to make you smile as well. Watch their video for an instant laugh.
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