I had a great idea for a blog: write about three of my best baby tips. But there was a problem, I could only think of two tips. So I didn’t write the blog. But these two tips are too great to keep to myself. Two never-fail, good-advice-in-any-situation tips! Seriously, everybody in the universe who takes care of a baby should use this advice!
Three months old!
1. I remember my mom pinching my tummy in the zipper of my footie pajamas. In high school a friend caught my lip in the zipper of my coat collar. Perilous things these zippers. Here is a way to never zip your baby’s skin in their footie pajamas.
Pinch the zipper handle between your thumb and index finger, thumb on the bottom. Bend your middle finger around the front of the slider. Plant your middle finger pad firmly on the base of the slider. As you slide the zipper up or down, the first joint of your middle finger stays between the zipper and baby’s skin.
I used to only follow this trick while zipping up and I thought my kids would grow to a ripe old age without me ever having zipped them. But just this morning my wiggly toddler got pinched as I was unzipping him. So from now on I’ll be holding the middle finger guide in place both up and down.
2. I was having trouble finding the diaper rash ointment, we call it booty medicine, in my diaper bag and also in the basket where I keep diaper supplies all together in one spot Hint; do this if you haven’t already!). I didn’t want to root around for it, so I’d start the changing without it then when it turned out I did need it, ugh, it was somewhere at the bottom. So eventually I thought, “Why can’t I just keep the wipes and the booty medicine together?”
AHA! I taped the ointment tube to the side of the pack of wipes! It has been working great. Be sure to tape it so the ointment lid opens away from the wipes (mine is a flip top). My wipes got gone faster so I pulled them apart and taped the tube to the new package.
There you go. Actual fantastic ideas. Now go enjoy a slobbery baby kiss! Live is good.
I had a dream and simple, silly craziness was going on, the harmless and fascinating craziness of people who are trying to change their lives and live a new way. They need to blow off steam, because they feel the weight of the old ways bearing down on them now and again. But the craziness stopped when a criminal, handcuffed, was led in.
The craziness vaporized and the urgent message had to be shared with this criminal-lost-soul took over all thought. One sat near him and explained:
You have to change. Your life is messed up. You won’t fully realize the vast effects these changes will make, until you see your young daughter, all grown up and caring for your infant grandson.
Your young daughter sacred-married to a man who loves her more than anything in this world, a husband who stays and takes care of his family. Your daughter a wife and a mom filled with joy and cherished moments not tinged with regret and shame.
The changes you have made in your life will give you blessings that you can understand. But until you see the life your daughter is giving to your grandson, you will only catch glimpses of the good things that have come to your life.
You don’t have the background to understand how good a life lived-well can be, filled with tranquility, security, and honest happiness. Those qualities have seemed unattainable and even imaginary to you in the life you have lead; you may never trust them even as they come to you. But they will be real and constant to this future grandson who is raised in God’s light and is untouched by evil.
This boy’s life, growing up without fear and anger and abuse, will open your eyes to a realm of goodness you never knew possible. You will always struggle with the past stealing up behind you. But for him there is no evil past. And only then will you understand the magnitude of the change you have wrought to your family line. Goodness and God will prevail and it will have been you who brought this hard-won happiness in and made it the new normal for your future family.
I bear testimony that you have the power to change lives for the better in ways that you don’t know or understand and bring about a future more grand and filled with light and joy than you, right here and now, can even imagine. Have the faith—cling to it with your might, and start living the changes. We who are burdened with fear and sin have now before us the power to stop and bring light and faith to those who follow.