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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Bathing A Newborn

My son Josh was born 2 weeks earlier than his due date.

It was an induced labour as my doctor established that Josh was safer outside my body than inside my womb as I had complications during the pregnancy and because of my history of miscarriages. 

Story of my miracle baby here.

When Josh was delivered, he was no bigger than our family cat! 

He looked so tiny and frail!

And I would burst into tears each time I looked at him!

I had a bad case of post-partum blues and I just couldn't bring myself to bathe my precious baby. 

I was terrified of hurting my little bubbaleh — he looked so fragile!

The hubs would bathe him every morning before he left for his office.

I only started to bathe Josh when I got over my fear and anxiety after the 4th month of his birth.

This video of a Vietnamese soon-to-be grandpa teaching his son and  daughter-in-law how to bathe a newborn made me smile!

 

 
Haha! He couldn't have picked a cuter prop!

40 comments:

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I hope that Josh grew into a big strong boy. I remember bathing my daughter when she was just a baby. She was quite happy to be in the warm water, but not quite as gleeful when it came time to wash her hair!

Lin said...

I remember everything about having a newborn was scary! I wasn't raised around babies, so I had no idea what to do for them. So, me and my newborn baby learned together. He cried, I cried....we figured it out. It's amazing that these kids survive us!

Sandee said...

I hear you with bathing newborns. They do look so fragile. When they are small it's even more stressful.

Awww on the cat. I've never seen a cat that patient. Adorable.

Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

EricaSta said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful Post. I enjoyed reading.

NCSue said...

That's a docile cat for sure!
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stevebethere said...

Aww! that was sooo cute heheh! adorable

Have a bathetastic safe week 😷😷😷

Rostrose said...

Haha, the cat looks like paralyzed! 🙀 My cats would never lie there so quietly 😼...
So glad that you lost your fear to bath your baby!
Best wishes from Austria,
Traude

betty said...

Such a cute video of washing a cat (baby). Read your story you shared about Josh from back in 2008. So glad all worked out and he "made" it and is alive today :) I remember when we adopted our daughter at 12 months that I was glad she wasn't a newborn because I thought I could possibly "kill her" because I wasn't experienced with this mom thing. It got better when we adopted her brother 3.5 years later at 6 days old. Both survived and are thriving at 35 and 31 years old :)

betty

yonosoymillenium said...

siempre hay que superar nuestros miedos, que simpático el video.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I've never known a cat to be so calm and patient for a demonstration. Thanks for sharing your sweet story.

Phil Slade said...

I hope Josh laughs at this story Veronica. I'll bet he says " mom, how could you be so daft".

Paspii said...

Meow!

magiceye said...

So sweet.

Meditations in Motion said...

What a heartwarming, poignant story! They do appear to be so fragile as newborns, don't they?

Natalie said...

Thanks Veronica for sharing your sweet story about Josh. I'm more confident with bathing a newborn than bathing a cat :) #MCoW

junie/jesh said...

I commend you for your honesty! Great that your compassionate husband took over for you! Your captures of how to bathe the cat are so touching! Many thanks for sharing this video with All Seasons. A baby's skin feels much softer though:)
It reminds you of a difficult period, but it ended! One day you may teach your son how to bathe a baby!Have a nice day, Veronica, stay well and safe!

Thelma said...

Congratulations on your newborn. With time you'll get over your fears and become a pro.

Heidi R. said...

Such a lovely and good kitten, I admire it, it's so cute!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is one heck of a cooperative “baby” there! None of my babies and certainly none of my cats were ever that calm! That’s quite a story about your son and I’m glad to know from your past posts that he grew and thrived.

Tom said...

...our three children were all tiny at birth!

Sandee said...

Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

Yvonne said...

Your story of childbirth was a harrowing one; a struggle that had such a wonderful ending. The cat video is precious. I have never had the pleasure of a cat so agreeable to being on its back. Almost surreal :)

Diana said...

I read about your pregnancy and little Josh (2008). Wow! Life beats the movie!

Kitten is gorgeous! I liked the whole video. I laughed myself to tears!
Thank you, Veronica!
I wish you all the best! ❤️

betty-NZ said...

How blessed you are with your not-so-little miracle! And the cat as a prop is just crazy cute!

I'm so happy to see your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

The kitten was so patient. Mine would have been struggling to get away.

the 4 M's said...

What a creative way to show how to do it! My youngest was delivered 2 weeks early but thankfully for me it was an easy delivery and he was already so big, I am kind of wondering how big he would have been full term (he was 9 pounds!). I will need to read your birth story when I have a moment.
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Mellie said...

What a sweet memory. I had no idea what to do with a baby when Valerie was born. I gave her somewhat of her first bath in a plastic baby tub as best as I could on Christmas Eve, 2004! She was 3 days old.

Zinaida Strinu said...

The story about the child's bathroom moved me, I went through that too.
But the photo of the cat brought back my smile. How good! Or was she petrified with fear ?!

Have a perfect day, Veronica!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

My oldest daughter was 2 weeks early as well and was induced also. My youngest was born 6 weeks early and only weighed just over 4 pounds when we brought her home. I understand what you mean about being nervous.

Keith's Ramblings said...

What a contented kitten! Lovely.

Rhodesia said...

How old is Josh now, hopefully, big and strong. Sadly I cannot watch videos, our wifi is far too slow!! keep well Diane

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Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet story. The cat video at the end added a smile!

An Apel a Day said...

It's good your husband helped out.

I had some blues as well. Not super long lasting. I was freaked out about the boy's illnesses. Mica had a super bug staff infection in his neck at 7 months, and Isaak had meningitis at 2 months. Mica was also born with a cyst under his tongue. It made it hard for him to breastfeed. I'm glad I stuck with it. His tongue did develop more. Now just the line isn't totally centered. They were pretty healthy otherwise. Mica has to deal with scoliosis. But otherwise minor things.

The cat is so cute!

NatureFootstep said...

sweet story :)

Suzana said...

Thank you for sharing these personal events and thoughts!
The children are so fragile, so it's obvious that we are frightened. But in time our experience improved.
The video is incredible. I could not imagine this!
Happy Today!

XmasDolly said...

Hello Girlfriend, Your video at the end was awesome & my hubby & I laughed our butts off to say the least!!! The soon-to-be grandpa showing how to do a newborn's bath was oh so funny to say the least too! Good one! So, you have a new baby? Do I get to see a picture soon? I sure hope so. Who does he look like so far??? I cannot wait to see this adorable baby I'm sure! You be careful with him... especially with this Covid junk going around. I'm a real funatic on this washing your hands 20 seconds each time. My hands must be the cleanest hands in town. hahaha and I've made many masks too like for my kids & their family's too & hubby. Well, stay healthy, stay safe and don't forget your masks & give that new baby a big hug & smooch from her mama's good friend across the ocean. I'm so happy for you!!! HUGS

Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe said...

The video is too good. I was smiling through out.

Babies are so delicate that the fear is natural. I can understand your hesitation since he must have been even more fragile. I am sure once you were over it you took fantastic care of him!

Ela said...

Hope your son is healthy and strong now!
Sweet video !
Happy weekend !

Lydia C. Lee said...

Hopefully all good now!!