I’m not sure if baby boy is saying ciao or fight the power in this photo. It is kind of hard to tell when he’s taking a bath and just afterward. He’s one great baby, except for two flaws. He doesn’t sleep at night, and he is constantly trying to run away from us. He is now crawling, both on his belly army style and on all fours. Whenever I get his diaper off and try to change him, he quickly rolls over onto his belly and takes off naked across the bed, on the changing table (which is more than terrifying), and on the floor. I have had to learn to put on a diaper and all his clothes, while he’s crawling. This is no easy task. He pulls these same shenanigans after his bath, but since he always has an audience at bath time – namely his cousins and aunts – there is always someone to help hold him down and keep him from falling.
What I’ve learned in the last week is that you can diaper a baby who is in motion and on his belly by wrapping the diaper around his bottom and then lifting his legs to slide the front of the diaper into position. Then, you just have to adhere the adhesive from behind. It’s easier to pick him up and have someone else slip on his pants and socks. If no one is around, pick him up, sit him on your lap and put his shoulders under your arms to hold him down while you put on his clothes. Finally, when you must, catch him by at least one leg, so he doesn’t fall and hit the ground. I had to do this on Pasquetta as Baby Boy nearly crawled off the bed while I was changing him. Suddenly, parenting and heart attacks were synonymous!