I have been a parent for just over a year. The tiny one is 13 months today. I am not an expert; I have roughly 5% of the answers. I search the internet daily for answers or clues into certain things he does or does not do. I have been in molar and illness hell since August. (I love him madly whether he is a baby disaster or not, just to clarify.) I do not know what to do for him in these situations other than give him Motrin, sing, make funny voices, and read “Good Night Little Sea Otter” over and over until he is soothed.
I write today because I feel proud of a piece of advice I recently gave him. I felt it was wise and translated well throughout different phases of his life. The tiny one discovers body parts and becomes enthralled, entranced, and engaged with each part. He found his feet at 4 months and they are still hilarious to him. He recently found his penis, as all little boys do. Now, if his feet are amazing, this is clearly above amazing. I was changing his diaper the other day and said to him, “You only get one of those. Be gentle. Choose wisely.” Whether this is referring to the current manhandling, seeing if it can be shut into a door in a few years, or inappropriate choices as a 40-year-old (a girl can still dream as a mother), this is the best advice I can offer.