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Baby's First Bath

baby's first bath

One of the key differences in having a baby here in Florida as opposed to our experience in England is that over here, Daniel got his very first bath when only a couple of hours old in the hospital. A nurse took him away and with a basin of water and some baby soap, she sponged him down thoroughly, wrapped him in a towel, and made sure he was clean. Dexter never got such treatment, and as a result, his hair was stiff with blood and other fluids for a solid week after we brought him home.

hospital bath

Sponged down by the nurse in the hospital

I’ll be honest, though – part of me was a bit frustrated that we weren’t given the option to wash him ourselves. It seemed like it should be something the parents are given a chance to do for their child. But I guess in the end, it’s not a huge deal because it was more of a glorified sponge bath than a proper immersion.

As such, and as was the case with Dexter, Baby Daniel’s first official bath was given to him by his excited Daddy and Grandma in the kitchen sink.

shampoo baby

I knew how much it meant to Mark to be the one to give the first bath, and while we had to wait several days for the umbilical cord to fall off, I promised him over and over that I would let him be the one to do it. Since I get to feed the baby, it feels right that Mark should get to take care of him in a very personal way. Changing diapers and clothing isn’t really enough to form that extra bond, but holding your naked infant son in a warm bath while cleansing his body of all impurities might just be.

admiring baby in bath

And maybe it’s just the hormones that run through me at all times, but seeing the love and admiration on his face as he locked eyes with his son made me love that man all the more. Mark truly is an INVOLVED daddy, always wanting to be a part of things. Even as I may be laying on the couch cuddling our little guy, I notice the longing glances being thrown my way before he finally speaks up and asks tentatively, “Can I hold Daniel?”

My heart melts with love. For all of them really. Because I can see how much he wants to be a good father, and it brings me utter joy. My boys have the best daddy in the world.

towel dry

Finally, bath time ended, and grandma got the honor of drying the baby off, while daddy emptied the sink. We don’t have any baby towels, so Daniel was wrapped up in Dexter’s monkey bath towel and swaddled up while I picked out an outfit.

cuddles

As grandma took the opportunity for a few close cuddles, I readied a small area where I could lotion him up, put on his diaper and get him dressed. (There are no pictures of that, though, because like most moms, I’m the only one who ever thinks to document these things.)

In the end, after such a wonderful experience, Daniel was worn out. Warm and clean in his cradle, he slept solidly for about four hours afterward and it made us all feel good about the parts we played in this particular milestone.

beautiful baby photo
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Ella

Thursday 7th of March 2013

Congrats! I forgot how small they are when they are just born. First bath, definitely one to remember.

Katie Vyktoriah

Wednesday 20th of March 2013

Thank you. :) And yes, I'm so glad I documented it! :)

Ella

Thursday 7th of March 2013

Congrats! I forgot how small they are when they are just born. First bath, definitely one to remember.

Katie Vyktoriah

Wednesday 20th of March 2013

Thank you. :) And yes, I'm so glad I documented it! :)

Nicky

Monday 4th of March 2013

So glad you took the pics. Those memories are forever in your hearts and grandmas but with the pics, when he gets older he can see just how much he was truly loved and wanted from the very beginning. That is such a self confidence boost in children! Just visiting from www.feelingtheemptynest.blogspot.com and I hope you have a great day!

Katie Vyktoriah

Wednesday 20th of March 2013

Thanks for stopping by Nicky. I am definitely glad to have gotten pics of this, as I think the love and adoration of both daddy and grandma just shines right through. :)

Nicky

Monday 4th of March 2013

So glad you took the pics. Those memories are forever in your hearts and grandmas but with the pics, when he gets older he can see just how much he was truly loved and wanted from the very beginning. That is such a self confidence boost in children! Just visiting from www.feelingtheemptynest.blogspot.com and I hope you have a great day!

Katie Vyktoriah

Wednesday 20th of March 2013

Thanks for stopping by Nicky. I am definitely glad to have gotten pics of this, as I think the love and adoration of both daddy and grandma just shines right through. :)

Alice (@mumsmakelists)

Saturday 2nd of March 2013

Such fab pics of little one and grandma!

I would absolutely love for you to link up at the Baby Shower a linky party for all things pregnancy and new baby - Alice @ Mums Make Lists xx

http://mumsmakelists.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/The%20Friday%20Baby%20Shower

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