Matt and I have officially been parents for three months as of tomorrow. A lot of ideas we’ve had, things that have worked for the most part or perhaps almost worked, come from a sense of trying to use whatever tools we have at hand even if we have to use extra imagination to make them work. I think of this as MacGuyvering Parenthood as we try out these ideas. We definitely had to think on our feet when we brought William to his very first Pleasanton Holiday Parade. We had a stuffed diaper bag, we had a stroller, we had everything but a changing table, ooops. Luckily, we did have his blanket for a soft surface, so we were able to do a quick and painless diaper check and change for him.
After the parade we had a nice dinner and William of course wanted to eat as well. The restaurant waitress was kind enough to bring a glass of steaming hot water to me, and low and behold the bottle fit perfectly in it to warm up and be ready for him to eat in seconds.
Sometimes inspiration comes from just letting your mind wander. One night I was so tired when I needed to pump milk that I grabbed what I thought was two Medela collection bottles, it was actually one collection and one Dr. Brown’s bottle. It turns out they have the same opening, so that I was able to pump milk directly into one, a great time saver and helpful as I would not have to double transfer the milk and risk wasting a lot as it stuck to the sides.
William loves his car seat. He’s fallen asleep in it many times. Candy discovered we could use it for a seat for him without him being in the car (so not strapped in, which is great as he hates the straps when they are first put on), and sometimes he’d nap in there. This was great to put him in the seat in his Pack and Play so he could take a nap without me having to risk waking him up for the transfer.
Sometimes an attempt to MacGuyver something works better than others. One night I saw Matt had rigged up his blanket this way. This looked somewhat familiar as a somewhat separate draping had been used for my C-section.
This is what it looked like on the other side, as Matt had tried to make the blanket resemble the view William has from his car seat. It was a great attempt, yet William was neither fooled or pacified, and we had to find another way to get him to go to sleep.
The last MacGuyver trick was discovered by our daycare provider, Maribel who discovered, without us telling her learned that William would rather sleep in near to total darkness. It turns out there is a flap on the rocking bassinet that she uses for him, and they discovered together how great it is to block out light.
With many years of parenthood ahead of us, we will surely find many more ways to MacGuyver parenthood.