At the risk of raising alarm bells and being listed as a person of interest with DOCS, I would like to start this post with a disclaimer – Skye is a healthy, happy and all around delightful girl, despite her parents being completely clueless on many aspects of parenting. Lets just say grandparents are a wonderful thing, and we are relatively quick learners.
I was probably best described as naively optimistic about my ability as a parent during my pregnancy. We were so confident in fact that we wagged the second half of our antenatal classes because we figured that we would be better off learning when we had a real live baby to practise on, how much could I possibly learn from a doll? Well for a start we could have avoided sitting in the emergency drop off zone of the hospital frantically reading the car seat instruction manual while trying to work out how to strap Skye in securely enough to drive her home.
Ok, so there was that, and possibly the doll may have been helpful in learning how to dress a newborn baby – Skye was lucky to be born in the middle of a particularly hot summer because I was utterly useless at putting any clothes on her. In hindsight I really should have practised with a doll from the moment I found out we were expecting.
I probably should have taken it as an indication we were lacking in preparation the day I came home with a breast pump. I was a little embarrassed to show Luke because I thought it might freak him out but to my horror he pulled the pump straight out of the box and placed it directly over his own nipple for a test drive – I still think he was a little disappointed he couldn’t get it to work. Human Biology 101 – FAIL.
Fortunately Skye is now old enough to offer assistance (when inclined) in a lot of these tasks. It was an exciting milestone for our house when she was able to put her arms through her sleeves by herself and learned to step into pants. I would like to think that my lack of skill has helped to develop her independence, actually I think Skye is learning how to be a parent quicker than we are…