My first child was ridiculously easy to change. Sure, she managed to pee on me more then once, and I had the occasional extremely nasty poop blowout to contend with… but after the first few weeks she caught on to the whole diaper changing thing. She would lay relatively still and let me change her. She seemed to welcome diaper changing time, which to me just makes sense. A clean diaper has got to feel better then sitting in your own feces, right?
Now, here I am with child #2. From day one she has screamed her head off every time I attempt to remove her diaper. I figured she’d get over this, but she is almost 18 months old and still violently protesting diaper change time.
She fights tooth and claw against having her bum changed. She kicks, wiggles, and arches her back. If I am foolish enough to attempt to change her on an elevated surface, she tries her darnedest to throw herself off head first.
From the moment I lay her on her back, to the moment I let her sit up, she screams bloody murder. She yells and wails, non-stop and with incredible volume. She screams in a way that has me keeping the windows shut on mild days. Even with the windows closed, I’m fairly certain the neighbours two doors down are wondering if they should be calling child services.
The moment I get that diaper done up, and sign “all done” at her, she stops. She stops yelling, she stops wiggling. It’s like someone threw a switch. She instantly sits up, quiet and happy as a clam.
She doesn’t do this every time, but she does do it 90% of the time. To make things even better, anyone else can change her without issue. If daddy or grandma takes a turn, she almost always placidly goes along with it. However, whenever mom’s up to bat she goes ballistic. As if wiping poop off of someone else’s backside wasn’t fun enough already? It’s particularly lovely when I have to change her in public. People can’t help staring and wondering what I am doing to harm the poor kid.
I just don’t get it. Wouldn’t you figure the kid would want her bum changed? Does anyone else’s child do this? If you have suggestions I would definitely love to hear them!