It started when Nurse Ririn visited us for home care, 3 days after Ithaka's birth. She pointed out things to observe, to make sure the baby is taking in enough milk and prevent jaundice. Mentioned were soft spot on the forehead, skin colour and reaction to light tapping, and frequency of pee and poop. She asked how many times the baby peed the day before. I couldn't tell.
The next day, I noticed Ithaka's eyes looked yellowish. Oh no, not the jaundice! Then I started to take note of his diaper change, which should be around 6 times per day. Good thing was jaundice didn't happen, but the note-taking became a habit. Later on, I also tracked his feeding, and added the window of time when he was awake. It helped me manage the expectation of when he would be sleeping and I could do my own stuff.
My manual tracking method involves post-it notes and a flat surface (of my wardrobe). Running out of these two, I decided to convert to digital platform. I googled "baby feeding diaper tracking app" to find several mobile apps. I tried several apps for a day, until I settled with Baby Daybook.
Using the app had made me realize the recap of Ithaka's daily timesheet, roughly:
- 14 hours sleeping
- 3 hours feeding
- 1 hour bathing
- means the rest 6 hours for playing
- incl. peeing and pooping here and there
Not that I was looking to get such data in the first place, but I think it's pretty cool. So that's how it is for 10-weeks-old Ithaka. Surely it's going to keep changing as he's growing. And I wonder how my tracking behaviour's gonna change, especially later when I'm going back to work (#wearyworkingmama alert :p).