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The Last Time

- 27th Oct 17

So many changes, no time to keep up with them all. Call me crazy, but I’ll miss my little boy wearing nappies.
He potty trained himself within a day or two and amazed us all. At the same time, he was dry at night too. I couldn’t believe it! Especially as he had been waking up soaking every morning for well over a year. We couldn’t figure out how or why. He was wearing a nappy but he’d be soaked through to his pyjamas… perhaps it was the way he lay in bed creating a gap in his nappy or something? Who knows, but it became quite the norm to have to clean and change him first thing.

So the fact he was dry at night, literally overnight, was just brilliant. We’ve been putting his night time nappy on still, just in case (plus we have loads left over from a batch nanny insisted on buying – not going to complain about such insistence!), but each morning he was waking up with nothing in there and heading to the loo to let out a nice big wee. He had this nailed. So at the weekend we just decided it was time for pants at night.

I didn’t really think about it on the first night as it was all new and exciting. But, on the second night of putting him in pants and PJs, it hit me that I’ll probably never change a nappy again. Laying him down, wiping him clean and popping a fresh nappy on. Yes, it’s sometimes gross and stinky, but to me it was something he needed me for. Now, all of the sudden, we won’t do that again. I didn’t saviour, nor can I remember, that last evening nappy. It was such a routine; every night after bath I’d lay him down, moisturise him, sing songs and put on his nappy. Now, we get out the bath and get changed into his pyjamas. Just like that, it changes again. He’s growing.

I know I must sound a bit nuts missing putting my baby in nappies. I guess it’s just a reminder that he’s constantly changing. Which I also love and thrive on. What will be next? He no longer needs help brushing his teeth? He doesn’t need me to bathe him? He already tells me “Daddy go now” when he’s using the loo and he gets it in all in the bowl and flushes it fine too! Little Mr Independent.

Not only that but we removed the stair gates the other day too. He promptly popped upstairs on his own, used the toilet and flushed it. I had to stop for a minute and think “Who on earth is that man upstairs?!” Another ‘last’ (but perhaps might return one day) is the morning routine. He’s up so early these days that I don’t get a chance to say “Morning” through the door and go into him. Come 5 am, he’s jumping out of bed and running into our room. But I kind of think in a few years we’ll have a lazy bones on our hands and I’ll get to creep in once more, and wake him gently.

I couldn’t be prouder of him. He’s changing at a crazy speed. When all these ‘lasts’ start occurring I can imagine this is also around the time many parents start thinking about having a second…

We seem to forget the fear and demands of a baby who becomes a toddler and evolves into a pre-schooler. Who knows? One thing I do know? Nanny will miss buying the nappies…

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Hi I'm Tom. I'm a dad. An adoptive dad. A gay dad. Not your 'normal' dad perhaps? My husband and I are two years into life life with our 3.5 yr old. The days of city breaks and long weekends eating out are long gone, but replaced with the great outdoors and running around after our little boy and splashing in muddy puddles. I wouldn't change it for the world. You can follow my blog at or find me on Facebook @unlikelydad

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