Carter is 3 weeks old today! Time is flying by. Carter is still sleeping quite a bit during the day but he is sleeping better at night. He is loving his activity mat and his bouncer. He likes to listen to his musical toys, especially his Glow Sea Horse. He is a little wiggle worm and moves his arms and legs constantly when he is awake. Ryan and I gave Carter is first real bath last night. We had to wait for his umbilical cord stump to fall off and it finally did! He wasn't sure about the bath at first. He kind of kicked his legs and looked around before he started to cry. It was a good first attempt!!I got to thinking the other night when we had a visit from my best friend Meghan and her family. Meghan's sister Nicole is expecting a little girl in July. I kept telling her the same things people told me that annoyed the heck out of me when I pregnant. It was like I couldn't help myself. I guess it just seems like a rite of passage- now that I've pushed out a baby, I can give you advice! Well I told Nicole that she could come over and hang out with us if she ever wanted "practice" for her baby. It wasn't until a couple of days later that I started thinking about this concept and how ridiculous it really is to try to "practice" for a baby. Preparing for a baby is kind of like preparing for the SATs, GRE, or any other standardized test. You can prepare for the overall aspects of the test but you never know what is actually going to be on it. Now matter how many vocabulary words, analogies, or math problems you study, I never felt adequately prepared because I didn't know the exact questions. It would have been a lot easier if they had given us the actual test to study, right? Same with babies. You can read all the books or google random things about babies, but your baby isn't going to develop exactly how the baby down the street or across the country is developing. For example, you can google "how often do babies eat?" and you will get the pretty standard charts and they will say that a baby that is 3 weeks old should eat every 3 hours. Well, sometimes Carter likes to eat every 2 hours and then sometimes he can go 4 hours. Sometimes he whines and cries like he is ready to eat, drinks a whole bottle, and then spits it up all down my shirt. You can not predict how your baby is going to eat, poop, sleep or cry.