The initiation into parenthood is really a beautiful thing. There are so many amazing firsts as a new mama. That first time your baby locks eyes with you and you feel the connection deep in your soul. When baby gets bigger and starts to greet you with knowing smiles and giggles. When you introduce your little one to the big world.
But there are a few other rites of passage that aren’t quite so pleasant—like that first time you’re in the splash zone during a diaper change, which was Whitney Port’s recent experience.
“The last parenting fail I had was when I didn't get the diaper on fast enough and he peed in my face,” the mom to 8-month-old Sonny tells People Now.
After going through this with both my son and daughter, here’s my pro tip for Port: As soon as the first diaper comes off, cover baby up with a wash rag until you’re able to cinch up that second diaper. Protecting baby from that cold burst of air is usually enough to stop them from peeing. Or, at the very least, the wash cloth will protect you.
Beyond the diaper changing fiasco, it seems Port is finding plenty of reasons to have fun with parenting. “The last time my son made me laugh so much that I cried was probably the first time we played peekaboo,” she says. “He was so scared and had such an insane reaction. Scared in a funny way. Peekaboo right now is the craziest thing.”
Taking the time to appreciate the happy, small moments of parenting is essential because, let’s be honest, there is no shortage of reasons to stress. “Taking Sonny out has proven to be very scary for me,” Port shared in an Instagram post last year. “Not only does the preparation and packing give me massive amounts of anxiety, but the amount he hates the car seat is enough for me to never want to leave the house, like ever!”
It really is a daunting thing, especially when you’re alone with baby in the car. “All you moms have been there... You're driving on the freeway with your brand new baby in the back and all of a sudden they're hysterical. You don't know what to do, you can't pull over, you think they're choking, you're freaking out,” Port continues. “Well, hopefully you've all been there, cause that was me a couple weeks ago and it scarred me and I need some help.”
But with just about anything parenting related—from getting peed on to braving traffic with baby in the car—it gets easier to deal with each time.
Then, soon enough, you’ll be able to look back on it all and laugh. Or, at least, feel grateful your clothes stay cleaner these days.