I thought that I was good at record-keeping. In fact, my iPhone/iPad keeps me meticulously organized – the Calendar keeps track of my schedule, my to-do list is on Reminders, everyone that I know is in my Contacts, and for all the other random stuff, there’s Evernote. And with iCloud, everything is updated between my phone, my tablet and my desktop, so no matter where I am, I’m always on track.
At four days old, my son had his first visit to the pediatrician. Surprisingly, she told us to keep track of feedings and diaper changes.
“Get a notebook“, she said.
Really? A notebook? In this day of technology, I was supposed to use something as antiquated as a notebook to write down every time he fed or wet his diaper?
I figured that there MUST be an app for that. And I was right. There were actually a few.
For the first couple days I logged everything. If I didn’t log it immediately I made a mental note to do it later. And I did. Or at least I tried to.
The thing about newborns is that they don’t have set schedules. Soon, my sleep deprivation began to set in and I really could not be bothered to pick up the phone or the tablet, or even worse, go online to a website to keep a record of diaper changes and feedings at 1.30am, 3.00am and 4.15am.
The mental notes became sporadic and gradually became non-existent, all in a matter of days.
Now I wish that I DID keep a notebook and a pencil handy, to easy tally poopy and wet diapers with one pen-stroke.
So the next time we go to the pediatrician, I’ll have to average. I can bluff precision or admit failure.
I guess that it’s time to buy a notebook!