My sister gave me a DVD awhile back that was given to her by her hospital when she gave birth to Ezekiel. It explains everything you need to know for the first few months that you're at home with your newborn. I kept meaning to watch it - and finally I did on Monday.
It was a good DVD, even if it was a bit dated. There's something about actually seeing everything people have been talking about that made it all very real to me. In a good way :) It got me very excited for Evy to be born and it also made me feel better about my capability of handling this new bundle of joy. Another great thing about seeing everything I'd heard about, is that I now know exactly what everyone is talking about. I mean, I can read every book in the library about the difference between breastfed baby stool and formula fed baby stool but you can never really know until you see it. Now I wont be second guessing everything - hopefully. I was shocked to see what meconium looked like, and how much to expect in the diapers, as I was expecting something like normal baby poop - just a bit stranger - and in smaller quantities. Good DVD - wonder how many other hospitals give something like that out?
The DVD shocked me a bit though, because they did this whole segment on Shaken Baby Syndrome. It seems ludicrous to me that someone would shake their baby, but I guess it's enough of an issue that they actually feel they need to address it. The segment just basically explained, "Don't get frustrated with your baby - no matter what - and if you do take them to the emergency room RIGHT AWAY." How sad :(