December 14, 2013: Nakayla was 23 days old when these photos were taken, and her umbilical cord looks nowhere near to dropping off. The confinement lady told me that maybe I should take a photo of it for memories sake because Nakayla and her intact umbilical cord broke all known records to her (of how long an umbilical cord takes to drop off). I’m glad she suggested it, and I’m glad I did :)
The inside was still ‘wet’!
In her many years as a confinement lady, and of the many newborns she has taken care of, my confinement lady has never experienced a baby with the umbilical cord still on after nearly a month of confinement! In case you’re wondering, Blake’s umbilical cord came off within a week from the day he was born.
Honestly, I was really worried that the umbilical cord would still be there when my 41 days of confinement was up. I was absolutely terrified that when I take over caring for Nakayla full-time, I might just get the umbilical cord hooked onto something and it gets yanked out – especially after bath time! YIKES!
At the next visit to the PD after these photos were taken, I told him my concerns about the umbilical cord and the PD gave me a bottle of medicated powder to use twice daily. Even then, it took about a little more than a week before the umbilical cord finally dropped off! Thankfully for me, it was a few days shy before my 41 days of confinement was up. PHEW!
How long did it take for your child(ren)’s umbilical
cord to drop off? Do share it with me!
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