“So how’s everything going with Miss M?” the doctor asked.
“Everything is going really well, except, she only poos every 5 days,” I replied.
“Oh, so she’s a little poo diva is she?” the doctor proclaimed.
And that’s how the term stuck.
But let me explain the term in a little more depth because apparently there’s a lot more to it than the time between poos.
A poo diva is a baby who not only doesn’t poo often, but a baby who dislikes the feeling of doing a poo and so they hold it in until they can hold it in no more.
To a poo diva, the act of pooing is horrible and disgusting. A poo diva does their best to not perform such a dirty, hideous act until there’s nowhere for the poo to go but out.
What my little miss ‘poo diva’ doesn’t realise is that her ‘divaness’ is working against her. Not only does it cause immense discomfort when her tiny body is trying to conceal a bucket load of
shit poo when it does eventually succumb to the forces, it’s quite a lot messier than it should be.
And once it’s out, every ounce of ‘divaness’ goes out the window along with the poo up the back and out the sides of the nappy and onto clothes, furniture and mummy.
But I really shouldn’t joke about my little poo diva because initially, I thought there was something very wrong.
Numerous people were confused with our predicament because it seemed strange for a breastfed baby not to poo more often. In fact, what I learnt from our paediatrician and nurse was that it was completely normal considering her poos were runny and a mustard colour. It only starts to be a concern when the poo is hard and like pebbles – that’s constipation and a completely different concern.
Isn’t it funny, I never thought I’d talk about poo so much or be excited by it? Once I became a mum, it’s definitely gone from being a very gross topic to a very important one, particularly when after 5-7 days of Miss M feeling very uncomfortable it finally decides to make an appearance. There’s nothing more romantic than sending my husband an excited text message saying, “she pooed!!!!”
So there you have it, a post about poo.
Do you have a poo diva?