We all have those "first-time mom mistakes," the ones that make you face-palm because you really had no idea what you were doing. For me, those mistakes usually happened because I didn't think about what I was doing before it actually happened. Luckily, nothing resulted in any permanent damage to my daughter and, in fact, some of my first-time mom mistakes actually benefitted my kid. Yay for "happy" accidents, right?
I was looking back at photos of my daughter's first days at home a few days ago and did a double take when I saw photos from her first bath, with umbilical cord still hanging around. First, of all: yuck, because those umbilical cords are the grossest and no one can convince me otherwise. Second of all: oops? It didn't even occur to me (or my husband apparently) that we were supposed to wait to give her her first bath until after that fell off. We didn't even do it in the sink! We had her in her little bath inside our regular bath.
Then again, I think there was something about introducing her to the bath and the tub early on that made giving her a bath easier from the very beginning. Who knows, maybe she's just the kind of baby who wouldn't have minded the bath in the slightest, but I'm going to keep telling myself that it benefitted her so I can stop blaming myself for being so clueless at the beginning.