awww kristi that sounds so cute . and ur very welcome for the advcie. i wish i could have seen your littel one too.. do u have any photos? i use to be a photographer and just love looking at photos of babies. And bre guess its diffrent everywere cause when my nure re taugth me a few years back she used a cotton pad and wipe the first one of and if i may say so she was very rough! i almost fanited!! that was a few years ago now and i decided to still do mine for the lab right up until this august i started doing them at home again and i dont wipe the first drop away either. i really dont think it matters.. but hey wish me luck i am doing a blood test saturday morning! this level wil tell how im doing on my coolers!