77 Days later

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It’s been 77 days of priceless learning, un-learning and re-learning. With all that learning, let’s go through some idioms today:

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

Yes, we have come to learn that this is really good advice. It is also really hard to send a baby flying out of the tub (made of metal in times past), water and all. Well, unless you are really strong, we’re not sure how this is possible. The poor fella that first did it, or was the victim of it…

Crying over spilt milk

This has happened to us on a number of occasions. especially when the bottle, full of expressed milk, decides to come loose on a whim, ponding its contents on the floor.

1) we have to clean the mess up, 2) it was hard work producing all that milk, 3) the baby really is crying while we scramble to warm up the milk in the fridge.

crying over spilt milk – justified.

Like taking candy from a baby

Well firstly, babies don’t eat candy nor should they be holding on to any (choking hazard). Not advisable to give your baby solids too soon either. Secondly, if you’re a parent trying to take something (like candy) from a baby, it might not be that easy, given how hard it is to pry open their fingers.

Be left holding the baby

ohhh wow, this is a tough one. Holding the baby is enjoyable on most accounts, except…

(a) when he is screaming his head off wanting milk

(b) he is dripping with vomit

(c) is dripping with pee

(d) and ewwww… dripping with poo

at which time you will quickly put the baby down. We wonder what happened to the first person that experienced this – must have felt an awful sense abandonment.

Sleep like a baby

This is the pinnacle of sleep for both parents and child. How a baby gets to this state is irrelevant once if the baby is in this state.

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What are some idioms that you experienced?

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Sam = Daddy + Mummy?

We have constantly been asked the question: “who does Sam look more like? Mummy or Daddy?”

Most friends and family tend to lean towards daddy. 

We think that Sam looks like both of us really. 

i’m linking the article below, although not a journal article, it provides an easy to read summary of some studies that have been published on this. you can read more (also links the journal articles) in the link below.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/babies-paternal-resemblance/

it’s interesting to note that the literature is mixed on this issue. some claim to have found baby looks like one or the other parent in the first x days/weeks of life. While some others  claim that the baby looks like both parents. 

what really caught my attention is one of the reasons that the evolutionary psychs gave as to why people tend to attribute similarity to the father. 

well, you see the baby is surely the mother’s but this certainty can’t be said for the father. hence, similarity is attributed to the father to give an assurance of paternity. 

Next time you visit a new born, take a moment to observe what people comment about who the baby looks more like. 

So… does Sam look more like mummy or daddy? 

I’ll let you decide. 

Poop Log One

 

 

Mission Control (MC) to Sam: *static* this is mission control to Sam, do you copy? *static* please provide a status update… over *static*

Sam to MC: Sam to Mission control, roger roger, read you loud and clear… it’s a clear day out at what i should call a shopping mall… over.

Sam to MC: we’ve been out for awhile now, running low on fuel. Mother seems to be enjoying her day out… over. Requesting permission to return to base.

MC to Sam: roger, you are cleared to return to base, with whatever means necessary… over.

Sam to MC: wilco*, obtaining visual on the target… in range… engaged. requesting permission to engage.

MC to Sam: fire at will, and take us home Sam!

Sam to MC: wilco, birds away!

(*will comply)


Status Report

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Damage:

x 1 overfilled diaper (poo)

x 1 set of very soiled clothes

x1 set of soiled baby carrier

x1 soiled changing mat

x1 baby with pee all over

Collateral Damage:

x1 set of flustered mother and grandmother

x1 afternoon outing cut short

Outcome:

x1 happy and comfortable baby

x1 amused father at the office

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