Open Thread: Infants

(Posted by chris the cynic)

There’s one in my house at the moment, hence the inspiration.  He’s half a year old now.  Anyway, the topic is infants.

Stories, thoughts, anything like that.

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13 thoughts on “Open Thread: Infants

  1. christhecynic October 25, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Making a note here:
    People don’t like babies.

  2. Brin October 25, 2013 at 7:27 am

    People don’t like babies.

    I think what you’ve actually got is that people don’t like talking about babies.

    Though in my case that is because others often don’t react too well when they learn that you don’t like babies themselves. One new (new this time; not the first kid) mother I was acquainted with tried to convert me when she heard me talking about that, forcing me to hold her baby. I snarled at it.

    I was able to resist the temptation to physically harm it*, so I consider this interaction a success, but that was the last time her family came to an event where they knew I would be.

    This being the Internet, you can’t actually see how many people are backing away from me now, but take a guess.

    *There are few things more viscerally enraging than the sound of a baby’s cry.

  3. Brin October 25, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Good news! I found the superscript and subscript buttons in OpenOffice. (Format–>Character–>Position) My lab reports will now be significantly less kludgy.

  4. Lonespark October 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I hold no animosity toward the larval stage of humanity as such…

    They’re pretty neat, with their super-learning brains and bodies…

    But my experiences thus far with actually producing or caring for them have been borderline-truamatic and…ok. So I’m not super into talking about it.

    Well, sometimes I am into talking about it, in the sense of talking about how stressful it can be and how it’s ok to be messed up and really good to ask for help, especially ahead of time, just in case. And that not loving the baby stage doesn’t make you a bad parent, and having a rough start or not being immediately ready to bond doesn’t mean you can’t have a strong and loving relationship with your child.

    And there’s not one right to do anything, especially when it comes to children and families. There are a few basic things that babies require. (Food, cleaning, snuggles, healthcare…) There are other things to avoid because they’re dangerous, or weigh very carefully because they could potentially be.

    But when it comes to things like sleep habits and interaction and household organization and toys etc. etc., do what works for you and what your baby will tolerate or ideal thrive under. There is no one best way, no matter what the American Academy of Pediatrics or its equivalent says. Maybe there are the five ways that are statistically most consistently successful, so that’s probably a good place to start. But #1 might be the worst for your kid, and #8, which may not often show up in the books people give you, might be the absolute best for you…

    Don’t set yourself up to feel like a failure because you have a rigid idea of how things should be. Adaptability and flexibility are key. Yeah, it might be really important to live your values as a parent, but what you think will accomplish that may not be what really does.

  5. Lonespark October 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Their fingers are really small, yo. And their heads are smooshy. And some get teeth really early.

    I like to try to make babies smile and make faces at little kids behind their grownups’ backs. It’s a form of communication that transcends language barriers and fights boredom when you’re waiting for a train or something.

  6. Lonespark October 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Brin, that’s fantastic!

  7. Lonespark October 25, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Also, just for that, Cute or Awesome Picture Day will have to involve babies somehow.

  8. christhecynic October 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

    The fingers are always what get me. To a lesser extent the toes, but mostly the fingers. The rest of them being tiny is no big deal, it’s not like they’re proportionate anyway, but the tiny, tiny fingers always seem so surreal.

  9. Lonespark October 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Yeah…because they work just like fingers! And human hands are such complex machines…

  10. Ana Mardoll October 25, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I think infants are cute, as long as they don’t scream at me. LOL.

  11. christhecynic October 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    So, weirdly, wordpress is totally fine with double posting but saying sorry for accidentally double posting, that sends up a flag that a moderator is needed because apologies are totally the work of… I don’t get it.

    Anyway, fixed.

  12. froborr October 27, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Brin: I am with you. Babies are awful. Solidarity!

  13. christhecynic October 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Lonespark, something went weird and I accidentally marked one of your comments as spam. I have since rescued it from the spamtrap but, not knowing what wordpress uses to determine who is or is not a spammer I have no idea if you being temporarily marked as a spammer will inconvenience you in the future. So if things do go wrong, just say so and we’ll figure out how to fix it.

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