Open thread: Infants

(By chris the cynic)

In honor of my nephew turning one year old today, the topic is infants.

Any thoughts in any way related to said topic are fair game.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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6 thoughts on “Open thread: Infants

  1. christhecynic April 22, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Personally I find that they tend to do an impressive job of being adorable and disgusting at the same time.

    “You’re so cute… and you’ve got snot coming out of your nose, drool coming out of your mouth, and could spit up on me at any moment.” *pause* “Someone wipe his face and get me a hazmat suit so I can enjoy his cuteness without having to worry about the other stuff.”

  2. DawnM April 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    A baby once became entranced with my purple paisley shirt. He stared and stared in utter fascination. Once he tried putting the shirt in his mouth but he learned that was not as interesting as taking it in through the eyes. He had a very groovy trip.

  3. storiteller April 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Newborns are honestly kind of overrated in my opinion, even if you’re the baby’s parents. They’re so delicate, so you can’t hug them. You don’t get any emotional feedback except the absence of crying. The first six weeks are really really hard, especially because of the feeling of cabin fever.

    For me, I found it started getting much more enjoyable around 3 months, once the baby starts smiling and the sleep patterns get more regular. I also went back to work then, which was really helpful for my mental health. Since then, it’s gotten a lot more fun, especially once he started moving on his own (scooting backwards, then crawling, now pulling-up).

  4. Lonespark April 23, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Yes, what storiteller said.
    And if they have certain medical issues, you don’t even get the absence of crying!

    I do think they’re cool in the sense of being so damn different from what we expect of humans. They have to build all the muscles, and learn how to gravity… but SRSLY, they actually have different arrangements of organs and stuff!

  5. Lonespark April 23, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Also, hey, you posted this on Earth Day. Which I slept through. Dammit.

  6. storiteller April 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Oof, I’m sorry you had to deal with said medical issues, Lonespark. Thankfully, my baby didn’t cry as a newborn unless he needed something or was not being held. (Seriously, unless he was sound asleep, he cried if he was put down for more than 30 seconds for the first six weeks of his life. And he really didn’t like the carrier.) He needed stuff all of the time, but at least I could do something about it, which isn’t true for a lot of parents.

    In terms of being so different, it’s amazing to watch babies learn what we take for granted. Like object permanence!

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