There's a natural, instinctual phenomenon among, not just humans, but all mammals to kiss or lick their babies faces. This seems normal, right? After all, we love our babies! But all mammals? Do they really understand the societal connection between loving someone and slobbering all over them? Maybe, but the fact is, they do this, they have the instinct to do this, because they make milk.
You probably know that breastmilk contains antibodies. You probably also know that it can contain antibodies tailored to germs the baby is exposed to because the mother makes antibodies against germs she's been exposed to, and since moms and babies spend so much time together, these are typically the same germs their babies are exposed to. But what happens if your baby is exposed to germs you haven't been? These germs, if they're going to make your baby sick, would be entering through the mouth or nose. So the rational thing to do, of course, is to ingest a sampling of the germs on your baby's face so your body can start to make antibodies to those germs! Or maybe it doesn't seem that rational, which is why the instinct is there. So all you have to think is "Awww, you're so cute. I'm gonna kiss your cute little nose!" Betcha didn't know that kiss could be protecting your child from illness!
so... I think I'm kind of skinny. yeah. I got so huge with my last pregnancy that I feel tiny this time around. at 7 months along, I still have extra belly skin to go, and my old stretch marks aren't all re-stretched yet. I don't think I will be getting any new ones. of course, I still have 2 months to go, so I may be eating everything I just said.
still having trouble with boy names. we've got a girl name picked out, first and middle, but only a middle name for a boy. and we're running out of time. unless we luck out and get a girl, then maybe baby won't be nameless for the firt few months or weeks or days.
D is talking up a storm. it's weird, I know G was a huge talker at this age as well, but L wasn't so much, and that's more recent, so it's weird to hear my not-yet-18-month-old saying new things every day. L had about 10 words by this age. though I think he was more shy than behind. he's finally starting to introduce himself to people rather than give them this look like they're his worst enemy, which was the story up to about a month ago.
2 months. L needs to potty train, fast, because 3 in diapers isn't much fun. :P
G is your rather average 4-year-old girlie girl. though in the past week or so, we've actually gotten her to wear *gasp* PANTS or even SHORTS without her putting up a fight first. sometimes I can't believe what her little brain comes up with. I seem to remember pushing out a little 8 lb baby girl. where did this huge, advanced kid come from?
*tear a page out of a book that they probably aren't even old enough for yet anyway *color all over the page of another new book (luckily in pencil...) *drop yet a third book into a puddle of water so the cardboard on the back cover is all bubbly and warped
3 different books, all in the same day. and all pretty new books (less than a month and a half old each) at that.
I hardly ever write here because I hardly have an audience, but I think I should write more for my own benefit.. to keep track of what my kids were doing when.
for example, I was trying to remember how much talking G was doing by the age L is now (18 months), and a post from a year ago september (when she'd have about 16 months) mentions a vocabulary of too many words to list. L on the other hand has around 15 now, and I could probably list them if I tried.
she crawled late, and walked late, but talked early. he started crawling 3 months earlier than she did, and walking 3 months earlier than she did, and I said right then and there that he'd be slower with talking. I was right.
deleting communities to protest all this nipple crap is doing more of a disservice to your members than it is making a point to The Man. now stop being whiny babies and inconveniencing everyone around you.
so long as you carry nursing wear, and not just maternity clothes, be aware that not all of your customers are expecting. if someone comes in and buys nothing but two nursing bras, and says "there isn't one" when asked what's the due date, it is not appropriate to give their name and address to retailers who will send them free samples of things they will have no use for any time soon, or ever. that newborn sized diaper will likely get used on a doll or something. who knows what will become of the two cans of Similac formula (which, ironically, I never got samples fo when I atually was pregnant. not that I'd have used them.)
sincerely, somene who is sick of getting crap in the mail.
(yea, I realize I could have lied about my address or not given one, but I was chasing children around and my husband dealt with the transaction. so this is probably partly his fault.)