- Things the women’s liberators didn’t tell you: this – pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum – was a lot easier in my twenties.
- Note to first-time moms: breastfeeding will help your uterus get back to its pre-pregnancy size faster. Emphasis on uterus. Not to be confused with waist line. For tips on getting your waist back to pre-pregnancy size, refer to bullet 1.
- The size of the diaper bag and the time required to leave the house are both inversely proportional to the size of the baby.
- The amount of laundry generated by adding a new member to a family is exponential, not proportional.
- Soft spots are very soft but also very intriguing. If fontanels were created through intelligent design, why not a smaller head or a shorter pregnancy? On the other hand, how could fontanels be the result of evolution and natural selection if human babies could not be born without them? It’s the chicken or the egg question, really.
- Can you tell I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at the top of my baby’s head lately?
Tanya adds: According to Dr. Harvey Karp and his book, The Happiest Baby On the Block, human gestation used to span over 12 months. He claims that’s why some babies suffer colic for the first 3 month after birth. Heads got bigger as brains got bigger, so we delivered them earlier as a matter of survival. (Whether that’s true of not, his “swaddle-suck-shush-shake-stomach” method definitely works.)