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Watching the baby sleep

The baby has a rash on his butt. I guess that explains why he keeps rolling over onto his belly to sleep. But babies shouldn't sleep on the their bellies, so I keep rolling him over onto his back. Every time I do so, I risk waking him, but given the danger involved with leaving him on his belly, I don't hesitate.

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 26th, 2001 07:46 pm (UTC)
question about parenthood
At what point does a mother or father stop refering to their child as "the baby" and start calling them by their given name? I'm not making a value judgment here; I just think it is interesting that parents always do this, but when the child gets old enough to speak for itself, they usually don't say "the child has school today", they say, for instance, "Logan has school today." It's like they aren't a whole person until they cross this invisible linguistic border. Or am I just imagining things?

-Zloduska
venusflytrap
Apr. 26th, 2001 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: question about parenthood
I would imagine it has something to do with the identity of the child and when the parent senses that the infant has grown an identity of his own. An infant will realise self-identity when he discovers the "I". Communication may also have something to do with the actual act of granting identity to a child.

Just a thought.

kmo
Apr. 26th, 2001 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: question about parenthood
Hey Kristy,

Actually, Lara and I have just recently resolved to start calling Logan by his name. She's just discovered a great book on living harmoniously with a new baby, and the author advises to "start off as you plan to continue," which means showing the level of respect for your child that you plan to show him for the rest of his life. That includes calling him by name rather than refering to him as "the baby."

Still, when operating on unconscious autopilot, I do, like so many people, tend to define and refer to Logan based on his temporary state of utter dependence on us, ie as "the baby."
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