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Baby Observations...

Having just had a(nother) baby, it seems that some of my observations are rambling worthy... First up, Ultrasounds.

Aren't they amazing?! So, ok, you get to see a grainy impression of the little fellow on a screen, but actually thats not what I find amazing. It's nice to see that they have 2 arms, 2 legs, fingers toes, a beating heart and some genitalia (or not). But it's not that... The thing that impresses me the most is the dating process - they make a few measurements of the size of various parts of the baby and then essentially the doctor turns around and says "So, you guys had sex on Wednesday 2nd March at about 10am - nice work!" It is pretty accurate too!

Second, Breast Pumps!

There is a need to get things going on the whole milk production front, and this is where breast pumps come in. As a man, I can't say I'm that familiar with pumping breasts, but I can kind of appreciate the idea... What I can't appreciate is the noise they make - especially unexpectedly at 3am in the morning. Guys, you'll find out that post natal women keep funny hours - mostly because the newborn keeps funny hours too (needing milk every 2 hours and all). Out of courtesy for you, they might try not to wake you - until of course they switch the bloody breast pump on! A resounding memory (literally) from my previous children is the spine chilling (and vibrating) experience of having my sleep abruptly interrupted - not by a screaming baby but by a breast pump.

Kids are great - highly recommended, just don't buy your wife a breast pump!



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Comment by Kendall Meade

Posted on 8 April, 2008
Congratulations! and your doctor seems like he would be a peeping tom if he could get his timing down. just a few months too late, generally less than 9. :)

Comment by Ralph van den Berg

Posted on 8 April, 2008
So when you were suddenly gone from the senior camp, that's when it happened? Congratulations!! My cousin also just had a son, first of the next generation of van den Bergs

Comment by Ralph van den Berg

Posted on 12 April, 2008
I'm still wondering... is it more of a mechanical thing or electronic? Just trying to imagine what frightened you so much, does it sound anything like a bicycle pump?

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