Like catfoodandhairnets said, everything is temporary. We're only a few months into parenthood (it feels like it's been years) but I try to regularly remind myself that everything constantly changes, the good and the bad. If they are not sleeping well, or eating tons, or colicy, just wait a couple weeks and it will all be different. And then it will change again.
Also, nobody knows anything about a specific baby, and there are conflicting opinions/experts on every single topic. Every person on this planet is a little different, and that starts when they are born, so, yeah. Don't look for answers, just try things out till something works (this is especially annoying when you couple it with the first bit, because who knows if something actually worked or if it just changed).
Finally, they learn to smile just when you really need them to.
@KatieBarTheDoor Hhah - your Jeremy Piven comment just prompted a memory of me very tipsily exclaiming/insisting over and over and to my brother's friend how much he looks like Amir Blumenfeld. Lame sister alert. The dude didn't know who I was talking about, but I just wouldn't let it go. Ahh, drunk me. What an ass.
@SockHopBop I have gotten Sarah Jessica Parker and Gilda Radner (it's the big nose and big hair). I'll gladly take either one, and nuts to all the horse face jokes.
@Mary Mouse Or... maybe I'm one of the folks quorn makes sick, but that sickness came in the form of the worst body odor I've ever had. I was afraid for a second I was coming down with that heartbreaking incurable disease that makes folks smell like fish. It was rank and scary.
@BornSecular I never had any kind of talk, or books, or anything until high school sex ed. Mom actually wouldn't sign the permission slip for me to participate in sex ed in my very small middle school class. So while the 10 other girls were educated in the auditorium, I sat in the classroom with the boys.
And yet, I don't know, I just ended up totally in charge of and in touch with my body. I masturbated from a really young age - like, I don't remember not doing it. I had a few steady boyfriends that probably wanted to have sex but they didn't push it and I knew I wasn't ready.
At orientation weekend for college a cute nice guy truly helpfully walked me through giving a blow job, and I came home and told the guy I was sort of seeing that we should have sex before I went away to school, so I wasn't in a position where I fucked someone I didn't really know just to get it over with.
I don't know how I felt so comfortable and clear in my choices. But I believe the maxim that 'feminists fuck better.' Not that you have to fuck to show you are free from the patriarchy. Just that feminism is anchored in respecting all people as equals, and is about having a voice and saying what you want or don't. Sounds like you were too feminist for New Moon.
@emb343 In my first aid/cpr training there was a woman who sneezed while driving and eating a banana, choked on the banana, and had to pull over and give herself what she thought would be the Heimlich on her steering wheel. She was in the class to learn the real Heimlich in case it ever happened again. So... don't eat bananas while driving to lower your risk from sneezes?
@disgruntled co-worker Tiny, small-cat-sized horse has been my fantasy animal for probably a decade. A little black stallion that tears around the house when I get home, and jumps over stuff, and whinnies really high. Oh man. Please, science, please make it happen.
@JennyM I'd like to know that too. Also, a 1,235 sample size is pretty small.
@NeverOddOrEven Awww. I really like that you shared this. Aw, man. I support you!
@quatsch Oh no - you regret it! Ah well, I guess like so many things, YMMV with Esther Williams swim suits.