Well, I had a nap, and am feeling a bit less rumpled, but still kind of rumpled. So no rumply discussion (for instance, you should all read Shahrukh’s new tweet and appreciate the subtle statement he is making about patriotism, but we won’t be discussing it here). But I did come up with something real we can talk about! Babies!
My nephew had his one year baby check up and my sister didn’t ask the doctor any of the questions I had. So let’s crowdsource them!
- Do all babies noses go “boop”?
All the babies/puppies/small non-verbal children I know have noses that go “boop”. As in, you slowly move your finger towards their nose while they watch with their big eyes, and then gently poke and say “Boop”. Is this just a me thing? Or is it a universal thing? If so, how universal?
2. Do you make a big deal about cutting the precious soft fragile new baby hair?
I know some cultures have an actual hair cutting ceremony, but even if you don’t have an official ceremony in your culture, does it feel like a ceremony? For some babies, is it just a “grab the scissors, chop chop, throw it away” moment, or is it a big deal for all babies? Or does it depend on the hair, is it that my nephew just has spectacular special hair and therefore he, and he alone, deserves to have a big deal made about it?
3. In your experience, is there a difference between boy babies and girl babies (beyond diapers)?
On the one hand, Gender is a Construct. On the other hand, there are decades and decades of studies about boy-girl baby differences. So, is it a thing? Or is it not a thing?