Mommy and Daddy were once babies too
Benjamin & Sarah's Babyblog is a collection of notes on our children's development and experiences as well as occassional links to information on the Web of personal interest as a parent.

March 2003 Archive


Handyman, or handybaby?

I finally decided to (try to) fix my old printer that had been shooting paper out like a machine gun does bullets. I cleared some space on the floor, grabbed some tools and...

Benjamin took over. He positioned himself between me and the printer and started touching it, pushing buttons on it, examining it, drawing on it with a screwdriver, opening and closing its many little doors, and emphatically letting me know that this was his job and I shouldn't try to get in the way.

When he satisfied his handyman craving, "We" decided the printer was unfixable, and it should be discarded.


The Rosetta Project. Children's book online.
Download entire books for free. The largest collection of illustrated antique children's books on line. The collections currently contain about 2,000 antique children's books which were published in the 19th and early 20th century.


Early diet 'crucial for babies'.
The research provides more evidence that breastfeeding is the best possible way to feed babies.
There's some interesting info here, but I wanted to mention my dislike of headlines like the one used in this article: Babies who do not eat much in the first fortnight of life may be set up for better heart health throughout life, which does give the wrong first impression. The first couple of paragraphs go on to reinforce the message that babies who received a low nutrient diet rather than a nutrient rich diet in their first days were healthier as adolescents.

It's very easy to asume (and many people apparently do) that you have the essential message after reading the headlines and first two paragraphs, especially since the message appears to be counter-intuitive. So, note to self, make sure you read the whole article before you start commenting it with others or spreading it like new gospel.


Ten tips for a better weblog.
Helpul tips from one of the pioneers, for anyone considering diving into blogs.


At war

I can't stop thinking that my child and wife (myself too of course) are now legitimate targets.


About to be a new dad? Sucker!
Unasked-for advice.


Ignore the alarm kids.
Depriving children of as little as 30 minutes sleep can significantly reduce their alertness, brain activity and concentration the next day, researchers have found.
They seem to be talking about older kids in the article, but we've perceived the same effect on our baby. He went to sleep later than normal last night, and got up early today. The result is that he's been irritable and... he didn't even dance when the wiggles appeared on TV.


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This morning, like many others, Benjamin woke up in our bed between us.
He was half awake, eyes closed and started saying Ma-ma repeatedly. Then he rotated to my side and said Pa-pa, and I saw the smile on his face. I felt I was in heaven. He even said (as well as he can) his own name, something like Muh-mín.
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