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The scoop on poop

September 7, 2008

Don’t worry — this isn’t a more-than-you-wanted-to-know post.  It’s more of a defense of the conversational habits of adults with babies.

When I was pregnant, many [childless] friends and acquaintances offered up well-meaning jokes, complaints, worries and warnings regarding our future social hangups as potty mouths:  All new parents want to do, they moaned, is talk about babies and poop.

I’m sure we’re all guilty of going on and on about the wee ones, though I try really hard not to overdo it. And honestly, I haven’t noticed dirty diapers being discussed around the water cooler, or during dinner out. But since becoming a parent, I have noticed that it’s a subject often broached with my husband, my mother, the pediatrician, and other new parents.

For the record, though, we do not WANT to talk about poop.  It just happens to be one of a few clues that are occasionally useful in solving the Mini Mysteries, a two-part series featuring Why is my baby crying? and Why is my baby awake?

Cut us some slack. Or at least turn a deaf ear. The day we can begin rely on words, not just body language, for information will come soon enough.

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