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Things New Parents Should Know # 3 - Recursion [Aug. 28th, 2008|12:01 am]
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There are a couple of definitions of recursion, but the one I'm concentrating on is a repeating or self-sustaining pattern. A simple visual example would be to have two mirrors facing each other so that they reflect one another and the reflections appear to recede to infinity.

Another one is the simple shampoo instructions -

1. Lather
2. Rinse
3. Repeat

A third example is the following -

1. Baby doesn't like being even partially undressed for a nappy change, and so cries and gets distressed
2. In its distressed state, it gets so upset that it starts to vomit and poo more as its stress levels rise
3. This requires more clean-up, meaning the baby is undressed longer, adding to the stress, and so the cycle continues

[User Picture]From: purrdence
2008-08-27 02:16 pm (UTC)
Is this because of the cold?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-08-27 02:31 pm (UTC)
The house is warm enough, so far he just always reacts to clothing changes. He was the same in the hospital. He doesn't like the clothes coming off, and doesn't like them going back on until he's about 95% dressed.

He'll settle over time, but for the moment, it's a stress for him.
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2008-08-27 03:34 pm (UTC)
Are there baby clothes that make it easier to do changes without exposing the little lad?
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[User Picture]From: kaths
2008-08-28 04:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, Clara was like that at first, and now the change table is her favourite place in the whole world!
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[User Picture]From: arcadiagt5
2008-08-27 09:07 pm (UTC)
To understand recursion you must first understand recursion. :)
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[User Picture]From: satyapriya
2008-08-27 09:45 pm (UTC)
TeenBoy used to hate having his feet uncovered. I ended up having to keep socks on him when I bathed him. Now I can't get him to wear socks or shoes. Go figure.
TeenBoy also peed up the wall on any number of occasions. Serves me right for having the girl first, and I wasn't used to the fire hose equipment.
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[User Picture]From: ranorith
2008-08-27 10:59 pm (UTC)
The "You'll love coles" natural spring water has on it a picture of a girl drinking "You'll love coles" natural spring water, which has on it...
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[User Picture]From: deborahb
2008-08-28 06:36 am (UTC)
Hee hee hee!

I waited some days for the chaos to settle down (relatively speaking, only) to say -- congratulations to the three of you!

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[User Picture]From: termagent
2008-08-28 01:20 pm (UTC)
Child care centres usually have a musical mobile suspended over the change table to distract them and it seems to work.

If they get too messy and you have two adults handy, you just strip off and hop in the shower with them. Lots of lovely skin-to-skin contact immediately even if they are covered in poo and vomit, they find it very soothing and relaxing (at least mine all did) and when they're clean you get the dry adult to bundle them up in a towel and dress them.
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