Baby MPB has another fever.  Although, I have to admit it’s a weird fever, he’s acting perfectly fine except he has a fever.

So I discussed this fever with a very good friend over lunch.  Somehow we started discussing how I actually take Baby MPB’s temperature – she asked if I use an ear thermometer.  And me, being ever so blunt, said nope, we do it up the butt, according to our doctor it’s the best way.

She knew the context of the conversation and nodded along. And then she started laughing and said imagine being the people at the next table and hearing that sentence in isolation!  We could both only imagine what the table of men in suits was thinking!  Or what the older lady at the other table near by was thinking!

One upon the time if I heard someone using the words up the butt I would have assumed that they were speaking about some sort of sexual escapade. Some sort of escapade that I probably didn’t actually want to know about!

Now, I’m a mom. And it turns out up the butt means how a parent takes their infant’s temperature.

Oh, how my life has changed!  And honestly, temperature taking and all, I’m so thrilled to be Baby MPB’s mom.

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To Cut or Not To Cut?

So, Baby MPB has learned to pull hair.

More specifically, Baby MPB has learned to grab onto my hair with some sort of baby death grip.  He then proceeded to yank the handful of hair as hard as he possibly can, or at least I assume he’s pulling as hard as he can.  And, honestly, I desperately hope he cannot pull harder!

He has also managed to grab onto the dog‘s hair a few times.  Interestingly and surprisingly the dog doesn’t seem to mind when he pulls out clumps of her hair (although we still will never leave them unattended together just to be safe).

No matter how many times I tell him to be gentle he simply doesn’t understand the concept of gentle yet.  Unfortunately.

However, we’ve discovered that I do not have the tolerance that our dog has.

Honestly, it hurts. And, I just don’t enjoy pain.


So, my debate right now is should I cut all my hair off, or should I wait this phase out?

My hair is currently a bob cut and about chin length.  It’s been this way for a few years.  This is actually long for me – I’m actually used to very short hair (think cropped/pixie cut) – in fact, I probably haven’t been able to put my hair in a pony tail since I was a young child.   So, I’ve had short hair the majority of my life.  Honestly, I think I cut my hair really short for the first time when I was about 13 years old.  So, short isn’t particularly scary for me, but it requires daily effort and more frequent hair cuts.

I’m usually pretty willing to change my hair style on a whim.

And now, thanks to the constant hair pulling I’m tempted to go short again.

It’s not the biggest decision of my life, but I’m just not sure what to do.  Something tells me it’ll be a game time decision at my next appointment.

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