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Sunday, 25 September 2011

Birthing 101

Over the summer, Mrs Darcy and I went to some birthing and newborn care classes, three of each. I was skeptical as to the usefulness of the classes. I said to Mrs D, that we'd have to listen to a birth instructor say `hee hee hoo' as an example of breathing. Lo and behold, in the very first class, where we were sitting at the front the instructor looked at Mrs D and said something along the lines of `You can breathe like this: `hee hee hoo''. It took an effort not to laugh.

The newborn care classes were very helpful. We got to learn how to put a plastic unbendable doll into a car seat, how to change a nappy on a unbedable plastic doll and the art of swaddling unbendable plastic dolls.

The birthing class contained lots of practice with back massagers and sitting down listening to music. There was also a discussion about birthing positions, which was something useful, as long as you don't have particular medical procedures.

Anyway, this will all be tested in a week or so, when our baby arrives.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

What's in a name

I'm tasked with finding a middle name for our child. The baby is due soon, so I need to get going. One source of baby name suggestions is the the Social Security Website. Unfortunately, I not a fan of some of the current naming trends. In the US a lot of boys are being named Jayden or similar sounding names. Jayden is 4th and Aiden is 9th, and there are many variations on the same theme. I'm not sure why though.

The website is a mine of American baby naming trends. In 1880 more girls were called Frank than Abigail and 16% of males born that year were called either John or William and the top female name, Mary, accounted for 8%. In 2010, the top names in both categories accounted for just over 1% each.

The UK database is less helpful, but a perusal of UK baby names websites shows that naming trends in the US and the UK are quite different.

However, I will stay away from daft names such as the ones given on this list