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Monday, April 17, 2006
There was a baby...standing on the corner. And he didn't even look scared!
This is one of those posts that just occurs to me. If you don't recognize the title, then you need to study up on your Dave Chappelle.

My fiancee gets cold very easily, and she doesn't like breezes and cool air to blow directly on her, even on the hottest day. She prefers more of an ambient cooling effect. I was thinking about this yesterday, and it led me to wonder "Has she always been like that?"

Now, let me share with you a few points about how my mind works. I don't like to use absolute words like "always" and "never". I just feel like the world is too crazy and too unpredictable for such words to be used willy nilly, without pausing to think about what one is saying. For instance..."I always turn off the light when I leave the room." or "I never leave the bathroom without washing my hands." I just find that hard to believe.

So anyway, I was wondering "Has she always been like that?" Probably so. "Even when she was a baby?" HHHmmmm. Good question.

That's how I got on this whole concept of "Do babies' likes/dislikes and preferences mirror those they have as adults?"

Way back in the mid-Seventies, was she crying because she was hungry? Did her diaper need changing? Or was she just uncomfortable because there was an oscillating fan on the table that was blowing on her?

If I grow up to hate peas, does that correlate to my mother having problems feeding me peas as a baby?

I'm sure babies' brains are complex enough at that point to know "I don't like the taste of this." or "I'm cold." How many sleepless nights for parents could be remedied by a little creative problem solving? Dust off the old Scientific Method?

What about allergies? Seems rather reactive to find out that a child is allergic to peanuts when he/she almost dies after an after-school PBJ, right? We need something proactive! Is it possible to test babies for food allergies at a very early stage? How? I'm sure you wouldn't want to give a baby the skin-prick test that you would get from an allergist. I've been through that, and it's nothing I would wish on an infant.

Maybe babies don't have those types of allergies. Why not? To think about it from another perspective, what do we "lose" as we grow older that causes these allergies to develop?

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