Questions for Moms

by e on December 7, 2011

Why does my toddler always ask, “Why?”

Well it’s my turn to ask questions. I want to know why. I want to know how.

I understand there are things in this world I will never understand. Like, if there is a God. That’s a biggie. But as a Mom, I have a lot of questions. Questions that should not take a lifetime to answer.

Maybe you have answers? Maybe you can help me out find out….

How much does my breastfed baby need to eat?

The other day at daycare, The Boy drank 32 ounces of breastmilk and formula.

32 ounces, people.

Now, tell me, why, oh why, do I only pump this much in an entire day.

Have I been starving him? Nevermind that,  I KNOW he is eating enough. This 5-month-old is almost 20 pounds.

Why do we go through so many paper towels?

I’m pretty sure that aside from the gas-guzzler we now drive, our paper towel consumption is slowly killing the earth.

Sorry Al Gore.

But seriously, why do we go through a roll every other day? Oh yeah, we have kids – and The Girl tends to throw things on the floor. You know, for fun.

Why can my husband sleep through the baby’s cries while I can hear them from 2 floors away?

I know I am not alone. I swear, my child sniffles, and I can awake from a deep sleep within a nano second. The hubs? Sleeps like a log.

I should also mention that he sleeps through his own snoring, which completely amazes me because I cannot.

But why? WHY?

Why does my toddler always ask why?

I am sure there is a developmental reason for this, but why do toddlers always ask why? And what? And how?

Am I the only one that makes up answers after a while?


Please tell me you have answers for me!

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Stephanie @ Figments of a Mom December 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

Haha I’m always asking why! When I nursed I never felt like I was producing enough. Must be a mom thing.

Buy stock in paper towels.

Husbands don’t hear the baby because they know we do, or they are just pretending. It’s a guy thing.

Hope you’re doing well!!
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Rachel Blaufeld December 7, 2011 at 7:49 am

This brings back so many memories — I would pump for 30 minutes and have a droplet of breast milk, my husband would be snoring through crying and barfing babies, and with 2 tweens we go through MORE paper towels — can you believe it?

Also – the ‘whys’ get worse….whys about sex, sharting, and whatever crazy scandal is on sportscenter…
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Jaime December 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I don’t know about the other whys, but the 32 oz one I might be able to help you with. Is your daycare provider feeding on a schedule, or on demand? If the former, maybe switch to the latter so that he isn’t getting more than he needs & you can pump. Also, I’m sure you know, but the baby is far more efficient than the pump for a number of reasons, so it’s no shock that you’re not pumping as much as he’s drinking at daycare. Do you have a freezer stash? Or can you pump a little on the weekends to have a few extra ounces for the work week? Does he spit up at daycare? Which maybe would indicate he’s getting too much milk. 32 oz sounds like an awful lot! The most Jackson ever had during a work day was 16 oz. But he has always been a little tiny peanut.
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Jen December 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I have these same questions but no answers.

Jessica @FoundtheMarbles December 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Oh, the questions. The never, ever, ever ending questions.
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e December 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm


Katy December 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm

To make you feel better, George is in like the 23% on weight and he eats around 32-40oz of formula every day PLUS he’s eating food 2-3 times a day. I’d really like his metabolism!
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