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8 weeks - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
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monkeyhands From: monkeyhands Date: June 12th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really hope you didn't mean it like this, but to me this sounds like you're saying I should have been spending more time with the baby rather than faffing about on the internet. :-(

Aaaargh! No! I've only just seen your reply, sorry, because I've been off my computer for a couple of days. No, what I meant was exactly what I said: I thought you would sort of check out of contact with other people for a while, and I was surprised when you didn't. Of course staying in touch with the rest of the world isn't a bad thing for a new parent to do, and I'm sorry if my tone made it sound that way.

My model for what new parents do is (as you'd expect) based on the new parents I've known, and they seem to divide into the holding-court camp and the hide-in-a-hole camp. I thought you would be more on the hide-in-a-hole spectrum because I knew it had been a difficult birth and I'd been warned that you didn't want too many visitors in the early days.

All I was saying is that I had assumptions and you proved them wrong. I'd never say for a minute that it's bad to keep your brain engaged and interact with other people.
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