Do you speak parentese? No, I’m not talking about the singsong voice that’s supposedly best for your baby’s development and utterly obnoxious to everyone else. Parenthood comes with its own lexicon for situations, coping mechanisms, and gear (so much gear!!) that seem vitally important during this fleeting season of life before (let’s hope) vacating your brain. If you’ve ever found yourself uttering the below, you are officially an ANP*.
Goddamnit, Braxton broke out of the DUDU wrap again.
Ooh, is that a Solly, K’tan, Boba, or Moby??
Mandala just loves my breastmilk popsicles.
I miss the old poops.
That’s a good-looking Bugaboo, but I wouldn’t even attempt Stroller Strides without my Bob**!
She’s not sick, she’s just purple crying.
What do you mean you threw that speck of blue sponge away? THE SNOTSUCKER DOESN’T WORK WITHOUT IT!!!
You think that’s bad? I know a woman at work who tore all the way to the butt.
Jasper only eats white foods.
5 hours of sleep?? You’re so lucky!!!
*Annoying New Parent. For a full list of nauseating parenting-related acronyms that people actually use, see here and try not to CIO. Who the F refers to their partner as "Dear Husband"? Am I just in a terrible marriage???
**Just learned that BOB stands for "Beast of Burden," and it’s so perfect.