7 Things That Continue To Baffle and Astonish Me About Pregnancy and Parenthood

June 21, 2012 by Jennifer Carsen

1. Why so many children’s clothes – identical clothes, mind you – come in both “2T” and “24 month” sizes. I know I’m a little mom-brained and sleep-addled, but two years and 24 months are the same thing, right?

2. Why Pampers makes it so damn difficult to figure out at a quick glance which is the front side of the diaper and which is the back. I once bought a frozen Pepperidge Farm cake that said, on the bottom of the box, “This Is The Bottom.” It struck me as funny and a little ridiculous then, but I would have cried with gratitude when I was home with a newborn if the Pampers people had done the same thing.

3. That the little chair I made in seventh-grade woodshop class is a) still in my life, b) being used by my toddler on a regular basis, and c) supporting her weight without apparent difficulty. The high quality of middle-school craftsmanship is clearly underrated.

4. Why hardcover children’s books come with dust jackets – at least in our house, the much-loved Llama Llama Misses Mama is not destined to become a mint-condition collectible.

5. Why some very intelligent women continue to insist that a 40-week pregnancy is actually 10 months instead of 9. As any bookkeeper (or, hell, first grader) can tell you, only February has 28 days (4 weeks). The other months, with 30 or 31 days, are longer. All those little bits and pieces add up to a 40-week pregnancy being, yes, very close to exactly 9 months. It’s not a conspiracy, ladies.

6. How Lorelei’s adorable little feet can return home after a sweaty day at daycare smelling more pungently awful than the worst diaper she’s ever filled, by far. If I didn’t know better I’d swear they dipped them in liederkranz cheese during nap time.

7. That I would eagerly look forward to time alone in the house – so that I can vacuum.


  1. Don’t forget about that mystery 2 weeks that modern medicine tacks on to your pregnancy. “I was definitely ovulating 2 weeks ago.” “Great. You’re 4 weeks pregnant.”

    • jcarsen says:

      It’s especially weird when you factor in the variability of how long a fertilized egg can drift around in there before implantation – sounds like one of those things that can take 10 minutes or 10 days, which would also seem to throw off their calculations.

  2. I wondered about 24 mos/2T as well. I did experience that Belén grew out of the 24 months before 2T. Sizing is strange… Hope pregnancy is going well!

    • jcarsen says:

      I guess it kind of makes sense that the 24-month clothes would be smaller, since the older the kid gets the less likely you are to refer to his/her age in months rather than years…our newest clothing shock is the discovery that the very large Lorelei has effectively lapped the much older (but extremely small for her age) girl she’s been getting hand-me-downs from. Pregnancy is going well, thanks–and I really enjoyed your recent trip photos and posts!

  3. Ashley Boucher says:

    …Who told you about the cheese…?

  4. Sarah says:

    I might be able to solve the 24 month-2T mystery….I think that 24 month are a little bigger in the bottom for diapers and 2T are supposed to be designed for no diapers…although, I’ve never been sure that really works, but it is what a clerk told me years ago in a kids clothing store 🙂

    • jcarsen says:

      Ah…that kind of makes sense. It would be better if they could call them, eg, “2T” and “2T roomy bum” or something 🙂

      • Sarah says:

        That would make more sense…but these are the same people that have children’s shoes sizes go 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 1, 2, 3, …umm?

        • jcarsen says:

          So true! And I’ve noticed that a size 6, say, in one brand is wildly different than a size 6 in another brand – very hard to know what’s actually going to fit and what’s not.

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