: My 9 month old baby boy is so strong that he's hurting me. He's not quite as muscular as the mutant German baby in this photo
, but he's not far off. He's strong enough to pull his hand or foot out of my grasp no matter how tightly I'm holding it, and he's been able to put all his weight on his legs since he was 2 months old. The main problems are that he will strain against the grasp of whoever is holding him. Mostly, who's holding him is me, and by the end of the day my wrists are usually quite painful (as in ibuprofen doesn't help much) and it's exacerbating my carpal tunnel syndrome. He also wants to "pat" me, but he's so strong that it hurts somewhat. It doesn't bug me when he's smacking me on the arms or chest, but he also likes to "pat" me in the face. I wouldn't be suprised if he gives me a black eye one of these days. He seems to be doing it affectionately, so I don't want to scare him out of being affectionate, but being thwacked in the face every day is getting pretty damn old.
Saying "No!", depending on how stern, elicts either no reaction at all, or brief crying, and a quick return to smacking me in the face. I've tried putting him down when he "pats" me or strains against my grasp, but this usually just causes him to scream and cry to be picked up again. I don't know how to make a baby this young understand "Stop that, you're hurting me" or "Pat GENTLY." Any ideas? [more inside]
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Invasion of the Baby Name questions, part 3...
Mr. Shoeburyness and I are having a boy in early April. We've settled on Nathaniel for the first name, but he wants Thomas for the middle name. I'm somewhat opposed, because it reminds me of... "John Thomas". But I haven't been able to come up with anything better. Is my objection silly? Should he get his choice by default since I can't come up with a better alternative? Anyone care to suggest an alternative?