11 days old and the most important thing I have learned this past week is something I already know, gas can be a very dangerous thing.
For Gunner, the danger is not in the smell as there is no real odor so even the resulting discharge is easy to manage. The danger is in the discomfort it causes him. He has no problem letting one rip. When he does, the pictures on the wall rattle. It’s impressively grotesque. His issue, and the same with a lot of newborns also, is knowing how to let it rip on command when he needs to release some pressure. Instead, Gunner prefers to tell my wife and I about his discomfort in the loudest and most incoherent way possible. This gas is brutal for us all.
Thus far, we have done numerous little remedies to ease his unpleasantness and all have worked to a small degree. But this discomfort in Gunner’s current predicament opens my eyes about a few things.
1) It is inhumane to see a baby in pain and even worse when your efforts aren’t soothing.
2) It is equally as inhumane that babies communicate through crying and communicate negative emotions by wailing! Where is evolution on this one? I would assume a crying baby and his exhausted parents in prehistoric times would have been easily found and eaten by a saber tooth tiger or pack of hyenas or something thus quiet babies survived to pass quiet baby genes forward as our species evolved over time.
3) This is why we laugh at fart jokes on Family Guy. We subconsciously find pleasantness and comfort in passing gas. To enjoy fart jokes is no longer less civilized as it is entwined in our emotional neurological upbringing.