6 similarities between babies and superheroes
So obviously your baby has changed your life, but she and her onesie-wearing brethren also have a lot more in common with world-changing caped crusaders from the big screen than is obvious when you’re just getting to know her.
- They have superhuman strength
Newborn babies have a surprisingly strong grip - their palmar grasp reflex lets them grasp things in front of them and hold on, and the grasp is strong enough to hold their own body weight for seconds at a time. That's not bad for someone who’s had almost no time at all to develop her strength, and she only gets stronger from there.
- They can sleep with both eyes open (kind of)
your baby knows that sleeping with only one eye open is no way to behave when you’re the long arm of justice in a city riddled by crime. Well that, or she is, in fact, an infant, and may spend more time in REM sleep than the average adult. This REM overload can result in some slightly unnerving, sleeping-with-her-eyes-open moments. Babies who sleep with their eyes open don't have wide-eyed, alert looks, but they can be open in slits, with eye movements that can feel a little creepy when you're not expecting them.
- They’re shape-changers
Did you know that your baby was born without kneecaps? Even without them, however, she started out with several more bones than adult humans have. As she grows out of babyhood and into toddlerhood and then childhood, the cartilage in those kneecaps will harden into bone. In her first year, she also more than doubles in size, and her eyes and hair may change color.
- There are times when they’re radioactive
Not actually radioactive - don't worry. But while your baby may not have gone green or turned arachnid, her poop definitely does both turn green and occasionally deserves a “hazardous material” warning sign.
- They’re inhumanly stoic
your baby may wail on a regular basis, but until she’s at least a couple of weeks old, you’re more likely to see tears from Wolverine than from your newborn - most newborns literally do not have the ability to cry tears yet.
- Their work is never done
Sure, your baby is up at 3 a.m. because she is in need of a snack, not because she has a burning desire to save Gotham, but the result is the same - your baby is as much a creature of the night as the Dark Knight.
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