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This baby is no rental

January 16, 2012
ANDREW POTTER , Times-Republican

This baby is no rental

Here's a news flash.

I actually have big news to report that went on in my life this past week. And I'm not talking about my long nose hairs again either.

If you didn't notice us on the front page of the Times-Republican, we had a baby boy last Tuesday. He was the first baby of the year in Marshalltown.

We've had overwhelming positive feedback from the story, even from some strangers on the street. Again, I can't say enough about the staff at the Women's Care Center at Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center. We are lucky to have such a staff and facility right in town here.

The first few nights at home with our new addition went as to be as expected. Some middle of the night crying, lots of sleeping and plenty of opportunities to kiss his cheeks - which are as soft as pudding by the way.

It also didn't take our little one long to squirt on me, as he did that during the first day we had him home while I was changing his diaper. As someone who was used to changing a baby girl, the fountain that shot up was a surprise.

It makes me want to wear some sort of helmet with a faceguard if it keeps happening to me. I'm sure my mother is thinking that this is some sort of sweet comeuppance for me, since I'm sure I did the same to her when I was a baby.

We had a little trepidation of how our 3-year-old would react to bringing our new boy home. Sure, she's had her jealous moments as expected but she's also provided some knee-slapping, one-liners that are too funny not to share. And she wasn't even trying to be funny.

The first night we had the baby home, the 3-year-old was very excited. She got to hold him with help from dad and then had this question.

"Can we keep him?"

I assured her this wasn't a rental.

A few nights later, she had to go the bathroom and it was my job to put the plastic potty seat on the toilet for her. I also had the newborn in one arm while I was putting the plastic seat cover on the potty. Apparently, our 3-year-old didn't have faith in me that I could do both tasks at the same time and that prompted this concerned order from her.

"Don't drop the baby in the toilet!"

Again, that made her parents burst out in laughter. These one-liners were welcome moments of levity in a sleep-deprived start to our family of four.

Thanks to everyone who has congratulated us on our new bundle of joy - the kind words truly are appreciated. Now we just hold on tight, fasten our seatbelts and enjoy the ride again.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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