On Babies Bottles & Being Pedantic

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They say opposites attract and I’d say they, whoever they are, would be right. Certainly if I take Walter and I as an example…. we are as opposite as they come. As the years together have matured us, we have remained polar opposites, but seemed to have switched sides of the scale. Walter used to be a very easy going oke and I was very type A. Then along came our infertility and it seems to have kicked the Type A’ness right out of me, I had little to no control over our infertility, it didn’t matter how hard I tried to control it, it always controlled me and in the end I learned to submit and to let go, while parenting seems to have kicked Walter into high gear Type A.

The result…. I have become very easy going. I’m not a perfectionist at all, I go with the flow fairly easily and I don’t sweat the small stuff, the devil is in the details and I refuse to pay attention to the devil. Walter on the other hand has become highly pedantic, he knows it, he claims it but when he is in the throws of a tantrum over something I view as highly inconsequential, he will refuse to admit it.

For example…………

Hannahs Bottles

See those babies bottles? Tell me what you see?

I see 3 babies bottles, washed, sterilized and prepared with cooled, boiled water, ready for the day’s feeds. Perfect right?

Not according to Walter. He see’s 3 babies bottles prepared in the laziest manner possible because only the middle bottle has all matching bits. The other two bottles have their pink and purple bits muddled up and this drives him to the point of insanity. I’m talking about huffing and puffing and foot stomping. I’m talking about declarations of laziness. Want to put Walter in a bad mood? Mix up the baby bottles!

This has been an ongoing bone of contention in our home. Something that causes him endless evenings of irritation and frustration and me to sigh and roll my eyes so hard they actually hurt. I don’t see the problem. They’re clean, they’re sterilized, they’re ready for feeds, they’re perfectly functional. That, according to Walter, is not the issue, they were not put back correctly according to him.

So dear interwebs, as an interesting exercise in pedantic analysim, please share your thoughts on the bottles as seen above?

January 29, 2014
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54 Comments

  • Reply Mrssee

    It took forever for me to understand what the problem was. They look perfect to me. Walter will be happy he doesn’t live in my house – I don’t put the toilet roll on the holder. Ever. Whats the point when a day later it goes in the bin!!!

    January 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply CharlieW

    The results are very interesting. It took me a while to see what was ‘wrong’.

    January 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Natasja

    You are killing me!!! I will be the one laying awake tonight thinking about your “unmatched” bottles. Oh man, sorry, but I am with your hubby!

    January 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Pierre

    I agree with Walter, sad to say. And the lid of the bottle on the left is not on properly. That would drive me nuts for sure!

    January 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm
    • Reply twitter_Choffel

      Hahahahahaha I also noticed the lid not being on properly! OCD for sure.

      January 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Janine Duncan Peens

    Haha…I also thought:why can’t you just put the purple with purple and pink with pink. It would actually just take a minute to do it right in first place…sorry I am freak. Jey hubby πŸ˜‰

    January 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Katherine Van Der Walt

    We’ll have to rustle up more votes for Walter. What’s quite alarming is that BOTH of my girls would also be extremely bothered if they saw those bottles. Poor Chris living with 3 women like that!!

    January 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply stephanie graves videira

    I also used to be like ur hubby but since having the baba changed my ways – got to let the small things slide

    January 29, 2014 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply bokbabe

    I must admit that it grinds my ass when we come to the end of the bottles and our Nanny has used the wrong coloured bit with one of them, leaving me to feed our boy with a mismatched bottle! Normally I am very easy going and lazy but that does get to me…

    January 29, 2014 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    hahahhahahaha laughing so much because Walter I am with you buddy! If it gets too much call me, we can run off into a perfect sunset together πŸ˜‰

    January 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Natalie Henman

    Sorry Shaz, I’m with Walter on this one. My husband would def have your view on this. I wanted to reach through my phone and fix those bottles!

    January 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Emy Clarke

    Sharon, I do love what you have done with the bottles, pink and purple do match and its all pretty, but unless the bottle came like that I would just not cope. My OCD is on a whole other level. I may have kind of smashed my computer screen trying to correct your creativeness….. So I have to side with Walter here…..

    January 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply karen

    There is something that bothers me, but its not the mixed up bottles. Its the condensation, sad, but it really bugs me

    January 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    The water levels… Noooooo…

    January 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply twitter_Choffel

    Sadly, and embarrassingly, I have to admit I’m with the OMG anal retentive ones here… I am OCD but then I do know that.

    January 29, 2014 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply darylfaure

    Life is too short to worry about matching lids.

    January 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Mrs FF

    Hmmmm, it took me a few minutes to notice what you were talking about so it obviously didn’t and doesn’t bother me. All I noticed is the cap on the left bottle being skewed and very colorful bottles which would never be my choice. (If I lived in your house I would slowly and gradually introduce plain feeding bottles – he he he he he he ) I’m all for clean lines and my baby’s bottles reflect that πŸ™‚ call me boring

    January 29, 2014 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Jeannine

    I am with Sharon on this one. Life is too short to worry about the small things. I am one of those Moms who is rather disorganised – having said that my Hubby wouldn’t even notice the bottles. Too many other things to do than worry about mismatched bottles.

    January 29, 2014 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Tanya

    I’m with you Sharon to be honest I have enough to worry about as long as baby is happy and fed it doesn’t matter how. But I do live with an OCD person and I have finally resorted to if I don’t do it correctly then you’re welcome to do it yourself. And I have given up worrying if its good enough.

    January 29, 2014 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Pandora

    Don’t even know how to vote here, part of me really knows it doesn’t matter, while the other part is saying fix the colours and the water levels!! However I am just realising lately that I have to learn to let a lot of stuff go. I am quite amazed thought that so many of us are bothered by this.

    January 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Ailsa Jean Loudon

    hahahahaha

    January 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply louloukinsacey

    The mismatched bottle lids was the first thing I noticed on instagram. It annoyed me so much that I can’t even look at the picture

    January 30, 2014 at 7:42 am
  • Reply Robyn

    Hahaha! Too funny! I’m with you on this one, as long as baby is getting her milk and the crying stops, I’m cool!

    January 30, 2014 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Katherine Van Der Walt

    So what does Walter get for winning????

    January 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply Mash

    The part that bothers me the most is probably that I didn’t even notice it! And normally, I definitely would. Then I would go and watch TV for a bit until I just simply couldn’t anymore. While nobody was watching, I would have to quickly make it right, perfectly, absolutely, 100% right. But it would be sneaky, and I wouldn’t admit it to anyone or let anyone see me do it….

    February 3, 2014 at 9:42 am
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