Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Guess the Evaporation Rate

Baby Sammy and I play a game at night called “guess the evaporation rate.” Baby Sammy doesn’t like to be wet yet despite the super absorbent nighttime diapers he will have two or three pee throughs over the course of the night. The game is played by feeling Baby Sammy’s clothes to see how wet they are and then trying to determine if they will dry enough for Baby Sammy to go back to sleep by the time he is done with his bottle or if he will need a change of clothes. While the rules of the game seem simple, there are many variables to consider. Obviously, you need to determine exactly how wet his clothes are. The extremes range from “barely noticeable” to “he splashes when I try to burp him.” Most pee throughs range somewhere between those extremes. One must also consider where the pee through is located on his clothes. A wet spot over his diaper is scored much differently than a wet spot under his armpit. Location of the wet spot is also important when considering how one holds Baby Sammy while feeding him. If both you and Baby Sammy are touching the wet spot while he drinks his bottle then the heat of both of your bodies evaporate the wet spot much quicker. Finally, one must consider how hungry Baby Sammy is likely to be. Typically he drinks less earlier in the night and more later in the night. This difference in feeding could double or triple the time the spot has to evaporate. One wins by minimizing the amount of time and effort one must exert before going back to bed.

3 comments:

The Logisitician said...

Once again, this is pretty funny stuff, especially for a guy who has never had any kids. However, I have to share some humor with you. Earlier today, I saw a TV commercial while the volume was off, and I initially thought that it was a comedy routine. It was some type of chamois cloth that absorbs an incredible amount of fluid, almost as if it is vacuuming it. Once I read your piece, I immediately questioned whether baby diapers could be made from the material, with this space age wicking capability.

Oh well, guess you had to be there...

web-betty said...

If a train A leaves station A at 5 p.m. going 75 miles per hour, and Train B leaves statin B at 7:27 p.m. going 82 miles per hour while carrying a freight car full of diapers, what will Baby Sammy's evap rate be?

Sherry Martschink said...

Funny! Haven't we all been there? I remember those days so well.