Obviously it’s a baby if a woman just gave birth

bristol_palinI’m on my soapbox today not to rant about unwed Bristol Palin giving birth to a baby but because I saw the headline, “Bristol Palin has a baby boy” on Yahoo. I also heard those words echoed on the local ABC affiliate.

I want to shout, “Stop it!” whenever I read about a mother giving birth to a baby girl or a baby boy. We know it’s a baby. Have you ever heard of a woman giving birth to a toddler? A pre-teen? A geriatric? No, of course not! So why does everyone feel the  need to preface the sex of the newborn with the word “baby?”

Maybe it sounds cuter to say baby boy or baby girl. Is the headline “Bristol Palin has a boy” bad or incorrect? I think not.

This has been a pet peeve of mine for years. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I’m not the most kid-friendly person. This would bug me regardless.


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