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newborn • poop • factors
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  1. Do you think it's strange when the woman is the in the family?
  2. If you want to have an outdoor concert, there are many more you will have to keep in mind.
  3. He never goes anywhere without his.
  4. It takes a few weeks to train a dog to go outside the house.
  5. She has a , so she almost never gets enough sleep.
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643 New Baby - New Life
Simon talks about how his routine has changed now that he is a father.

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Parents don't get to sleep as much as their newborn babies do.

A 'newborn' is a baby that has been born very recently, like within the last 3 or 4 months. Notice the following:

  1. Here are pictures of him when he was a newborn.
  2. It's easy to forget how small newborns really are.


Just about all that a baby does is sleep, wake up, eat, and poop.

'Poop' is an informal name for feces, which is the solid waste that comes out of our body after our bodies use the food we eat. Notice the following:

  1. The baby pooped, and it really smells.
  2. I think you stepped in dog poop. Check your shoes.


There are times when you just have to adjust to another new factor in your life.

A 'factor' is an element that contributes to a situation and why it is the way it is. Notice the following:

  1. A number of factors make it hard for me to study at home.
  2. There are many factors in her life that make it difficult for her to commit to anything.

the bread-winner

I don't do as much with the baby, but I'm the father and I'm the bread-winner.

The 'bread-winner' is the person who makes the money or the most money for the house. Notice the following:

  1. Who is the bread-winner in your house?
  2. My husband stayed home with the children and let me be the bread-winner.


On my days off, though, I let my better-half have a break and I take care of the baby.

'Better-half' is an affectionate term that people use to refer to their husband, wife or serious partner. Notice the following:

  1. Have you seen my better-half?
  2. I had known him for almost three years before I met his better half.