Mums come in all shapes and sizes, ages and experiences, skills and abilities. I mean, explain your mum in three words… Cuddly? Caring? Glamorous? Fun-loving?
I’d describe my mum as joyful, hospitable and kooky. In a good way. Aren’t all mums just a little bit kooky? And we love them for it because it gives us permission to be ourselves, to let our true identity shine.
So here are some surprising kooky facts about mums for you to chew over in the lead-up to Mothers Day on Sunday. You’re welcome!
1. Mum will change her bub’s nappy 7300 times by his or her second birthday.
2. The average nappy-change speed is 2 minutes and 5 seconds, which equates to three, 40-hour work weeks of pure nappy changing every year.
3. A toddler requires mum’s attention once every four minutes, on average. That’s 210 times a day.
4. Mums of pre-school aged kids spend 2.7 hours each day on basic, one-on-one childcare needs.
5. The word for Mum in “maman” in French, “mama” in Mandarin, “mamma” in Icelandic, “em” in Hebrew, and “me” in Vietnamese. The theory is that, because the first gargles a baby makes tend to be a “ma” sound, most languages have established some variation of that sound as the basis for their word for mother.
6. A mother orangutan never puts her babies down and typically nurses them for six or seven years, which is the longest mother/child nursing dependence of any animal on Earth.
7. Australia’s contribution: a mother koala will feed her joey her own faeces. Charming. Word has it, joeys haven’t developed the intestinal bacteria necessary to detoxify the poisonous eucalyptus leaves which make up the koala’s main diet.
8. While we’re on the topic of animals, it’s probably no surprise that the elephant gives birth to the largest baby on Earth. After a whopping 22 months of pregnancy, she gives birth to a 200-pound calf.
9. Which brings us to Signora Carmelina Fedele who holds the record for the heaviest newborn at 22lb, 8oz. Her son was born in Italy in 1955.
10. The record for the oldest mum is held by Mrs Vassilyev of Russia who gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765. Jawdrop.
11.The oldest mother in modern history to give birth is Rajo Devi Lohan from India. She was 70 years old in 2008 when she gave birth to a baby girl following a controversial IVF treatment. Prior to that, it was Rosanna Dalla Corte who gave birth to a baby boy when she was 63 years old (Italy, 1994).
12. On the other end of the spectrum, the youngest mother in recorded history is Lina Medina. She was just five years and seven months old when she gave birth to a 6.5 lb. boy by caesarean section in Peru in 1939.
13. The first ever Mother’s Day was on May 10, 1908, and was founded by Anna Jarvis (1864-1948). It was made a national holiday by Woodrow Wilson in 1914. Anna later lamented the commercialisation of the day and actually sought to remove it from the calendar.
14. Scientists believe that the hormones that flood the brain during pregnancy can lead to permanent alterations in mothers, similar to the way teenage hormones contribute to adolescent brain development.
15. During pregnancy, mums and children exchange cells through their connection with the placenta. These cells can persist in the mother’s body for years.
16. Wearing a coloured carnation on Mother’s Day indicates that a person’s mother is living. A white carnation means that a person’s mother is dead.
Source: Fact Retriever