Oh, everyone's got an excuse, don't they?
Some of them are valid. Most of them are not.
The trouble with all the invalid excuses is that everytime you give one, you've just given someone else one more excuse to add to their repetoire.
When I talk to mothers (and I'm a specialist in mother-child ESL classes) in other parts of the world, they think these excuses are hilarious.
Go to India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, East Africa, Bolivia, Paraguay - you will see baby after baby after baby sleeping in someone's arms, nursing, and generally being happy, normal babies.
In all my travels, the only groups of people who even knew what colic was were the Westerners. UK, Australia, Canada and America - these cultures have babies that hate to be held, cry inconsolably, wean themselves spontaenously, love daycare from birth, prefer to be held in plastic contraptions, do all kinds of happily convenient things for the parents.
If they are valid excuses, they would be universal - something that HUMAN babies do.
But they're not universal. They're cultural. And culture is nothing but a set of rules.
So change the rules.
And stop making excuses.
And you must be seriously kidding if you think North Americans aren't fat and lazy. Obese and sedentary, if you like your truth sugar-coated.
Sugar's not good for you, though. Take it straight.