I will be moving my blog over to WordPress.org this weekend, so it may be offline for a couple days. I’m not sure how this will all work, but hopefully I’ll be back up and running by Monday.

Thanks for your patience during this time!

Just in case you haven’t increased your chances of winning the LeapFrog Tag Reading System bundle that I and 9 other bloggers are giving away by visiting their blogs, here’s another brief rundown of why I think these blogs are great.

Blog Salad — Ron S. Doyle is one of the wittiest writers I know and his blog showcases those skills terrifically. From his serious discussion of The Potty Problem (what’s a dad to do when his little girls need to use the public restroom?) to his hilarious post “Nine Signs You Might Be Twitter Trash,” (you have to read it just for the picture) and his variety of “How to Ignore a Recipe” posts, Ron’s views on life are a must-read.

Click here to sign up for Ron’s Tag Reading System giveaway. Hurry — it ends today, September 25.

My Semblance of Sanity — Michelle Brownlow is another humorous writer with guffaw-inducing posts on a phone conversation we can all relate to, her cross-dressing preschooler and the top 10 things she never thought she’d have to say as a mom.

Click here to sign up for Michelle’s Tag Reading System giveaway, which also ends today!

World of Weasels — WeaselMomma is the mom of 5 kids and apparently has a devoted following, judging by the number of people she referred over to my Tag review. Check out “The Birds and the Bees — Weasel Style” and “Back to the Funny,” as well as all the other interesting slew of posts. Prepare to be there for awhile.

Click here to sign up for WeaselMomma’s giveaway, which ends today as well.

Blogging ‘Bout Boys — Jennifer Fink is a writer and the mom of four boys. She invites discussions on topic such as boxers or briefs, single-sex classes and coping with crisis and always has something thought-provoking to say.

Click here to sign up for Jennifer’s giveaway, which ends Monday, September 28.

What are you waiting for? Go sign up before it’s too late! And while you’re at it, if you haven’t signed up for my LeapFrog Tag Reading System giveaway, click here.

Gettin’ my baby fix

My sister came over yesterday, bringing with her my 3-year-old nephew and my precious little 1-month-old nephew, whom I’ve been holding and cuddling as much as possible. They’re staying until tomorrow, giving me lots of time to get in a good dose of baby.

He smells so good, makes the cutest noises and he just started responsively smiling this morning. Even better, I get to take care of him during the night so I can keep him pacified for awhile while my sister catches a few extra zzzzs. It’s bliss.

The best part? As much as I adore babies and have been dying for another one of late, I can see just how ill-equipped I am for a baby at this stage. I have too much other stuff to do, too many other kids and way too many other time sucks.

So this is good for everyone — I get some of my baby lust officially out of the way, my sister gets some sleep, my kids get to play with their cousins… Isn’t family the greatest?

How do you get a baby fix when you need one?

Just in case you haven’t increased your chances of winning the LeapFrog Tag Reading System bundle that I and 9 other bloggers are giving away by visiting their blogs, here’s a brief rundown of why I think these blogs are great, beginning today with the three whose contests are ending the soonest.

Confessions of a Mean Mommy — The name alone makes you want to read it, doesn’t it? Denise Schipani, Mean Mommy extraordinaire, blogs about everything from baby lust to why she didn’t childproof. On her “Why ‘Mean Mommy?'” page, Denise explains, “I didn’t set out to be ‘mean,’ but as the years have passed in this adventure we call motherhood, I realized that my relentlessly practical nature, combined with my inborn stubborn streak, make me ill-suited to the loosey-goosey parenting style currently in vogue. I’m just doing my bit to nudge the pendulum back to somewhere between 60s commune (too far in one direction!) and kids should be seen and not heard (too far in the other!).”

Click here to sign up for Denise’s Tag Reading System giveaway. Hurry — it ends Wednesday, September 23.

3 Carnations — Some of her posts are thoughtful, such as this one about a man she has never met who died in the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and all of them are totally relate-able (poo on a stick, anyone?). 3C is also a favorite of mine because she comments on  my posts once in awhile. Thanks, 3C!

Click here to sign up for 3C’s Tag Reading System giveaway, which ends Thursday, September 24.

ReadyMom — Kristen is a fellow writer and mom who is working hard on her recently-birthed blog. Her latest post asks which book got your kid into reading and another recent one gives a great tip on how to help kids be better readers. I’m totally inspired!

Click here to sign up for Kristen’s giveaway, which also ends Thursday, September 24.

What are you waiting for? Go sign up before it’s too late! And while you’re at it, if you haven’t signed up for my LeapFrog Tag Reading System giveaway, click here.

Bumpaholics, part 2

I’m finally coming back to the horrifically offensive piece published by Women’s Health regarding “bumpaholics” that I posted about a few weeks ago.

Along with the crimson vision-inspiring claims were a couple laughable ones. The author claims that part of the reason why women become bumpaholics is because they relish the attention they get while pregnant.

Come on. Seriously? Anyone who needs that kind of attention badly enough to procreate in order to get it needs some therapy. Not to mention that I and every mom of 3 or more kids that I know would prefer to not get any attention at all. I hated being noticed when I was feeling like a beached whale. I just wanted to hide, not have every smiling stranger come over and pat my belly or people move way out of my way in their effort to give me room.

Also, the amount of negative attention you attract when you’re already carting around 2 or 3 kids and visibly expecting another is much more than I ever dreamed. When I was pregnant with Logan, my fourth and last, I can’t tell you how many rude, insensitive comments I got. Things like, “You do know by now what causes that, don’t you?” Even my own mother said that I looked like a walking advertisement for why people should use birth control (though, admittedly, I laughed when she said it).

Another line from the article that I thought was absolutely ridiculous was this one, also playing into the attention argument: “Spouses and partners dote on you, gladly delivering soup at 10 a. m. or antacids at 11 p. m.” Oh, please! I’m sure there are partners who do that sort of thing, but I would bet that the majority don’t. Even so,it still would not make up for how uncomfortable and painful pregnancy and childbirth are. Certainly no woman in her right mind would become pregnant just for that.

To turn having a large family into another mainstream addiction is appalling, unfair and ridiculous. It seemed to me that the author twisted all her source’s words to fit her own motive. Even the experts she quoted were clearly talking about the few women who do have a problem with procreating to fill some need/void, not any woman with more than 2 kids.

Bumpaholics, indeed. We’re not all Octo-Mom, for pete’s sake.

What do you think of this recently coined term for moms of larger families, “bumpaholics?” Is this theory ridiculous in your opinion? Entirely plausible? Just another ploy by the media to gain readers? Share your thoughts!

The disposable mentality seems to get more prominent with each generation. My grandmother, who was an adult during the Great Depression, saved everything. She seemed to be subconsciously worried that something of a similar nature could happen again and she was going to be prepared. The only reason she doesn’t save everything she owns anymore is because her apartment is too small.

My mom saves less than my grandma, but still quite a bit more than I do. She’s been known to save buttons, glass jars, scraps of material and plastic containers with abandon.

I seem to have picked up a little of that mentality too, though my mom has looked at me with something like disbelief/disapproval as I’ve pitched certain things. I freely toss plastic bags, aluminum foil and even, gasp, glass jars. I have a hard time not saving certain things though, “just in case.” It seems like I’ll get tired of something or it’ll not work quite right, so I’ll put it in the attic and then a few years later, I’ll need or want it again. Or I’ll save a cool-looking bottle or jar, thinking that I might want to use it someday.

Right. Decisions like that usually cost me a lot of storage space and cleaning time, particularly since I don’t even remember what I’ve saved.

My kids think just about everything is disposable, and totally replaceable, just because so many household items are today. We have disposable containers, disposable plates, batteries, you name it. That’s what the kids see, so when something happens to an expensive item, they say, “Well, we can just get a new one.” Uh, no. They, particularly the younger ones, don’t have a clue how to put a value on their belongings.

The boys each got a Leapster for Christmas. Cody has that GameBoy obsession I referred to in my post, The GameBoy Addiction, so I thought a Leapster might be a good gift for him since it’s supposed to be educational. Sure enough, like many toys before them, both Leapsters have already started acting funny, most likely because they have been dropped on the floor more than once. <<gritting teeth>>

When I said that the Leapster just probably isn’t working right anymore, Cody nonchalantly said he’d just get a new one. I tried to explain that Leapsters are not cheap and that once it breaks, that’s it, so he better learn to take care of it. He just looked at me with a blank expression, clearly not understanding why this wasn’t as replaceable as a roll of toilet paper.

I’m sure it’s hard for little kids in this century to grasp which things are disposable and which are not (can you say “dollar store?”), but I think it’s important to teach them to respect and take care of their belongings anyway.

Some day we might not have the luxury of throwing things away so easily.

What do you think about the disposable mentality and its effect on kids?

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Say it can’t be so!

The following took place after school today:

“Did you watch ‘The Fairly OddParents’ when you were a kid?” Cody asked.

“No, that show wasn’t invented when I was a kid,” I said.

“So, what DID you watch?” he asked, clearly awestruck by the fact that this particular cartoon wasn’t on when I was young.

“‘Scooby-Doo,’ ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks,’ ‘Tom & Jerry,'” I said, trying to name some cartoons he had heard of.

“You watched ‘Tom and Jerry’?” he giggled incredulously. A newly devoted fan of the always-riotous T & J, Cody had just ordered his very own DVD with his birthday money and spent the past weekend watching it over and over.

“Well, yeah,” I said defensively.

“Hey, Logan!” Cody yelled. “Mom watched ‘Tom and Jerry’ when she was a kid!! Do you know how OLD it must be?”

I’m sure I didn’t look very pleased at this point. It really would have behooved Cody to say something complimentary to make me feel better, but being 7 and completely oblivious to my sensitivity to age, as well as the steaming look he was receiving, he ended with,

“Hey, Mom? My teacher knows more than you do.”


Have your kids given you any similar “compliments?”

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