Parenting Henri

this is about henri, and the parenting thereof

i haven’t even had the kid yet and i’m already juggling priorities 2007/07/30

Filed under: suburbia — lee lee @ 5:08 pm

we’ve found a house in stoneham that is large enough and within our budget. on top of that, it’s a single family home with a great backyard (swingset/playground thingy included) and is available on a rent-to-own basis. whoopee! it is big-time suburbs, complete with all the neighbors knowing each others’ names and about 4 golf courses. suburbs: here we come.

we were also excited to find out it’s directly across the street from a fancy-looking elementary school. according to the current owner of the house, the school was just built within the last 3 years and all 3 of her boys have gone/are going there and they love it; it’s fabulous. yet another bonus, we’re thinking.

come to find out, stoneham doesn’t have the best reputation for school districts. according to one co-worker, the residents of stoneham most recently voted against a tax stipulation and a fee for trash pickup, both of which would’ve offered more funding for their schools. as a result of these things not passing, they had to CUT high school athletics, arts & music programs and THE SIXTH GRADE. yes, you read that right. they cut the entire sixth grade program and sent the students back to fifth grade for a second year. hmmmmmmmmmmmm… i’m not part of the PTA just yet, but that doesn’t seem so good…

fortunately, i have no desire to enroll my future genius in any school that just anyone can get into. but, i also don’t want to go to ari-like lenths to get him into a private school that will probably be just as bad curriculum wise. as someone who is very interested in alternative school methods, i like the idea of charter schools as a nice medium.

as luck would have it, there’s a charter school in malden, less than 10 minutes from our new community. a quick review of their mission and parent/student handbook ensures one that it is indeed a school that takes education seriously. my one concern so far is their “character” requirements, which include reciting the pledge of allegiance every day and learning about our nation’s heroes. let’s just hope these aren’t the [white heterosexual Bible-believing male] heroes i learned about in my ultra-conservative primary education. i think it would take a few classroom observations on my part to ascertain whether i’d send my kid there. the good news is, i have a little over 5 years to make this decision. hey–maybe by then we’ll be under a dictatorship and it won’t matter!


i’m not special 2007/07/25

Filed under: side effects — lee lee @ 4:32 pm

one of the more surprising pregnancy “side effects” i wasn’t prepared to deal with is the fact that, in general, no one really seems to care.  being pregnant is way-too-prevalent in our society; hardly anyone even smiles at me sympathetically anymore.  (also, i think being pregnant is similar to buying a new car–everywhere i go, i see other pregnant people!!!  it makes me feel even less special!!)  but for me, this is a ONE TIME ONLY event.  **special showing** there will be nooooooo repeats…!!!  so, i think more people should be paying attention.

well, it’s not as though time is flying by.  as the minutes creep/crawl, i will work on ways to flaunt my ever-increasing belly.


momdom=geekdom 2007/07/21

Filed under: nothing to report — lee lee @ 1:31 pm

i had thought of tracking my pregnancy highs & lows via a blog; but, in the beginning i was just too damn sick/tired/almost dead; and, lately, there hasn’t been a goddamned thing going on. well, nothing to blog about, that is…

thus, the perfect time to start a blog! i just read someone’s blog who writes about the squirrels vs. the birds in their backyard, for pete’s sake! if they can do it–SO CAN I. *evil laugh*

actually, henri has started kicking his peewee legs (at least i hope it’s his leg) lately. see–he just kicked me. i think he’s trying to say “hey mom, you’re a big enough nerd as it is. don’t start another blog just to talk about me. please-please don’t!!” since i can’t kick him back, i’m just going to remind him (and all of you) that AT LEAST i’m not one of those mom’s that is starting a blog as though i were the baby talking. now, that’s ridiculous. everyone knows babies can’t write. well, mine will be able to, but not until he’s out of the womb…

other than that (the kicking of legs, i mean), the only exciting thing about the so-called “honeymoon” trimester is that i can eat whatever the hell i want without getting sick. but don’t tell my nutritionist; i think she wants me to eat greens and lettuce and stuff. blegh. henri likes ICE CREAM. oh, and. we’re probably moving to the ‘burbs—–the real ‘burbs—–not the medford ‘burbs. how is this related to the momming of henri, you ask? not so fast…don’t try to trick me into revealing any of my expert-mom secrets. me (and henri) know. and we’re cool wid it.

shall i bore you with the not-so-exciting things? nah. maybe later; when there’s really nothing to report…