Parenting Henri

this is about henri, and the parenting thereof

Up Early on a Sunday Morning 2007/08/26

Filed under: side effects — lee lee @ 8:55 am

well, 8:42 AM isn’t THAT early…but i’ve been up for a couple hours…

it’s my theory that pregnancy is so freaking long (just imagine carrying around someone you love for 9 months straight!) because it takes that long to adjust to how life is going to be once the little poop is here.  that, and the “side effects.”

no one could tell if i was a morning person or evening person, because i just liked sleeping all the time.  well, guess what.  henri’s mom is now officially a morning person.  i wake up with the birds (and bentley) and am ready to go.  i mean, i’m not in a good mood or anything but i’m wide-eyed and ready to change the world.  yesterday morning, i even hung up all my new maternity clothes.  i haven’t done that since, well, never…

other side effects and their double meanings:

think it’s gross that your boobs are leaking? get ready to have spit up all over you.  i’m sure that feels much better…

annoyed that you have to pee 3-4 times a night? more annoyed that your bladder demands attention about every 30 minutes during the day, most of which are false alarms??  that’s just about how often your little one is going to cry out for you, usually because they don’t like sitting around in a wet nappie.

stressed out and cranky because you’ve lost that special groove with your mattress and can’t get a good night’s sleep? wait until your helpless offspring is in the next room (or down a flight of stairs if you’re me) breathing so quietly you can’t even make out the palpitations on your high-tech video mobile.  you’ll sleep soundly through that, i’m sure!

getting to the end of your rope when it comes to an eating schedule? the fact that you’re hungry every four hours is merely your body’s way of preparing you for feeding duty.  love that schedule!  it’s not going anywhere…

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as you know: the breast is best!!! 2007/08/25

Filed under: nothing to report,pregnancy myths — lee lee @ 12:05 pm

let me see if i can sum this up… i’m not a scientist [obviously] but i am a HUMAN BEING. and i’m a woman. and i’m a daughter. and i’m an aunt. and i’m a friend of people with children. in my opinion, all of these things give me sufficient information to decide whether or not breastfeeding is the choice for me. (YES– I DID SAY CHOICE.) also, i’m not like ignorant, or anything like that. i mean, i have 2 college degrees and know the difference between words like laconic and lethargic…so, i’m definitely not stupid.

here’s my argument about parenting/things that affect a woman’s body: MY BODY; MY CHOICE. okay, so that’s not my argument, so to speak. but it is more concise (not to mention catchy) than any other argument i could come up with. if i choose to get pregnant, than i choose how i’m going to handle the pregnancy (as long as we’re within safe medical guidelines, of course…). if i choose to become a mom, than i choose how i’m going to raise my child (as long as we’re within safe medical guidelines). so, if i don’t want to breastfeed my child, but i do because i’m forced to (or even expected to), then i’ve already negated one of the biggest “benefits” to breastfeeding…the mother/child bond. yes, i AM the type to resent my own child for years of breast-suckling-in-public humiliation…

but, what if the breast really is best? you ask… it’s not. and any woman that truly looks into her own soul and assesses whether or not she’s breastfeeding for scientific reasons or for personal satisfaction will agree with me. this isn’t about science. it’s about individuals. there are two choices when it comes to feeding your newborn, and both are completely, medically safe.

the medical community, especially women practitioners, are doing the world a disservice by continuing to perpetuate the myth that breastfeeding is best. because they don’t mean it’s best. they mean it’s “only, thereby best.” i haven’t yet figured out a benefit they get from perpetuating the myth, so my only guess is that they’re being lazy. or maybe it’s pride: re-doing the statistics to include women who bottle-feed because they want to would mean admitting women bottle-feed because they want to. ooooh…scary. one day, women will also begin having children outside of wedlock and, even, (gasp!), terminating viable pregnancies. Lord Have Mercy On Us All.

well, that’s my soapbox. even if it’s not a very good one… i don’t need statistics to tell me that my bottle-fed niece is one of the prettiest, healthiest, smartest and friendliest little girls in the world. or that my bottle-fed sister is all that and a piece of homemade chocolate cake w/homemade chocolate icing on top. or that my bottle-fed self is not the “bestest” in any realm, but–hey, she an A-okay gal.

guess what else?  we ALL have great relationships with our mother. though, there was that 3-5 year period when i really hated P.K. if only she’d breastfed me!!!! i never would’ve gone through puberty!!!

 

someone take my amex away 2007/08/23

Filed under: suburbia,working mom — lee lee @ 11:08 pm

there comes a time in a [pregnant&working] woman’s life when she must go shopping. for me, it was right around 28 weeks. if only i could wear my basketball shorts to work…

some thoughts about maternity clothes:

  • why does everything tie in the back? that’s so not-politically-correct for the partnerless preggers.
  • where is the pregnant woman willing to spend $80 on jeans? i think i’ll wait until i can fit back into pants that actually have a waist.
  • what insane bachelor/businessman thought up the “maternity thong”? gross.
  • why isn’t everything in a maternity store made of jersey knit? now, that would be a honeymoon phase!
 

i’m one of them 2007/08/07

Filed under: nothing to report,working mom — lee lee @ 9:05 am

this is my second day sitting at diesel cafe all day (“working from home”). other than the usual lesbians, the big daytime population here appears to be parents & small children/infants, and–thus–their ginormous strollers. at first it was getting on my nerves (we’re here to work! take your banana-dropping kid to the park for christ’s sake!!); but, then i realized that’s gonna be me in about 4 months. weird.

i guess i should just be glad that i won’t be the first mom to let her kid drink coffee in public…