Skip to main content

Hey, we're still alive!

But she really does bite.






Guess what? I haven't slept more than three hours at a time (usually more like two) in almost three straight weeks. I've been wanting to write posts, but I'm having trouble forming complete sentences these days.

I've always been pretty addicted to sleep, so I'm surprised at how well I'm functioning at this point. Just the other day I was taking minutes on a conference call, eating dinner, and nursing a baby all at the same time. Today, I was changing a diaper and threatening my insurance company with mob justice by the Teamsters over speakerphone simultaneously. I think my maternal superpowers are kicking in!

Still, me no talk pretty. It's hard to think of, uh, words and stuff.

But I have started reading again. Here are two things that have caught my attention these past couple of weeks, both eerily Disney related. I loved, loved, loved Disney when I was a kid. I have always loved fairy tales, fake fairy tales, love stories, pretty dresses, adventure, fantasy, and all that good stuff. But now that I have a daughter, I'm getting queasy about the intensely diabolical product marketing toward little girls. Disney is like Prince Charming--at first sight enchanting, smooth, handsome, but then you find out he's some kind of serial killeresque, no-personality necrophiliac.

Or something like that. What was I saying?

Look, please just read these fascinating articles, digest them a little for me, and tell me what YOU think.

1. Cinderella Ate My Daughter as covered by NPR

2. More Hating on Disney: Baby Einstein Edition

UPDATE! This is too good. I just had to tack this third article onto this post. Unbelievable.

3. Disney marketing targets fetuses now. Home run!

Comments

  1. She's adorable, even if she does bite. Loved both articles. I do agree that the whole "princess thing" is hyped way too much, and they need to take it down a notch. Not sure what you can do when your kid goes through that phase, though.

    We didn't let our son watch any tv until he was about 20 months old. Since then, he only watches maybe one or two half hour shows per day (either Caillou or Sesame Street). But I don't trick myself into believing he's learning something new. I rather take it for what it is--a blissful 30-minutes that I can get something done.

    The only time I've ever let my son watch more tv than that is when he's sick. At that point, personal beliefs are easily swayed by anything that will stop the screaming.

    I wish I had the patience to resist using the tv, but I simply do not. I need that 30 minutes to start dinner or decompress a bit. I just make sure I spend at least twice as long directly interacting with my son. We play blocks, draw pictures, read stories, and he "helps me" cook in the kitchen. I figure the little bit of tv he watches won't screw him up too badly. At least I hope not!

    ReplyDelete
  2. You guys look beautiful! It's so strange when you get in those weeks, because you're like, "Wow, when did I sleep last?" but you don't really feel it.

    That said, I still wanted to shake people when they were like, "My baby slept through the night at 6 weeks!" Mine hasn't done that and he's almost two!

    ReplyDelete
  3. You have "mom brain". Been there,done that. Glad it is over. :) Me like sleep, too.
    Good luck.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Melissa: I don't think you are causing any harm to your son! Around the age of two, legit research shows that children do gain the ability to learn passively from truly educational shows like Sesame Street. I still remember learning things like the word "hola" and mathematical concepts from Sesame Street. And letting your toddler watch an hour or so of TV a day is perfectly reasonable, especially because you spend more time interacting with him. It's all about moderation. What you're doing is completely different from someone who parks their baby in front of mind-numbing edutainment garbage for hours on end while they leave the room. I'm no TV purist. I will totally let my daughter have a free pass to watch TV when she's at Grandma's house. :) And my brother is collecting classic Disney cartoons (like Bambi) on Blu-Ray for his niece. I think that's awfully sweet, and I won't stop her from enjoying them when she visits her uncle. I will just make sure TV is not a major portion of her daily life or a routine babysitter.

    Ashley: Oh no! I hope my baby sleeps through the night by age two! You must have the mom superpowers for real if you've dealt with sleepless nights that long.

    RK: Thanks for the luck. I will need it. I was up nursing every 2-3 hours last night, and I woke up in the middle of each naptime having nightmares that I fell asleep nursing and smothered the baby. I had no memory of putting her back in her bassinet each time, but apparently I did and she was fine. I totally freaked out my husband, though, when I woke him up "looking for the baby" under the covers.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

35 Great Things About Turning 35

The prime of life starts at 35! It's the best-kept secret from younger people, but your 35th birthday is a major cause for celebration. For mine, I have made my own listicle of 35 reasons why experts agree that 35 is the best age to be:
You get to say, "I'm 35." The number 35 carries so much more gravitas than 30, but you're only a few years older. At 34, I've started fudging my age--by adding a year. People automatically take me seriously, and if they don't, at least they tell me I look young for my age. (Eye roll, hair toss, "whatever.")  35-year-olds DGAF. Inner chill reaches new heights at 35. Despite its #2 status on this list, it's the #1 response I hear about what's best about hitting 35. My gorgeous friend Nerlie was beautiful and resilient and wise beyond her years in high school, but now, at age 35, she gets to fully enjoy being herself on her own terms. She writes,  "I've survived so much that I don't waste time o…

A Bad Romance Starring Till Lindemann, Sophia Thomalla, Gavin Rossdale, Simone Thomalla, Sven Martinek, Andy LaPlegua, and Leila Lowfire

November 2018 Update: Sophia is settled in with Gavin now, I guess, and Till is spending time with 36-year-old (hell yeah, thank you, sir) Ukrainian singer Svetlana Loboda. He is either her latest babydaddy or doing her the favor of bearding as such (not that he's great with beards, but we don't mind--we know how much he loves pregnant and lactating ladies) to help her keep some distance from her crazy ex who cuts his wrists over her. The juice continues...


To misquote Gaga, "I don't speak German, but I can look at foreign tabloids and guess what's going on if you like."


I guess it would be more professional and ladylike for me to be above this sordid celebrity gossip, but I'm not. I'm so not.


So let's see if I've got this straight. From what I gather...


Metalgod Till Lindemann, 54, and model Sophia Thomalla, 27 (upper left) recently exited a five-year, on-off, opennish relationship, which began when Sophia's actress mother Simone (upper r…

Ich Liebe Rammstein: Richard

Richard Z. Kruspe
Richard Zven Kruspe is Rammstein's founding father, lead guitarist, and natural frontman.

***IMPORTANT UPDATE, 2018***: Richard has immortalized his lifelong bromance with Till in a tender duet about their friendship, "Let's Go" by Richard's side band Emigrate. Till sings words such as "Zwei Herzen in mir schlagen" with sincerity and I think I am now deceased.

He's gregarious, well-spoken in both German and English, a professional showman, and an enthusiastic promoter for the band. In German, his name is pronounced "REE-kard," and in Germanglish, "Reeshard," or "Reesh" for short. Richard is sexy, and he knows it. To many Rammstein fans, he is the cuuuuuuute one. His Facebook page would have you believe it.

Legend has it that Richard has a lovechild with lead singer Till Lindeman. The myth is based in complicated facts and figures, including one unconventional love triangle. Circa 1990, Richard and Till …