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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!


  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!

  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!

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

  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.


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