|Today is:||November 29th, 2014|
|Your due date:||August 15th, 2014|
|Weeks along:||55 W, 1 D|
When I was little I was wild about Look Who's Talking. I think the novelty of a narrating baby wore off sometime after I saw Milo and Otis.
Depends on the dog, tbh. Some get jealous. But yeah a lot of dogs are all like OMG BABIEZ!!
OMG AKA_LAURA CONGRATULATIONS!
My baby needs diapers, since pooping is currently her favorite activity. An 18 month old in no way needs $2000 worth of gifts.
For older kiddos, I kind of like the "something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read" thing. It's cheesy, but helps focus the holiday a bit.
I also like books, because I feel like someone really can't have too many books. They're easy to store, good for baby brains, and make good donation items if you do end up with a surplus.
Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I'll happily continue with my peanut butter habit, then.
In fact the 2 countries with the lowest incidence of peanut allergies are Israel and India, where children are given peanut based foods as some of their first foods. I suspected this might be the case given that food allergies seem to be more prevalent in western societies.
I've looked into the mercury /fish thing a little more (thanks for the Monterey Bay Aquariam recommendation, Rowan) and the rule of thumb seems to be that if the fish is (1) large, (2) predatory and (3) fairly long lived, it will contain more mercury. This is why the advice I'd found on tuna seemed contradictory - some species of tuna (Bluefin, for example) are much bigger than others. Canned tuna is generally smaller fish as big tuna sell whole for serious $. Smaller fish and freshwater fish are pretty much ok. I think it's much easier to know the reasons why some foods are more risky than others as this is easier to remember than an exhaustive list of exclusions.
The also tough thing about these kind of riots is, how many are out there starting out as peaceful protesters, and how many don't care about that but are part of it anyway?
I remember people were pointing out about looting and stuff and how that's not a good response, but the people doing that weren't the protesters.
We also opted not to tell our family the sex of our baby before she was born. We had decided not to do the blood tests or anything (our insurance also would have covered it), and on the ultrasound she was REALLY uncooperative anyway, so when the tech asked if we wanted to know, we said "not really" and she looked really relieved and said "Good because I really can't tell and if you don't want to know we can stop now". So it was good for us that she was uncooperative. We still got a lot of pressure but living far from family made at least that easier.
I think I've mentioned my mom is awesome. She ran a bunch of interference for us and made people not bother me too much (I have plenty of nurses in my family, which means they know I could go back in and find out if I'd wanted).
So we got a lot of yellow and green (and some blue, and I made sure to buy pink because it's stupid girls can wear blue and boys "can't" wear pink) for the baby showers. Once she was born, we get more pink, but since most of the people who buy her things are Grandma and Grandpa and Auntie and Uncle, and they get it, they also get her other colors too.
I almost never had to deal with this. I was living in a remote area and not interacting much with others. Also, the culture here doesn't seem conducive of interacting with people by touching them.
One of my spouse's young nieces touched my belly and I didn't know how to tell her not to do it. She was immediately corrected by her mother about not touching people without permission.
Then my parents arrived. I mostly just dealt with their touch, but probably not with much class.
My occupation used to be "college student/bum" which made it an interesting answer to what I wanted to be when I grew up for sure. Glad to see I wasn't the only one. I changed it, but I already forget what to... probably that I still don't know.
Back when I was pregnant I read a lot of things. I truly hated the "what to expect" books because they seemed really demeaning to the dad (though i do have on friend who's husband is like that and needs to be cajoled kicking and screaming into helping, sigh). I really liked the Dr. Sears "Pregnancy" book and also the one that goes up to age two. Unfortunately the Sears' have gone off the weird end, so that kind of makes me hesitant to even recommend that much. (Some people read more into that book about shaming if you don't breastfeed; I didn't get that out of that, I thought they were like here's the benefits, here are some things to help you out but in the end if you can't that's ok. Just if you're going bottle you don't need as much advice, right?)
That was a while ago, though. What books are out now that are good and not enraging? Or which ones should be avoided?
Yay aka_laura's back!
And she's also my niece's mom!
waaaaaaait, what? O.o
I got a comped ticket to the MoMA once when a friend worked there. I only had two hours to spend there, but easily could've spent 6. I don't think of museum-going as a particular interest of mine, but I was sucked into something new in every room. I haven't gone back, but I'd love to.
My parents dragged my sister and me to see "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" and "Sunday in the Park" at the Chicago Art Institute when we were small. We didn't get there til near closing time, so we had to book it through the entire museum to get there for a few minutes' viewing, and we were tired and complained the whole time because we were children and jerks, but I admit I won't forget the paintings. Our parents cooed over the fact that the girls in "Carnation" could've been us, and the whole pointillism thing very much impressed me.
really you guys? I unfriend all the time!
why mute someone? that means they're still going to be seeing your posts, commenting on your photos, getting to be "in" your life, and never know anything changed. what good is happening by keeping them around?
My former art teacher is quite conservative, but I still like his comments on my artwork.
I put people I think are otherwise perfectly delightful on mute because they flood facebook with useless crap. I don't want them to get the idea that I hate them, but I don't feel like seeing pages of what they have to say.
I think a lot of people have opinions I don't care for. Rather than offending someone I know and respect in person, I choose to just not see it. Facebook has a knack for showing sides of people I don't want to see, but it's just small sides of them. To me, it's not worth shutting out the person completely. After awhile, I occasionally take them off mute to see if they stopped with their nonsense.
Yooooooooooooooooo I keep forgetting to tell you I'm in LA until next Saturday and we should grab lunch if you're free!
Wait whaaaaaaaaaat, okay, I'm leaving town tomorrow for Thanksgiving but I'm going to move this discussion to Facebook.
And MFS, of course you should be scared. BAHAHAHAHA