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reenie

Good for you! It's very hard to ignore the call of the TV and the computer when you're alone all day with a newborn. I'll admit, I've checked for new posts often, and I'm glad to read anything you have...but I guess I can take backseat to Sophia. For now!

dawny

Turn on the captions on your teevee? But then no sexy Tori voice. Ahem.

Tine

Ooh, EC! (the thing I wish I could do but can't, being a WOHM) Can't wait to hear what you have to say about it. Horrifying consumer culture...that'll be a good one, too. And while you're discussing the "perfect storm," wouldja mind commenting on the fact that here in MN, where virtually ALL our gas & oil comes from Canada, our prices are doubling and tripling "because of Katrina"?

Amy

I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say about LLL. I know nothing about it other than there's a meeting near me every month that I'm considering going to since I'm almost 3 months pregnant. I want to know your opinion because I find myself relating to and agreeing with just about everything else you've shared. If you lived in Maine, I'd be inviting you over for dinner.

tessence

I had that "supermom" energy/drive for the first few months too. I kind of wish I could get it back because I hardly ever remember feeling really tired back then. I think when the kid starts toddling around and pulling junk onto the floor and flinging food around in the kitchen, I realized that the place was never going to be clean and kind of gave in to the squalor.
All this, and EC too! Can't wait to hear more on that.

Summer

You cannot possibly fathom how much EC rocks until your child starts delivering pottyloads of solid-food shit, and you think "dear God, how did that all come out of my tiny child, and if that had been in a diaper I think I might have fallen over dead."

Emily

Donna Martin graduates! Donna Martin graduates!

Consumer culture will be a nice lesson what with Christmas and the inevitable shopping madness just lurking right around the corner. Perhaps that essay could be ready by Monday? I think I've got a slow work week coming up and I've got to start rounding up good entertainment now so I'll be prepared.

Sophia is lovely, by the way. An absolute doll.

tessence

I had that "supermom" energy/drive for the first few months too. I kind of wish I could get it back because I hardly ever remember feeling really tired back then. I think when the kid starts toddling around and pulling junk onto the floor and flinging food around in the kitchen, I realized that the place was never going to be clean and kind of gave in to the squalor.
All this, and EC too! Can't wait to hear more on that.

deborah

Now wait just a cotton-pickin' minute! I'm still waiting for the picture that shows what happens to an abdomen six weeks after an eight-pound person and several pounds of placenta and fluid make their exit. You promised!

DoctorMama

"All babies love to ride in the car" is another one of those not true LIES people tell.
My baby wouldn't go anywhere without screaming hysterically unless he was in the Snugli. No car, no stroller, no, no, no, NOTHING but the Snugli. In 95 degree heat and 95 percent humidity, we made a slow-moving, sweaty, hump-fronted beast.

Moxie

If you have a great meeting with great leaders, nothing rocks as hard as LLL. If you have a crappy meeting (which does happen in some places) it's skippable. So, Amy, go now to check out the meetings in your area so you know which one is the best.

Jo, why does it not surprise me that you're doing EC? I totally forgot about it until last week and all the media attention, and am finding it difficult to start with El Pequeno. We are out and about almost all the time with El Chico, so I haven't even had the chance to make the sound to associate it more than once a day. Sigh. I'm wondering if I should just table it until next summer and do the older baby thing.

Do you have VH1 Classic? Same pleasure as watching 90210, but not bad if your kid watches it.

Christine

Oh, thank goodness!!! Was waiting to hear you say you were exploring EC w/ Sophia. We've been at it since nine weeks (Bea is 6 mos. now), and I was interviewed a couple weeks ago for Good Morning America and an NPR radio show. Even our sitter does it with DD (WOHMs *can* EC! Honest!)

And Summer...you totally nailed it about the solid food/ECing!!

I just recaulked my bathtub last week...maybe you and I are living in parallel postpartum worlds. :-)

Rosie_Kate

Ooh, ooh, ooh!!! Can you pretty please write about EC soon??? :-) I've just discovered this "secret, underground solution to all the diaper and potty-training woes" and am in the throes of switching over with my almost 6 month old. It's going very well and not-so well all at the same time. But I have to keep it a secret for the most part because I'm finding out how much people think it's going to damage my child for life. I would LOVE to hear stories about EC!!

Interesting what happens with *time* after having a baby, huh? I've found that I have a zillion Ideas every day about what I'm gonna do, and can't actually make a dent in them. Also, I used to love watching movies, but now I can't sit through one (not to mention the fact that movies seem to be getting longer these days...).

Lisa C.

I read 1491, it's really thought provoking. The thing I loved most about it was reading the mainstream historians' hysterical attacka on his theories. I think it's plausible... I hope he puts out a new edition soon, becuase the book's data were really incomplete in some areas.

LLL can totally rock, and it can totally suck, especially if you're a WOHM. The group I attended when the Moosh was nursing was very anti-WOHM and I felt like an outcast. However, the group my mom attended 25 years ago not only supported her as a WOHM, but saved her nursing relationship with my sister, and helped her nurse my three other siblings, thereby teaching me about nursing, albeit indirectly. For that, I love LLL.

Hissy Cat

Don't worry about the TV, Jo. I'm told that when I was a little 'un I used to wake my mother at three or four in the am and keep her up till seven in the morning. Between my mother's anxiety and the the pathetictude of TV programming during those particular hours, my mother became absolutely addicted to some excercise show that was on during those unholy hours. When I'd wake her, she'd grab me and move us both to the living room where we'd stay in front of this excercise show for the hours it took until one or both of us fell back asleep.

Well, the TV rays did not permanently affect my brain, so don't worry. I'm twenty-two now, and living on my own and not only do I not have a TV set I also do not excercise. So there.

buttercup

Your posts make me smile because I'm a new mom to a baby who is only a few weeks older than your Sophia (and also a biggun weighing 19 pounds at 16 weeks old!). I followed your blog and pregnancy through my own pregnancy. Anyway, YES this is what my days are like too. Exactly!

kathie

That's a hell of a list you have cooked up! Glad you're loving all the mama stuff and lol at the 90210 viewing...everyone needs a little junk here and there.

Heather

Thanks for giving the glimpse in your day: the good and the guily pleasures. It is true that babies (and children) develop best watching how we go through our day.

My 5-year-old DD loves to help in the kitchen, get messy helping with projects around the house, is learning to sort laundry, insists that cleaning the toilet is "her job," and last night cleaned up her toys all by herself. She also loves TV as much as books, maybe more.

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