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The Bad Mommy Chronicles

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
By Glinda

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I’m sure you’ve heard from many that motherhood is not all unbearably sweet moments, ultimate satisfaction, and unbridled love 24/7.

They would be absolutely right.

There are times when you take a deep breath, look up at the sky, and beseech the deity of your choice for a teensy bit of patience, or you swear to Them, you are going to pack it up and find a nice sandy beach somewhere.

It has happened to me more than once. I know, I know, you are shocked, shocked! How could Glinda be anything but the perfect mother? Take a moment to compose yourself. I’ll wait.

In fact, I have even gone so far as to call my son an unflattering noun, although not to his face.

You see, when the Munchkin gets upset, he goes into his room. Which is fine by me, because that way both of us get some time to cool off.

Eventually, I will go into his room and he will be otherwise occupied by Legos and such, and we can talk about whatever the issue is in a more calm and rational fashion. Sometimes it’s easier to get your point across when your verbal partner isn’t sobbing and/or red in the face.

Except this time, he blockaded his door, and even built a booby trap to boot. Luckily for me, (or for him, depending on your view) said booby trap failed to execute properly and instead launched in the opposite direction.

That is when I shut the door and muttered under my breath, “You little punk.”

I happen to think that it is a rather healthy thing, actually, to call a spade a spade. I would be perhaps a little dismayed to hear about a parent who thought their kid was an angel who could do no wrong.

And then I would make sure to stay as far away from them and their offspring as humanly possible.


Are Pregnant Women Indeed Smug?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
By Glinda

These two ladies are very cute indeed, and while they have some not-so-kind things to say about pregnant women, I’ll take this video with a grain of salt.

I do have to agree with this duo of “Garfunkel and Oates” that there are indeed some very smug pregnant women out there. It also drives me crazy when people say, “Oh, we have a name picked out, but we’re not telling.” Why not? If you have it picked out, then why in the world would you be keeping it a secret. A friend of mine who pulled this stunt told me that it was because she didn’t want to hear anyone saying something bad about the name. As in, “Jean? Ohmigod, I went to school with a girl named Jean and she never ever washed her clothes!” But, they might say that anyway afterwards, and if you like the name, then what do you care about someone else’s negative name associations? Because NOBODY is immune form the negative name associations.

And listen, is it wrong to be happy that you are pregnant? Although I do have to say that throughout my pregnancy with the Munchkin, the overwhelming feeling I had most of the time was panic.

I have a bone to pick with them on the “all I want is a healthy baby” reply. Why is that so hard to fathom? That little section of the video is the only part I think is in poor taste. I think that “healthy” pretty much means I don’t want my child to be limbless.

What say you, residents of the off again/on again Manolosphere? Are pregnant women smug? There are a couple of curse words that might make you want to think twice about viewing at work.

(somehow the previous post on this was deleted, and the comments mysteriously went over to raincoaster’s “Irish Bull” post, so I’m just chalking it up to weirdness)


What do Heidi Klum and Glinda Have in Common?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
By Glinda

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Well, besides the fact that we are both blondes and I am half German?

We are both due with our babies in the fall!

And uh, other than that, not a whole lot.

Now, let me tell you that when I saw the two lines on the stick, I about fell over. I had pretty much resigned myself to not having another child, even though we had been trying. I had miscarried in June 2007, and with my advancing age and other factors, I figured that had been my last chance. So, I did my best being the mother of an only child. I made plans to possibly go back to work part-time this fall while the Munchkin was in school.

You know what happens when you make plans…

I am officially three months along this week, so I finally feel safe to announce the good news.

And, I’m telling you guys right now that due to pregnancy hormones, I refuse to be held liable for whatever I might write in the next six months.

Oh, and I promise not to be smug.


Irish Bull

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
By raincoaster

Yes, yes, I know, I’ve become the Queen of YouTube lately, but I can’t help myself. In fact, I defy you to watch the following video and say it isn’t absolutely priceless.

Not only does it have an impeccable media pedigree, coming as it does from the esteemed Guardian (not even slightly peccable, I don’t care who you are!) but it also brings to life an amusing cliche, if obliquely.

So maybe it’s not a bull in a china shop; it’s funnier! It’s a bull in an Irish grocery store frightening all the staff, who then summon (who else?) the butcher to deal with him.

And you just know he thought they were busting his chops.


Sunday BlogCruise

Monday, April 27th, 2009
By raincoaster

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Some Sundays we just want to take it easy on the ol’ blog, particularly since that ol’ blog has been showing its age more than usually lately! So this Sunday we’re just going to post a lolcat and a few links of interest and pretty much guaranteed to be online at any given moment, which is more than you can say for us!

The bacon bra (Fracas)

Disturbing pacifiers? (LaughingStork)

Prince Harry is still not over my rejection (Bild)

Growing up Buckley: Mum and Pup and Me (Disembedded)

Diva gene breeds true to type (GlamBabyBumps)

The first rule of Donut Club is… (CelebrityBabyScoop)


Listmania! Green Baby Products

Sunday, April 26th, 2009
By Glinda

Looking for some ways to limit your baby’s exposure to chemicals? Many people are most concerned with newborns and infants, as their body mass is so much less, making even small amounts of chemical exposure a bigger risk. I’ve got some great choices for you here.

PhotobucketFleurville Re-Run Mod Pod Changing Kit Made out of recycled plastic bottles! It has an integrated changing pad, 3 interior pockets, 1 exterior pocket, includes wipe case and adjustable, removable shoulder strap. And is totally cute, to boot!

PhotobucketBoon ModWare These BPA-free toddler utensils will make mealtime a breeze!

PhotobucketWaldorf Maple Teether Non-toxic maple made in the US makes this teether a winner!

PhotobucketKringelring Another fabulous non-toxic teething ring that also doubles as a rattle!

PhotobucketOrganic Fruit Basket Teething Toys This cute basket is made of organic Egyptian Cotton and stuffed with 100% organic cotton, so no worries about baby chewing on them!

PhotobucketPriva Snoozy Organic Cotton Waterproof Multi Use Pad A rare waterproof pad with a 100% natural cotton surface. It also features antimicrobial qualities and an allergy barrier. Use it for bassinet, crib, stroller, and changing table.

PhotobucketNaturepedic Waterproof Organic Cotton Flat Crib Pad This crib pad is all you could ever want! Waterproof, soft and breathable, 100% organic cotton fabric, and no vinyl/PVC, phthalates, or latex.

PhotobucketSwaddleDesigns Organic Ultimate Receiving Blanket This very highly rated receiving blanket is the perfect weight, and especially important, the perfect size for swaddling. Comes in many different color options.

PhotobucketCalifornia Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and Body Wash I’m going to go out on a limb and call pretty much every newborn “super sensitive.” California Baby makes great stuff, and Amazon actually has the lowest prices I’ve seen.

PhotobucketSeventh Generation Baby Wipes I can’t in good conscience leave out one of the most famous and best “green” products for baby. Chlorine free, fragrance free, and biodegradable. What’s not to like?


How Babies Are Made

Saturday, April 25th, 2009
By raincoaster

For everyone who ever fell for that old “found it under a cabbage leaf” tale, we have here visual proof that that is NOT where babies come from. No indeedy.

THIS is where babies come from!

via Neatorama.


Celebrity Dad Faceoff 2.0

Friday, April 24th, 2009
By Glinda

Oh Paul Newman, apparently the readers of Teeny Manolo cannot get enough of you! But alas, we cannot have you beating the pants off of each and every contender that comes along until I hit the 1980’s!  Even though the voting was a bit truncated by our server issues, you are beating Warren Beatty fairly handily.

So I am left with no choice other than to retire you to the Celebrity Dad Faceoff Hall of Fame.  Say hi to Hugh Jackman for us!

All right ladies, we’re going to start fresh with some mid-60’s man candy. The first one is well-known for his dalliances with Elizabeth Taylor, and the second is best known for an iconic taunt.

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VERSUS

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