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Happy Birthday to The Munchkinette

Well, as you are reading this, I will be delivering or will have already delivered into this world the mighty princess known to the internets as The Munchkinette.

I’ve known for quite some time that I’m having a daughter, and I’ve tried not to freak out about it.

You see, in having my son, I was always sort of self-congratulatory that I didn’t have to deal with all the “princess” stuff and pink (miles and miles of pink!) and concerns about mean girls and cliques and body image and all the extra issues that seem to come with girls.

I’ve learned my lesson about the self-congratulatory bit, trust me.

So now we will be a family of four, and my son will become the bestest big brother in the world, one that will beat up his sister’s potential suitors.  I am beyond annoyed, though, that the hospital I will be in has banned any visitor aged 14 or under due to the swine flu, so the Munchkin will not even get to see his little sis until I am discharged.  Boo and double boo!

And I will also get to officially join the “mom of more than one” club, of which I’ve heard so much about.  You see, I’ve read on teh internets that in some (strange) circles, you haven’t really earned your “badge of motherhood” unless you’ve had to juggle more than one.

Utter hogwash, says Glinda.

But hopefully I will be back online “live” sooner rather than later.  In the meantime, enjoy a week’s worth or so of pre-scheduled posts courtesy of the magic of the internets!

Pregnant in the Time of Swine Flu

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Yes, I know it’s supposed to be called H1N1, but that just does not have the same ring to it, does it?

I’ve tried to stay relatively calm, though it’s a little hard when there are headlines screaming at you that “PREGNANT WOMEN AMONG HIGHEST MORTALITY RATES DUE TO SWINE FLU” and the like.

At first, I didn’t know exactly why we were at so much more risk than everyone else, and then I finally read that it was because the baby decreases your lung capacity, which makes a secondary infection of pneumonia more likely.

Great.

And then there is just the seeming randomness of whom the flu strikes. Some people have to stay in bed for a few days, yet others, similarly healthy, find themselves in the hospital. I think that’s what bothers me the most.

Even though they told me that I would be getting the vaccine in mid-September, I’ve yet to receive it. And as a person in one of the highest-risk groups, you would have thought I would have gotten it by now. Which really sort of annoys me, because it’s going to be too late by the time it does arrive, and I would have liked for my baby to develop the antibodies from it as well. The antibodies for her would be limited, but at least it would be something. I’m not a vaccine-avoider, which I think too many people are.

So far, only the Munchkin has gotten vaccinated, and that is only of a certain value because he has to be vaccinated twice, and won’t be able to get the second one until late November.

All I’m reading in the newspapers is how widespread the flu is in pretty much every state, and it’s only a matter of time. Makes me sort of want to not go anywhere in public, you know?  There’s got to be some sort of bubble I can rent and travel around in.

In the meantime, my husband and I are still waiting, as it is still important that we get vaccinated even after our daughter arrives, since as an infant, her immune system will be underdeveloped.

Way to go CDC! Way to completely drop the ball!

Like Moms Need More Stuff to Worry About

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A study has found that children who use a pacifier for a long period of time, suck their thumbs, or are bottle-fed babies have an increased risk of speech disorders.

Ugh.

Now mind you, this is just one study, and it was published in a medical journal I’ve never heard of.

The only thing that apparently does not put your child  at risk is breastfeeding. 

Am I the only one who has had it up to here with all of these crazy studies, all of them showing different horrible things that can happen to your child because you, the parent, allowed it to happen?  That because of the wrong choices you made, your child will suffer later on down the line?  Even though you were just trying to do the best you could at the time.

Cut us some slack, will ya?

Take the thumb-sucking.  Children have been thumb-sucking for what is most likely millennia, but all of a sudden there is a huge problem with it.

The Munchkin hated pacifiers, he would spit them out whenever I tried to give one to him, and I eventually gave up.  He never sucked his thumb, but man, did he love that bottle.  I allowed him to use it to fall asleep (filled with water, of course) for probably much longer than I should have, past the age of two for sure.  It was honestly the only way he was able to fall asleep for a very long time.  But his speech is perfect. 

I only know one child who has a speech impediment, one that has required a speech therapist.  And guess what?  He was exclusively breastfed for over a year.  No pacifiers, either.

I am aware that my examples are only anecdotal evidence, but you know what, I”m cranky today.

So really, want to join me in telling these researchers to take their data and shove it?  Come on, you know you want to be crabby with me!

The Art of Baby Naming

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This article in USA Today states that researchers have found that parents respond quickly to baby names that are on the rise in popularity, versus names that are waning in popularity.

Now, as someone who is still currently wrestling with a name for her impending baby girl, I find that odd. It is a sort of lemming-like mentality that I find actually somewhat disturbing.  Where is the ability to think for oneself?  Just because everyone is naming their kid Brittany, why would someone feel that they have to as well?

You see, I don’t want my daughter to have a name that everyone else has.   It’s not that I must have some quirky, arty name that sets her far apart from the mundane masses.  I actually quite like some of the really popular names. It’s just that I don’t wish for her to be Samantha J. along with Samantha G. and Samantha W. in her classroom.

I’ve spoken to many people who said that was their biggest peeve about their name, that they had to share it with someone all through school.  I didn’t have that problem, but I could see how it would be annoying to always have your last initial tacked on to your identity.

So to latch on to a name that everyone else is using is counter-intuitive to my way of thinking.

But then again, no one has accused me lately of thinking in a particularly straight manner.

How Much Would You Pay to Sleep?

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As my due date approaches, so does my baby shower.  We decided to have only one since this is my second child, even though to be honest, after seven years, some of the Munchkin’s stuff did not hold up all that well.  Seems a hot, dusty garage combined with a husband who carelessly wrapped or flat-out failed to wrap things properly made for some fairly unusable items.

So I’ve been looking through baby product reviews and such, and ran across something called the Nap Nanny.  This product purports to assist the sleep of infants by virtue of being angled and soft and whatnot, an improvement upon the wedge.  It supposedly works especially well for infants who have colic, reflux, gas, and other ailments that keep everyone up at night. 

Now, if it does indeed work as well as it says it does, and as well as the testimonials on the website claim, I would have bought this in a heartbeat for the colicky Munchkin, who was up all night long letting the neighborhood know that he was not a happy camper.  For the first six months of his life, my husband and I were walking zombies, barely able to function due to lack of sleep.  But sadly, it was not around seven years ago, and my mind has blessedly blurred many of the memories of that horrible time, which is probably why I’m OK with having another baby.

The Nap Nanny comes with a fairly steep price tag of $129.00, and it is unclear exactly how long it is usable.  It is also considered bedding, and thus nonreturnable.

Would you take a chance and pay that much money, and be out of luck if it didn’t work? 

Or is a good night’s sleep pretty much priceless?

Monday Teeny Poll

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Last week I wanted to know if you would ever consider foreign adoption, and a whopping 73% of you responded with a “yes.” Only 15% would limit their adoption to within the US, and a tiny percentage said that adoption was not in the cards for them.

Today, with the story of this woman rattling around in my brain, I’m wondering what you think of the largely self-regulated fertility industry.

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Sarah Michelle Prinze, Thanks for the Normalcy

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All right, I was trying not to talk about some of the crazy-ass names that celebrities have been coming up with lately, but Ellen Pompeo’s choice was the straw that broke Glinda’s back. And that saying is apt, because at this point, I sort of look like a reverse camel, with the big bump being on the tummy instead of on the back. I hope that makes sense. It makes sense to me, but lately, that isn’t saying a whole lot.

First, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden’s choice of name for their son made me do a mental double-take. Sparrow? Are they for serious? As in tiny, frail, ubiquitous brown bird? I read somewhere that some (most likely) self-proclaimed “naming expert” praised them for their originality and inventiveness, saying that since Captain Jack Sparrow’s name was, well, Sparrow, that suddenly Sparrow stands for manliness. Sorry to break it to everyone, but no, it does not. Hearing the word sparrow brings images of a beady-eyed, greedy little thing that likes to pick up other people’s discarded popcorn and whatnot off the ground.

And as for Ellen, her choice was somewhat literary, but confusing nonetheless. Is she not aware of the extremely famous and popular book Stellaluna? You know, the one about the bat? Granted, she is a lovely and wonderful bat, but still a bat nonetheless. Yes, that is exactly the mental picture I want everyone to have in mind when they say my name. It’s like naming your child “Ramona Quimby Pompeo” or “Harriet the Spy Pompeo.” It just doesn’t work.

At least we have Sarah Michelle Prinze, who chose the almost old-fashioned Charlotte Grace.   Count at least one child of actor parents who will not have to face life with some crazy name their parents decided to saddle them with in the name of “art” or “creativity.”

If I Wasn’t Already Going to Have a Baby, This Picture Would Make Me Want One

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Awwwww…. Taye Diggs and Indina Menzel introduce their new son, Walker.

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