Teeny Manolo: Celebrating the Joys of Parenting and Childhood - Part 284

Premium Post for Parents of Preemies

September 8th, 2007
By raincoaster


I really do have to thank Fracas for giving me the chance to let rip with the alliteration (consonance. whatever). Other than that, I really just wanted to point to perhaps the best roundup of resources for parents of preemies on the whole of the internets. Helpful links, a glossary, personal stories and acquired wisdom; it’s all here, beautifully written and elegantly laid out for instant reference.

Check it out for yourself, preemie parent or no; it’s worth a perusal.

< /endsoftieraincoaster > < /endalliteration >

During a time when the medical staff is bound to tell parents of preemies what seems like nothing but bad news and scary realities, what those parents need (and I can attest to this by the search terms ending up here) is hope and to see and hear the positive outcomes for other people out there.

This is what the pdf is about. In the middle of this post is a link to that pdf. You will be able to see pictures of, and read stories of other parents with preemies who faced the same scary situations and have hope and a miracle to show for their faith. The stories were gathered from around the internet, and links to those sites are included. Other links are also included.

Though we both found information, the pdf was a gift of love from LindaC. She created it and has given me permission to upload it here and make it available for anyone else out there who needs some hope.

Please create a bookmark to this post and come back because rather than post repeatedly and have you hopping all over the place looking for what you need, I will just continue adding to this page as I go through my files and find more information.

Unintentionally Scary

September 7th, 2007
By Glinda

All right, even though Joan is going to hate me for doing this, I have to talk about Halloween costumes.

Why, you may ask?

Because if my grocery store is already setting up their Halloween candy display, that means I am now allowed to broach the subject. And all you moms know that the longer you hold off buying your child’s costume, the more likely it is you will wind up with something that was popular three years ago in a size too small. I speak the truth. It’s ugly and I know you don’t want to hear it, but deep down you know I’m right.

As I was trolling around the vast internets, I saw some truly frightening costumes out there, especially for infants. Like this:

Ack! Child of the Corn!

Now, there are almost too many things going on here. I suppose I could do a “Child of the Corn” joke, but I’m sure you saw that coming from a mile away. Actually, I’m kinda speechless. That the model is in fact a doll is totally creeping me out. But in all seriousness, this is not a quality costume, it looks like it was thrown together as a middle school Home Ec project. Scratch that, I am insulting all Home Ec-enrolled middle schoolers. You just don’t want to be forced into buying this because there’s nothing left, do you?

And please, for the love of all that is holy, do not do this to your sweet, precious infant:

This is just not funny

Yes, yes, the image is rather grainy, but do you really expect quality photography from a company that suggests you dress your child as a whoopee cushion?

Now, I think I need to do some sort of deep breathing excercises to get the image of that doll out of my brain.

Rocking the Bump: Halle Berry

September 7th, 2007
By raincoaster

Now it can be told…

Halle Berry once occupied the treadmill next to my friend Zahid for a full hour, and he, in his particular way, noticed. Men are so competitive! Yes, this black chick (unusual in Vancouver, unless Somali FOB and thus unlikely to inhabit the gym, as the robes get caught in the belt) was not only keeping pace with him, but actually going measurably harder than him. And my friend, whose pride is not inconsequential, yet is open to correction, decided to engage this intimidating Amazon in conversation.

So he did.

And after the better part of an hour of who he was, what he did, how he’d helped the various tribes renegotiate their treaties with the Canadian government, etc, etc, you know how men are but she seemed interested and asked all the questions but eventually he got to feeling guilty for doing all the talking and he said, “but enough about me. Tell me about yourself!”

“Well, my name is Halle, and I’m an actor,” said the woman who was even then taking in several million for starring in Catwoman.

And he silently went, “D’oh!”

Halle Berry rocking the bump

In unrelated news, here is a photo of Halle Berry rocking her newly-announced pregnancy, and it must be said that few rock it better or harder. She looks, to my unpracticed eye, farther along than three months, but she looks dead hot.

I’m not so all about the visible nips, nor the unexplained diagonal tension points on the outfit (I suppose it’s avant-garde) but I love the draping and the tightness and the fact that this reveals an unabashedly preggo body, in flats. She’s not going for a win in the Drop the Baby stakes!

Yes, she’s pregnant; yes, she’s the superfantastic!

Caption Me!

September 6th, 2007
By raincoaster

We at TeenyManolo are, as you well know, all about etiquette, protocol, and suchlike varmints: yea, we are nothing if not elegantish! And we take very seriously our responsibility to find out what the jet set is up to, who’s sailing on the Cunard this year, where dear, dear Coco is spending the season, and what’s going on with the charmingly inbred fashion plates who sit atop the social structure of quaint, beer-loving countries.

Such as:

The Belgian Royale Familie!

Dear readers, allow me to present the royal family of Belgium, or at least some of them.

Belgium’s Princess Claire (L) and her husband Prince Laurent arrive with their children, Princess Louise (C) and twins Princes Nicolas (seated R) and Aymeric (seated L), at Queen Paola’s 70th birthday party at Laeken Royal Palace in Brussels September 2, 2007. Belgium’s Princess Laetitia-Maria (with black shoes) is also seen. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM)

Whee ayt zee TeenyManolo, zhink yoo cahnn do bet-TAIR. Captionnez, s’il vous plait!

(I get to make wit zee fonnay hack-senn, bicos ai whoz boarn en France han raize hin Canada, eh)

The Horrible, Terrible, No-Good, Very Bad Shoes

September 6th, 2007
By Glinda

Look away from the shoes!

What a fabulous photo of little Kingston. He is rockin’ that belt, for sure, although it is funny to see his diaper peeking out of those distressed jeans! I can’t decide who he looks more like. I’m gonna go with Gwen for the time being.

It is fortunate that Kingston is such a doll, because it keeps my eyes away from the monstrosities that are Papa Rossdale’s shoes. But now that I have reminded myself, I can’t stop looking at them. So let’s take a gander, shall we?

My eyes!  My eyes!

Ummmm, are those actually fringed sueded moccasins, or do mine eyes deceive me? With laces? They are some sort of mocca-sneaker-loafer-western-boot hybrid that quite frankly, scare me.

And, since I started doing snippets on celebrity babies, I have found myself unable to “fug” a child as it were. I mean, it isn’t exactly as if they have a choice in what they are wearing or anything.

Although it has crossed my mind that one day, perhaps 14 or so years from now, one of these children will be on their own blogs, hurling invectives at me for daring to point out his darling daddy’s ugly shoes.

The Red Shirts Are Coming!

September 6th, 2007
By Glinda

Look! An actual red shirt!

And one of them is my son!

No, there is no imminent English invasion ahead. “Red-shirting” is the term used for holding children, usually boys, back a year in order for them to have a better chance at success in school. It is lifted from sports terminology when referring to team members who practice with the team, but don’t actually play. Usually to get them acclimated to the level of play so they will be ready the next year.

This is a big topic among almost all parents who have children with birthdays in the months of September through December. On one hand, you want your child to have as many advantages in school as possible. Some parents believe the developmental differerences between a child born in January and a child born in December of the same year are too large to ignore, thus putting the December child at a disadvantage in an academic setting. On the other hand, you have social pressure to put your child in school even if they have a late birthday because in doing so, you are somehow admitting your child won’t cut it.

Talk about a minefield!

I agonized over the decision to hold my son back for almost a year. The biggest opponent to holding him back was actually my own mother. She was not, is not, will never be happy that my son is in “Junior Kindergarten” this year instead of regular. She has tried to talk me out of it multiple times, each time with less and less patience on my part.

It is my opinion that with the heavy emphasis on academics in schools courtesy of the No Child Left Behind Act, he would do better if he was held back. I tried in vain to explain to my mom that the kindergarten of my youth is not the same kindergarten of today. He also, I think, needs more time to learn the important skills of cooperation and teamwork, which will hopefully make his school career go a bit more smoothly. Social skills are just as important as academic ones, and younger children are less socially developed than their older peers.

It wasn’t a decision I made lightly, and it certainly wasn’t because I want him to be the biggest and strongest kid on the playground. It also wasn’t due to a lack of intelligence, he can already read. However, taking all the factors listed above into account, as well as his personality, I made the executive decision. Because I am without a doubt the decider.

Besides, the school’s own admission policy states that any child enrolled in kindergarten must be five at the start of the school year. My son will be five at the end of this month. Many schools are doing this in their own self-interest to boost or maintain scores, as well as recognizing the increasing academic load being placed on our children at an earlier age. And since it works out that their policy is also in the best interest of my son, I’m all for it. As an added bonus, it shuts my mom up, too.

Babyhaters 2: Babies 0

September 6th, 2007
By raincoaster


Tasering the Teenies, Part Two. Click for Part One. And here I thought it was all a joke.

Nope; silly me! According to the Daily Mail the UK is all over this stuff!

Police have been given the go-ahead to use Taser stun guns against children.

The relaxing of restrictions on the use of the weapons comes despite warnings that they could trigger a heart attack in youngsters.

Until now, Tasers – which emit a 50,000-volt electric shock – have been used only by specialist officers as a “non lethal” alternative to firearms…

Amnesty International claims Tasers have been responsible for 220 deaths in America since 2001. Many cities and police forces there have banned their use against minors.

Two years ago in Chicago a 14-year-old boy went into cardiac arrest after being shot with one. Medics had to use a defibrillator four times to resuscitate him.

Taser International, the American firm that makes the device, said tests on pigs suggested the weapons were safe.

I will forgo the obvious pun.

Take Him Out to the Ballgame

September 5th, 2007
By Glinda

Maddox and Brad at the Yankee game!

There are not many things better than male bonding at a baseball game, am I right?

Maddox is so excited and fascinated with whatever object he is pointing at. He is adorable with his front teeth missing.

Brad, the boy selling newspapers on the corner wanted me to ask if he could have his hat back, please!

And, I’m guessing that the man sitting right behind Maddox is forever grateful that he did not move even a fraction of an inch when this photo was taken. Because being known for the rest of your life as the dude with Maddox Jolie-Pitt’s finger up your nose would totally suck.

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