The parenting issue that has given me the most grief so far is that my precocious, sweet, active little girl is. A biter. There. I said it. I know, I know, it's normal, age appropriate. Oh for f*ckssake. I just got another incident report from daycare while I was typing that. At first I thought "not my daughter! How could this be?!?" She doesn't bite at home, and, being the first born, doesn't have anyone *to* bite anyway. She is not aggressive, she is highly verbal & communicative, … [Read more...] about So angry I could…
Last night was probably my last Halloween spent doing anything other than trick-or-treating for awhile. Next year Baby will be well past 2, and she will undoubtedly demand tromping around begging for the good stuff. After all, her first solid food was actually Peppermint Patty, given to her at four months when we came home from my BFF's wedding with mini York Peppermint Patties in hand, much to My Better Half™'s dismay startlement. (Yeah, I know, that's not a word). At any rate, Baby dressed … [Read more...] about A Candy Hangover
In addition to being sick, it has been too goddamn hot to set foot outside my front door. So I've not been going for the daily walks I so look forward to once summer is over. The September equinox may have signaled fall's arrival to the rest of the country, but here it just means that in another month or so I might be able to part the blackout curtains that are drawn all summer long. Which, here, is at least 5 months long, give or take. (Please take, by the way. TAKE IT AWAY. I daydream that … [Read more...] about In Which I Gain 7 lbs in One Week
Long after I’d had my baby and returned to work, I got asked if I could share my reflections on why I chose to be a working mom over a stay at home mom. Let me be clear: that ain’t what Laid Off & Knocked Up was about. I have curated a select few of my posts about being pregnant and unemployed and moved them here because my hope for 2012 was to resurrect and keep up more with my original blog, Funky-Ass Monkey, and I didn’t want to maintain two separate blogs. (Maintain is really the … [Read more...] about What’s This All About, Then?
This week's Time cover and headline (and, to a much lesser extent, the content of the magazine) is a flashpoint of discussion about motherhood. I'm not going to say anything about it. There's already too much judgment and unsolicited advice out there for moms. I'm not going to add to it. … [Read more...] about No Comment
Yesterday I was at the receiving end of a woman bitching about me to her 3 year old because I wouldn't accommodate her excessively permissive parenting in letting her 3 year old manhandle Baby's face. Excessively permissive parenting seems to be a theme this weekend. I just came back from Target, and in the baby section was a woman and her son, maybe 2 1/2 years old. Her son had taken something off the shelf and was running around with it in a game of Chase Me! He thought it was … [Read more...] about Excessively Permissive Parenting, Take 2
I was just at the library with Baby, and she was in her stroller just quietly watching everyone while I thumbed through a few books. I looked up to see that some 3 year old was pawing at her face with both hands. "Be gentle," I said, wondering where the F this child's parent was. Her mom piped up, "Just so you know, ma'am, I've never known my daughter to be anything BUT gentle!" Then she spent the next ten minutes making a show of telling her daughter, "Yes, I know you want to play with that … [Read more...] about Get Your Greasy Traps off my Baby
So after this weekend of 105+, I take back pretty much everything I've ever said about "So what it's hot! It's hot everywhere because it's summer. Just adjust accordingly!" Fate, you cruel bitch. I surrender. I attempted to entertain Baby but she got bored (as did I). Here was our itinerary Saturday: Our afternoon walk around the hood? Too hot, so that's out. How about playing with your bear? Bored already? Here's your lamb! Ok, let's read a book...or 8. Still no good? Let's listen to … [Read more...] about Shaking My Fist Skyward
My life since last Thursday can be summed up as: alternating between tylenol and sudafed every 4-6 hours. I feel awful. I think it's safe to say that I have been more sick since Baby was born than any other time in my life. Even though I managed to get a few catnaps this weekend and barely did anything besides lay around moaning, I stil felt straight up awful this morning. But I decided to go to work anyway because I have no sick time anyway and thought I could at least tough it through the … [Read more...] about blech. sick.
I started my new job almost a year ago, when I was six months pregnant. And within a couple weeks, my new boss connected me with a woman who works here who had just come back from maternity leave. I went up to talk with her one afternoon because she'd just enrolled her daughter in the same daycare we were considering. We compared notes on the daycare, and, naturally, touched base on a lot of other baby-related issues: hospitals and birth, pumping at work, and, of course, sleep. She told me the … [Read more...] about A Problem Only for Upper Middle Class Moms