Wednesday, May 23, 2012

tidbits.

The Bachelorette.  Is Emily not the sweetest?  She looks gorgeous like a barbie but has the heart of Mother Teresa.  I LOVE her.  I'm pulling for Jef, I heard rumors that he is LDS.  What if he converted Emily and they happened to move to Sacramento?  I could be best friends with Emily Maynard.  We could sit by each other in Relief Society and go get pedicures with our little girls and.. Hello, perfect.  I'm half kidding.  



I have had three dreams about Mitt Romney this week.  That's weird.  But there is NO denying that guy is handsome for being in his sixties.  And i love how he wears dad jeans.  


Okay, the whole Time magazine article.  If you want your kid to sleep in your bed and breastfeed until he is in grade school, be my guest.  I don't really care how other moms raise their kids, as long as it works for them and they are happy.  But the cover?  Looking provocative and having your kid stand in a chair to nurse?  Inappropriate in my opinion.  And "are you mom enough?" as the title of the article?  If attachment parenting is the only way to be "mom" enough in today's society-- then so be it. I feel no shame going to bed alone with my husband every night, & handing Aubrey a sippy of milk in the morning.  Time magazine must really be hurtin' these days to have to put out such a controversial article to get people talking.  The only time I read that thing is if I'm at the dr's & there are no People mags around. Ha!  I did watch a video of someone interviewing the mom that's on the cover and she really did seem sweet and genuine about her parenting style.  I'll never see eye to eye on the whole ordeal, but she seems like a good mom trying to do her best.  


Someone left a comment on an old blog post that had a few pictures of me on it and said, "You don't look healthy, too thin.  Eat a cheeseburger."  If that's not a twisted statement I don't know what is.  So in order for me to look healthier, I should go eat a cheeseburger that is filled with saturated fat and cholesterol?  Gotcha.  Such words of wisdom.  Oh wise anonymous person, I assure you I am healthy.  I have a fast metabolism.  So if I did eat said cheeseburger, (or two), you wouldn't notice an external difference in my body at all.  But seriously, thanks for your concern. 

Any tips for bringing a tot to Disneyland?  What rides they're allowed to go on, stuff to bring that I wouldn't normally think to, anything?  I plan on taking her home each day for a nap at the condo, to try to keep her energized and happy.  I also will take tons and tons of snacks to entertain her during long rides in the stroller.  But that's really all I got!  Any secret magic tips?  This could either go really good or really bad.  But I'm pretty sure when she runs up to her favorite character while screaming, "Minnieeee!"  it will be all. worth. it.  



Newest parenting challenge: Hair pulling.  Not by accident like when she was really little, but grabbing and pulling as hard as she can and laughing while doing so.  Rude!  I've tried sternly telling her, "NO," and explaining that it hurts mommy.  I've tried pulling her hair back gently which she thinks is just hilarious. (I can't get myself to do it so it actually hurts her, even though my mom said that's what she did with me and it worked like a charm.) I've tried wearing my hair up.  (She still finds it.)  I refuse to get a mom cut.  I took an oath that I wouldn't.  I feel like it's the first step to letting myself go.  Chop my hair off today, stop shaving my legs tomorrow.  Then next week I'll find myself in sweatpants for the fourth day in a row with no shower.  SO, I might just have to deal with this phase and practice patience. It's just such a hard age to try and discipline.  She's too young for time out, and she doesn't understand if I try to explain something to her.  And if you talk sternly to her she thinks it's funny.  


Okay, that's all the random-ness going through my head this week.  Time to go water the poor dying flowers in my front yard that I have been neglecting.  Hope you're having a great hump day!  



21 comments:

  1. lisa, i love you. you are hilarious.

    first off-whoever said that about you eating a cheeseburger is obviously jealous that you looks so amazing after having a baby. she's probably some fat jealous girl trolling around the internet.

    second, so agree about the time magazine article. whoa. they took it too far.

    about snacks for disneyland i took zaden at 18 months and like you said bring TONS of snacks and let her take lots of breaks and get out and walk and stuff. she will do great!!

    i heart emily too. :)

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  3. I love when my fave bloggers (like you) do posts like this one. It's cool to hear all the random things you're thinking lately that don't seem worth blogging about unless they're jumbled up in a random thoughts blog :)

    I have to say I completely agree with pretty much everything you had to say.

    It would be awesome if Emily at least visited Sacramento! So cool.

    Also, I thought that cover was far too extreme. I don't feel it's my place to say at what age it becomes inappropriate to be breastfeeding your child. Do it as long as you can for all I care, but that cover does not depict the loving, nurturing, bonding experience of breastfeeding to me. That cover serves to undermind the argument that extended breastfeeding is good for children. Sheesh!

    Oh and yes, go have yourself a burger. That'll fix ya up! LOL

    Lastly, my son is now pulling my hair and when he does it I just put him down or walk away or what have you. I try not to react to it at all and hope that since he gets no satisfaction from it he'll get passed that phase QUICK!

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  4. So, you would only be friends with someone thats mormon? I think that's why i chose a religion that allows me to be friends with others outside of my religion preference.

    As far as co-parenting. NOTHING is wrong with it. I personally couldn't imagine throwing my child in a crib and walking off. I will love my kids and they will be close to me as babies.

    I've loved your blog since day one. But this post seems like your in a bad mood and spouting off without considering the other side of things.

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  5. Oh anonymous, gotta love when people don't remember their name :) People are so brave behind a screen.

    First off--of course people don't have to be mormon to be my friend. Most of my friends AREN'T mormon believe it or not. But so much of my time is spent at church activities and at church that it would just be cool if she was. And I wasn't really serious... most people could get that I think. :)

    As I said, people can do whatever they want with their parenting. Did I say something was wrong with it? No. I just thought the cover was a little much, as did most of America from what I've heard. I've just read way too many stories about babies dying being smothered from cosleeping. That's enough for me to not do it. I'm all about the bassinet next to the bed, I feel it's safer. to each their own.

    Sorry if you feel I was in bad mood, I'm actually having a great day :)

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  6. Hey anonymous, seriously? Lisa is one of the sweetest girls I've ever met, I'm not Mormon and am her GREAT friend and she is friends with anyone and everyone. So don't even judge her because she's making a funny joke. Duh she's kidding about Emily joining the church. Wowwww.

    Also, Lisa didn't even say anything about how people shouldn't cosleep or anything! She was talking about the cover! GOOD LORD. Someone sounds insecure.

    Stop hiding behind your "anonymous" name and trying to make Lisa feel bad. She's a fabulous mama and friend and anyone that knows her is a lucky son of a gun.

    Love you lisa muah!! :)

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  7. we just took our two boys [2&4] to disney world in march [i am sure they are pretty similar] & everything except the roller coaster & splash mountain, were all ages! & it was tons of fun!

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  8. I, too, thought the article pushed the envelope a bit. I think everyone has the right to choose their own parenting style and not judge others but what bothered me about the article was that they said "are you mom enough"? No matter whether you choose attachment parent your child you are mom enough. :)

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  9. anonymous commenters are nothin but cowards lisa!

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  10. Oh Lisa, I justice you! And you're randomness lol! I've missed your blogs so much! Not only do they make me laugh, but this one caught me up on some world news I have to had time to learn about! I love your insight on things. I agree 100% on the times article, I think it's disgusting they had to attack a lady's mothering skills in order to get a controversial article. I still have not decided of I'll breastfred or not, but either decision doesn't change my "mother enough" scale! So stupid.

    And whoever said that to you is crazy! You look incredibly healthy and I for one can only pray to look as good as you after having a baby! Sometimes there's just people you can't please.. I'm learning that with being pregnant and the controversy of weight gain - of I eat too much I hear about it or if I don't eat enough I hear about it - you just can't win them all! What matters most is that you're happy with yourself, and you so should be because you look amazing girl!!

    Love the blog as always! And have a BLAST in disneyland!! I've been dying to go there!! Xoxo!

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  11. OMG!! Olivia DIES laughing when she pulls my hair on purpose too!! I pulled her hair back and she laughs at that too. It really hurts and she pulls out chunks!!

    Jeremy said "well at least she doesn't bite!" lol

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  12. ohhh brother. This post did not seem like you were in a bad mood at all. Weird, I didn't get that vibe at all.

    Love you Lisa!

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  13. First off, I really had fun reading all the previous comments, especially from "anonymous" hahaha! :) good comebacks Lisa.---By the way, this is Lisa's blog so she can sway ANYTHING she wants--don't like it? Don't read it!
    Anyway, don't be scared to cut your hair. Not all "mom" haircuts need to be frumpy. I'd like to think my mom haircuts weren't :) I think it actually made me take longer on myself in the mornings because I couldn't just pull it back in a ponytail.
    Also, about Disneyland, check out my sister's blog:
    http://sandiegoforfamilies.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/a-guide-to-disneyland/
    Not sure if I told you about this before or not, so sorry if it's a repeat. She goes ALOT and has many tips. The stroller switch was awesome when I took William. We took William at 18 months and he was able to go on almost all the rides except for the big ones (Indiana Jones, Materhorn, etc.). Me and my sis did the fast pass and the stroller switch on Indian Jones-it was great because we were able to pretty much just walk on the ride. Good luck and have fun!

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  14. we just got back from disney! so fun...honestly, just go with the flow! try to have a "plan" but nothing rigid. more of a guideline, i guess. ha!

    the time magazine made me feel like i was a bad mama for not nursing my kids forever for a hot second...but then i realized the kid on the cover was 7 and being staged for the shot. weird. whatever. to each his own!!!

    most importantly...i am obsessed with emily. hair, tan, lips, clothes, borderline creepy??????

    xo

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  15. Lisa, Great post. Love everyones comments.

    Going to Disney with a toddler takes patience. We did it twice but as soon as we had 3 kids we have had to bow out and wait till they get older. They do have a "mothers" station that is at the end of main street. It's nice and cool so you can sit and relax. There are rockers, changing tables, kids potties, nursing areas and all kids of emanates. They have women in there to give you a hand if needed. There is a kitchen to use for bottles and snacks, and diapers, wipes and formula available to buy. They do their best to keep it calm and quiet so all who enter can relax. It's worth checking out when you get there so you know what's available.

    There are also the parent passes that you can get for the "non kid rides" so one of you can ride while the other waits and then you just switch with out having to wait in line again. It's super helpful. If you don't mind missing the parade, do the rides when they are in progress. The lines are much shorter. Hope this helps!

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  16. Lisa, Great post. Love everyones comments.

    Going to Disney with a toddler takes patience. We did it twice but as soon as we had 3 kids we have had to bow out and wait till they get older. They do have a "mothers" station that is at the end of main street. It's nice and cool so you can sit and relax. There are rockers, changing tables, kids potties, nursing areas and all kids of emanates. They have women in there to give you a hand if needed. There is a kitchen to use for bottles and snacks, and diapers, wipes and formula available to buy. They do their best to keep it calm and quiet so all who enter can relax. It's worth checking out when you get there so you know what's available.

    There are also the parent passes that you can get for the "non kid rides" so one of you can ride while the other waits and then you just switch with out having to wait in line again. It's super helpful. If you don't mind missing the parade, do the rides when they are in progress. The lines are much shorter. Hope this helps!

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  17. Hey! Never commented before, but I wanted to give some words of encouragement. I get that comment pretty often too, about being "too skinny, eat a cheeseburger." Isn't that frustrating? I am in fact very healthy, as you appear to be also. Not that I would ever do this, but how would people feel if I went around telling people they are too fat, get on a diet? It's just rude and that's my little rant.
    Great blog!!

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  18. FYI, It doesn't matter how short your hair is, they find it and pull it anyway. I had a super short faux hawk with V and she pulled the hair on my neck. I think it hurts worse with short hair. Lucky pulls harder, but since my hair is longer, it feels like it doesn't hurt as badly. Also, I know you're probably kidding but just because you cut your hair, doesn't mean you are going to start wearing sweats four days in a row with out a shower. Just like you vowed to not cut your hair, I don't wear sweatpants or pjs. I get up and get dressed. Its funny, what mom's chose to do, or not do. To each her own.
    ~Elizabeth

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  19. Hey Liz, good to know about it hurting more when your hair is shorter.. I could never pull off a short haircut anyways!

    And I said for ME I feel like if I got a mom haircut it would be the first step to letting go of my appearance..for ME. Not anyone else. I have no doubt you get dressed in the morning -- I just know I fall into habits easily and I wouldn't be surprised if I got lazy after choosing to cut my hair :) And yes, I'm mostly kidding. Apparently that's hard for people to see on the internet, unfortunately.

    Thanks for Disney tips guys!!

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  20. Yeah I got that part that you were talking about yourself. I just couldn't see how you could fall so hard just by cutting your hair. But if you easily fall into habits easily... maybe you could :) Also for long car rides.... bring suckers. It helps with altitude change and keeps them quiet if they are super fussy. Its my last resort, I don't really like sucker for kids, but its a lifesaver if you are about to pull your hair out.

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  21. Lisa you are such a classy lady! I love how you vocalize your thoughts and opinions - with humility and grace, despite the fact that someone is clearly trying to provoke you. You go girl!

    I haven't taken my two year old to Disneyland yet and I am dying to, but I have heard from several other moms of two years olds that Disneyland is a hard trip for a toddler with all of the long lines and that they prefer to take their toddlers to Legoland where there are more things for toddlers to do. I can vouch for Legoland being great for toddlers! Good luck and please post after you go to Disneyland with tips you picked up!

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