- We decided to go full-bore CIO out tonight. We have been struggling along with nursing E to sleep, but it hasn’t been working lately. After a big fight and a lot of stress and crying, we decided to deploy the poison pill. We switched his routine so there’s a book and some snuggling with dad in-between nursing and bed. To say he didn’t like it would be a huuuuuge understatement. Please send chocolate. And wine.
- In other news, the guy has started eating us out of house and home. No, not really, but he has really started taking an interest in food. Today he tore through a Korean lunch of japchae with beef, rice, and some delicious marinated broccoli thing. And yesterday he housed a piece of avocado corn bread while out to lunch with his dad. Breakfasts have also become a gluttonous affair full of fruit, yogurt, cheese, and assorted meats.
- Still no breakthroughs on the bottle/strawcup/cup front. Please send chocolate. And wine.
People with older children, tell me this: Is it stupid or smart to start stockpiling awesome toys like these knight things from the sale section of Land of Nod when I see them? I am very prone to shopper’s guilt, in that I’ll see something, not buy it, and then rue that decision for years when I can’t find anything similar or as good. Generally I avoid it because of looks I get from husband, but with some backup I could stand it. So tell me: Smart or stupid?
This “memory” in the Sprout app taunts me. I wish I could tear it out and throw it away into a pit of fiery hell. Stupid other peoples’ babies who sleep through the night.
The woman who taught the infant-care class we took before E was born is an RIE adherent, and man was she kooky! And there was a lot of eye rolling going on during the class, between me and my husband, between me and other moms. I mean, this shit is cray (to borrow a phrase from the youth). But, a little bit of it has stuck with me, and I do try to treat E with respect and to let him do things. We “brush” our teeth together, and we eat snacks and lunch together, and a few other things. But no baby carries? No toys? Yeah, maybe if you’ve got a nanny caring for your kids full time, but noperoo, not in my house. Toys are my salvation, and I really love carrying E in his Ergo. It’s so nice to be that close to him. Ah, kooky parenting techniques. So fun!
(via RIE parenting philosophy: Crazy or crazy smart? | BabyCenter Blog)
I’ve been thinking a lot about credulousness, and how it relates to scientific cynicism, and this weird belief in how everything was better in the olden days.
Last night I was cruising Facebook when I saw a post from a friend from high school who is best described as a modern day homesteader. She has horses, and deeply, wildly believes in the whole horse whisperer thing. She posted a video of one of these cowboy philosophers working with a horse wearing no tack. He was armed only with a stick of some sort which he used to give the horse commands. It was charming, yes, but what immediately leapt out to me was that the horse could not lope properly. He was cantering in the front and trotting in the back. This is not the sign of a happy horse, nor of a well trained horse, nor of a horse you would want to ride. But my friend was so smitten with the concept that she wouldn’t believe me that something was wrong and claimed to not be able to see the weird four-beat of his gait (a canter or lope should be three-beat).
In my mind, this is also linked to a friend the other day telling me not to use Aquaphor on E for his eczema because the “active ingredient is pee” and that I should just wipe his dirty diapers on his skin instead. So when I got home, I looked at our tub of Aquaphor, and there is no urea (the fancy word for pee) in it. But even if there were urea in it, why is that a bad thing? Urea has been used for centuries for a whole number of things.
This is where the credulousness comes in. Why are so many people so ready to believe complete strangers on the Internet rather than their own eyes, or their own doctors? What is this tendency and where has it come from? It is dangerous. It’s why people won’t believe their doctors when they’re told to vaccinate, even if they no longer believe that vaccines cause autism. I mean, yes, it’s good to question authority sometimes. Going blindly with the folks at the top is how we got into that whole global financial collapse in 2008, but at the same point in time, doctors are not the same as banking CEOs. I think maybe I should take a break from the Internet sometimes, step away from the keyboard, but then how would I be able to watch ‘Sherlock’?
You guys, I am obsessing over this sale on Zulilly right now. Just wanted to share the goods because they are so stinkin’ cute. I can’t stand it! I want it all! Yes, yes, they’re totally, obnoxiously pricey, but one or two can’t hurt, right? I’m so torn between the volcano, the dandelions, the solar system, and the mama chicken. I mean, blargelargle cuuuuute! *head explodes*
My husband’s flight to London took off at about the same time I was starting to put little E to bed. I didn’t eat lunch until nearly 5 p.m. today, so I’m not really hungry for dinner. Can I just skip straight to wine and dessert? Also, what trashy and/or romantic and/or historical movies should I watch while he’s gone?