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10636084Right after I posted yesterday’s blog, I received the wonderful book Harry the Dirty Dog from a good friend. Not only is it a cute and entertaining read, but according to a new article by Daniel Zalewski called “The Defiant Ones” in the New Yorker magazine, it also espouses the “right” kind of lessons to kids. In this case: it’s a good thing to take a bath.

There are a number of children’s books, according to the article, that either encourage or allow the child (or animal representing the child, as in the Olivia series) to, defiantly control their parents. Psychologically, this may not be the best lesson. (Especially if you prefer your kids not steamrole you regularly–or try to.) A very interesting read.

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13699407So, I know it’s not about me (kind-of…) but all the baby books I have are terribly lame and boring. No offense to Snuggle Puppy and Knuffle Bunny, but if I’m going to be reading these every night, I’d like to be at least a little entertained.

The one book I’m still in love with after years and years is Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. I have A Light in the Attic as well, and it’s the second favorite. Sometimes I still think to myself “yes, an Exactly What on a chain/ Exactly what on a chain?” And, at bedtime in my house, my father used to just read us poetry by e.e. cummings. When I got to college, quite hadily I already had several of his poems memorized.

Wondering if there are other more entertaining “baby” books?

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And the answer when everyone (especially those people who already have kids and can’t wait for me to join their little Popped-One-Out-Already Club) is… not really.

I’m glad I’m pregnant. I want to have a baby. But I also love spending time with my husband and I love watching movies late at night, and I like taking afternoon naps with no one interrupting but the fluffy cat. I love that I have (knock on wood) at least a month left before I have to give up some of those things. Is that wrong? Shouldn’t I be all zen and happy with where I am?

But the looks people give me when I say, “um, I’m enjoying where I am today” are a little scrunchy and crunchy. Maybe they’re just jealous of my zen-like acceptance of life. Oooooommmmmmmmmm.

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It seems clearly impossible for my husband to understand how weird it is to entirely change my shape in a few short months. Especially now, as I head into the home stretch (that’s literally what it feels like -streeeeeettttccccchhh). He tries to be sympathetic, but there’s no way he could understand how difficult it is to feel your whole body is changing (in some cases, permanently). And yet, he’s half the reason I’m in this mess!

I know some other pregnant ladies who have made their husbands wear strap-on pregnancy bumps (not just throw a soccer ball under his shirt) and I wonder if it makes them any more sensitive. I think next time we need to try a giant-size bowling ball. When he has worn one of those around for 48 hours, then maybe he’ll understand how weird I feel.

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I don't care how badly my feet swell, I will never stoop this low

I don't care how badly my feet swell, I will never stoop this low

I looked upon those slow, gigantic, swollen footed pregnant people with scorn. HAHAHA! What must you have done to deserve those giant feet? You were ON them too long! You forgot to take your prenatal vitamins! You have a genetic defect!

But, no. It turns out this just… happens. It’s called “edema.” Even if you sit around with your feet up all day. Even if you wear giant comfy shoes or flip flops with extra roominess. Even if… you’re me. Yes, it’s hard to believe, I know. But it turns out, foot-giantess happens to most pregnant people. Well, to everyone I know at least. And if it didn’t happen to you, I don’t want to hear about it.

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In England, they call it a “duvet day” because you stay in and hide under your duvet cover. A friend of mine (a fellow teacher) says he takes a sick day every now and then for “mental health.” As a teacher, I understand that. Myself, I usually take sick days only when I’m sick.

But in an effort to not get any sicker than I am (sniffles won’t go away but aren’t getting worse) I am taking a day off. I’m not really sick though. So I will use my day for life and pregnancy maintenance. I will get a prenatal massage, call the cable company, and make some doctor’s appointments. Maybe the trash will get taken out, you never know. Clearly these life maintenance days should be built into every pregnant lady’s schedule.

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My in-laws seem to think so. They keep asking if I’ve had my shot. Well, Kaiser currently has no shot available for preggers women, so no I haven’t. I should probably avoid telling my in laws that several students in my classes have been diagnosed with H1N1… that might make them call more.

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