Memorandum

Jul. 6th, 2006 09:03 am
ghoulsis: (tea dammit!)
To: [livejournal.com profile] zippyhendirez
From: [livejournal.com profile] ghoulsis
Re: soy milk in sippy cups


Soy milk cannot be left in sippy cups overnight, ever. The cup needs to be emptied and rinsed out because the milk has a tendency to, er, solidify. (And yes, I'm guilty of this too. I'm just sayin'.)

It's way gross, yo.

Thanks for your cooperation.

*goes back to scrubbing sippy spouts*
ghoulsis: (g'kar)
Here's why. )

OMG I'm sleepy. How is everyone else today?
ghoulsis: (xander 1 yr)
After days upon days of whining every time I put his new shoes on him and refusing to walk while they're on his feet, Xander this morning wandered over and put a sandal in my hand.

So, I put it on him. He looked immensely pleased. I grabbed the other one and put it on as well, and now he's toddling around the house (quite content, I might add) wearing jammies and sandals.

It's the new fashion, yo.

Memorandum

May. 11th, 2006 01:28 pm
ghoulsis: (Default)
Date: May 11, 2006
To: Residents of Casa Hendirez
From: Mama
RE: Meals

Both of you, STOP IT RIGHT NOW. Stop with the tugging and whining and pawing and me wanting to be fed. YOU'VE BEEN FED ALREADY. Mama is NOT a vending machine.

And not that any of you care, Mama might like to eat sometime too, so she doesn't shrivel up into a dessicated, malnourished husk, and it's far easier to do this WHEN EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE ISN'T HANGING ON HER CLOTHES AND GRABBING AND WHINING ZOMG.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.
ghoulsis: (cartagia)
If your child is out of sight and not making any noise, you absolutely must investigate, because mischief is afoot.

In a related story, the wipes container is now empty.

Oh, shit.

May. 7th, 2006 02:30 pm
ghoulsis: (billy oh frak)
Xander's figured out how to flush the toilet.

We're doomed, I tell you.
ghoulsis: (Xander love)
I can't believe it's been a year already.

His birth story is here, if you are so inclined.

ETA: Some of my early observations on being a parent (written about a week later) are here.
ghoulsis: (xander)
How did I never before sit Xander down to watch this? I finally have something else to watch other than Baby Einstein! Thank the FSM!
ghoulsis: (xander)
Xander cut his first tooth this morning!!!!!!!!!
ghoulsis: (Default)
Every day, every single day while out and about, I see a family in a car with unrestrained kids. Sometimes they're in the back, sometimes not. But more often than not, they aren't wearing seatbelts. And every time, I want to get out of my car when we're stopped at a light, pull the parent out of the driver's seat, and beat them senseless. Don't you realize you're putting their lives in jeopardy? I want to screech at them. Because every few weeks, I see a story on the news like this one:
http://www.thecarolinachannel.com/news/3987886/detail.html

And I have to ask myself: how many people have to be ejected and die in car accidents before people will start insisting that their kids buckle up?

I don't even think about it. Putting on my seatbelt when I get in the car is as much of a habit for me as putting on my socks when I get dressed in the morning. I don't think about it, I just do it. Driving to the store without a seatbelt on would feel as unnatural to me as walking to the mailbox without a shirt on.

What's the reasoning, people? Do you think it's too hard to get them to wear it? Do you think it won't actually protect them in a crash? Are you just too lazy to do something that takes two seconds and could save their lives? Or are you really dumb and arrogant enough to believe it won't happen to your kids? (And don't even give me that bullshit argument about "what if my car goes off a bridge into the water and my seatbelt jams." It's bullshit. That's happened maybe once or twice EVER, but EVERY DAMN DAY people get ejected and killed in accidents they otherwise would have survived had they been belted in. I for one know where to place my odds.)

I suspect a lot of it's cultural. Here in the South, people in general seem to be very anti-authority, especially when it comes to government. This prevailing attitude of "the guvmint can't tell ME what to do, dadgummit!" ends up being manifested as tiny acts of rebellion -- opposing mandatory seatbelt laws, or mandatory motorcycle helmet laws, etc. If I want to kill myself in a pointless traffic accident, it's mah God-given right to do so, and the guvmint can't stop me! seems to be the reasoning. So by extension: The guvmint can't tell ME how to raise MY chillen! So watch me shake my tiny fist at The Man and not put my kids in their car seats. Power to the people! *eyeroll*

If you're an adult, and you decide to do something boneheaded and get yourself killed, that's your right. But most kids don't know any better. It's our job as parents to protect them, whether they want to be protected or not. We owe it to our kids to do everything we can to keep them safe. And if you're going to insist that your kids wear seatbelts, the best way to get them in the habit is to wear them yourself. But most people in this state don't do that, either.

And today when Zip and I go out holiday shopping, we'll see kids bouncing around in the back of a car. And I'll give that same disgusted sigh, and he'll say, "I know, I know" in that same resigned tone, and in another two or three weeks we'll see yet another story on the news about people who would still be alive but for that one simple act.

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