Blog it Forward… Six Degrees?

Posted on Friday 8 September 2006

In honor of the Blog It Forward phenomenon, which I think is great, and with a nod to the notion of “Six Degrees of Separation,” I’ve decided to start stretching my blog-view a bit.  Not sure what to call it… maybe “Blog it Forward Six Degrees.”   Anyway, I’m going to choose a blog from my blogroll, then choose one from their blogroll and onwards til I hit the 6th degree blog.  I’ll then share a bit about what I found there.  This could be fun, could be scary, but it will definitely be interesting… Off I go!  Oh, and if you have a suggestion for another name, let me know!

Christy @ 10:34 am
Filed under: Blogging andMe andRandom and Weird

Posted on Friday 8 September 2006

There are moments when your little darling, your bundle of joy, the reason you have for getting up every morning (lest they scream bloody murder) makes you want to jump off a tall, preferably rocky, cliff. We’re having more and more of those moments in our house. The fact is that we left for Utah with a cute and happy baby, and returned with… well… a toddler who doesn’t toddle. He’s still cute, and occasionally happy, but now he pinches, and hits, and throws things in anger. But the best part of all, the thing that makes me rethink motherhood, the thing that makes me feel like my head is going to explode, is the SCREECH.

Little Guy has almost always been verbally expressive. But for some reason he has decided that it is acceptable to give off a blood-curdling scream out of the blue. I honestly have never heard anything like it from a child, and I’m certain that he has a future in horror films. As I have mentioned, we have one of the most laid-back cats you could ever meet. You can pull her hair (and he does), swing her around (Big Guy has tested this one), and generally tease and taunt her. She heard this scream and ran for the hills!

I love my son and he really is a cute kid, so if any of you have tips on how to stop a 10-month old from exercising his vocal cords in this particular way, let me know. I know it will pass… and there are times when it’s so bizarre an unexpected that it’s quite funny. Usually, though, it sends a chill down my spine and my blood pressure starts to rise and I wonder if it’s too late to exchange him for a different model.

Christy @ 10:02 am
Filed under: Bug (aka Little Guy) andMe
Yummy RazBerryTeether!

Posted on Wednesday 6 September 2006

The RazBerry teether is one of our new catalog items and it’s loads of fun. At only $4.95, this is a great add-on to your new baby gifts! The pacifier is made entirely of silicone and is recommended for babies 3 months and up.

RazBerry Teether

If you’re interested in purchasing a RazBerry Teether, Keep-it-Kleen Pacifier, or other products from Razbaby, you can do so at my BabyCrazy website or you can contact me directly. Shipping from BabyCrazy is $6.95, but if I have them in stock, I can ship them out for a discounted shipping rate.

Christy @ 10:45 pm
Filed under: Business Stuff
WAHMs Unite!

Posted on Wednesday 6 September 2006

Today I’m angry. I’m not going to go into what exactly has pushed me over the edge, but I will address the bigger issue. Why do companies think that it’s ok to pay women next to nothing just because they’re working from home? And why do we put up with it? It’s offensive to me how little some companies pay for what results in a lot of work. If I’m doing the same work I would be doing in an office, I expect to be compensated at the same level.

Over and over again, I see women undercharge for their products, their services, and their time. They think they’re being nice, but the folks who are exploiting that aren’t so nice. They say they do it out of love for the business, product, or whatever. I think we need to love ourselves. I know that’s all well and good when there are children to feed, bills to pay, etc., but how else can we break the cycle?

I don’t have a great answer… which is part of why I’m so angry. Maybe we need some sort of union, or perhaps we need to re-examine the independent contractor laws that allow a person to be paid at less than minimum wage by some sort of weak employment law loophole. I don’t know, but this just needs to change…

Christy @ 3:10 pm
Filed under: Business Stuff andMe
Where IS my oxygen mask, anyway?!

Posted on Sunday 3 September 2006

Karen over at Troll Baby wrote a great post a few days back about the importance of being Selfish. I want to send an MTM shout-out to her by way of thanks. I am a firm believe that becoming a parent (and specifically a mom) does not mean sublimating your every desire for the needs of your children. Sure, they need to be fed, clothed, housed, and LOVED. But they also need to see healthy parents leading healthy and fulfilled lives.

Karen mentions this in her blog, but it’s been my personal motto since becoming a MOM – When you fly, the flight attendants always instruct you, “In the case of an emergency, place the oxygen mask over your face first, and then help your child.” This is an important life lesson. Take care of your own needs first and THEN focus on the needs of your children. Now, I’m not suggesting that if you have only enough food for one person that you eat it yourself. I am suggesting that if you take care of your own emotional and spiritual needs, you’ll be better able to care for your children. Otherwise, your issues become your children’s issues. If you’re a high-stress person, you’ll pass that along to your kids. If you have a short temper and spend your life storming around, this is the lesson you’ll share with your kids. On the other hand, if you find a healthy life balance where you enjoy your own hobbies, while still finding quality time to spend with your children, that’s what they will take from you.

The debate about moms who work outside of the home vs. those who stay at home needs to end. Each family needs to make the best choices they can based on their finances, their values, and their individual needs. Some women feel totally fulfilled in a role of wife and mother. Others wither up and die a little bit without a career of their own. This doesn’t mean that one loves her children more. I am home full-time with my son, and I am very thankful for that, but I would go insane if I didn’t have some sort of work of my own. I want my son to know that women can make other choices than “mom” and I want him to have parents who are happy and confident. I need to work to make that happen. Fortunately, I have a husband who encourages me in my pursuits, just as I encourage him in his. He understands that I need some time to myself, and makes sure that I have it. For all of our challenges, I know that I truly have a PARTNER in my life. (Hmmm… Big Guy tangent!)

Anyway, I just want to encourage other moms to follow Karen’s advice and be “selfish” – whatever that means to you. Whether it’s something big, like taking on a job or running a business, or something small, like grabbing a nap when you need one, having some selfish moment can replenish your resources and allow you to be the best mom – and woman! – that you can be.

Christy @ 10:43 am
Filed under: Kudos andMe andMy Family