And So It Was Blogged (XIX)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Can you believe we’re practically staring Labor Day in the face? With summer steamboating to an end, my son and I set off on a quick trip North to visit my sister and parents in Toronto for five days. So that I can enjoy my family (and two or 12 bites of proper chocolate), this wrap-up will be brief. We’ll call it a half-serving of bloggy cuts from this 33rd week of 2010.

1. Sex and the Sleepy
A new survey from Babytalk magazine asked 10,000 respondants—all parents—about what is (or more like is not) going on in their boudoirs. Surprise! New parents are not having lots of sex. Over on the’s blog Motherlode, Lisa Belkin pulls out some of the more interesting stats. The biggest sexy-time snafu? Sleep, or the lack of it. Folks are just too darn tired to get their frisky on.

Much of the survey’s reports feel like … New parents aren’t having much sex. In other breaking news, rain is wet. What would really help is having some concrete “and here’s what to do about it” information tacked on at the end of  these sex studies.

2. For Crying Out Loud
Speaking of sleep, The Thoughtful Parent blog looks at the effects parents’ “emotional responsiveness” has on infants’ snooze time. The post delves into this recent study from Penn State that says more than bed routines, it’s a parent’s emotional availability that helps little ones sleep better. The study essentially offers support for the argument against the crying-it-out method. (Which is just what parents need: more sleep training debate!)

3. Young at Smart
MTV’s docu-reality show Teen Mom follows the lives of a handful of, well, teen mothers. (It’s actually a spin-off from the earlier show, 16 & Pregnant.) I’ve seen a few episodes of both shows, and they are heartbreaking.

Motherhood is tough. Now imagine taking on that heavy responsibility as a teenager, who is still being raised yourself. Stop imagining and read this heartfelt post from young-in-years-only mother Cassie Boorn. You’ll want to give her a fist-bump and warm hug of support by the end of it.

4. Miss BlackBerry
I read this funny quote from Halle Berry about momentarily “losing” her daughter in a store, from her Vogue cover story:

“I’ll tell you a story: I took her shopping, and I had that moment that every parent has. You look away for a second and they’re gone, and your body just gets all hot. And so I had a little breakdown. Shut the doors! I’ve lost my daughter! I look around and, sure enough, 30 seconds later, she pokes her head out: ‘Hi, Mommy.’ But it made me think: What if she really did get lost? Would she be able to say who she is? So that night, I said, ‘What’s your mommy’s name?’ And she looked at me like, You idiot. Why are you asking me what your name is? I asked her again: ‘Nahla? What is Mommy’s name?‘ She thought about it for a second, and finally she said, ‘Halle Blueberries!’ Blueberries are her favorite fruit. I’m just glad she didn’t say ‘Halle Blackberry.’”

~Hat tip to BabyCenter’s Momformation for the quote.

5. Team Green
Here’s leaving you with one of my favorite new snaps of the young one. I call it: Easy Being Green.

QB and I get back late Monday, so we’ll likely catch up with you Tuesday. Until then,  have a great weekend!
P.S. We launched our global mothers project, “Whoa, Mama!” Worldwide this week. So far, we’ve got New Zealand, Portugal and the United States crossed off our list of 192 countries. If you want to nominate a fab, first-time mom to be profiled, please e-mail me at get[dot]msmack [at] gmail[dot]com. 

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