Monday, July 14, 2008

The Crazy Mom Club... I'm not joining! Yet.

Okay, two crazy Mom stories. I think you will agree. So I have become a blog stalker (I used to be a regular stalker but I've upgraded) and lately I've been looking through other adoptive families blogs about their children adopted overseas. Which is cool, foreign babies are totally "in" right now. In fact, Dave and I are going for the Jolie-Pitt family look and plan on adopting a child of every color (including green, I hear they do exist). Anyway, I like seeing snapshots of these people's lives filled with the happy family moments of beautiful exotic children with pasty white grown-ups surrounding them. There's something very....I don't know....iconic about it. Okay, don't get all offended. I, too, am pasty white with a gorgeously bronzed son at my side. I'm being sarcastic. Back to the snapshots. It's really the same story told over and over again. Wealthy white couples living in the Bible Belt, sometimes with 1 or 2 bio kids, mother is homeschooling, they suddenly decide it's the "holy" thing to adopt and BAM! their life has changed to become meaningless outside of the adopting of children from third world countries. Like they just discovered the long awaited answer to life, the universe, and everything else. Really, I am not knocking international adoption (or any adoption) at all. If you know me, you know I am truly a huge adoption advocate. I'm just making fun of them cause I have nothing better to do. On with the story.

So, in these pictures are very cute, perfectly formed (has no one discovered special needs adoption?), Guatemalan or Ethiopian children. And what usually happens is, one family decides to adopt overseas, gets their kid, he/she is way cuter than the white kids we grow here, and suddenly all the families on the block are rushing to get their beautiful ethnic babies. Hey, I'm not opposed, whatever gets them loving homes. I just hope people realize these kids don't just sit around looking pretty all day. Anyway, I was at such a blog and was reading the story of the homecoming of a little baby from Guatemala and noticed her mother was completely self-obsessed and I was actually angry for the child. The mother describes in her blog (along with pictures) the 10 hour flight from Guatemala to home in the states and how hard and stressful it was on her daughter. Then she says that the little girl (must be about a year old) was sleeping right before landing. But there were lots of people waiting to meet her at the airport so the crazy mother (not to miss a photo op) actually wakes the kid up to change her from her cozy pajamas to a fancy white Christening gown. Seriously, I saw pictures, the baby looked like she was getting married. Come on! Let the poor kid sleep! Hasn't she been through enough!

This brings me to another crazy Mom vent. Sorry, you can leave now if you want. I wouldn't blame you. What is it with women and dressing their baby girls like they are going out to the baby prom every single day? Okay, I get it. Baby girl clothes are adorable. I get the bows, and the dresses, and the ribbons. I don't have a girl yet, but when I do you can bet I'll have all that too. But not everyday. I dress up my son for certain events; church, holidays, social service visits, etc. But on a day to day basis, my kid doesn't even have pants on most of the time. I mean really. Does the kid need to wear a dress while they're playing with mud in the backyard? Can't kids be kids? Some of these little girls look like pageant contestants, only there's no pageant. Kids are not porcelain dolls you can dress up and put on a shelf to look at. At least mine isn't. Mine is the one in the porcelain store knocking the shelves over, but that's a whole other blog.

Okay, here's another short crazy Mom story. There is a hilarious website designed entirely to making fun of odd baby names. You should totally check it out if you're in need of a laugh. Anyway, the person who writes it finds forum posts that real people have written about baby names they like or are naming their children. It really makes me feel bad for the next generation of children (mine included). But this was an actual entry a real person wrote. You have to read it out loud to get the full effect.

" I think it's good to name your baby a name different from anyone else baby, because there is so many people who have the same name your baby have or it's very difficult. Also, it's hard to name your baby a different name, because when you think that no-one have that name there will be someone who have the same name your baby have when think you have named your baby different. so, you really can't have any name that's different from anyone unless it's something made up."

I think that geographically challenged beauty pageant chick wrote it.

Anyway, if you have other "crazy mom" stories or rants, leave a comment. This will be fun. Doesn't it make you feel better about yourself when you make fun of others?


Manager Mom said...

On the topic of how moms dress their girls, I don't get why some moms let their 5 and 6 year old girls dress like hos-in-training.

Oh. Maybe it's because those are the only clothes they SELL for little girls nowadays. Thanks a frigging lot, Britney Spears.

J-momma said...

oh yeah. i see them in the mall all the time and i'm like, "where are your parents?" i'm totally gonna be one of those moms who follow their kids around and spy on them.

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