Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

I knew it would happen someday, but I didn’t know Kieran would get glasses at 6. My husband and I both wear glasses, as do all our siblings and parents (well, mine did until having surgery), but I think Kieran is the youngest of us to need glasses. He commented that he couldn’t see things at a distance, so I took him to the optometrist. Turns out he was seeing 20/70 without glasses and has astigmatism in both eyes. He’s pretty well adjusted to the glasses now. Isn’t he handsome? 20140104-113950.jpg

— 2 —

So a few people have recently posted about Jenny McCarthy’s son not having autism after all. Many are angry with her and blame her for people not vaccinating. I happen to know a number of people who refuse some or all vaccines for their children. Care to guess how many made their decision based on what Jenny McCarthy said? 0. None. Not one. Should she have told people absolutely not to vaccinate? No, I don’t think so. I think everyone should examine the risks and benefits and go from there. But to blame her for people not vaccinating seems disingenuous to me.

— 3 —

For a couple of weeks Leo decided that 4.30 was the perfect time to get up. To be fair, he wakes up then because he needs the toilet, so that’ great, but then he decides to just stay up. Then he crashes around 8.30-9.30, making daily Mass impossible. I technically could go to the 7.00 Mass, or maybe even an 8.00 at another parish, if the other kids were actually up and ready that early. I’ll have to work on this. We haven’t made it much this week, though.

— 4 —

I’ve seen a couple of articles about celebrities and body image of late. One criticized Jennifer Lawrence for (unintentionally) body shaming others with her comments about her own body image, and one talked about all the airbrushing on celebrity photos that have led to the image of an impossible beauty standard. The latter article really made me sad, and also reminded me that I should be talking about the images being false with my kids. I know they aren’t real, and yet it can hard to ignore; I want them to know the images are false early on.

The former article also made me sad, but in a different way. Yes, Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful (by societal standards; Melissa McCarthy is also beautiful, but society doesn’t always recognize that), but I still think her brave for speaking up about the impossible standards in Hollywood. Also, someone being beautiful doesn’t mean she has a good body image, which I think the article author forgets. Yes, some body types are derided more than others, but most people criticize at least one part of themselves due to the impossible standards. Thin people aren’t exempt, as then you’re accused of being anorexic or bulimic, and also derided for not having curves (ask me how I know). Have a larger frame and you’re told to lose weight. Everyone is reduced to their features and numbers, and not appreciated for the unique beauty she has. This is scary to me as a parent. How can I ensure Charlotte always recognizes her own beauty? How can I ensure my sons recognize their beauty and see the true beauty of the girls around them?

— 5 —

Usually we take our tree down just after Epiphany, but it’s still up. We figure we’e ok until the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday.

— 6 —

Leo is 14 months old and climbing on everything. Help! I’ve moved or blocked what I can, but I can’t remove everything he climbs – then we’d have no furniture. If anyone has a suggestion, let me know. In the meantime, pray to his guardian angel.

— 7 —

People who have lived in Florida a long time tend to think I dress my kids (and myself) in too little in “cold” weather. It’s almost funny how often I’m the recipient of comments of how we must be cold. Nope, not cold. It did actually get below freezing one night, but it’s back in the 70s today. While I don’t want the -45 some people have been experiencing, I would like an actual winter.

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3 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes

  1. I’m starting to have the climbing issue, too. Elizabeth received a little swat on her bottom this morning for climbing on her toy box after Mommy told her ‘no’ very specifically.

    I sat her down with her toys already out on the rug and, after a minute of wailing, she got up and came to me and stood in front of me with her head bowed and her hands folded together. I asked her if this was her “I’m sorry, Mommy” stance. It was rather adorable but she needs to learn that no is no. But we went and played music on her xylophone then and that made her smile.

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