|If I didn't like mental and physical anguish, why would I do a sport that gave me gifts like this?|
I do realize that I'm probably lying to myself about being able to run this whole pregnancy and this is all probably a second trimester honeymoon period induced fantasy, but I'm ok with that. I might only make it to 22 weeks and cry uncle, but I don't want to stop before I feel like my body is forcing me to slow down and only walk versus just setting a date. Another month or two of getting bigger will come with a lot of body aches, so it won't seem like such a bad idea to ease back then. Well, let's hope so anyway.
Can I just say that I really miss trail running? It's forbidden in pregnancy because of the chance of falling, so I haven't been on the trails since February. I can't wait to get back out there next winter.
|Who could fall on this? Not me, I have the grace of a ninja cat.|
Ok, moving on from my lies, let's talk about this:
First of all: Congrats to Time Magazine for actually getting people to care about their publication, however short lived it may be for them. The key to going viral is a topless blonde, just keep that in mind for the future.
Let's start with the title: Are You Mom Enough? I'm sorry, are you implying that I should be breastfeeding my toddler to be competitive in that regard? Also, you only have to go to Pinterest to realize that moms can be crazy competitive with themselves and others without attachment parenting techniques.
I know more than one person who has breastfed their kid way past the normal cut off point, but in my understanding, they only do it at night as a soothing technique to get them to sleep. The thing about breastfeeding older kids is that you might see your little baby when you look at your kid, but everyone else sees a big kid so it's creepy to watch. That kid on the Time cover is huge (I guess the breast milk is good for growth?) and if they sit at the table and eat with a fork, it seems so out of place to still be breast feeding.
It really rubs me the wrong way when people are like "Well, this is how they do it in [fill in the blank] country and blah blah blah pretentious shit blah blah blah". You really think we should model ourselves after how they do things in a less developed country? Hell, let's get rid of this drinking water that doesn't give us the shits while we're at it too. Kids in other countries may breast feed longer because they NEED the nutrition, but here in the U.S., you can't really make that same argument.
I have similar feelings when I see a 5 year old with a pacifier out in public, so it's not like I'm anti-breast feeding. I'm just anti-not letting your kid grow up. Some kids will self wean off stuff like breast feeding and the bottle at an appropriate age, but if they don't it's up the parents to create cut-offs and propel their kids forward.
I haven't read the article inside, only because it's only available to subscribers and I'm a cheap bastard, but I read the accompanying Q&A with the chick on the cover and here are some fun facts:
1. She got sick after the birth of her son in the picture and her husband would pump her breasts for her while she slept. This boggles my mind.
2. Her mother breastfed her until she was 6 and decided to stop.
3. She's so into attachment parenting that she's homeschooling her kids (who are both breastfed, even though only one of them is biologically her own. Also, the adopted one? She got him when he was 4...and still breastfeeds him).
One thing is for sure: her son is going to love that magazine cover so much when he starts dating...if his mom ever lets him.
What are your thoughts on the Time cover?