Thursday, March 14, 2013

Babies Are Aliens and Thoughts on Mom Blogs

I realize that I haven't blogged much this week, but I'm ok with that. There are things going on in my busy life and this blog has to the be the thing that gets cut out. Either way, I figured I'd get back to my confessions series since it is Thursday. You all were fabulous last Thursday when I confessed my fear of getting my hair cut. I got lots of great recommendations (including one for a stylist in the area! Whoah! Didn't expect that, but that was pretty exciting!) and I also realized that I am definitely not alone. Either way, I learned (yet again) that I have some pretty freakin' awesome readers.

So, today. Today I confess that I think babies are aliens and that I hate mom blogs. Give me a three year old kid and I'll tell you that they're cute, but a baby? No way! Alien. I don't get those people that are like, "Awwwww. Look at that baby! It's so cute!" Gag me. Gag me now. No, babies are not cute. And yes, I get sick of baby book... aka Facebook. I saw two million pictures of your baby yesterday and I don't need to see another five million pictures of your baby today. I started facebooking my animals on the regular to counteract all of the babies. Animals are much cuter than aliens.




Also, mom blogs make me cringe. Most of the mom blogs that I happened across were the stay at home moms that always talk about how amazing being a mom is and that it's the hardest job ever. Ok, I get that it's probably tough and I'm not trying to win a my-life-is-so-insane-and-difficult prize, but I deal with 90 of those things you call kids a day trying to fix whatever wasn't done at home. Like the kid that never had their parent tell them no. Or the kid that was never given any boundaries. Or the kid that thinks it's acceptable to be disrespectful toward adults because their parent never taught them otherwise.

Then I go home, and I worry. I worry about students that I am teaching now and I worry about students that I taught last year and the year before and the year before that and the year before that and so on. And then said students still come back to see me at school year after year to check in and ask for help on writing a paper or for a letter of recommendation or even a letter for college applications. And then I get emails asking me to edit a paper that is due tomorrow or come to a track meet over the weekend or find out more information about summer jobs or learner's permits (those emails scare me the most... trust me! I can't handle thinking about my kiddos behind the wheel of a car!).

You get the point. I KNOW I'll get slack for this post because I don't really know what it's like to be a mom. Yet at the same time, I've done so many of those mom duties-- fed them, bought school supplies for them, made them feel better or even cleaned up after them when they were sick, counseled them, scolded them, taught them love and respect. In reality, I actually see these kids more every day than the parent does. I'm not suggesting that I am their mom (though I've had many a student tell me that I was like their second mom), but just that I do have somewhat of an idea of how tough it must be. So quite frankly, I don't feel like reading it. I don't follow mom blogs. I just can't do it.

The sneak up mom blog frustrates me as well. You know, the one that you're reading and has really great content about DIY, fashion, design, art, etc and then BAM! You get blindsided. The blogger is suddenly pregnant and now every blog post is about how their baby is the size of a grapefruit. Or every style post is of them smiling while gripping their bellies even if the bump isn't big enough to warrant the belly grip. Ugh. I can't do it. I get that you're extremely happy and excited to be having a baby, but I still wanted to read about those delicious cookies you made the other day or the renovations you made in your dining room. I didn't sign up for this!

That being said, we all have or favorite or least favorite blogs. Heck, there's probably someone out there writing about how they hate bloggers that write about their annoyances such as babies looking like aliens and mom blogs.

Am I alone here? Do babies really look like aliens or is it all in my head? Maybe I watched too many alien movies in my lifetime. Oh wait, I watched ET and Signs and that was it. Hmmmmm.


  1. Yes babies look like well as old men. Like REALLY old men. Bald, no teeth, little to no hair (usually in the back ring padre style) and drooling. While I do like babies I still think they're usually pretty funny looking. Which is why I tend to "hide" new parent's on FB because I have a hard time avoiding answering the question "isn't s/he cute" with laughter and "s/he looks like my uncle Joe".

    And yes, mommy blogs....when I started blogging I didn't stumble across too many but now I feel they are everywhere I turn. And I worry that when I finally get married and have babies that I'm going to start blogging about their pee/poop and tantrums in Target. Someone promise to take away my blogging rights if that happens.

    So yes to babies = aliens. Yes to down with mommy blogs and no, you're not alone.

    With that said hope you get a chance to stop by and check out the post I did about taking a Pin Up Model class (something you won't find on a Mommy/Baby blog) and the corresponding giveaway:

  2. Definitely no flack from me for this post!

    I'm child-free by choice since I was 16. I rather raise puppies and kittens. My niece and nephew are easier to handle because I can hand them back later.

    and don't get me started on oversharing mommy bloggers....

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  3. While I don't necessarily think ALL babies look like aliens, some definitely do, and even the cutest ones make funny faces and move in very strange ways. I do agree that I don't want to be totally "mommed" when I'm reading a blog. I am a mom all day, every day, and if I want to know something I'll look it up specifically. I don't like ones that are preachy or ones that make everything too perfect. I do not mind occasional pictures or stories of the kids as long as it is not overpowering. Usually these are things I can commiserate with.

    As for teaching, it is so much like being a mom. I had gotten called Mom more times than I can count. Now having been on both sides, it really bothers me even more when I had parents tell me that I didn't understand because I wasn't a parent. First, all I could think was how much better a parent I would be after seeing how some of those folks handled their kid (and everything you say that they weren't teaching them at home is so true). Second, all it means is that once you have a kid, you will love your own kid more than anyone else's kid, so your kid will be most important to you. Duh. Big lesson learned.

  4. Ok...we just MIGHT be soulmates. Every single thing you said here is perfection for me. I couldn't agree more. Since I work with really little ones now (still don't like babies), I can relate even more to dealing with them on a different level. And blogs kill me. And I have definitely un-followed quite a few that were the "sneaky" kind. I can not even deal. So no, you are no where near alone on this one!

  5. HAHA- Surprise, this is now a baby blog! A few of the blogs I read have transitioned into baby blogs, and I can`t recall starting to like them less because of it. I don`t think I read any purely baby blogs, because I can`t relate that much, but I don`t mind blog that have babies/kids integrated into them along with other things :-)

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  6. I actually think babies are cute but that's probably the only thing we disagree on. You are so spot on I wish I could reach into my screen and hug you!!!! I am also child free and really have no interest in dealing with other moms for a long period of time. I TOTALLY relate to what you say about the blog moms, I couldn't have said it better myself. I don't mind some kid talk but when that's all it becomes, I'm done.

    One of the best blog post EVER!!!!!!!!!!

  7. hahaha.. I don't think they look like aliens but I don't understand how people say that babies are cute straight out of the womb. 'omg..isn't that the cutest thing ever??' looks just like any baby born at that same minute. They all look the same the first 9 months of their lives.

    I don't like mom blogs because I feel they are preachy. I feel that they try to tell you how to be a parent. I don't need a parenting lesson. I helped raise my brother and sister and they are almost finished with high school without getting anyone pregnant or getting pregnant. They don't drink, smoke, or do drugs. All they want to do is work and travel around the world. They are awesome. I did a good job!..

    nice post!

  8. Another child-free educator here. I don't mind some mommy blogs that seem to have a nice balance of non-mommy topics, but most do seem to center everything and every post around their spawn. I like the blog Living DINK and I like to subscribe to other non-mommy blogs because I think I get more substance.

  9. YES! Babies DO look like aliens but I feel get cuter as they get a little older. And YES! I get sick of mom blogs. There is no way they look like that good on a daily basis. My friends who have kids, who are absolutely gorgeous, don't even look that good. Seriously. And please, don't even get me started on the baby bump stuff. I could really care less that your baby is the size of some fruit (that thanks to you I will NOT be eating said fruit for a while). I mean, come on! Whenever I see baby bump post or one about pregnancy, I don't even both reading it. Just skip right over it. But since I am the age of woman getting pregnant on purpose, I just have to accept that some of my favorite bloggers become that blogger and my scroller hand needs to be ready for it at all times.

  10. I don't think babies necessarily look like aliens, but I DO think that some of them are cuter than others. I always feel awkward when I see somebody on Facebook posting 900 pictures of their bizarre-looking infant. Can they really not see it?! I hope that when I eventually spawn I'm able to be objective about it.

    And mom blogs. Ugh. I've been "mommed" a few times and had to stop reading. It's okay if you want to bring up the kid once in a while, because I understand that having a baby is a massive life-changer, but don't forget about your other interests. If you had a DIY blog before you got knocked up, then please continue that after the baby is out! Don't leave me hanging with posts about diapers and breastfeeding.

  11. yeah. Babies are weird. I'll admit some are cute, but sometimes they just look creepy. One thing I can't stand though, is when family automatically starts trying to determine who's features they have. "Oh she's got your nose!" "Look it's uncle Jim's ears!" Really? No. The thing was just born, it looks like a potato. Just stop.


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