When I decided that I wanted to have a child, yes, it was a decision, I had thought long and hard about how that child would be taken care of and had no doubts that I would be provided the best prenatal and delivery care possible. I didn’t worry that my baby or I might die from totally preventable diseases or hygiene problems. That was possible, because I live in the United States and have insurance.
I am lucky.
There are millions of women and children who are not so lucky. According to the United Nations
• Each day an estimated 800 mothers and 18,000 young children die from largely preventable causes.
• More than 1 million babies die on their first and only day of life across the world, and 2.9 million in their first month.

• 40 million women give birth without any skilled help – that’s more than 100,000 women every day. Even more dramatically, 2 million women a year are entirely alone when giving birth.
Save the Children and their partners are working hard over the next 500 days (they are currently on day 458) on eradicating these problems, because they are preventable problems. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals 4 is to reduce the number of child deaths by 2/3rds by 2015. They have made great strides in this area, but there is a real push for these next 450+ days.
You can help just by raising attention to the problem. Tweet, post something on Facebook, blog, talk about it. Spread the word. HASHTAGS: #MDGmomentum #commit2deliver

Mothers and their children at a health post in Hawassa, Ethiopia, from Mom Bloggers for Social Good

Mothers and their children at a health post in Hawassa, Ethiopia, from Mom Bloggers for Social Good

Check out their website for yourself: http://www.savethechildren.net/mdg500/


You know you have probably let your laundry pike up too long when you have to wear your nighttime nursing bra out of your house.
I don’t know if that is just as bad or worse than letting my child wear sandals that are obviously too small because I am too lazy to put socks on him. Though, I use the excuse of it is still summer, who wants to wear socks.

When I was 8 or 9 years old in the mid ’80s, we lived in a small town in Georgia. I had been having sore throats and sinus problems, so I was referred to a ENT in Augusta.
We went. He told me my tonsils must come out, and he’d take the adnoids while he was at it.
You’re asking why this has to do with James Brown at this point right?
Well, on the way out the door, this distinguished, if somewhat diminutive man, in a giant fur coat came in as we were leaving. He was followed by a larger, stocky man. My mom pushed me out the door and hissed  “That was James Brown.”
The things I remember most about the “encounter” were that his coat was insane and his vehicle was shitty. I remember thinking if I was famous, I’d always be in a limo. Today, it’d be a Town car. I love Town cars.
Also, if James Brown trusted this doctor with his throat, I figured I was in good hands.

Know what doesn’t go bad? Mini Twix left over from Halloween (I am hoping it was this Halloween).
In the desperately need chocolate portion of my period.

I was so impatient for the next installment of a book series I enjoy to come out, that I inadvertently hijacked the author’s chance to announce his own book release on his Facebook page. Whoops! He was very nice about it though.

I found the book on Amazon, because I have been checking every week for the last few months. I found it, but it was confusingly labeled, so I asked if it was indeed the new book. It was.

So, hopefully, no one reads the Posts by Others part of his page.

But his book series is called So Say the Waiters by Justin Sirois. There are 3 books. They are all on Amazon.

It’s based in Baltimore and is about this crazy app that allows you to request a kidnap scenario. You fill in the details, but you don’t know exactly when or how it will happen. The characters are enduring and infuriating. There is a good back story to the app. Can’t wait to see where the next book goes.

I could see this being a real app, but I don’t think it would work out quite so smoothly in real life.

It reads like a TV show, and luckily, it will be one next year hopefully. I just hope they don’t screw it up. No idea what network is doing it or if they are just putting a pilot together to shop around, but if the books are any indication, it could be great.

I didn’t have any milk. I made the Hamburger Helper anyway. Mistake. It needs milk. Water just boils it and doesn’t evaporate/sauce up like milk.

This one is definitely a one time substitution.

When my parents would buy toys that took batteries and made obnoxious noise for new parents (namely my cousins), I would shake my head in disapproval, but I didn’t want kids so I didn’t really worry myself with it too much. Flash forward 10 years, and my kid’s favorite noisy toy, gifted by my parents, is driving me nuts.
No problem though, I plan on selling it at the next consignment sale I can sign up to do. Let this horrid, noisy piece of plastic be dome other sap’s headache.
Not so great segue way… I love consignment sales. Who knew you could off load the literally tons of old baby clothes and too young toys? I Iove it. Get a few bucks for stuff my son has outgrown (or I have stepped on/over too many times).
Of course, what I actually love more is the excuse to find extremely cute outfits for every person that has a little girl in my life (using my couple of bucks from selling my kid’s stuff). My sil probably hates me now for filling my nieces’ closets with adorable 50¢ outfits. Thank goodness for friends with new babies.
Better start hiding all the toys I plan on getting rid of to continue my girl clothes shopping addiction.