Where does your baby go pooey? and other stuff…
A repost from April 2008 (with a few necessary updates)
I have come to realize something quite interesting and, in my opinion, a little disturbing. It happens everywhere in e-land. In e-mail signatures, forum signatures, Chat rooms, etc.. Many moms out there in web-world define themselves funny-like.
Example similar to one I received today: (name has been changed to protect the senders identity. Though, she seemed pretty bold to state such personal things about herself to a perfect stranger so I don’t think she would care.)
crunchy, cd, bf, bw, co-sleeping, unassisted homebirthing mom.
tree hugging, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, baby wearing, co sleeping, homebirthing without anybody assisting, mom.
I have never in my life had somebody introduce themselves to me in this fashion in the real world and I wonder why so many moms on the web feel the need to describe themselves in this manner.
The fact that I typically breastfeed my babies for 18 months is not anything I feel as worthy to write about in a brief description of myself. Breastfeeding does not define me; and, in my opinion, if a woman finds herself defined by the way she feeds her babies, or where they poop, maybe she needs to find something more to do with her day. Maybe I am wrong, it’s happened before.
And, frankly, the word ‘breast’ is thrown around way too much for my taste, anyway. Unless you’re talking about chicken.
I also think the phrase, ‘baby wearing’ sounds weird. I have an Ergo and I like to pack my babies around but I think stating that I ‘wear my baby’ has a strange ring to it.
Who comes up with this stuff?
I asked my husband if any of his guy buds went around describing themselves in emails, bulletin boards, and forums in this fashion.
goatee having, muscle flexing, kite flying, boot footing, motorcycle chroming, bread loving, flossing dad.
He just laughed at me.
I said, “no, really”.
He said, “no”.
I said, “why not?”
He said, “because it’s stupid”.
Now, I do not think it is so unusual or weird to give a little information about yourself in web-world. Things that may naturally come up in an initial introduction to a new person would be things like;
Where do your kids go to school?
What do you do for a living?
What does your husband do?
Where do you go to church?
I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mama who is married to an adorable Navy pilot.
I would not, however, say what kind of toilet paper I use, or tell my new acquaintance that my children all sleep in their own beds, or that I prefer refined sugar to, well, just about anything healthy.
I am not necessarily saying it is wrong, just a bit odd in my opinion.
To each their own, I guess.
bread baking, book reading, diaper blowout cleaning, flavored coffee creamer having, wheat grinding, vertically challenged, Bible reading, organizationally handicapped, lotsa kids having mama.
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