Tuesday, September 29, 2009

" 'This is Our Baby, We're So Freaking Tired' is not an acceptable message"

Henry, 7lb 13oz, born 9/24/09...more info to come!
The title of this post comes from a gem of an email sent to me from some site called "The Baby Center, LLC." I do appreciate the site, and the emails, because they appear to be written by folks (primarily) women under the age of 75, and the helpful tips (and what not) are phrased in ways to make it a little more comforting - the chic term is now "more accessible" to young parents. So, here's what they had to say about baby announcements:
What to put on a birth announcement:
• The birth date.
• The baby's weight.
• The baby's "length." (Yes, this is the same as "height." No, we don't know why it's called "length.")
• Chocolaty smudges from the three full-size candy bars you ate while you were sitting on your little doughnut pillow thingy and addressing envelopes.
• Your own weight is not a conventional addition. Nor is the number of nursing pads you've soaked through in one day, the number of meconium poops the baby had, or the measurement of her fossilized belly-button stump.
• "This is our baby. We're so freaking tired." is not an acceptable message. Be sure to include one or all of the following words: "joy," "blessing," and "miracle."
Their full-length, more informative article on the topic can be found here.
And since I'm quoting so liberally from their information - here's a good summary of what Baby Center (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) is all about:
BabyCenter, the Web's #1 global interactive parenting network, has nurtured more than 100 million parents since its launch in 1997. Our purpose is to support parents through their journey of parenthood with a blend of expert advice and user-created wisdom.
In the U.S., BabyCenter reaches over 78% of new and expectant moms online and has garnered numerous
prestigious awards, including six Webby Awards. In March 2007, BabyCenter captured the #7 spot on Advertising Age's "Digital A-List" and has been a featured expert on NBC's "Today" show and ABC's Good Morning America.


Downeast Duck Hunter said...

congratulations and an upmost "hang on"... Best of the best times, and at other times it won't get any worse... you'll understand how this has just become the hardest job you love to do... get some rest when you can...

DEDH out

Toure Zeigler said...

I think Lil' Henry favors you

swamp4me said...

While it is not an acceptable message, you may find it to be quite true ;) Congratulations on the new addition - he is beautiful.

And it's length, not height because babies are horizontal critters, not vertical ones...

schnitzerPHOTO said...

Belated congrats - happy to hear the news. Enjoy!

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

congratulations to all three of you

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