Succumbing to temptation

All mother’s want what is best for their child(ren). It is one of the most basic tenets of motherhood (hopefully). However, sometimes this desire is overshadowed by the need to do what’s best for me (the mother). While this might seem paradoxical, mother’s are also very adept at rationalizing. So, for a baby to be happy and healthy, he NEEDS a happy and healthy mother. This translates into “What’s best for the baby is for mommy to watch 6 hours of Desperate Housewives which requires succumbing to the temptation of buying yet another large brightly colored plastic thingy to entertain you while I do this.”

After reading an article that claimed exer-saucers (aka activity saucers) hindered motor skill development (something about babies not being able to see their own legs), his father and I decided that we would NOT be purchasing one of these large plastic circus-like things.

Oh, how quickly resolve falters…

At a play date two weeks ago, my little guy was introduced to the exer-saucer. He LOVED it. Squeals of delight, cooing, and best of all a mother with two free hands. SOLD. I didn’t care that I was about to spend yet another $100 (yes, it appears that everything baby related costs at least $100) and turn my back on a “scientific study” (after all, can’t you find a study to support any/everything these days?). So literally the next day we went to Buy Buy Baby and purchased the Baby Einstein Discover and Play Activity Center by Graco. It’s even named to make parents feel better about abandoning their children to a plastic babysitter. It makes you think, “He’s discovering new things all on his own. And it has Einstein in the name. We must be creating a little genius by purchasing this toy”. And just that quickly, another acre of our former life was resettled by brightly colored plastic.

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  1. Papi

    First Outings

    You and Mother went for a short drive with Mrs. Penick on October 26, 1911. You made many trips down to the doctor between the middle of November and the middle of January. You were first out in your cab (which was much like the illustration above) on November 26. Sometimes you want to town on the street car – or in father’s arms as he walked – or in your cab. You usually liked the trip.

    Your first real outing was to Mr. Duncan’s to supper on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 30, 1911. You cried a great deal until your supper time, which was identical with ours. Then you went to sleep in your cab in a dark bedroom and when you awake it was very early morning and you were at home.

    Your next important outing was your “Reception” at church after the First Annual Meeting. You slept in the safety vault until near its close and then had “luncheon” just in time to be shown off. You were very good, and bright eyed, and we loved you so very much and were so proud of you.

    We tried to have your first photos for Christmas calendars, but we experimented with a Kodak – did not focus right and they were not good. On March 18, 1912 your first photograph by a photographer was made.

    Morrison attended both services on his first Easter Sunday, April 7, 1912. Services were held at First Congregational Church in the Hinton Theatre, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Morning Services 11:00 A.M., Vesper Services 5 to 6:15 P.M., W.B. Simmons, Pastor, Mr. Harry S. Robinson, Soloist, Mrs. A.C. Lawrence, Precentor.

    July 21, 1912. Mother has to supplement her notes with extra sheets now. You are rather fretful today and hang about Mother’s skirt a good deal. We are working very carefully to avoid bowl trouble these hot days, but you are having some difficulty. On June 30th you discovered Billy standing and immediately you climbed up by Mother’s skirt. The next day we went to clean the floors in the new house – Father and we – and you walked around the mop pail. (You interrupt this report and must help with the writing. This is a fretful day for you.) Since then you have made progress. You get up and down easily. You can open the warming oven door; turn on the gas; and do other mischievous tricks. You have microscopic eyes for bits of trash or ravelings or dust on the floor, and you follow every fly you can find. You sometimes stay upstairs until 5 or 6 p.m.. We put your bed gate across the stairway and you make merry with books and anything within reach. You can pull things off the bed and books out of the lower shelf. You love to stand up by the tub and watch anyone take a bath. You take cold, splashy baths yourself now. You are persistent all the time about sucking your thumb. It is so warm that you seldom wear anything but band and napkin. I have just cut off the sleeves and hem of some of your dresses and hemmed them short. We are hoping to start for St. Louis for vacation on Monday the 29th. You and Mother may spend part of the month at Father’s old home.

  2. Yeah, the exersaucer was a hard psychological milestone for me to get over, but once we got there, it was great. I’d still put them in it nowadays if I could…

    TV resistance was the next to go with the arrival of #2. The evil charms of the free, gentle giant babysitter become just too much to resist…

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