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Originally Posted by minkajane View Post

One of my favorite bloggers, Dr Grumpy, had this on his blog today.

 

 

 

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My roommate was insanely curious about the whole breastfeeding thing after my DS was born. "How does the milk come out? Does like a big hole open up after the baby is born? Does it shoot out like a water gun? What about your old piercings? Doesn't that make it hard? Doesn't it make all the milk shoot out the sides?" When I explained how it actually works... "OMG That's so cool. I have to see! Can you aim it? Could you hit a target?! Look, here, shoot this!" Seriously. He was stuck on the water gun angle for awhile.

post #982 of 1072
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Originally Posted by minkajane View Post

One of my favorite bloggers, Dr Grumpy, had this on his blog today.

 

 

 



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I love Dr. Grumpy!  He is one of my daily, go-to blogs.

It was a hilarious post.  :)

post #984 of 1072
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Originally Posted by kindyll View Post

We have a giant stash of cloth diapers ready for her, and told everyone from early on that we were going to CD.  Both my mom and my MIL bought a billion disposable diapers for us anyhow.  Gee, thanks.


A friend got us 2 packs of sposies. I was irritated at first... but then when the baby was born, it turned out she didn't fit into any of the cloth diapers we had--they were all too large, and we were glad we had those disposables after all.

 

I was more irritated that I registered for specific cloth diapers and my mom showed up with a bunch of Gerbers from babies r us and said that these were the best prefolds you can get now. Um, those are the best prefolds you can get at a brick and mortar retail chain store, but there ARE better ones out there, including the SPECIFIC ONES I REGISTERED FOR. Blah.

post #985 of 1072
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Originally Posted by jenrose View Post


"Difficult births are caused by psychological blockage and a lack of faith in the process."


 



If only my HOMEBIRTH MIDWIVES hadn't started this sort of debate with me while I was in labor.  The one who was there (the one I disliked, of course, and who disliked my husband from the MOMENT she met him, since she wasn't expecting him to be in the darkened corridor as he came out of the bathroom in their offices) tried to stage some sort of intervention, sure that I had indeed been sexually abused as a child and that's why things were going so slowly.  No one, and I'm including the OB on call much much later, thought to check his position.  We realized after he was earthside (after the midwife basically DID molest me and subject me to a whole lot of nonsense and borderline abuse, and after major abdominal surgery nearly against my will) that he was posterior AND in a superman pose with at least one hand up at his face.  NO ONE noticed this.  (sadly, I kept having a fantasy of lying down on an ironing board and having hubby lift me at the foot end, to sort of "re-start" things...and of cousre that actually probably could have helped quite nicely, if I'd been able to verbalize it).

 

They just couldn't figure out that ONE half of the "labor" was prodromal and we were only "calling" it labor because the Washington state gestational period clock had dinged days ago (regardless of the genetics of DH himself being a 44 week baby), they didn't even know what "prodromal" was, it seems, and TWO he was in an awful position.  My level of back and hip pain was pretty high (as I'm sure yours was!) but it scared the Hades out of them, and they could not figure out how to HELP ME get through it.  So they threw in the towel (and told me they were leaving me if I didn't do what they told me to do, isn't that fun?) and tossed me to the wolves.  And were surprised when I told them to get the Hades out of there once they got me to the place where they keep the scalpels...

 

I am SO GLAD that you knew what was happening and knew you could do it!  You are my brand new hero, and if the universe gives me another chance at this whole thing (I'm getting older and DS is 7 and we've been trying since he was 9 months old, and I'm not seeing high chances here) I'm going to keep you in mind!!!!!  (and follow any weird ironing board/positioning fantasies that come to mind)
 

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Originally Posted by hasya View Post

I agree about teasing. But I think that teasing at home, between siblings is good, if they know the limits. I have some fond memories of being teased and laugh over them.


My least favorite part of having siblings is the teasing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just don't get the parenting stuff anymore, with a 7 year old who is tall and healthy and happy and active, and smart "despite being homeschooled," and social with everyone "despite being homeschooled," and all the rest.  Of course, no one knows we don't vax, and the friends who were so anti-cloth diapering never once asked me if I'd gone to disposables, and no one knows how long DS nursed (last time I said "OK" was before he turned 7, but I can feel that I could probably still nurse a determined child if asked to right now so milk definitely doesn't just go away, at least with me)....  So I feel kinda free. 

 

 

Oh wait, I do get homeschooling stuff from my MIL, who things we're doing irreparable damage to DS.  She ruins the alone-time she has gotten to spend with him (not much, since she has tried to undermine us from when he was a month old or so) by *quizzing* him.  By, say, asking him to read the subtitles on movies they are supposed to be happily watching (he's on the older side of learning to read, just like his father), and when she quizzed him with math she wouldn't let him use his fingers at all.  I know that not ALL 2nd graders use fingers, but I know that some of them do, and there's nothing wrong with it at all.

 

post #986 of 1072

Milkybean, I'm SO sorry you had to deal with that kind of crap. 

 

I try very hard to leave room for my instincts. With my first, my instincts said to lock myself in the bathroom and not come out until the baby did. We'd have been MUCH better off. With my second, my instincts said "Stay the hell away from the hospital or extensive monitoring" and I listened and it spared us a ton of grief. This time, my instincts aren't saying either of those things, so I'm staying open to all the options. My midwife was explaining to me that there are a lot of pink flags going on, and I finally said, "Yes, and we're 5 minutes from the hospital, and if someone will tell me exactly WHAT the hospital can do that will make me safer right now, I'll go right now." Then she said, "Well, we'd go in active labor." 

 

And I said, "Which usually lasts about an hour for me. I'm not opposed to going to the hospital, I just need a damn good reason that it's NECESSARY, and making everyone worry less doesn't cut it."

 

Seriously. We're 5 minutes from a regional hospital with a level III NICU. I'm safer birthing at home than women who live in the town an hour south of here are birthing in their community hospital. And if my blood pressure needs monitoring closely, I can DO that at home, and go in if it's a problem, but if they want me to go in so they can wake me up every 2 hours to check my bp...well, the #1 thing that causes my blood pressure to rise is lack of sleep.... Give me logic, dammit. I can't sleep well in a hotel room, let alone a hospital bed. Tell me what they're going to DO to make things safer that we can't do at home.

 

So far, they haven't come up with anything. And I've been at L&D twice since 34 weeks, due to illness, to be checked out, clearly I'm not unwilling to go in if needed. Fortunately my midwife responds reasonably well to logic. I'm not saying I'll never go in. I'm just saying I'm not going in without a plan of action and clear indications, not just "We're worried". If I lived 20 minutes away from the hospital, I might feel differently. If the hospital was less suave about homebirth transports, I might feel differently. If I hadn't already birthed two babies vaginally without major complications, I might feel differently. But I've never regretted following my gut instincts about this kind of stuff, and I HAVE regretted doing things "just in case". 

 

post #987 of 1072

We spent Thanksgiving with my husband's family. It's a 90-minute drive, so as soon as we got there, I had to nurse DD. Afterwards, DH's cousin asked to hold her. DD of course spit up on her. She immediately asked if it was formula or breastmilk. When I said it was breastmilk (wondering of course if she hadn't noticed that DD was nursing, not sleeping), she got this disgusted look on her face, handed DD back, and rushed off to "decontaminate" her shirt (my word, not hers). It was melodramatic to the point of being funny. Formula is stinky, sticky, and stains, but yeah breastmilk is gross. eyesroll.gif

post #988 of 1072

minkajane: That's hilarious! I mean, either way, it's vomit... does it really matter what it was before that?

 

Reminds me of the time I'd just nursed DD and my sister was lying on the floor, waving DD in the air over her head and laughing. Naturally, DD threw up in my sister's mouth. :p My sister is pretty cool, and dealt well with it; but her boyfriend (now husband!), who I don't think had ever seen a baby at close quarters before, was absolutely aghast - and yes, partly because it was breastmilk vomit. He hissed "That was IN SMOKERING!"

 

This is the same guy who nearly fainted with revulsion when my sister told him I encapsulated my placenta. It's going to be hilarious when they have kids. :p

post #989 of 1072

Last weekend a family member said that my 3-year-old DD is dyslexic because she wrote a letter backwards... upsidedown.gif

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um are YOU going to pay 99 cents to buy him a jar of banana baby food--non organic at that?  cause i can  buy a pound of organic bananas for his breakfast for a week for that!

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Originally Posted by mommy212 View Post

Lately I've had...
(while wearing LO in my mei tai) "Can't you afford a stroller?"


my mom, as I am picking up my LO, who is crying in his seat: "Boy, he's got you trained, huh?"
Also, from the same situation many times before:
"He's just fussing for the sake of fussing."
"It won't hurt him to cry." (which it doesn't literally, but I am not going to do dishes while he cries in his seat... dishes can wait!)
"He's just fussing to get your attention." Well... duh!

More from mom:
"You know, you can quit now. He's got what he needs." (2 weeks, referring to BFing)

"You're not going to feed him rice cereal first?"
"No, I want him to have something with flavor."
"Well, cereal is digested easier."
"Not really, they pretty much disproved that."
"When are you going to start stocking up on jars, then?"
"I'll start making it in a few weeks, and then it'll be in the freezer whenever he's ready."
"You're going to MAKE his food? For goodness' sake, WHY?"

My grandma:
"You're STILL breastfeeding?" (at 3 months)


 

post #991 of 1072

Recently, while taking my 2yo for a walk, I had someone stop me and ask why he wasn't in a stroller. I told him we went for short walks nearly every day, and he enjoyed walking and it was good for him. "Well, it's too cold out, anyways." he said. It was 45 out! Since when is 45 cold? Okay so maybe this wasn't really a dumb parenting comment, but I think it's silly to not want to let a 2 yo walk a few blocks in cool weather. 

post #992 of 1072
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Originally Posted by mommy212 View Post

Recently, while taking my 2yo for a walk, I had someone stop me and ask why he wasn't in a stroller. I told him we went for short walks nearly every day, and he enjoyed walking and it was good for him. "Well, it's too cold out, anyways." he said. It was 45 out! Since when is 45 cold? Okay so maybe this wasn't really a dumb parenting comment, but I think it's silly to not want to let a 2 yo walk a few blocks in cool weather. 



Similarly, I was walking with my ds from the metro to his daycare one time (we do it every day - its 4 blocks!).  DS was throwing a tantrum (umm...he's almost 3yo, that's pretty normal).  Some lady stopped me to tell me that I was making him walk too far, and that he wasn't capable of it.  Except you passed by me on a random street corner without seeing where we started, or where we ended up.  4 blocks is not too far for my son to walk, he regularly walks MUCH further!  Without so much as a complaint.  Ugh....I hate people sometimes.

post #993 of 1072

At the store the other day the cashier asked me how many kids I have. I told him two and one on the way. He said "Congrats.... I guess. I don't know how I feel about children."  not really directly related to my parenting but a pretty odd comment. 

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Originally Posted by mommy212 View Post

Recently, while taking my 2yo for a walk, I had someone stop me and ask why he wasn't in a stroller. I told him we went for short walks nearly every day, and he enjoyed walking and it was good for him. "Well, it's too cold out, anyways." he said. It was 45 out! Since when is 45 cold? Okay so maybe this wasn't really a dumb parenting comment, but I think it's silly to not want to let a 2 yo walk a few blocks in cool weather. 


...because sitting motionless in a stroller would keep him warmer than walking and getting his blood pumping? headscratch.gif


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Originally Posted by Stephenie View Post

At the store the other day the cashier asked me how many kids I have. I told him two and one on the way. He said "Congrats.... I guess. I don't know how I feel about children."  not really directly related to my parenting but a pretty odd comment. 


ROTFLMAO.gifFor some reason that one cracks me up -- it's just off the wall! 

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Originally Posted by Miss Chris View Post

Reading all these ridiculous breastfeeding stories suddenly reminded me of this bizarre exchange I had when my daughter was about 3 months old. We had gone to a friend's wedding reception and I was carrying my daughter in her Ellaroo when we were approached by a relative of the bride. This guy was a complete stranger to me.

He says "are you breastfeeding?"
I (still a new mother, not yet used to the bizarrely personal questions strangers will ask you when you have a baby with you) manage to stammer out a "yes" instead of the vastly more appropriate "what business is it of yours?".

and he says:

"When we had our kids we formula fed them because we figured you know whats in the cans but you don't really know what's in the "cans" (as he makes gestures with his hands as though he were lifting his own enormous, invisible breasts) if you know what I mean"

Uh, uh, wow. I think my mouth actually fell open. What do you even say? "How interesting, I think I better be going now....."

Almost four years have passed since that day and it still cracks me up every time I remember it

Miss Chris


OMG, I can't believe some guy said this to you! I'm laughing so hard, thanks for sharing!

 

 

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Originally Posted by bcblondie View Post

My BIL said I shouldn't homeschool because teasing is good for kids. They need to get teased in school so that they're prepared for the real world. I guess I better start teasing my 2 year old now, so he's ready for school!!

 

My MIL said I shouldn't homeschool because schools and churches are always teh first things established in a city, because they are needed. We've been doing it so long it's proof the system is working. And I'm going to want some time alone during the day. (True, but I really don't need 6 hours! A girls night every other week is plenty for me. I love being around my son. I don't know why that's so hard to believe.)

She also threw in there that back in teh day, women didn't have TIME to teach their kids everything, if they had a farm and no washing machine, etc, so that's why they sent them to school. Not sure what that has to do with me. I have plenty of time. (Pretty sure she's just defensive of her own choices and feels threatened by mine.)

She ALSO decided that homeschooling was likely to cause my marriage to fail, due to the stresses of getting everything done, and having no time for eachother... Right, because our alternative (very expensive private school) would not be hard on a marriage at all.


These comments are just so odd to me! Teasing is good for kids? Your response to your BIL is just hilarious though- I do hope you said that out loud :)

 

We homeschool and love it too. I've heard some rude comments but the ones above are pretty silly to me...

 

 

post #997 of 1072

I just came home with dd after a 3-day stay in the hospital; she was admitted with pneumonia. My parents are currently living with us for a couple of months, they are both in their late 50s and in fairly good health. While dd was in the hospital, I was taking turns with dh taking care of dd and going to work, and coming home just to sleep. When I got home I was exhausted after a whole day of work and taking care of dd. The first thing my dad says, as he is having a really serious case of man cold: "I have a sore throat. When are you taking me to the hospital?"

 

And no, he was not kidding.

post #998 of 1072

 

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"When we had our kids we formula fed them because we figured you know whats in the cans but you don't really know what's in the "cans" (as he makes gestures with his hands as though he were lifting his own enormous, invisible breasts) if you know what I mean"

LOL! Yes... the contents of lactating breasts is one of the great mysteries science has yet to explain. Sometimes milk comes out, sometimes Coke, sometimes grape juice... really, it's best to just stick to formula and avoid surprises.

 

Or perhaps he was the paranoid type, and thought the government was slipping contaminants into his wife's breasts? Or that she herself was ingesting illegal substances?

 

What a fascinating thought process. :p

post #999 of 1072

my father called about an hour ago and i mentioned my dd (11months old) went peepee on the potty and he asked about my ds (3) using  the potty too which he isn't (had a traumatizing experience falling off the potty and slamming his head on the  wall and simply refuses but we're not stressing him about it) so when i said no but that ds is proud of dd my dad told me i need to be the mom and just strip him and force him to sit on the potty until he goes. i said no that would further traumatize him and he would scream and freak out. well apparently if i dont force him then he'll be "p***ing his pants in college" ughhhhh

post #1000 of 1072

This thread is great...DD is only 6 weeks but I have a few already, courtesy of my inlaws. bigeyes.gif My husband's dad and step-mom, and his grandparents came to visit me when DD was 3 weeks old (husband was working) and his step-mom started telling me about how I should teach her to sleep through the night when she was a month old. "She'll cry for a bit but you just let her to teach her it's not going to get her anywhere". I also need to give her a pacifier because babies look "so cute like Cabbage Patch dolls" with them. (She actually does get a pacifier occasionally in the car, but usually it doesn't help and she spits it out). Then his grandfather started talking about how much more fun children are to be around when they don't "run the house". This devolved into a series of amusing stories about my husband's younger siblings being spanked/slapped/popped for various offenses as toddlers. Right. And my daughter will not be spending unsupervised time with you until she has a drivers license and can get in a car and leave when she wants to. The thing is, these are nice people. They really are. They love their children, and love DD, but...holy cow!

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