People, I need your help

I can tell from the stats that about the same number of people are still checking in with this blog, but comments are way down. Remember the days when we used to get comments in the double digits? Yeah, I don’t blame you if you don’t. It was a long time ago. I want to change that around, though. How can I do it? I need your help. I tried to reach out with the poll, but that didn’t get me very far. It also didn’t technically work all that well for me. Anyway, what should we talk about? TV? The Walking Dead? I’m pretty much hooked. Homeland? I’m completely hooked. Top Chef? I wasn’t feeling the first episodes so I deleted one without watching it. Yeah, I said that. Movies? I loved Argo. Loved it. I liked Skyfall; I thought it was pretty fun. Books? I’m reading The Scientist in the Crib and it’s truly fascinating. Babies? I have one who’s pretty great, but I wish she wouldn’t be so loud sometimes. Kristin’s sister just had twins – a boy and a girl. Yikes, but adorable. Pajamas? Baby pajamas have no business having snaps on them. Why would anyone do this? Are zippers that much more expensive? They’re certainly not measurably less cute, but they are immeasurably easier to deal with. Pajamas go on the baby, or come off the baby, at the time of day/night when that baby is at its worst. Bear gets crankasaurus before bed and if we don’t get those pajamas on early enough, it can be a long battle. Similarly, if Bear wakes up at 3 am or 5 am starving to death, she’s most likely soaked and needs to be changed. This means those pajamas with snaps have to be unsnapped and snapped back up again. For God’s sake. Put a zipper on it. Ok, sorry for that aside, but Terry sent me a cute Huff Po article about the 20 things some new mom wished she’d known about the first year of babyhood. And she mentioned the hierarchy:  zippers then snaps then buttons. She’s right, but it’s even more serious, in my opinion, when we’re talking pajamas. Which I was. Now then, what do you want to talk about? And I mean it this time: tell me!

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14 Responses to “People, I need your help”


  1. 1 Jane Roe November 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I just want say that whoever designed the crotch snaps is one cruel person. I cannot tell you how many times I changed Kyle and Erin only to find that the crotch snaps correctly aligned. Grrrrrrrr! The good news is that soon she’ll be in “blanky” sleepers and they zip. Of course, possibly catching their leg and neck skin is always a danger, or at least it was always a huge fear for me.

  2. 2 Jane Roe November 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    That should be weren’t correctly aligned.

  3. 3 kateandgracie November 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Oh Janey, I am so with you. Why oh why. Just thinking about those crotch buttons raises my blood pressure and makes my jaw clench. I swear, it is impossible to get the snaps to align; I insist each pairs comes equipped with one extra, unpaired snap. There should be a congressional hearing on it to find who’s responsible and hold him/her/them accountable.

  4. 4 gwendolyngarden November 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

    A) thank you for reminding me of the importance of simple things.
    B) all of the above are wonderful, just be your usual hilarious self!

  5. 5 Tammy November 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Anything Mollybear, movie and book reviews, alerts to the injustices in the world or just America if the world is too much, favorites wines, any new discoveries, preparations for parties, shoot – even home remodeling would do.

  6. 6 kateandgracie November 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks, guys. And thanks especially to Tammy for some concrete ideas. I especially like the wine idea. 🙂

  7. 7 Sara H November 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Homeland – that good? Should I purchase the season ($19.99, which seems like a deal compared to getting episodes via Prime)?

    Snaps – I love snaps, prefer them to zippers. 🙂 Also, some people (ahem, my husband) apparently believe there is no need to align the snaps. I can’t tell you how many times he’d just make sure there was one snap snapped (and not middle aligned with middle), and that was that. Annoying, but there seem to be no ill effects. It didn’t take me long after B turned a year to just go with regular jammies – tops and bottoms mostly from Old Navy or Gap, plus plush socks.

    Please, tell me what I should be reading! I have such a hard time finding things that keep my interest. And quite frankly, half the time, by the time I get to reading at bedtime, all I can focus on is bad romance novels.

  8. 8 Kristin November 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Boo snaps! When I change the babies and they have on something with zippers I often exclaim something like “Zippers for president!” or “Zippers forever!” They don’t seem to find it so funny, but my sister does sometimes.

    I need need need to watch Homeland. The Walking Dead? Not so sure. Might be too creepasaurus for me.

  9. 9 kateandgracie November 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    OMG! Sara, really!? That is about the most fascinating thing I have ever heard. Snaps for vice-president, Fee? I think not! Zippers can be a dictator for all I care. (And, by the way, that is hilarious). I admit, though, that I have recently been intrigued by regular PJs. In fact, I saw some at Carter’s yesterday and thought, hmm…The thing is, I personally hate wearing socks to bed (though AO recently declared it is one of life’s great pleasures), so I’m not sure what to do about the feet. Though Bear does have a few fleece pairs sans feet. Yes, you read that right. Does it make sense? No. The only thing sensical about it is she won’t grow out of it as fast because the legs can become more like capris. Speaking of which, now that I think about it, I think she has another pair that is also made of fleece and comes with a hood. But no feet! Her little feet are like ice cubes in the morning. Which is definitely worse than misaligned snaps.

    The rare times I’ve gotten the snaps to match up, it has been like an endorphin rush that I crash from pretty fast because (a) no one comes to give me a medal and (b) Bear is often melting down.

    Yes, to Homeland. Yes, yes, yes. I think you will become quickly addicted. It. Is. Riveting.

    Ok, as for The Zombie show, I get it. As I have said before, I like zombie stuff (but don’t like vampire stuff) and this one is pretty good. It can get a little slow at times. The Zombie Apocalypse really puts the kibosh on the fast lane, but it’s still quite intriguing. Heather & Wendy told me they don’t really like it because they don’t really like any of the characters. That’s obviously a fair point and, I admit, I don’t really like most of them, either. Still, there’s something compelling about watching these folks try to survive and hold themselves up to a pretty strong moral code while the world around them goes to h-e-double-zombie.

    As soon as I find a new good book, I’ll post it. Kristin probably has something fun for us. I’ve been too pooped from these two jobs to start anything new lately (except the baby books, which I just start and stop) and have been watching too much tv. See above.

  10. 10 Sara H November 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I’m picky about the socks and the jammies. 🙂 They have to be comfy plush socks (Life Is Good has nice ones). I never went footie pajamas – maybe it’s because I have an aversion to them, so I am with you on the personal preferences informing the attire of the baby. I must say, it was a big relief when B finally started using a regular blanket.

    OK, Homeland it is! Must start watching!

  11. 11 Mary Lloyd December 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I love movies, TV shows and baby stuff. Also recipes people love as well as tricks to help motivate doing exercise! And good books. Or just everyday struggles and insights.

  12. 12 Heather Certain December 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Okay. I am way late to this convo. But, to clarify, I am addicted to the walking dead, I just don’t like most of the characters. Particularly Rick. But, that makes it much easier when someone dies (as in, spoiler alert, Laurie, or whatever his wife’s name was).

    I hear what you’re saying about zippers and crotch snaps, but I sort of liked snaps, too. Although I am like Sara’s husband, and the snaps did not necessarily line up.

    Lucy is back in footed pajamas, right around the time of toilet training, which I would not recommend.

  13. 13 kateandgracie December 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I’m glad you clarified your Walking Dead position. And it’s so interesting about the snaps. Oh, how different we all are.

  14. 14 Arlen December 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    What’s up, yes this post is genuinely pleasant and I have learned lot of things from it on the topic of blogging. thanks.


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