PG/childraising conversation today...

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PG/childraising conversation today...
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 12:53pm
GRR! I don't like how the subject line is shorter. Anyway, the lunch table conversation was...weird to say the least. I was surrounded by coworkers who were all mothers (they have teenagers or adult children) as well as one pregnant coworker. And all they talked about was stuff that happened to them when they were pregnant. Things like: how much weight they gained, morning sickness, size of their babies, etc. And then they got started talking about potty training! GEEZ Louise. It's not like these people have 2 year olds. If I was 18 and knew my mom was sitting at the lunch table telling her coworkers a potty training story about me, I'd be furious. Then they got started on pacifier and blankie stories. And when I jumped in and said that my mother never ever allowed me to carry around a blanket because she didn't want me to be a "thumb sucking blanket toter." They all looked at me like I had tentacles growing from my ears. These people don't normally yammer on about kiddie stuff like this, but apparently today was the day to walk down memory lane. Almost an hour of this I had to endure.

Oh, and I had dinner with a coworker Tuesday. She has a 4 month old, and she (unintentionally, of course) gave me the best lecture for birth control ever because she got into graphic detail about various nasty physical things that happen with your body when you give birth and after. I told her she should go around and speak at middle schools.

Laura

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 12:57pm
Yikes. I dont think i could of lasted an hour listening to that. Yesterday (as in seen in my post about the coffee shop) I was hanging out with to PG friends and i got to hear thier "Constipation" stories

What fun! My one friend is so tired of feeling crappy (no pun intended) all the time. She told me she has felt like pukeing every day for the past 6 weeks!

i'm Sorry.. thats just wrong.

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 1:43pm
Just be glad its THEM and not you!

I hate , and I cringe, when I hear all the "cute" vocabulary that parents use. You know: words like "potty", "binky", "blanky" "beddy-bye", etc ! GAG!! ACK!! Why cant they use real, ADULT words?

I have to give my mother credit, she NEVER said "potty", she always said "TOILET training", etc . She used REAL words when I was little.

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 2:46pm
AIGH!!! Sometimes that happens to me in the office, w/general office chitchat! The women who are mothers will huddle together and trade birth stories, regardless of how old their "children" are - and I want to put in *ahem*, s'cuse me, but didn't y'all discuss this ***ONLY TWO MONTHS AGO***?!?!

Mondo Bizarro! ;) Must be some arcane mommy ritual.

Unrelated work vent: why is it that I am practically the ONLY PERSON IN THIS BLANKETY BLANK OFFICE?!?!?! It's wonderful that the bosses are so lenient about time off, non-work obligations, doctor's appointments, tooth cleanings, and sock-drawer rearrangings, but so often, I am the ONLY ONE HERE and yours truly becomes the EYE OF THE CYCLONE!!!

Okay, I feel better now. Well, sorta. ;)

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 2:48pm
This is why I hang out with guys at parties. But I do have a couple female friends who will start in about child-raising issues (both of them have older children). I just zone out until they finish or I find a guy to talk to. ;-)
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 3:04pm
I completely understand. The stuff only hits the fan when my boss is gone for the day. And since I'm the one who's been here the longest and has filled in for her, guess who everybody comes to!
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 3:21pm
Ellie, I know exactly what you mean about sometimes being the only one in the office. I have a coworker who schedules haircuts during the day (she's there now actually). She's usually gone for the rest of the day. Um..hi? A lot of salons are open late. I go after work (as do most people). But this coworker (she's my counterpart) is out of the office more and more and more. Sick days, vacation days, whatever.

The sad part is...I can't tell that she's had anything done to her hair! Her hair looks blah anyway.

I'm just being mean, I guess.

Laura

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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 12:40pm
I can take the seemingly unending discussions of my friends' bodies and their babies, but I CANNOT take a superior "it's different when you have a baby." No sh--, that's why I don't have one.
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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 1:02pm
Maybe she's going for a little afternoon delight. That's why her hair doesn't look good.
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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 2:36pm
TOO FUNNY! Hahahaha.

Laura

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