Being a Mom today so so different LOL

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Being a Mom today so so different LOL
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Thu, 06-25-2009 - 11:32am
I was cleaning out my parents' place while they're in Vegas this week, and I came across this old Better Homes and Gardens book on how to raise a baby from prenatal care through the 6th year. It was printed in 1969, and it is hilarious when read from today's point of view. Here are some of the funny bits I found while skimming through it:

Activities Which Are Permitted : A good rule is to stop before you're tired, not after. Golf may be indulged in moderately, provided your doctor consents and you feel no ill effects. Forceful exercise, such as horseback riding, tennis, fast dancing, and swimming may be harmful....If you're accustomed to doing your own housework, you'll benefit by continuing to do it. It is really the best kind of diversion and exercise for you...Most doctors advise a healthy woman to walk every day, even though she's doing housework. dry.gif

Smoking and Liquor: ...opinion is divided as to whether or not smoking is more hazardous during pregnancy. If you're a heavy smoker, doctors advise that you cut down to a great extent, but you needn't quit entirely, unless your doctor recommends it. An alcoholic beverage contains between 70 and 160 calories and might be well worth eliminating from your diet if the doctor suggests cutting down your caloric intake...Ask your doctor whether or not you may drink on occasion.

Baby Grows On What You Eat: The up-to-date doctor therefore 'weighs in' his patients when they come for their regular examinations, and in most cases insists that they don't gain more than 20 pounds all told...This means that without eating any more, and generally less than you did before, you must include all the food elements...

If You're a Working Woman: If your appearance is important in your work, you'll want to quit, or arrange to work at home after that. ohmy.gif

Nausea and Vomiting: To be nauseated is perfectly normal and physiological. To let it grow into pernicious vomiting is not normal and may be psychological. dry.gif However, if you're experiencing this discomfort, it would be hard for anyone to convince you that you're imagining things!...When you're on the diet for nausea, you won't be able to keep your weight gain to a minimum as you would like. When the nausea is overcome...you may cut out the excess carbohydrates and lose some of the weight gained on the diet...

Diet For Nausea:
7:30 a.m. 2 soda crackers.

8:00 a.m. Stewed prunes (6 large), or baked apple. Cooked whole-wheat or enriched cereal with sugor or honey, and very small amount of cream. Cup of choclate with sugar. 2 slices while-wheat toast, spread with honey. No butter.

10:30 a.m. 2 slices of toast (with marmalade or jell, no butter), or 2 crackers, 1 glass of milk, cocoa, hot malted milk, or tea.

12:30 p.m. Vegetable, cream of celery or potato soup, with crackers. 2 slices of whole-wheat or enriched bread. Lettuce: 1/2 head. 1 cup custard, constarch pudding, tapioca, or 3 ounces gelatin.

4:00 p.m. Fruit juice, or tea with sugar. 2 slices of whole-wheat toast, honey or marmalade, no butter. 1 slice of sponge cake.

6:30 p.m. 1 cup of cream of pea soup, or other soups as at lunch. 2 crackers, or 2 slices of toast. Baked sweet or white potato (large) or 3 ounces of rice. 3 ounces of stewed carrots, or beets. Desserts as at lunch, 1 ounce of dates, or 1 ounce of raisins.

9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Toast or crackers. 1 glass of milk, cocoa, or malted milk.

(Did you notice that on this diet, you'd be eating at least 10 pieces of toast per day??!)


Father's Waiting Period: After your arrival at the hospital, your husband may be told that it will be many hours before delivery. Your doctor may advise him to go back to the office or home and keep in touch with the hospital. Some hospitals permit the husband to remain with his wife during labor. Others do not. However, it isn't necessary for your husband to be there. You will be sleeping some of the time, and many doctors feel that you will relax more and rest better if your husband is not present. laugh.gif

Breastfeeding: ...one of our country's foremost nutritional experts has said, "breast milk is for babies, cow's milk is for calves." To a degree this is certainly a true statement, although today, cow's milk is altered in such a way that it's now an acceptable food for a baby. ohmy.gif ...With the improved methods of preparing formulas, we can no longer argue that breast milk is safer ohmy.gif ...When you and your baby get home, your husband can do a great deal to help you continue breast feeding. He helps by being especially considerate; by being enthusiastic about the nursing project; by lending a hand at housework and baby care; by overlooking a not-quite-immaculate house. dry.gif

The New Father: ...If Father's willing, he might take care of Baby while you're busy fixing dinner or doing some of the household chores. Don't be alarmed if Father doesn't seem excited about caring for the baby. At first, the new father may be reluctant to do any more than look at the new baby. Don't be pushy; just give them time to get acquainted...Remember, with a bit of instruction, any father can give Baby a bottle, ora bath, or learn to change a diaper. However don't be surprised if he objects to changing when there's a stool in the diaper.

The Rush Hour: ...In most homes, Mother's the busiest as the evening dinner hour approaches. She's preparing the meal, trying to straighten up the house a little, and squeezing out a minute to pretty herself before her husband comes home. dry.gif If there are young children, they're probably adding to the general confusion. By the time Daddy walks into the house, her emotional tension as reached a peak. Somehow, Baby seems to feel this tension and reflects it in his irritable crying, fussing, and hunger..."

Formula Feeding: ...Cow's milk does not provide a balanced diet for an infant unless it has been diluted and sweetened before feeding. ohmy.gif

Whole Milk Formulas: First week: 16 oz. whole milk. 12 oz. water. 2 Tbs. corn syrup or 5 level Tbs. Dextrin-maltose.

Types of Formulas: Evaporated milk is probably the most economical formula available today. Evaporated milk, because of the treatment to which it is subjected, is a uniform, easily digested food which has been used with excellent success in feeding infants...Evaporated milk can be prepared for infant feeding simply by adding the prescribed amount of water, corn syrup, or a dextrin-maltose powder.

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Thu, 06-25-2009 - 3:40pm

The funny thing is we pretty much survived LOL.

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Thu, 06-25-2009 - 4:27pm

"My grandparents actually did go on Sunday drives, just out tooling around for a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon. For fun."


We do that on a lot of Sundays. Is that weird or something?

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Thu, 06-25-2009 - 4:30pm

I guess it depends on where you live. Certain parts of the year, it could be fun around here once you get out of the city. But in a lot of parts of the country, I am thinking driving is more of a competitive sport than fun these days.

Of course, some people do competitive sports for fun. So, no, not wierd.

Not tax deductible, either.

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Thu, 06-25-2009 - 5:03pm

It just staggers me that their greatest concern about alcohol during pregnancy was the calories!!!! And that smoking was ok so long as you cut back.


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Thu, 06-25-2009 - 5:08pm
Hey, I threw up like crazy for three or four months with each of my kids, and one doctor did tell me there were studies out there that showed that vomiting and extreme morning sickness were associated more with unplanned and unwanted pregnancies than planned pregnancies. He asked me if I thought I needed "help" adjusting to the pregnancy. And this was after something like 14 months of fertility treatments.
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Thu, 06-25-2009 - 8:21pm
Ha! I had a slightly older edition of that book when I was pregnant with John. My Mom sent me her copy (that she had with my little brother in 64). I also had the updated version that I'd gotten at the Stars and Stripes and it was interesting to compare the two.

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Thu, 06-25-2009 - 10:41pm
Do you lock your kids in the gate and leave them behind?

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Fri, 06-26-2009 - 2:02am

So do I!


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Fri, 06-26-2009 - 2:05am

It just staggers me that their greatest concern about alcohol during pregnancy was the calories!!!! And that smoking was ok so long as you cut back.



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Fri, 06-26-2009 - 9:30pm

But then I wonder how many women actually followed that advice? Probably they picked and chose just like I did a decade later when I was pregnant with Joy. I'm not surprised how much things as changed as they changed greatly between Joy and Dylan, only 20 years apart.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett