terça-feira, 17 de junho de 2008
I left my 9-year-old at Bloomingdale’s (the original one) a couple weeks ago. Last seen, he was in first floor handbags as I sashayed out the door. Bye-bye! Have fun!
And he did. He came home on the subway and bus by himself .
Was I worried? Yes, a tinge. But it didn’t strike me as that daring, either. Isn’t New York as safe now as it was in 1963? It’s not like we’re living in downtown Baghdad.
Anyway, for weeks my boy had been begging for me to please leave him somewhere, anywhere, and let him try to figure out how to get home on his own. So on that sunny Sunday I gave him a subway map, a MetroCard, a $20 bill, and several quarters, just in case he had to make a call.
No, I did not give him a cell phone. Didn’t want to lose it. And no, I didn’t trail him, like a mommy private eye. I trusted him to figure out that he should take the Lexington Avenue subway down, and the 34th Street crosstown bus home. If he couldn’t do that, I trusted him to ask a stranger. And then I even trusted that stranger not to think, “Gee, I was about to catch my train home, but now I think I’ll abduct this adorable child instead.”
Long story short: My son got home, ecstatic with independence.
The cute illustration - who are you, magic touch illustrator? - links to Lenore Skenazy's blog on this and other matters.
Read her original article for the New York Sun, and her reply to the moniker «America's Worst Mom» that ensued.
Estes Americanos estão loucos...
Oxalá o meu filho saiba andar de transportes públicos!
segunda-feira, 9 de junho de 2008
Definitions differ as to what constitutes a large baby. The previous threshold was 3,600 kg. Now most health professionals class any baby more than 4,150 kg as above average. Although larger babies do seem to be increasingly common, the heftiest are still rare enough to make the news. Big babies used to be more common when people had larger families, simply because weight tends to increase with each subsequent baby.
In January 2005 in Brazil, Francisca Ramos dos Santos gave birth to an 8 kg "giant baby". He was her fifth child. Last year in Siberia, Tatyana Barabanov had a girl who weighed 7,900 kg. She was a 12th child. According to the Guinness Book of Records the largest baby ever was born in Canada in 1879, weighing 10,400 kg, but died 11 hours after birth. The heaviest surviving baby was born in Italy in 1955 and weighed 10,300 kg. A 9,500 kg baby was born in Cornwall in 1852 and a boy weighing 9,100 kg was born in Crewe, Cheshire in 1894.
The reason babies are getting heavier is obvious, says Mervi Jokinen of the Royal College of Midwives: "It is mostly linked to better diet and living standards in the population. But big babies have always existed and sometimes it's very difficult to say if it's genetic or if it's diet." What is undeniable, however, is that obesity - of the mothers, not the babies - is a major factor.
But the worry of having a large baby is becoming yet another stress factor in pregnancy. "I actually felt a bit guilty and embarrassed about having such a large baby," says Ruth Ainley, 34, a physiotherapist from St Albans. Her son James, now two, weighed 4,900 kg at birth. When he was born by emergency C-section after a 28-hour labour, the surgeon announced, "Well, this one would not have come out any other way."
Size remains a hugely contentious and emotional issue. Who wants to be told they're overweight when they're pregnant and can't diet anyway? In any case, many pregnant women who have gestational diabetes or large babies - or both - are not obese. And many obese women give birth to normal weight babies with no problems at all. The two concerns with larger babies are cephalopelvic disproportion (when the baby is too large to pass through the mother's pelvis) and shoulder dystocia (when the head comes out but the shoulders get stuck). But neither of these conditions is exclusive to larger babies: they can occur with small ones too.
Despite the possible complications, many mothers still argue that bigger babies are better. They report feeling more confident in looking after them, less concerned about their growth and relieved that they often sleep through the night at an earlier age. A University College London study conducted over several decades found that babies weighing more than 8lb performed better in IQ tests throughout their lives.
(já a actriz Kate Winslet esteve 37 horas...)
O que é que isto tem de bom para a mãe e para o bebé, pergunto eu?
Está visto que não acontece só aqui no portugalito :|
sábado, 7 de junho de 2008
Esteve no parque infantil a ver os outros petizes, onde uma menina perguntou ao Papá:
-- Ele não quer vir brincar?
-- Ele ainda é muito pequenino para ir brincar.
-- Ele é daqueles que só come e dorme?
-- Ahhh, esses são chatos...
Lucas is four months old today, he had yet another vaccine and took it like a brave boy. Afterwards he went for a stroll in the park with Mom and Dad, and lingered for a while watching other children play. A sassy little girl asked Lucas's Dad:
-- Doesn't he want to come and play?
-- He's too young to come and play.
-- Is he one of those who only eat and sleep?
-- Oh, those are a bore...
E ganhou de prendinha um móbil muito simples mas muito cabeça na Lua... ;)