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This Day In History: When My Girl Became The Boss Of Me

posted by Catherine Connors

I wrote this post four years ago today. Four years ago, when the girl – my girl! – was a wee baby and I already knew (that is: sort of, maybe, had a good guess about) what I was in […]

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Becoming Mommy, Becoming Me

posted by Catherine Connors

Four years ago, my daughter was born. Four years ago, I became a mom. My own mother used to tell me that she considered my birthday as much her day as mine, because it was the day she gave birth, […]

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Sleep Is For The Weak

posted by Catherine Connors

We had planned to make the big move – the move to the Big Boy Bed – last week, in the hopes that with the dawning of a new era of expansive bedspace for Jasper there would also dawn a […]

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To Sleep, Perchance To Get Kicked In The Head

posted by Catherine Connors

We’re just not sleeping around here. Like, never. Jasper goes to bed sometime between 7:30 and 8pm; Emilia, shortly thereafter. Depending upon work schedules, the extent of laundry build-up and what’s on television any given night, my husband and I […]

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Baby Pygmy Goats?

posted by Catherine Connors

Yeah, um, don’t do that, ‘kay? Because, seriously. The sign says don’t pick up… … the baby pygmy… … Never mind.

Oh, Boy

posted by Catherine Connors

This? Is Jasper. Throwing a fit. Which probably doesn’t seem all that extraordinary, in itself. Little boys and girls throw fits and hurl their little bodies to the ground and kick and scream. But there’s the rub: little boys and […]

Word To Your Mother

posted by Catherine Connors

Me to Jasper: Say Mommy! Jasper: Dad! Me: Say Mommy! Jasper: Dad! Me: Say Mom! Jasper: Dad! Me: Mom! Jasper: Dad! Me: Mom! Jasper: Dad! Me: Please say Mommy! Mom! Mom! Mom! Jasper: Dad Dad Dad Dad DAD! And so […]

The Fast And The Furious: A Birth Story

posted by Catherine Connors

This post is part of the online celebration of Baby Week, hosted by Discovery TV. Because what better way to celebrate babies than to relive the terror miraculous experience of giving birth to them? It was the most awesome experience […]

when the world is mud-luscious

posted by Catherine Connors

Yesterday was the first day of spring. I like spring. Which is, I suppose, nothing unusual. Everybody likes spring. What with the daffodils and tulips and morning dew and Easter Creme Eggs (sorry, Cadbury Creme Eggs) and bunnies and all. […]

Candy Is Dandy

posted by Catherine Connors

Still Life with Developmental Toys 10 things I learned this weekend: 1) Martini shakers, when filled with ice, vodka and a whisper of dry Vermouth, make awesome rattles. Cocktail hour can be fun for all ages! 2) One very, very […]

To Rant, Or Not To Rant, Or Something

posted by Catherine Connors

I started this blog for the usual reasons: maintain a record of the Wonder Years with WonderBaby, share that record with farflung friends and family, keep up with the practice of writing (which, yes, could be done by finishing the […]

Blogger’s Beautiful Baby Boy Born!

posted by Catherine Connors

UrbanMommy’s trial by pregnancy is over: UrbanBaby arrived yesterday! And WonderBaby, Future Ruler of the Known and Unknown Universe would like a word… Dear UrbanBaby, Welcome to the world. It’s a good world. It’s not as comfortable as the world […]

The Attack Of The Fifty-Foot Baby

posted by Catherine Connors

WonderBaby, Future Ruler of the Known and Unknown Universe has grown. . Doesn’t even fit in the picture… And as she has grown in size, so has she grown in strength, and with the increase in strength has come an […]

Incoherent Oscar Rambling, Just Because

posted by Catherine Connors

1. Michelle Williams. Okay, so we all know about how Heidi Klum was strutting her Victoria’s Secret behind mere minutes after giving birth, but she’s not of this planet. Michelle Williams, on the other hand? Not from Planet Vicki’s, gave […]

My Girl

posted by Catherine Connors

Before Baby was born, I was more or less indifferent as to whether I would have a boy or a girl. The things that I was wishing for in a child – beyond good health – were pretty gender-neutral: keen […]

Getting Back To Business

posted by Catherine Connors

A random sampling of current events chez Baby… The Good News: 1) Mommy’s first foray back into her pre-mommy world was, despite the anticipatory angst, just fine. Felt GOOD, in fact. (The post-labour holes in the brain are not so […]

Mommy Steps, Baby Steps

posted by Catherine Connors

Today, I take my first hesitant steps back out into the non-mommy world. They are really little steps, because it’s only a few hours a week, and it’s very short-term. But still. I. Am. Stressed. I’m going to complete the […]

The Amazing Race, Babies And Cats Edition

posted by Catherine Connors

(There has been much activity here at Baby Headquarters, and so much to report on: swaddle busts! parties! cat chases! One hardly knows where to begin. But since we have to portion out stories this week – Mommy returns tomorrow, […]

May The (Dolly) Force Be With You

posted by Catherine Connors

Over at the Blogfathers’ site, there’s been some discussion about the evil that lurks at Toys’R’Us. But really, hello? The Death Star of toy stores? It’s ALL evil. And we’re ALL, at one time or another, sucked into its Tractor […]

Yah know I loves yah cuz your feets so big

posted by Catherine Connors

Ah, the feets… A perfectly executed Fourth Position (in grand plié, not shown) … the feets, the feets. The lovely, lovely oversized feets. What more can be said of them, really, other than that they are kissable, munchable, and adorable […]

Keepin’ It Real

posted by Catherine Connors

We have, my friends, crossed the Rubicon. My determination to have a baby-friendly home that was nonetheless free of all that is garish and plastic has received its final blow. Behold, the Exersaucer: Yeah, okay, she’s a LITTLE bit challenged […]

Swaddling: A Love Story

posted by Catherine Connors

The swaddle gods, they are laughing. Oh, how they laugh. I have endeavoured to overcome; I have given up; I have endeavoured again. I have given up again. I have embraced the swaddle, I have cursed the swaddle, and I […]

About A Boob: Postscript

posted by Catherine Connors

To yesterday’s post. Just cuz, well, there’s always more to say. And today I don’t really have anything new to say. So, POSTSCRIPT… Yesterday’s booby blog can be taken as Exhibit A, solid evidence that motherhood turns perfectly respectable thinking […]

About A Boob

posted by Catherine Connors

Boob discovery #1: Baby is getting bored of the boobies. Not the lovely meals that issue forth from the boobies, which she insists upon having at the ready, but the booby itself. Once upon a time (two weeks ago) she […]

To Swaddle, Or Not To Swaddle: That Question And Other Nonsense

posted by Catherine Connors

It has now been fully six days since I last set foot in the outside world. This whole hunkered-down-with-the-sick thing is starting to wear a little thin. I’m actually feeling a little better, thank you very much, which is sort […]

The Swaddle Diaries! Now With More Footnote Action!

posted by Catherine Connors

Because ruminating about swaddling is all that I’m capable of during this dark dark time that is THE HEAD COLD. So, the swaddle update: When last I swaddle-ranted, I swore to just resign myself to the swaddle and shut up […]

Valentine’s Day Is For Lovers

posted by Catherine Connors

I couldn’t let the day go by without putting out my Valentine to the world: Because, OMG, she is the personification of love. Sweeter than any box o’ chocolates (which, if anyone is taking notes: I wouldn’t say no to […]

So This Is Love

posted by Catherine Connors

Last week, I sucked mucus out of Baby’s nose. You heard me right. Sucked it right out. No, I did not do this for fun. Anybody out there that knows me knows that I am the most prissy girl EVER […]

Pass The Nyquil

posted by Catherine Connors

‘Cause it’s not as though there wasn’t enough mucus in my life already, what with the excessive spit-up and drool and all. There’s gotta be snot, too. Just to round things out. And not just baby snot, either (which I […]

Life Lessons, And A Footnote Extravaganza!

posted by Catherine Connors

As has been well-documented in these virtual pages, Baby’s best friend and Head of Security (Toy Detail) has, for some weeks now, been Whoozit. Baby and Whoozit have been inseparable, and Whoozit has been an integral part of Baby’s governing […]

My Little Swedish Meatball

posted by Catherine Connors

I can’t believe that it’s taken me, like, 4 days to get around to posting this, but here it is: Baby had her first trip to Ikea last weekend! Dudes! Never mind the room full of grotty plastic balls – […]

The Mom Might Be Crazy

posted by Catherine Connors

The Husband reads my blog during the day when he’s at work. He says that it’s a bit weird sometimes to be getting the lowdown on his daughter’s development and his wife’s well-being from the Internet, but whatever. It’s not […]

The Beginning Of A Beautiful Relationship

posted by Catherine Connors

Today, Baby is three months old. Or 12 weeks, which doesn’t translate exactly into three months on the calendar, but you get the picture. She’s a big girl now! Which is to say, according to Karp and others who argue […]

A Baby A Day Keeps The Hasselhoff Away

posted by Catherine Connors

To get that bad, bad taste out of your mouth, and to help you to purge your souls of the grim evil that is David Hasselhoff – which I take full responsibility for, having foisted it upon you in my […]

Or Maybe, You Know, DON’T Read The Book

posted by Catherine Connors

Sometimes, kids, you don’t have to read the book. What this means for you, my regular listeners – disregard my last post IN ITS ENTIRETY. I take it all back. Once I removed my head from the wall that I […]

Why You Should Always Read The Book

posted by Catherine Connors

I was in school for, like, forever. So I know a thing or two about books. And I was in school so long that they let me teach people who haven’t been in school as long as I was, and […]

The Swaddle Diaries, Part Bajillion

posted by Catherine Connors

FOUR TIMES IN ONE NIGHT. This is not (sadly) what it sounds like. What it is – four times BUSTING OUT OF SWADDLE. Or rather, as I discovered in the dark hours of the dawn this morning, wriggling out of […]

That’s My Grrl!

posted by Catherine Connors

My Baby rocks. I know, I’m supposed to say that (or something like it), ’cause I’m her mother, but seriously. She. Rocks. We went to our first ‘activity’ today, a baby-toddler drop-in program at a nearby library, which is basically […]

Why I Love My Husband

posted by Catherine Connors

The Husband was a total prince this morning – as he always is, but especially so whenever schedule and circumstance allow him to linger around home at high-baby-traffic times – and took over breakfast duty with Baby so as to […]

Toyz In Tha ‘Hood, The Sequel

posted by Catherine Connors

Further to yesterday’s post… 1) Why Notorious C.O.W.? Because, hell, look at him. Just one big rockin’ head. He’s clearly the heavy of the bunch. And because Notorious P.I.G. would just have been too obvious, you know? 2) Yes, that […]

Toyz In Tha ‘Hood

posted by Catherine Connors

Baby’s got a new best friend. Ok, well, she’s got a lot of best friends, all in a rotating cycle of preference. The top dog best friend of the moment, however, is Whoozit. Whoozit is like this reject from the […]

‘Cause motherhood’s gonna require some hard drinkin’…

posted by Catherine Connors

So she bust out of the swaddle twice last night. I wasn’t going to start the blog this way again, but couldn’t help myself. It’s driving me crazy. I’ve seriously got to let this issue go. ‘Cause if I was […]

The Swaddle Diaries

posted by Catherine Connors

Day 77… Night before last, swaddle intact. Last night, busted out once. I think that the score is just about even. Ha. Who am I kidding? I lost the battle of wills with my daughter about 10 seconds after she […]

Bustin’ Loose

posted by Catherine Connors

She bust out of her swaddle three times last night. THREE. And not just any ordinary swaddle – we’re talking Miracle Blanket swaddle, which is to say, full-on baby straightjacket. She’s done this before – the Husband swears that she […]

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