Nice lil weekend and plans for the week

This weekend was pretty darn nice. We had things to do, but not so much that it was overwhelming.

Yesterday we went out and got Jody a new outfit to wear to the holiday parties this year. I guess since I got something new (and Ava got a new dress a few weeks ago), it’s only fair that he gets something as well. He hardly ever gets new clothes so this is a bit of a treat.

We also stopped by Target to pick up some dog food and I picked up an Aquadoodle for Ava for Christmas. I’m so behind on holiday stuff this year, that’s the first Christmas present I’ve bought her!

Then we headed home so Ava could get a nap in before we met friends downtown for the annual parade of lights! It’s the first year we’ve gone to it, but it was pretty nice. Ava enjoyed all of the lights, but even moreso each and every dog that passed by us. ;)

After the parade there was a small fireworks display. Ava was interested in it for a bit, but then she started getting overwhelmed (they were being shot off a building about 100 yards from us) and saying, “No, no, no, no” in her scared voice. :(

From there we all walked over to a maternity/children’s resale store (where we know the owner from one of our Yahoo! Groups). Ava got to play there a bit with her friends Creed and Julia (and warm up from the cold), before we headed back to our car, picked up some dinner and went home.

Today we went out and picked up two more Christmas presents for Ava – a new book for her Little Touch Leappad (because we’re about to throw the one and only book she has out the window, we’ve heard it soooo many times – LOL) and a big thing of Duplo blocks. I might get her a couple books as well, but I think those three presents we have for her now are plenty.

Then we hit the grocery store since it had been a few weeks since I’d done a full on shopping trip. Ava was her usual friendly self, greeting shoppers throughout the store. :)

The wee one is napping now and I just got done reading another “lesson” on this free online photography course a friend told me about. I also went outside and took some pics for my first “assignment.”

We’ve got a fairly busy week planned too. Tomorrow Ava and I are meeting a woman I used to work with for a walk to the park. Tuesday we might have a playdate with some friends. Thursday is a Mom’s night out movie night. We’re watching a couple of birth videos. One is called “What Babies Want – An Exploration of the Consciousness of Infants.” It’s described on the website as “an award winning documentary film that explores the profoundly important and sacred opportunity we have in bringing children into the world” and is narrated by Noah Wyle. The other is called “Birth into Being: The Russian Waterbirth Experience” which contains footage of five births, all natural and underwater, and includes women birthing in the Black Sea (“where the water is tepid and the women are very comfortable”)! Both movies look really amazing and I’m excited to see them. :) Then on Saturday we have Jody’s work holiday party and Sunday is the Cherished Children holiday party. Shew!

Off to make dinner now – hummus, falafel, pita and cucumber sauce. :) Mmmmm.

Good things come to those who piss and moan

Just when I resigned myself to the fact that my neighbors would be living next door to us for the summer, Jody (my husband) says to me this morning while looking out the front door, “There’s a moving truck next door.”

I thought he was pulling my leg. So I took a gander out the window, and sure enough, there it was!

Not wanting to get our hopes up and assume they were actually moving, we thought of other scenarios where they might require a moving truck. Other than selling off the girl gang and their belongings to gypsies, we couldn’t come up with anything that made much sense.

Could it be? Could they actually be moving??

As we were leaving our fortress of solitude to run errands this afternoon, we ran into the mom out front. We asked what was up and she informed us that they were in fact moving. I quickly asked about the status of the house – was it still up for sale? (I.e. Would we have peace and quiet for a few months?) Would they be renting it? (Lots of homes in our neighborhood seem to be becoming rental property lately. The house on the other side of us is. That has it’s good points and bad points, but that’s a story for another day.) She said it had sold and they were closing on it on Wednesday. That struck me as odd since they never put up a “sold” sign (and I figured that was required so the Realtor would get credit, etc.), but I will take it! :) They sold it to a single mom who’s a teacher in our local school district. Current neighbor mom says she’s really nice and she’ll bring her by and introduce her this week if I’m around.

It’s amazing how friendly I became towards her once I found out they would only be in our lives for a few more days. I nearly volunteered to go over and help her pack boxes. Nearly, I said. ;)

So now I can heave a sigh of relief knowing we won’t have to worry about the girl gang running down our party-goers or giving our guests any exciting trampoline performances. (Though that would have made for free entertainment.)

Ahhh, sweet victory. :)

Small victories over corporate giant

You may or may not have heard that Target was selling a maternity t-shirt with the slogan “An epidural is in my near future.” It was being marketed like a Chinese fortune cookie saying and came in a little Chinese food takeout box. I was appalled when I found out about it (on Feb. 9) and immediately wrote a letter to Target expressing my outrage over the irresponsibility of promoting such a shirt.
Here’s a copy of my letter:

To whom it may concern:

I was appalled to discover that Target is selling maternity shirts with the message “An epidural is in my near future.”

What kind of message does this send?? It perpetuates the myth that childbirth is this awful experience that should be feared and is only manageable by being drugged. It certainly doesn’t empower women to learn about natural birthing options.

For a company that believes in community involvement, I think it’s irresponsible to sell a shirt with a message that does not promote self- education. There are many risks involved with getting an epidural (for both the mother and the baby) and many women (if properly educated) could give birth naturally, med-free the way we were intended.

I hope that you will consider removing this shirt from your inventory and instead consider selling shirts to women with a positive, empowering message.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Amy (last name deleted)

Today I got a response back from them…

Dear Amy (last name deleted),

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings about the epidural maternity t-shirt sold on www.target.com.

This t-shirt is no longer available on our Web site at www.target.com. This product was sold briefly on Target.com in our Red Hot Shop. All products on the Red Hot Shop are only available for a limited time or while quantities last.

We apologize for any offense or disappointment this t-shirt may have caused and will make your comments available to our Web site buyers and executives.

Thanks for shopping with us. I hope you’ll visit us again soon at Target.

Sincerely,

Maylan
Target Guest Relations
www.target.com

A friend also received an e-mail back but her’s said the shirts have been removed from the stores as well as the Target Web site. Yay!!

I was so glad to hear that they’ve gotten rid of the shirts and so quickly too. It’s frustrating to me that the epidural rate is so high in this country (80% last I heard) and most women think nothing of having one. They don’t weigh the risks or seek out alternative means to deal with the pain/discomfort. I’m certainly not saying that epidurals don’t have their place or that nobody should have one, but I think one should educate one’s self before taking on the risks that are involved in receiving one and not get it just because that’s what “everybody” does.

Anyway, kudos to Target for listening to the women who voiced their opinion. And kudos to all of the women who took a stand on this. It might seem like small potatoes to some, but if women can unite on an issue such as this and make a difference, they can use their power to bring about change elsewhere too.