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To try and distract myself during this month break I’ve been doing a bit of research into a few things I want to get for our baby. At the moment it’s been the bed. I love the idea of co-sleeping and having the baby close at night. I can’t understand having the baby in a separate room where you are unable to hear it. I know I toss and turn a lot at night and keeping a baby in the bed with us is not the safest option. So I have found the perfect co-sleeper cot that attaches to the side of the bed. The only problem is that I can’t find anywhere that sells this bed in Australia, and nothing similar to it. And I’ve really got my heart set on having wooden furniture rather than the cheaper nylon/cloth cot. So it seems that my only option is to buy it from the US and get it shipped to Australia. I’ve probably 6-7 months to see what I can find on eBay or Amazon.

And then a story like this comes out. How can a coroner find that co-sleeping is dangerous based on a few stupid people who weren’t actually co-sleeping… they just fell asleep with the baby. And then to say westerners are fat, alcoholic druggies and that this is the basis in which no one should co-sleep.

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Wow, from one extreme to another. This article just warrants a big WTF?

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2010/02/19/utah-passes-bill-that-charges-women-for-illegal-abortion-or-miscarriage

A bill like this is attacking women who have already gone through something traumatic and treating them as criminals for something that is often out of their control. It’s pure madness and stupidity.

It’s about as f**ked up as a political party in our local state election running on an anti-abortion platform and covering the whole state in anti-choice posters with pictures of premature babies and nearly full-term foetuses. They believe that women who get pregnant after rape should suck it up and deal with it, that even gross physical or mental disability is no reason to choose abortion, and really that women have no rights over their body and reproductive choices. I hope we never have that decision in front of us, but damned if I’m going to let some man and his religious views take away my choices.

I like this bit of research that has come through from an Australian study.

http://www.news.com.au/national/part-time-working-mums-have-healthier-kids/story-e6frfkvr-1225835266085?from=public_rss

With me not working at the moment and us re-evaluating our finances it seems we can survive on one income, but we can live on one and a bit. So it will mean I’ll have to go back to work at some stage after our children are born, but we can live with me only being part time.

Following on from yesterday journalistic gem, my co-worker forwarded this on to me.

101 Uses for a Man
“Scientists can now grow synthetic sperm, so do we need men any more? Well, there are a few things they’re still good for…”

My favourite gems include:

5. Eating up the elderly tub of coleslaw in the back of the fridge after an evening at the pub.
58. If not exactly fixing the car, then at least looking purposeful until the AA turns up.
84. Regularly contracting obscure and incurable tropical diseases (as diagnosed on Google), only to recover miraculously just in time for the cricket.

None of these say anything about giving advice about child birth or pregnancy. The nearest is being able to compare childbirth with bad constipation.

Anyway, that’s enough man-bashing for today.

Fantastic (I say with sarcasm) news article that was floating around online today.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25779425-421,00.html

Quoting UK Professor Dr Denis Walsh “the pain of labour should be considered a rite of passage and a”purposeful, useful thing. The pain prepares women for the responsibilities of motherhood.”

So now we’ve got some guy publicly making women feel guilty for wanting the option of pain relief during child-birth.

As my cousin commented “How about we shove a whole watermelon up his ar$e and see how he embraces that?”