Being outnumbered by small children lends itself to a particular phenomenon that I have a hard time putting into words.
Since it’s hard to explain I thought I would give it a semi-creative title, create a barely-fancy illustration and share a story to cover all my bases.
Lost In Translation
When I had three kids all under age four, a trip to Target provided the perfect example of the Lost In Translation phenomenon:
(Walking through toy aisles to pick out something small to keep everyone happy that usually turns into something gimongous to keep everyone from crying.)
Child 1 (almost 2 y/o): Look Areo!
Me: Oh from The Little Mermaid, that’s Ari…
Child 2 (4 y/o): That’s not Areo that’s Ariolo.
Me: No, her name is A...
Child 3 (4 y/o and perceived expert on the subject): Boys, her name is Areola.
Child 1 & 2 nodding approvingly: Can we get Areola? We WUV Areola!
Child 3: Yes, we want Areola, Mom.
Me (steering towards dollar aisle): Guys, we are not getting Ariel.
Child 3: (Shaking her head at me disdainfully) Mommy, we want AREOLA not Ariel.
Me: U-turn grab Ariel/Areola, exit aisle left straight to the nursing supplies because all this boob talk has my weaning-self leaking breast milk from the toy department to the baby aisle.
If Ariel had absorbent hair I could have used her to mop of the trail up breast milk she was responsible for.
This post was made possible by a Target cart full of children, my leaking boobs and the International Breast Milk Project.
The mission of the International Breast Milk Project: Our vision is that every infant in the world have access to donor human milk as a first choice when a mother’s own milk is not available. We aim to create awareness for the need for donor human milk, mobilize donors, and provide donor milk to infants in need.
On a side note, I have zero interest in the breast vs. bottle debate, you can formula feed, breast feed, a little of both, I don’t care. You’re the mom and it’s your choice. I didn’t struggle with milk production but I know many moms do and also that there are babies out there who NEED nourishment that they are not being given and this is why I support the amazing efforts of the International Breast Milk Project.
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