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.
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Love the creative title. I too did not struggle with milk production. In fact, I tried to donate all the milk I had pumped for Jake but it was not accepted b/c I had a c-section and had drugs in my system.
Hehe, love this!! xo
Tis a great cause!
And tits a good story!
Er, I mean, “it’s”. 🙂
And it’s comments like this that are why you are such a good writer ;).
I love the Lost in Translation illustration. Also, I was not aware of the International Breast Milk Project. Thanks for sharing!
Leslie @ The Bearded Iris says
This post is sheer perfection, Jessica. Short, sweet, real, and super funny. Love your fierce “I have zero interest in the breast vs. bottle debate” ending too. #badass
Such a compliment coming from you (especially the “super funny” part). I hate all the mom-debates, I all for the just do what you need to do to keep everyone happy and healthy method.
Alexa (katbiggie) says
I love this post. Had me laughing all the way through. And that is a great program to promote. I also struggled with production. Literally pumped til I bled one night, but by GOD my babies were gonna get breast milk. I could have used a program like this!
I didn’t struggle with production but remember many NICU moms who did. I used to want to offer them some of mine but I thought they might be offended :).
that cynking feeling says
I was one of those moms who didn’t produce milk. I’m not sure if I would have sought out a donor program, but I think this is a wonderful project for those who do feel strongly about breast over bottle.
Fortunately milk production was the one thing I didn’t struggle with but I knew many NICU moms who did. I think it’s great to have so many options no matter what moms decide to do.