Saturday, February 14, 2009

Baby addiction

I read this article on MSNBC yesterday and I didn't know whether to laugh or scream.

Now the world thinks we are just simply insane. Nice. You know, I don't even particularly LIKE newborns, let alone am addicted to them. Certainly, there is something about a fresh fuzzy head and the smell of Johnson's that is so purely wonderful but I, for one, am a BIG fan of sleeping all night and going to work without vomit on my clothes.

But alas, since I have 6 kids I must be addicted to newborns because of something in my childhood and my poor children are neglected because of it.

I'm sure some women ARE addicted to newborns. Probably those women who keep popping kids out and then they end up in foster care around age two. But really, how many children from large families are in foster care? You may think having many children would be quite easy, as careless as it seems. But in fact it takes quite a bit of effort and planning. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find time for MAKING a baby with 5 or 6 others running around? I always say, the most effective birth control is a child. My youngest has an uncanny way of waking up and needing attention at the most inopportune time, effectively securing his status as the baby of the family.

This octuplet mom... well, I'm pretty much convinced SHE is batshit crazy. But now the rest of us are too by some distant association.

If I am required to have an addiction due to some screwed up childhood, at least I could at least take up drinking or drugs or something. They'd likely be cheaper and do less horrible things to my body than pregnancy!

But if having kids is my addiction, I'll take it. Because I love them and I work my butt off to support them and I don't ask a dime from anyone else to do it. So, at least it's an addiction I'm good at.

I'm just sayin.

3 comments:

Teesa69 said...

LOL about how difficult it is to find time for MAKING another baby! I have an 11 yr old that sounds like your youngest :)

I guess it is a good thing to be addicted to...as long as you can support and love them right?!

Michelle said...

We only have two and have difficulty finding more than 15 seconds to be alone LOL! I agree with you - you and Craig DO work your butts off to take care of your own kids, so who cares if you have a thousand of them? Most large families are self-supporting and, in some cases, self-sustaining (self-employed people who garden, farm, etc.)

However, having said that, I think Octomom seems batshit crazy, too. I also think her children are in imminent danger of severe neglect, which has nothing to do with the fact that she has so many kids. Heck - Cole was a preemie who didn't seem to have that many medical issues at birth, but has subsequently kicked our butts with health issues. I can't imagine providing that level of care, as a single parent, to multiple kids, especially when she has three other special needs kids at home.

Dawn said...

Love the title of your post...it's the name of my blog!