Monday, December 19, 2016

late nights

Our new little one is such a sweet, happy, darling baby! And really, a peaceful night sleeper so far. But newborns always involve late night nursing sessions, and having three other young ones means I haven't slept through the night myself in about five years. 'Tis only a season, though, and certainly makes for some interesting "quiet" time to mull things over.

I caught Ted eating the Christmas tree in the wee hours of the morning. I wonder how long it will take him to finish the whole thing.

My little boy has been waking up with "bad dreams" involving things like broken tractors. The horror! (I only laugh about it to myself, of course - to him broken trucks really are a sad, terrible thing!)

I wanted to get a couple nice dolls for my kids this Christmas, to which late night overthinking led to nothing short of an existential crisis akin to the adult version of my son's night terrors. Nowadays, they have dolls with diverse skin colors - which I wholeheartedly support, especially since our little family is multi-racial! Although there aren't really any multi-racial looking dolls. So, I had to make a decision about the dolls. Should they be the same skin color? Or should one be light and the other darker? Diverse dolls should co-exist, right? What about the blonde one that looks like me but not them? (Blonde hair and blue eyes are genetically recessive traits after all) and doesn't that one just perpetuate the whole white beauty myth anyway? Except does not having one who looks like their mother make motherhood even more invisible than it already is in our society? We don't want the girls ending up with their own existential crises! What to do, what to do...To which my husband suggested, "Why don't you just buy a couple dolls you think the kids will like." Oh, right.
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