The Sonia Show

Writer. Podcaster. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

Don’t kick the baby


Yeah, so, it takes me about a month to read an Entertainment Weekly, because I have so many books about babies that I need to read. I don’t have any natural mothering instincts, you know, so I need books to tell me how to behave.

“Oh, so you shouldn’t shake the baby.”
“I should tell the baby I love him. That’s not how we did it in my family, but OK.”

One of the books I’m reading is “Your Baby’s First Year,”  which is a month-by-month break down of milestones The Boy should be hitting. It also offers helpful tips for handling certain situations such as separation anxiety, etc.

It seems like a perfectly fine book. Or, at least I thought it was until I saw this image:

Ummm, is that dude making out with his baby?

I find the image really disturbing. Seriously, the book publishers need to change that image. I’m pretty sure there are laws against that kind of imagery.

Or, maybe it’s supposed to be an example of what not to do?

“Oh, so I shouldn’t make out with my baby.”


Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

4 thoughts on “Don’t kick the baby

  1. Growing up, we had a piece of art in our house that was an old woman holding a naked baby in her hands, lifting it up, and kissing it, except for some reason it really looked like she was eating it. I thought that from about age 7 onward. It was super disturbing!

  2. I’m out of my comfort zone here–I’ve never been a parent, or to tell the truth, some sort of expert on “making out”, but yeah, the drawing IS disturbing–mainly I think because the artist is obviously unskilled. It’s a pretty bad and awkward drawing in my opinion.
    Actually, I see no harm in kissing babies, on the forehead, on the cheek, or even a smart little kiss on the lips–but sucking on a baby’s lip, or having the baby suck on yours–well I just don’t know… Our mouths are filthy–probably not a good idea, no matter what the age. Anyway, I’m sticking with the theory that the artist just couldn’t figure it out.
    AND Sonia, as far as I know, this phenomenon of parents telling their children that they love them is relatively new. My parents, although I didn’t realize it at the time, were extremely loving–although they would NEVER in a million years admit it with actual words. Why, I really don’t know. Just one of those cultural things that has changed for the better over time, I suppose. BTW–Love, love, love reading your blog and keeping up with your family. All my best, Don.

  3. Donald, thank you so much for the kind words. I’m so glad that you enjoy reading the blog. I’m worried that I’m getting a little boring. Whew.

    As for the drawing … It’s creepy and weird. I’m surprised that no one involved in the publishing process said, “Hey, you know what? That drawing is a little weird.”

  4. I read so many baby books early on that I burned myself out. Now, there’s no book. I’m just winging it and praying that my kid doesn’t end messed.

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