HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

As every parent knows, your oldest child's birthday is also the anniversary of your becoming a parent. This week we are celebrating our seventh anniversary with all the members of the extended FD family. Fellow's grandmother, for example, was thoughtful enough to get him a new baseball glove for his birthday. When she delivered it to HQ earlier this week, we noticed that it was actually a catcher's mitt, and asked why she would have gotten it. She said, "That's specifically what I asked for, a catcher's glove—because he's going to be using it to catch, isn't he?" Yes, he sure is. We thanked grandma for her troubles and brought the glove back to the store.

I WANT MY, I WANT MY IVF

Over on Slate, Sarah Richards makes the case for reproductively-challenged couples skipping the middle man (hormone shots) and moving right to IVF if the first round of treatment fails. It's a strong case: IVF costs more, but has a higher rate of success so at the end of the day it can actually save couples money, not to mention psychological stress. IVF also lessens the chance of producing triplets or more-lets. As we've said many times before, reproductive technology is not our specialty here, but Richards' conclusions seem very much worth a look.

FERTILITY EXPERTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD HAVE COME TO THE SHRINE, EXAMINED THE CHAIR, AND FOUND TO THEIR SURPRISE THAT IT DOESN'T EVEN VIBRATE

Childless Catholic women from across the globe are high-tailing it to Naples to sit in the so-called "miracle chair" at the shrine of Saint Mary Frances of the Five Wounds in the city's Spanish Quarter. Women are convinced that the saint answers prayers for women who sit in her old armchair, especially those who are trying to conceive.

Um, like we said above, we're not really an expert on reproductive technology. . .

NEVER CALL A KID ON THE CALENDAR

Fellow routinely corrects us on calendrical issues, and tracks the day and date so intently that we've come to accept his word on upcoming days and dates as gospel. (He's also completely internalized the remainder of the Patriots' schedule, but that's for another post.) Earlier this week, for example, he told us that he was born during a leap year and that next year would be his THIRD leap year. But then there's unusually precocious eight-year-old future pundit Sophia McCrimmen of Mechanicsville, VA, who recently contacted XM Satellite Radio to correct one of its political channels' countdown to the 2008 election:

<<"I love politics so much! I just have one problem, you are underestimating the number of days until the election! You are forgeting that 2008 is a leap year!...Plese add one day too your total to acount for leap day. Keep up the good work.
"P.S. Can you mabie read this on the radio? That would be super cool!!!!
"P.P.S. If you have time. I don't want to mess you up.">>

According to the L.A. Times, XM not only corrected its error, it invited Sophia on air for a three-minute interview. Good for them.

Nmz7890_mnLADIES, WE HAVE THE PERFECT STROLLER FOR YOU — IF YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE CONCEIVED A CHILD WITH THE TERMINATOR

The special-edition Bugaboo Cameleon in Metallic Silver is being sold for $1199,
but exclusively at Neiman-Marcus.

Which is just as well.

FREELANCE DAD: SUGGESTING MASSIVE, IRRESPONSIBLE TIME-SUCKS FOR YOUR SONS SINCE 2004

Logo_marvelIf you live in, well, most places, there is probably not a great comic-book shop near you. Which is one of the great tragedies of early-21st-century life in America. However, Marvel Comics is now bringing comic books to you (and your kids) with its new Digital Comics Unlimited Web site. For $5 a month, you get access to thousands of previously published comics, many of them organized into categories like "Origin Stories," "First Appearances," and "Kid Friendly." We haven't subscribed ourselves, but we've checked out the free samples, and the image quality is terrific.

Think your kids aren't into comic books enough to be interested? Try them. As Jeph Loeb, writer of recent and hugely popular runs of Batman, Superman, and other heroes, and now a writer for baffling primetime hit "Heroes," told the L.A. Times:

[he] has comics on display at his house in an old-fashioned spinner rack that fascinates the friends of his young son. "One of them walked up to me and asked where can I get more of these? He had no idea where comic books were sold," Loeb [said]. He said he doesn't buy the conventional logic that today's youth are too CGI-jaded to enjoy the simpler pleasures of comic books. "There's something in all of us that loves stories and storytelling and I don't think video games satisfy that," he said. "I think comics are like chocolate chip cookies. If they're not around, kids don't know they want them, but once they are exposed to them, they want them. . . . When I came home, my son and his friends were sprawled out on the floor reading those comics in the traditional pose, too, on the floor on their stomach with their feet dangling in the air, reading the book on their elbows. . . . Some things are natural."

ALL THREE OF THE NAMES WE'VE USED HERE AT FD.COM HQ ARE IN THE TOP 50 FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE SEXES, SO WE'RE NOT SO ORIGINAL EITHER

Ever feel like your kid has the same first name as every third kid in his or her school? You're right! New York City has released its annual list of the most popular names for new Broadway Babies, and in a stunning upset, Emily has been toppled by Ashley at the head of the girls' list. But the bigger news is that 14 of the top 20 girls' names share the predictabale "a" or "ia" ending, headlined by Isabella, Kayla, Sophia, and Mia in the top 7. As for the boys, Michael edged Daniel, Matthew, and Joshua at the top of the list, and Shlomo came in 114th.

(Access a PDF of the complete list via UrbanBaby.)

THANKS, FANS

We know things have been quiet here the last few weeks, as FD has worked his way through a variety of real-world (that is, paying) deadlines. The good news is that there will be several newsstand and Amazon alerts in the weeks and months ahead, as well as more columns on Disney's Family.com like the one we hope you saw during its run last week. Hopefully one of our readers will win the prize for "comment of the week" from the Mouse. And we're recommitted to providing regular content here for the forseeable. Thanks for sticking around.

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