Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ugly babies. Parte dos.

People have said a lot of really nice things since Greg and I announced our happy news.

Things like:

You guys will be such great parents.
You guys will love it.
You two deserve it.
Your child will grow up learning love and respect for others.
You will have fun and crazy kids.

Those are some things people have told us.

No one has ever told us this:  You will have beautiful children.

I have seen many pregnancy announcements lately (it's in the water!), and I always read through the comments.  I have started to notice something.  When the parents are good looking people say, "Your child is going to be beautiful!"  When the parents are not good looking people say, "You will be great parents."

Greg and I have been told many times we will be great parents.

I suppose we do have a few things working against us.  We are both deathly pale.  There is no lack of freckles on our pasty skin.  Greg is a proud redhead.  My mouth is huge and when I smile it takes up my whole face.

So yah.  We've got some ugly possibilities for children.


These could be our future children.

I rest my case.

(Disclaimer:  All pictures were taken from self proclaimed "ugly babies".  I did not stalk anybody's personal photo albums and grab pictures of their children.  In some cases these babies are being paid a lot of money for their unique look.  The boy in the green bunny shirt, for example.)

Before I forget, I have to tell you something.  Tomorrow Taylor and I are doing a "Why we work" linkup in celebration of Valentine's Day.  We will be writing about why our relationships with our significant others "work."  Of course, we'd love to have you join us.  You don't have to write on significant others, either; you can write on any relationship that works in your life. (Mom, best friend, child, dog, WHOEVER!)  Look no further for a cute Valentine's day post, my friends!  Stop by tomorrow or Friday and link on up!


And now, I am turning the rest of the time over to Kate.  Something is in the air, but I feel like the guest posters here at Life of Bon have seriously stepped it up a notch.  Kate absolutely nails it in this hilarious post on how to manage through a snowstorm.  Given that most of us have seen our fair share of snow this year, (California and Arizona, you keep quiet!) I think we can all relate!

Good Morrow, Life of Bon readers! Now, I know what you are already thinking--you're thinking, "quit trying to make 'good morrow' happen Kate, it's not going to happen!" Never fear, readers, if Gretchen Weiners can make fetch happen, then Kate Thomas can make Good Morrow happen!

Now that we've got our Mean Girls references out of the way, let me formally introduce myself--I'm Kate, from Thoroughly Modern, and I write a "lifestyle" blog. "Lifestyle" is a nice little catch-all phrase for us bloggers who aren't hardcore fashion, recipe, or DIY divas. Don't worry! I post the occasional #ootd, and I'm beginning to post more recipes as I work on Project Gryffindor. I also like to talk about my love of music, guilty pleasure television, and our puppy child, Millicent (Millie).

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The tagline of Thoroughly Modern is "life as a power couple." We don't actually believe we are a Brangelina-type power couple, but it sure makes life more interesting to ask yourself "What Would a Power Couple Do?"
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What would a Power Couple do in a snowfall? Have a photo shoot, of course.

Here in Virginia, we're gearing up for another snowstorm, which I'm sure all of you in Utah and other colder parts of the states will consider a "light dusting." This has been a tough winter, and I commend all of you who put up with worse during the winter, because I am about to go crazy. In the meantime, I would love to share with all of you how a Power Couple faces a snowstorm.

1. Stock up on essential beverages--milk, water, coke, orange juice, champagne, and don't you DARE forget the Godiva hot chocolate mix.

2. Stock up on other essentials: bacon, cheese, carbs, and chocolate.

3. Make sure your yoga pants and other sweats are cleaned and ready to be put to use, because you're not leaving the house for days.

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Lookin' good, right?! Nobody cares on a snow day!
4. Find that list you made of all the things you want to get done around your house. Do one thing, cross it off the list, then spend the rest of the day watching Netflix. Go ahead--you earned it!

5. Forbid everyone else in the house from showering, washing dishes, etc. You are going to need all the hot water you can get for your bubble baths.

6. Browse Netflix for a really good, guilty pleasure tv show you can waste away your day watching. I recommend Pretty Little Liars or Gossip Girl, but maybe not Walking Dead. Save that for a time when you aren't in the middle of a potential snowpocalypse.

7. Have your go-to list of pizza delivery on hand, so you're prepared in case of an emergency.

8. Cross your ears, fingers, and toes and hope that the power doesn't go out, but if it does, head down to the state-of-the-art bunker you had installed in case of an emergency like this (duh, every power couple has at least one!).

Friends, if you follow my advice, we all might make it to see the greenery of spring bloom another day.

Meanwhile, I'll be dreaming of being in Costa Rica.
Thanks for letting me share today, and I hope to see you all around my blog soon!

All Love,

Kate

84 comments:

  1. I appreciate your post and I get what your saying but I think it's pretty harsh to grab random kiddos from the internet and proclaim them ugly. Maybe just post a pic of you guys as kids or do a mashup or something. I'd be pretty pissed if I saw a pic of my kid labeled ugly on someone's blog. Just sayin.

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    1. +1. It wouldn't be cool to compile pictures of 'ugly' grown ups and label them so, even less cool when it's children. Pretty shallow (almost lazy?) post content, I'd say. Could have been a great post with some more thought (why are you worried about having an ugly baby? What makes an ugly baby ugly? Why does society say having an ugly baby is a negative thing? Why is ugly a thing at all?). Also, there's a difference between a badly taken picture and an unattractive child.

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    2. @lisa I added a disclaimer in the post, but thought I'd put it here too to make sure you see it. These are not just random photos I grabbed from the internet, they are all pictures of self proclaimed "ugly babies". @elly the post was not meant to be serious in nature nor was it meant to analyze our society's schewed views on beauty. Just poking fun of the future child Greg and I may have.

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    3. Ugly babies often turn in to beautiful adults. The reverse happens a lot too. But that's all on the surface; superficial. Real ugly is more than skin deep. That seems to occur when people are perched behind computer screens. I'd rather be the parent who's told my kid is well mannered, kind and courteous. We all know what 'the beautiful people' turn out to be like in the end. :) Keep up the good work Bonnie!

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  2. You guys will have beautiful children! You are beautiful and Greg is goodlookin!

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  3. I'm definitely having an ugly baby, if my husband and I as babies were any indication! My mom told me she cried for MONTHS after I was born because she thought I was so ugly (can you tell I'm the oldest child!?). But I'm sure you and Greg will have wonderfully adorable children :-)

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  4. The truth is, some babies just aren't cute. At all. BUT they're all beautiful and make perfectly.
    I was worried my son was going to be not so cute because his father is well... ugly. I didn't want to be known as the person with an uncute baby! How embarrassing?! Well once you see that little human that was growing inside you, all the fear gets swept away and that unconditional love takes it's place. You could have a baby with a third eye and proudly claim you have the cutest baby! You become very bias with your kiddos.
    Now, please don't think I am saying your sweet baby is going to be ugly, because it isn't true! You'll adore that little bundle of cutest and as will we all!

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  5. I think you're probably overanalyzing on the kid thing. And really, it's probably a higher compliment to say that someone will be great parents because that's a comment about your character and your commitment to each other.

    In other news, I have an Ugly Baby Pinterest Board if you'd like to feel better about your prospects.

    So, let's be honest, if anyone here is going to be sentenced to ugly children, it's probably going to be me.

    Your children are going to be beautiful and you will be great parents.

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  6. Omg I love baby gingers... they always end up having a fiery personality, and I think it's awesome!

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  7. not nice....sorry, maybe they look ugly to you, but I hate somebody calling ugly to a little soul....very rude

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  8. I have to agree with some of the other comments here- that is not a nice thing that you did. Who are those children? You should have posted pictures of you and your husband as children. Very irresponsible of you. Maybe you should pray about it before you hit the publish button.

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  9. Some people are taking this post a little bit too seriously I think...
    As a ginger, I understand your fear of giving birth to a terrifying little ginger baby. But on the other hand, some gingers are really cute. So you have a good chance of having either a non-ginge or a cute ginge, I will cross my fingers for you! :)

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    1. My husband is a ginger and he says ALL the time that he doesn't want a little ginger baby! hahaha! All in good fun of course!

      -Kate
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  10. terribly inappropriate, but your main man is good looking and you are totally pretty! don't be cray. secondly, my farmer is smokin…like movie star quality (http://farmerbell.blogspot.com/p/my-farmer.html) and our babe was, what's the word, terrifying. people told us our kids would be so beautiful…and you know what…the first one didn't turn out so great. we'll cross our fingers for round two. the good news? our gal is so so so cute now…like one of the cutest. it just took her a few months. congrats!

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  11. on another note…some people really took this post seriously…sheesh. don't they know that having children is all about having a FANTASTIC sense of humor? maybe they should pray about that?

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    1. I'd definitely pray for a sense of humor FOR them! Lighten up, people!

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  12. Honestly, I don't think babies start getting cute until they are at least over three months old, and even then, they still need a little more time. Lots of kids look weird and awkward, and that's just the way development works, and there's nothing wrong with that. personally, I think you all will be great parents AND you'll have the cutest ginger babies! Pale skin is making a comeback! (that's what I tell myself anyway)

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  13. This cracked me up. All babies are ugly. I saw babies described as 'goblin potatoes' once and I have been using that ever since. But yeah, ....babies are totally terrible looking. You spend nine months baking inside an oven. It's okay though, they'll get cuter.

    And I really liked this guest post. I didn't have a hard time with winter at all in Sweden, but I'm originally from the south so I know just how blindsided you can be by snow. It's kind of freaky.

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  14. Wow, seriously?! I can think of nothing meaner than taking pictures of kids (who are cute and beautiful and precious little souls) and calling them ugly.

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  15. Couldn't add to my last comment... How about taking the complement that you will be great parents as a far greater complement than saying you look good because it is putting value on who you are as a person on the inside and what your heart is like, instead of your hair color or skin color.

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    1. Compliment not complement.

      And you are right, I do take it as a compliment that people think we will be great parents. Of course, the worth of a person is not based on their skin color or their hair color. The post is satirical in nature and was meant to poke fun. I am guessing we don't have the same type of humor. Have you ever read Jonathan's essay about eating babies, "A Modest Proposal"? I don't think you would like it.

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    3. Well, I am glad that you were joking. I don't really see what would qualify this piece as satire, though. There is nothing that unbelievable about what you have said, it just sounds mean... I do appreciate satires and have read A Modest Proposal, though it was fifteen years ago. From my understanding satires usually have a hint of being preposterous, know what I mean? But saying you'll have ugly babies and the posting pictures of self-proclaimed ugly babies isn't that witty or clever, or at all. It's just mean because even if someone where to come up to you and say something negative about themselves, it's not right for you to broadcast that info or endorse it. I think you'll learn when you become a mom that your child's self esteem is something that you would give anything and fight anyone to preserve. It makes me sad that some little redhead may do a search for ugly pale and baby pictures and find your post and attempt at humor. There's a quote that really hits home on how important this is, "Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes to drain it dry." (Alvin Price). Also, I think this would have been a good satire if you had posted pics of little redhead baby models and talked about how your ugly babies could look like them, that would have been funny.

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    4. Alright, Ariane, I really didn't want to keep this going, but I am a word nerd, so I thought we'd get the definition of satire right. According to dictionary.com, satire is "a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule." Wikipedia agrees that it is a genre "in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule," and just to drive the point home, Webster states that it is "a way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc." None of those three definitions say that it has to be "preposterous" or "unbelievable"; it is simply poking fun of a weakness. Jonathan Swift's "Modest Proposal" is certainly preposterous and unbelievable, but that doesn't mean that all satire has to be. Now, as to your assertion that it wasn't witty or clever, that may be true. I never said it was GOOD satire, I only said it was satire and I maintain that claim.

      Secondly, I have to disagree with your quote by Alvin Price. My job as a mother will not be to spend my days filling my child's "bucket" with self esteem. We live in an entitled and narcissistic generation. I work with teenagers all day every day who have only been told that they are perfect little creatures who can do no wrong. They refuse to accept the grade they deserve, they think they are the exception to every rule, and they do not have respect for others. Everyone thinks they are "special" when the truth is we are all quite average. Of course I will love and adore my child, but I won't spend my life inflating his ego. I will teach him truth and honesty and, yes, love too.

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  17. Honestly, i havent seen any ugly baby in a long time. Human evolution *shrugs*

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  18. In my humble opinion, all new borns are pretty ugly. At least for the first 48 hours or so... they are just so crumpled up and their heads look odd... they kind of freak me out.

    I was a pretty ugly baby myself until I reached 9 months or so -- not ashamed to say it! Beauty is WAAY more than skin deep, but I sure do get a kick of looking at some baby pictures of myself and asking my mom whether she seriously wondered in aliens dropped me off!

    Great post! I got your sense of humor. It's awesome.

    -Kate
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    1. Newborns all look squishy and weird! Birth is traumatic, man. Let's squeeze YOU through a tiny tube and see how you look when you come out, haha. I also loved this post, though. Totally agree with you!

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  19. This was hysterical. I happen to think that it's more rare to have a beautiful baby than a funny looking one. Birth is a traumatic experience on a body! And come on, how often do adults look EXACTLY like their weirdo baby pictures?

    And Bon, you are beautiful and Greg is a cutie. I looked like a little, old, man when I was born and I didn't have any hair until I was 2! Sometimes, the cutest babies are the weirdest looking adults, too. I'm sure that no matter what, your babe will be a sweetie.

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  20. I think you and Greg will have beautiful children :) and I honestly think that all babies are cute no matter fresh out of the womb or 1 year old but that may just be because I love kids. You will be awesome parents too. I am so happy for you guys! Blessings!

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  21. People are such wack-a-doodles. Clearly you wrote this all in fun! I loved it! I remember praying every night for my son to look like his father, I just love him so! And trust me, you'll get criticized for what diapers you use, how warm your house is, what you dress your child in. According to society, mothers can do no right, but in the eyes of your sweet baby, you can do no wrong and that's what truly matters at the end of the day!

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  22. I'm shocked that so many people clearly don't own salt! #apinchof Great post, as usual, Bonnie :) x

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  23. I say lighten up people. It was meant to be a funny post about her own fears and some of you probably didn't' see the disclaimer about where she got the photos. Quit being so self righteous. The truth is not everyone is beautiful on the outside although all children are beautiful on the inside. But she's just talking about the outside. Freedom of speech. I'm sure we all have photos of us as babies that we could look back and laugh at.

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  24. I read this post earlier and returned now to see the comments, whew! I'm sure those who commented are going to make me public enemy #1 after this, but I don't think babies are cute at all! In my life, I've probably seen one or two babies who I really thought were adorable. They get way cuter when their features become more distinctive with time! So, don't feel too bad about labeling a few "ugly babies"....my husband has scolded me for years because I declare, "most babies are ugly!" And now that I have served as a martyr for all those who secretly share my stance, I bid you adieu.

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  25. And no matter what your baby looks like, you will think they are beautiful and wonderful. My hubby and I have similar problems to you guys: pasty white skin, freckles, big teeth, crazy eyes, etc, etc. Our kids are remarkably cute. Of course when they hit that awkward stage that runs from 7-17, it could be a different story.

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  26. I agree with Jennifer! Lighten up! This was meant to be a funny post! And honestly, I've looked at some babies and have thought the exact same thing! Some babies are just not cute and take awhile before they grow into their features. That of course doesn't take away from the fact that babies are just adorable no matter what even if they look alittle "ugly". As a pregnant mom, I hope my babies are cute too, but yes I worry that my baby might not be. Who knows how it'll turn out? My husband had a huge head and big eyes as a baby. I had a silly looking nose and who knows how the baby will turn out, but either way, we will love that baby!! As will Bonnie and her husband!

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  27. Ok first of all let me say this. When my own child was fresh out of the womb, I screwed up my face and thought, 'ewwwww'. (I mean once I got over all the other shiz going on in that room!) She was kinda weird looking for awhile. She had this crazy red spot on her head that got worse when she cried. I mean between my ex husband and I we have about 8 different nationalities represented. He's got freckles. We were legitimately concerned about her looks. It turned out ok though. I'm going to pray that some people above are blessed with a sense of humor. Very soon. Smh. You guys will be FANTASTIC parents! (And have a beautiful baby!)

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  28. When our son was about 2 months or so his pediatrician made this comment, "oh, he's going to be a red head. I'm so sorry!" I didn't know how to take that!

    My biggest fear before having kids was that they would have all the unlikeable features, but, like others have said, you are going to think your kids are cute no matter what.

    Oh and now I have to go back through our last pregnancy announcement to see what people said. :-)

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  29. This post made me laugh! Sadly, I lost my father yesterday and was coming to look for old blog posts about you losing your father... but of course I stumbled on this first. This was a nice minute break from the tears and sadness. Hilarious! OF COURSE you meant it to be silly and in good fun! All of your regular readers will know that. I hope pregnancy treats you well, and if you have an ugly baby, well... I hope they turn into a beautiful adult to make up for it LOL :)

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    1. Alaine my heart absolutely goes out to you during this trying time. I will keep you in my thoughts, and will pray that you will somehow feel peace, love and comfort during this time. May God give you the strength you need. XOXO.

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  30. I remember when once I came home from babysitting and cried to my mom that I didn't want to have ugly kids like the ones I had just taken care of. Haha- I think the hilarious part is you love your child no matter what they look like. And maybe you should fast before posting as well- the prayer thing just doesn't cut it when writing hilarious posts ;)

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  31. The comments here might be even funnier than this post...people are so serious! Hilarious Bonnie! Great job as usual ;)

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  32. I prefer the comment "you are going to make some smart babies". I already know any kids of mine will have a jacked up nose. lol
    Analyzinglifedetours.blogspot.com

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  33. We made the mistake and used one of those photo mash up things to predict what our baby would look like. It was horrifying enough that my mom called me up and told me to take down the blog post so that she didn't have nightmares. :) This is the post if you want to see it.
    http://aisle11.blogspot.com/2012/09/what-will-offspring-look-like.html

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  34. I don't understand why people are so upset. This is a legitimate concern. No one wants ugly children.

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  35. It doesn't matter how he/she will look… a mother's love i unconditional and unbiased. It could be the ugliest thing on the planet and everyone in the world would know it except for you. Have you read Wonder? That's a great example. Although I got to say, Caroline looked like an alien her entire first year. And now she's a total cutie pie. And you won't forget your nephews when they were newbies, right?

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    1. You are right! Davy was the worst! He looked like Gollum for his first year of life!

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  36. I don't think these uptight peeps would like www.peopleofwalmart.com. Too bad for them. I'll have all the fun laughing at the ugly people.

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  37. I just recently started following your blog.. I LOVE how honest (and hilarious) you are, you make is so people can actually relate. This is a legitimate concern!! One I have found myself thinking about all too often. I feel bad for the people who have taken this so seriously.. Have they never had the joy/terror of looking through old albums of themselves and their siblings while they laugh over how they used to look? It's all part of the fun of growing up. And for the record, I think your baby will be adorable:)

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  38. uhmm, the photo of the baby on the bottom right is me. Sooo thanks.

    HAHA JK!!!!

    But I think your babes will be lookin' gooood. You're both skinny, so they don't have FP (fat potential), so be grateful for that! Justin and I both have pooches, so our poor children probably will, too. Sad face. hhahaha

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  39. My nephew's brother is an ugly baby well he isn't so much a baby now I think he is around 18mths old now but still he is ugly, but he is loved by his mum and his brother and grandfather.

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  40. It's funny that all of the babies you used as ugly baby examples have red hair.

    Signed,
    mom of a beautiful red-haired baby girl.

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  41. Honestly, I think Ginger kids are the absolute CUTEST EVER! I loved all those pictures and I find every single one ADORABLE!!!

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  42. The offended people were probably ugly babies...

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  43. On a side note, the largest sperm bank in the world won't accept sperm from red-headed men. Take from that what you will.

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  46. (*ignore me deleting a thousdand comments. Apparently I can't type today.)

    My husband won "Cutest Baby in Duchesne County" so if my kid is ugly, it's all gonna be on me. I'm terrified.

    but maybe I'm more terrified that my kids will grow up without LEARNING HOW TO TAKE A JOKE.
    geez. some people on here.
    Also, I'm genuinely curious of the offended people here think that these kids are cute...

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  47. It did snow a lot here, and it's still coming down! I agree with the GG and PLL recommendations! I finished them so I have been watching Army Wives!

    Your babies will be cute!

    http://tngirlinthebigworld.blogspot.com

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  48. And you're going to be a mother? You pray amongst 10 year olds? You're a teacher? An example? Very disheartening {definitely not funny} and should be taken down. Who cares that you GOOGLED ugly children and used that because they are "self-proclaimed" ugly. It does not make it right. Shame on you.

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    1. Oh jeez, lighten up! It's clearly meant to be tongue in cheek!

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    3. You are right, Sarah, that doesn't make it right.

      My next question is, then, does my inappropriate and thoughtless post make it right for you to insult my ability to mother, pray, or teach? Interesting that in trying to teach me the "right" and "thoughtful" way you do neither of those things.

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    4. Did I say anything about your ability to be a mother, to pray, or teach? Those were question marks I believe. Asking you to think about those things. You're going to be a mother? You pray amongst 10 year olds? You teach? In which you would have turned around and said "yes" to all. Following those questions, I mentioned that it was disheartening to see you use images of babies that are "self-proclaimed" ugly. By me asking you the first questions, and adding the second statement it was to make you think about how the ROLE that you play in life is very important as you are an example to your children, the young kids that you pray with, as well as the students that you teach. I don't believe I ever said you were BAD at any of those things, did I? Now, I do believe you DID post pictures of babies and proceed to call them "Self-proclaimed" ugly. It was disheartening {fact} and it was not right {fact, you even said it yourself}. I'm sure you will be a great mother one day, and I have no doubt that you do great things in regards to your church and your teaching, however, we all make mistakes in life and sometimes we need that reminder that we serve as an example for others around us. Making fun of children should not be one of those examples. "Satire" or not.

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  49. I have 8 nieces and nephews and only one of them came out truly cute. I mean he was so beautiful. He still is such a handsome and charming little boy! He's going to be a stud in high school. I see it now. However I also had a niece born about the same time and she was uh...the least cute. Huge forehead. Google eyes. It was unfortunate. However she is now 2 years old and the cutest little shit you ever did see! She has this ornery little smile and is just precious. It all works out! I was an ugly duckling and I think I turned out alright :)

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  50. Um, I read this post, thought it was funny, and moved right along never realized there was such controversy in the comments. Lighten up, people. You will be a great mother Bonnie, don't sweat the trolls.

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  51. I was an ugly baby, and an ugly child, ugly adolescent, awkward/ugly teen ... I really didn't get "cute" until my 20s so I know my children are doomed. I'm hoping my stud of a husband will have dominant cute genes that overtake my ugly ones and produce cute children. So far, his sister's kids are adorable so there's still hope ...

    Btw, we went to visit my brand-new niece at the hospital yesterday when she was just 13 hours old and everyone -my husband, me, my father-in-law, etc- could not stop commenting on how "cute" and "normal" she looked! No strange head shape, no weird discoloration, just a normal baby like in the movies. I think cute newborns are pretty rare and odd-looking ones are more common than us non-parents seem to realize. :)

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  52. I loved this post! I think newborns need at least 2 weeks until they are really cute. And I always worry about ugly babies, although all the babies I have ever met in person have melted my heart within a few minutes regardless of his or her looks.

    And I really want a ginger baby! Maybe that is weird, but I think the red hair is so adorable!

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  53. I'm only a little embarrassed of how much time I spent reading these comments. "Have you read Jonathan Swift's essay? I don't think you would like it." I'm crying.

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    1. Hahahaha I second that. My favorite reply from Bon was "You are right. I shall pray." People get too worked up these days!

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  54. Miss Heather, who said anything about the fear of having an ugly child? You can have any fear you wish to have, just don't use other people's children as an example to make your post something for others to laugh at. One day, as a mother, she will realize how childish this decision was. Tell me then exactly the point of having those pictures here. Could you agree that they were not necessary, and the post could have been written without them? Imagine if someone wrote a post and said "When I grow up..I hope I don't end up looking like this" and included images of YOU, or Bonnie, or any other adult? Rude right. So why does it make it OK because it's a baby?

    Think about that.

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    1. Sarah, I just now saw your comment to me... like a month later! I still don't agree with your previous comment and I still found what you said to be out of line and judgmental, but I'm not proud of what I said either. It was not out of love and it did not portray the Christian I strive to be. I wanted to apologize for the hateful words I spoke to you out of anger. I should have kept my opinions about that to myself just as I feel you should have kept your opinions to yourself. I deleted the comment, which some would call cowardly- that's fine, I'll take it, but I did it because I didn't want that negativity to remain out there (there is enough in this world as is). Again, we will continue to disagree, but I do apologize for the way I chose to respond and handle your comment.

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  55. I'm a tad bit confused here. You're an educator correct? I assume you already know the definition of "self-proclaimed" but incase we are thinking of something different here, I went ahead and pulled it up for you: anyone declaring themselves to any informal title. You mentioned in your article, as well as in many comments above that these are "self-proclaimed" babies, but I have a hard time figuring out how exactly they declared themselves ugly, especially the ones that appear to not even be verbal yet.

    Perhaps you should just say it how it is. You googled pictures of "ugly" babies, and without their permission you used them for the benefit of making your post more funny, and made a mockery out of them while shouting "not me, not me, I'm innocent, they are self-proclaimed!"

    Interesting.

    I have a feeling your views may change when you become a mother.

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  56. I don't think I can roll my eyes enough at the two comments above me. People, she wasn't being serious. Lighten the hell up. Take a chill pill. Move on. If you don't like the post, DON'T COMMENT.

    Bonnie-- you're freaking hilarious and I love you and your blog. And I can't wait to see your baby because I know it will be cute. ;)

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  57. Well reading all of these comments made my day! Honestly I love reading how infantile and judgmental people can be. I think this post was hilarious, Bon and I think you two will have cute babies. :)

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  58. I'm just about certain most parents think their babies are cute when they are born. Maybe looking back at picture later they realize they weren't so cute those first few days. And I feel like everyone thinks their baby is the cutest, which I of course am certain it's not just me but that my baby really is the cutest ;)

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  59. Of course if you read Bon you know she is just being funny. Look at Uma Thurman and many others. Those declared ugly as kids often are the most good looking adults.

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  60. Great post-hilarious comments-mission accomplished. You'll be rocking parents who will teach their children the true definitions of words and proper grammar.

    :)

    Meg

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  61. Dem some ugly babies! You speak truth.

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