Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Funnies: Test For Future Parents & Inky Baby News!

Taken from an article by the UK Daily Mail (which you can read in its entirety by clicking here):

The Test For Future Parents by author Colin Falconer comprises 14 steps to follow before you have children and was originally printed in his book "A Beginners Guide to Fatherhood" in 1992 before finding its was on to parenting blogs in the UK.

Test 1: Preparation

Women: To prepare for pregnancy
1. Put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front.
2. Leave it there.
3. After 9 months remove 5% of the beans.

Men: To prepare for children
1. Go to a local chemist, tip the contents of your wallet onto the counter and tell the pharmacist to help himself
2. Go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home. Pick up the newspaper and read it for the last time.

Test 2: Knowledge

Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behaviour. Enjoy it. It will be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.

Test 3: Nights

To discover how the nights will feel: You can kiss goodbye to precious beauty sleep as soon as you have a child You can kiss goodbye to precious beauty sleep as soon as you have a child

1. Walk around the living room from 5pm to 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 4 - 6kg, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly.

2. At 10pm, put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight and go to sleep.

3. Get up at 11pm and walk the bag around the living room until 1am.

4. Set the alarm for 3am.

5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2am and make a cup of tea.

6. Go to bed at 2.45am.

7. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off.

8. Sing songs in the dark until 4am.

9. Put the alarm on for 5am. Get up when it goes off.

10. Make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. LOOK CHEERFUL.

Test 4: Dressing Small Children

1. Buy a live octopus and a string bag.

2. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that no arms hang out.

Time Allowed: 5 minutes.

Test 5: Cars

1. Forget the BMW. Buy a practical 5-door wagon.

2. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.

3. Get a coin. Insert it into the CD player.

4. Take a box of chocolate biscuits; mash them into the back seat.

5. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Test 6: Going for a Walk

a. Wait.

b. Go out the front door.

c. Come back in again.

d. Go out.

e. Come back in again.

f. Go out again.

g. Walk down the front path.

h. Walk back up it.

i. Walk down it again.

j. Walk very slowly down the road for five minutes.

k. Stop, inspect minutely and ask at least 6 questions about every piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way.

l. Retrace your steps.

m. Scream that you have had as much as you can stand until the neighbours come out and stare at you.

n. Give up and go back into the house.

You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

Test 7: Conversations with Children

Repeat everything you say at least 5 times.

Test 8: Grocery Shopping

1. Go to the local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child--a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat.

2. Buy your weekly groceries without letting the goat(s) out of your sight.

3. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.

Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

I'm not sure that we've come even close to passing the above "test." Nonetheless, Steve and I are delighted to announce the arrival of William Owen Wamhoff, who was born last Sunday. Due to previous losses, we were hesitant to say anything to you, our Inky friends, until after the happy event occurred.

Baby Will was born prematurely at 30 weeks + 4 days. He's doing very well in the NICU, and I've started a Caring Bridge site so that you can follow our updates about him, if you wish.

Since I'll be making twice daily trips to the hospital, in addition to other baby-related duties, I'm going to take a temporary blog break until December 1st. Thanks very much for your understanding, which I sincerely appreciate. I do hope that you'll come back to join me here in a little over a month. Until then, I hope you have a very happy fall and early winter season!


Scrapthat said...

When they hit about four months time will start to fly by so enjoy every second...they do move fast!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

congratulations again! What a precious baby boy!

Anonymous said...

Awwww. Many, many blessings! Congratulations! You will be awesome parents, no worries!

Jennifer Scull said...

oh my gosh, I am doing the BIGGEST whirly twirly happy dance for you!!!!!! what fabulous news! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! you have just made my weekend - no, my entire MONTH!!! woooo hoooooooo!!!! :D

Linda R. said...

Yipeeee!!! Congratulations! How wonderful. I am so very happy for you.

Linda R. said...

PS: Enjoy your time off....I was going to say rest, but sounds like you're going to be a very busy lady!

Renee M said...

Oh my goodness, what a sweet picture of y'all. Thanks for sharing and congratulations!!

diane (cookiestamper) said...

Oh, Congratulations to you both! What a blessing!

Anita said...

Congratulations - I'm so happy for all of you!

Sue D said...

Oh my--congratulations!! I am so happy for both of you.
One of my grandchildren was born premature (2lbs 12 oz) and is doing very well now.
Love all the parent funnies--esp the one about grocery shopping with goats as we raise goats too.
We had 4 boys in 6 years and lived through it. They are now well behaved young men. Two are married with children.

Sue from Oregon said...

Congratulations Jackie !!!

Theresa said...

Holy Cow!! That's fantastic!!! What a great secret and how marvelous for you and your hubby!! I am thrilled for you. You will love being a mom! Enjoy your time together. Oh, by the way, he is a cutie!!!

Kathy JH said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for the three of you! You are embarking on a wonderful path!

Mary-Anne V said...

OMG very happy for you! Your baby is so precious and beautiful. Congrats and know that we are all keeping your new expanded family in our thoughts and prayers!

Bev Gerard said...

I am OVERjoyed to read this amazing news, Jackie! OverJoyed!!!
Had to stop a moment to say a prayer for you, Steve, and precious Will!

Wish I could shower you with {{{{hugs}}}} right now.


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