That La Kid

wishin' an' hopin'!

really! i wanna know!

Can someone please tell me why the cribs at Land of Nod are worth ten times as much as the cribs at Ikea?

Here’s the thing: when I was getting married, and debating about where to register, Target seemed to fit the bill.  We picked out a china pattern at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  I also found some really luxurious towels at Kohl’s that I fell in love with.  Basically, if you asked me where we were registered, I’d have answered “Target.”  We never got the china. I’m not sure whether I registered for it or not.  I picked some functional, replaceable, everyday stuff from Ikea that I really loved.  (Side note, it’s the same stuff as Barb’s house on “Big Love,” but we picked ours first.)

Anyway, anyway, anyway… when it was all said and done, I was like, “why am I so dumb?”  I thought about Lindsay and Trudy taking lunch breaks from Compass instead of what I really like.  I really like Crate and Barrel!  I REALLY like it!  Crate and Barrel, and Ikea.  I should have registered at Crate and Barrel!  Why was I stupid?!

Fast forward to Little Happy here.  Not gonna make the same mistake twice… that’s for sure.  I love Crate and Barrel, so by golly that’s where we’ll register.  They kiddie branch of Crate and Barrel is called Land of Nod.  All the stuff is really mod and designy and just awesome.

What’s that?  Huh?  They don’t sell car seats at Land of Nod?  Oh.  Come again?  (That’s what she said…)  They also don’t sell strollers?  Shoot.  Excuse me?  Their cribs are TEN TIMES the price of a crib from Ikea?!  W… T… F… So, the bedding and designs and stuff are neat, but I already have a crib quilt.  So, what are we looking at?  High chair?  Crib?  Dresser?  Storage?

Explain this to me:

Look, I’ll pay more money for a better item.  Is it solid wood?  I bet it’s solid wood – is that it?  Actually, cribs have to be solid nowadays, don’t they?

Okay, fine, alright, swell… I’ll give you that they’re better.  Are they TEN TIMES better?  Because, they cost like they’re TEN TIMES better.  They’re better looking.  Two or three times better looking than Ikea cribs, but are they ten times better looking?  I’m not so sure about that.

Notice in my opening sentence I said, “why are they worth more?”  I’m not saying they’re not… I’m just saying that I don’t see it.

So.  Anyway.  We registered at Target.  Everything that I loved at Land of Nod (the Puj tub, the Skip Hop Tubby bath toy organizer, the grass drying rack, the Skip Hop Hare comb and brush set… you name it) was all also available at Target, often for way less.  (The Skip Hop Moby Bath Spout Cover is actually $ .09 more at Target.)  Plus, Target happens to have a plethora of strollers, car seats, and Pack n’ Plays.

Since I can get a crib from Ikea for 1/2 to 1/10 of the price of a crib from Target or Land of Nod, I don’t know how not to go with Ikea.  The little booger’s going to destroy it anyway… gnawing on the railings and stuff.  I might as well not invest a crap-ton of dough in the thing.

EXPLAIN YOURSELF, LAND OF NOD.

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a lesson in genetics and genealogy

Might bore you, but I thought it was fascinating.

This’ll probably play out like a word problem, but anyway… Let me start by laying out some facts:

  • I have Congenital Nystagmus (or involuntary eye movement, acquired in infancy).
  • Gammy’s father (my mother’s mother’s father) had Congenital Nystagmus, which we will call “wiggle eyes” from here on out.
  • My uncle Todd, cousin Cody and cousin Dylan have wiggle eyes.

I’ve never met a person that was not related to me who has wiggle eyes.  I like that.  It’s kind of like a badge of honor that says, “My Great-Grand-dad was a Smith!”  Everyone else that appears to have it in my family is a boy.

According to the smartest person I know, Haley, wiggle eyes are an X Chromosome thing.  If you are a woman, and inherit an X chromosome from each parent, it is unlikely that you will show symptoms, because you’ll probably lean on the X from your dad.  Actually, fifty percent of people who carry wiggle eyes do not show symptoms.

Well, okay.  It’s getting complicated already.  Let me put it this way: it’s kind of like hemophilia.

The gene for hemophilia is unintentionally passed from mothers (XX) to sons (XY) via the X chromosome. A son who inherits a defective X chromosome from his mother does not have a healthy X chromosome to rely on the way daughters (XX) do.

I should have that healthy X, but not only do I have and carry wiggle eyes, I also show symptoms.  So, I’m special.  That is not typical of females.  In fact, if you check out the diagram coming up, you’ll notice a lot of the people in my family who have it are women.  We know they have it because they passed it to their children, but their eyes don’t wiggle.  They don’t show symptoms.

We know Gammy carries wiggle eyes, because her son has it and displays symptoms.  Similarly, we know my aunt, Debbie, carries wiggle eyes because her son Cody has it and displays symptoms.  My mom has it, because her daughter has it and displays symptoms.

In addition Amy, Debbie’s daughter, carries wiggle eyes, because her son Dylan has it and displays symptoms.

So, 3/5 of Gammy’s children definitely have wiggle eyes – though some of their eyes don’t wiggle because you can carry it without presenting symptoms.  Only 1/3 of Gammy’s children that have it display symptoms, because the other two are girls, and have that other X.

Those of us who have wiggle eyes are represented below in red.  The have-nots are blue, because the symptoms are not present in them or any of their children (Adam, Ashley, Tyler and Sunny would all be blue, I just left them off for readability).  Purple people, we’re not sure about.  They don’t present symptoms (their eyes don’t wiggle) but they are women, and we won’t know whether they carry it until we see (or don’t see) it in their children (predominantly in their sons).

I would guess that Joy probably will not end up being a carrier, because it is pretty much 50/50 across the board.  However, since we only know for sure that one of my mom’s three girls has it, it’s likely that either Lindsay or Haley will pass it to their children, but probably not both.  But, you know, it could go either way.

I keep thinking that if I have a boy, he’s a definite wiggle eye, but Ryan and Kyle prove that the boys can escape “the curse”.  If I have more than one kid, though, odds are somebody’s gonna’ get it, even if it’s a girl who just passes it to her son.  The whole point to this is that we found out on Friday that we are having a son.  So, we’ve got a 50/50 shot that my son will not only inherit wiggle eyes but also display symptoms.

Haley, please comment and add all the science info!

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sneak peek

These are all things that will look ridiculous on my SON.

SURPRISE!!!

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could be the broccoli…

Sometimes I get real serious up in here.  My posts are often long and probably boring to a lot of folks.  So, I’ll spare you today and just drop this little nugget:

Tom thinks that I fart because the baby has the hiccups.  

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, YOU DISGUSTING BASTARD!

YOU KNOW WHAT’S COOL?!  SIX MONTHS (and 2 days, I’m late) AGO, I HAD MR. NASTY REMOVED.  SIX MONTHS AGO TODAY, I WAS AT THE HOSPITAL SICK AND HURTING, BUT THAT THING WAS OUT OF ME!

And today…

SIX MONTHS WITHOUT THE CYST, FIVE MONTHS PREGNANT!!!!!!!!

AND YES, IT’S IN CAPS BECAUSE I AM SHOUTING!

SIX MONTHS AGO I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL HAVING MR. NASTY POTROAST MCGROSSERTON REMOVED, AND TODAY I AM FIVE MONTHS PREGNANT!  WOOHOOOOO!

aaaaaawwwww yeeeeeeeeah!

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