Archive for September 2009

September 18, 2009, In Which Accolades Are Graciously Accepted

Posted by Alice Bradley and Eden M. Kennedy on Sep 18, 2009 at 2:02 pm in Latest News, News

We know what you’re saying to yourself. You’re saying, “Oh, Doctors Kennedy and Bradley, how is it that you have not yet received the Nobel Prize for the enlightening work that you publish for free on your Internet website?”

Honestly, we’ve been asking ourselves the same question. Much like the origin of life itself, the lack of gratitude coming out of Sweden for all we do remains a mystery. What’s crystal clear, however, is that we have made a small splash in the good ol’ English-speaking biosphere! In other words, we got linked on Metafilter a few weeks back. If you go there and ignore the fact that half of the discussion veers off into some amusing rants about xenophobia, you’ll find at least twelve people who really like this site.

The other fun thing is that the oldest women’s magazine in the United States of America — yes, that would be Redbook — published a little notice about us in their October issue, calling Let’s Panic About Babies! their “favorite time-waster.” They go on to describe this site as,

a hilarious Onion-style website about parenting from all-star mommy blogger and soon-to-be REDBOOK columnist Alice Bradley and her cohort Eden Kennedy. Launched in June to crashing levels of traffic, Let’s Panic will soon be adding contests, giveaways, and reader Q&A’s.

Wikipedia defines cohort thusly:

Originally, the cohort was a sub-unit of a Roman legion. Each Roman legion would have ten cohorts. The first of ten cohorts had five double-sized centuries totaling 800 men whereas the other nine would usually consist of 480 legionaries including six centurions. The cohort itself was divided into six centuries of 80 men commanded each by a centurion.

So then I’m like some sort of legionnaire?

I need to go buy a fez!

Anyway, we didn’t want to brag, but somehow we managed to do it all the same.

Oh, and Alice is going to be a columnist in Redbook starting in January, did you catch that part?!

September 11, 2009: We Never Stop Working FOR YOU

Posted by Alice on Sep 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm in Uncategorized

Autumn is slowly and inexorably coming our way, as it inevitably does once summer’s over. School has started; the dead leaves are piling up in your gutter. (Yes, they are. We’ve been up there, checking. You should clean those out, or, you know, call a guy.) Can you feel that snap in the air? Are you experiencing that familiar tinge of ennui as the days grow shorter?

Be aware, ladies, that the onset of fall is often accompanied by an unfortunate side effect: the delusion that because you’ll soon be wearing sweater sets and flannel-lined jeans, you can let your figure go. That the Powers that Be want you to fatten up a bit for the cold months ahead, or why would they stock the Brach’s Candy Corn this early?

But consider that after fall comes winter, and after winter comes spring, and after THAT comes, well, we can’t remember right now but at some point you’ll be on the beach, wearing a bikini or maybe a modest one-piece or maybe your husband’s knee-length swim trunks and a wool cardigan, and you’ll wish you listened to us when we told you that you must NEVER LET UP.

With that in mind, here are some handy tips on how to exercise during every waking minute of your life. Now quit reading, and go work yourself until you’re ill and/or thin! Either way!

But wait! Are you still pregnant? In that case, stop exercising for a bit and continue to read. Did you know that there are foodstuffs you shouldn’t be consuming, that your doctor is telling you are okay, because your doctor is almost always drunk? Don’t quote us on that. But it’s absolutely true. Shhh. So if you want to find out what food will cause reindeer to plague your house, don’t look at Dr. McBourbon for that info. Only we know what’s what. And we’re almost always sober.

SEPTEMBER 4, 2009: IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME

Posted by Alice on Sep 4, 2009 at 5:54 pm in Uncategorized

We’ve received several irate emails from women in their second trimester, demanding to know why we hadn’t yet covered the sixth month of pregnancy. Our answer is easy: we forgot. Who remembers the sixth month of pregnancy? It’s possibly the least memorable month of them all. Sorry, Sixth Month. You don’t interest us.

We do recognize, however reluctantly, that there are those of you currently in your sixth month who find it to be a magical, sacred time, worthy of attention just as much as any earlier or later months. So whatever. Here you go! Happy now? THE THINGS WE DO FOR YOU.

Because we appreciate that there is more than one side to any argument, we’ve also got the second part of our two-part special, “Should I Sleep Train My Child?” The answer in Part I was “Yes!” so we’ll leave it up to you to deduce what opinions will be forwarded in Part II. (Hint: probably not “Yes again!”)