Emily (or Em) of EmphasisAdded (or EmphasisAdded!) took her offspring to the hospital for a hip check and couldn’t resist the opportunity to milk sympathy and drama from her followers with a ridiculous bedside posed photo.
(I was putting on brave face for my girl.)
Since Hazel was breech until about 2 weeks before she was born, our pediatrician wanted us to get her hips checked out. Not a big deal, really…but going to the hospital and watching your baby be held down for an ultrasound is more or less awful.
Hey, Captain Obvious! No shit it wasn’t a fun outing. Your kid could have had a medical problem and you took the time to take a posed photo in order to document each possible phase of this dramatic event on your oversharey blog. I’m genuinely glad your daughter is healthy and all is well, but the fact that I know so many intimate details of your life and your daughter’s life AT ALL is what left a bad taste in my mouth. Do I, a complete stranger, need to know that your daughter was in the hospital? Does DearBaby need to put a photo of herself breastfeeding on the internet? Do all these mommy bloggers need to live-tweet every step of their labor and delivery? No, no and no.
A commenter posted this recently:
While I love to snark and once again, find Jordan and her coochie cutters pretty insufferable, it seems like there’s very little space for these women to negotiate their identity as mothers without us totally jumping all over them for not being “perfect” or whatever.
In my snobby French opinion, there’s a BIG difference between negotiating your identify as a mother in a public, online space and exploiting your child’s identity to enhance your own in a public, online space.