Friday, May 29, 2009

Mayim Bialik blossoms as an attachment parent

And now, for the lighter side (again), I bring back my celebrity breastfeeding updates! You know you were missing them.

Blacktating just mentioned on Twitter that Mayim Bialik is a crunchy mama, and I had to go see for myself.

This is a nice little blurb about how she views parenting her toddler and baby as "the best job I ever had." She says that her purpose in life is "to create a generation of sensitive, wonderful people." And, it has that lovely breastfeeding-while-babywearing photo attached. Do you think anyone even realizes that's what she's doing? Also, is that an ERGO baby carrier I spy? And maybe even some BabyLegs, or am I just unduly obsessed?

On the other hand, I thought it was interesting that this little article — at only three paragraphs long — still manages to get the word out in the last paragraph in an indirect quote that attachment parenting is "very tiring." (Isn't any sort of parenting at times? Well, since Bialik and Co. admit they don't use outside childcare.) And it spells Dr. Sears's name wrong, but oh, well.

Here's a cute little promo for Mayim's upcoming mommy makeover on TLC's What Not to Wear, airing tonight at 9:

In the secret footage of Mayim, ignoring any frumpiness, look for the cute baby attached to her! Sweet.

And this interview about the episode is really forthright about her demands that the makeover accommodate her mothering:

"For me, I’m always in a nursing tank or a nursing bra. I have a 9-month-old who nurses about every two hours, so I always need to be in nursing wear. That was a concern of mine — I didn’t want them to give me all these gorgeous clothes that the second I nurse would either fall apart or not work. I didn’t want any dresses I couldn’t nurse in. They were really able to accommodate that.

"My general preference is to be in whatever is easy and convenient for nursing, and pretty much all the casual tops they got me I can wear a tank and a regular [nursing] bra with it and make it a nursing ensemble. I don’t nurse covered up with tents or blankets — that’s just my preference — so I want stuff that doesn’t show off my midriff while nursing. They really worked within all of that, and that was really comforting."

So there you have it. I never actually saw Blossom and didn't know much about Mayim (although I did just catch her guest appearance on Bones — Sam and I were looking at each other and saying, "Man, that chick looks just like Blossom!"). For me, it's not that we should pay all this attention to stars as much as just acknowledge the undeniable fact that celebrities have the power to reach a lot of people and could open up some minds.

In that light, I'm so grateful to see a happy, attachment-parenting mama who's honest and open about her positive mothering choices.

ETA: The EC Store newsletter just informed me that Happy Pottying! did a Potty Mouths podcast with Mayim Bialik to talk about her experiences with elimination communication! I'll have to listen to it when I'm not trying to get a squirmy baby to sleep...

P.S. Can anyone remind me what the song is in that TLC clip? It's driving me crazy.
P.P.S. I am the first one to cleverly use "blossom" as a verb in a title about Bialik. True story. First one.

Photo by Adrian Vardenoe/Pacific Coast News


Carla said...

Hi! Thanks for the great comment on my blog. I'm glad you enjoyed the birth story. I love hearing from other Hypno moms - it's such a great method and everyone seems to have such unique experiences with it. Thank you for sharing your experience!

RedSnail said...

The song in the clip is "In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry. Old school!

And I should totally watch that episode as my mom keeps saying she's going to nominate me for the show, and I got called Blossom all the time in middle school, cuz I had a similar style. I'd love to see how they (sort of) preserve Mayim Bialik's style, with non-frumpy updates AND keeping things nursing-friendly!

Judy - said...

Did anyone see the episode of What Not To Wear that featured Blossom? I would love to see if they sent her to some of NYC's finest nursing attire boutiques!!

Marketing Mama said...

LOL - was that really her pushing the shopping cart looking like a bag lady? OMG. I've seen her featured on Celebrity Baby Blog a few times and was happy to see her babycarrying, breastfeeding, etc. :)

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