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10/05/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

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Kate on

guess what? no one really notices your baby except you and the occasional octogenarian. This is kind of the epitome of “validate my existence!” A little personal self-esteem APART from that being aimed at your kid would help a lot of you. Honestly, it’s very obvious when you go trolling through Target with no clear reason except to laze around the aisles and stare up strangers.

TC on

Kate what I love is the ones that walk into a store, like target with a brand new baby and no car seat or sling/carrier to hold the baby in. Do you really think I don’t know you’re just looking for attention? How do you expect to push the basket if you’re holding your newborn?

jessicad on

I think constantly posting negative comments on a baby site screams “validate my existence” way more than wanting to show off your newborn.

Kate on

LOL, cute. Cuter than your baby.

Shannon S. on

There are many parents with newborns who simply want to get out of the house and walk around somewhere to see the outside world. But you’d have to have children or be a sympathetic person to know that.

Erika on

Well apparently not all new mothers wish to get attention, the other day I was in the supermarket and I saw a woman holding a tiny baby. I said “congratulations, s/he’s adorable” and she gave me a look and said “get the f*** away from me and my baby”. Real nice. I know that not all people are like this, I have met plenty of other nice, polite people and usually comments are well recieved, it’s a small minority, but that small minority needs to learn that just because you are pregnant or have a baby, does not mean you should say whatever you want. If she really didn’t want to deal with people, she should have stayed home.

I do however, think that some mothers want the attention, and others just want to get out of the house. I really don’t see a problem with people who do want attention, they are going to recieve some, and if I didn’t want to comment or congratulate them, then I wouldn’t have to.

Daisy! on

Really Erika? If she didn’t want complete strangers coming up and fawning over a child that has nothing to do with them she should have stayed cooped up at home? It may shock you to know that some people just don’t like having strangers cooing over their baby.

erika on

daisy I’m not saying she should stay home, but it wouldn’t kill her to be nice to someone who congratulated her. she was behind me on the line, I didn’t approach her. she also had a toddler and I didn’t think it was appropriate to curse like that in front of him. (excuse the typos, this is from my phone)

Jacqui on

Just after my son was born I had to go to the mall to try to find something to wear to his bris. My mom had gone to get the car and I was waiting at the entrance for her to pick us up. A lady, probably in her 60s asked how old he was then said, “Oh my! And already at the mall! Take that poor child home!”
The things people say. . .

CMS on

Wow, Kate, you are a gem.

It appears that because people overwhelmingly disagreed with the nastiness you posted on Ali Larter’s article that you are now looking to spread your hate elsewhere. Seems like you are very frustrated with no constructive outlet for your anger.

I find it very ironic that you bring up self-esteem! 🙂

P.S. Most of us are now boycotting Target because of the corporation’s unethical donations to political parties… Read the news!

Jacqui on

Kate, it’s possible that what is perceived by you as “lazing around the aisles, staring up at strangers” is quite possibly a new parent in the fog of sleep-deprivation. There is also the feeling of awe that comes with having a new life in your arms, especially if it’s your first. Why are you so resentful of that?

Aurora on

As a part-time nanny of an 18 month old, I can difinitively say that when I take my charge to the stores/out in public, I am most certainly not looking for attention! It gets really boring and unstimulating to sit in a house with a young child… I take my little pal to the store for something free to do. Not everyone lives in a place where there is nice weather to be outside all the time, or cheap child-appropriate activities.

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