Her Bad Mother

Friday, January 12, 2007

Delurk Now, Or Next Time It's A Fire Helmet and Slicker

Okay, so? I am actually sort of embarassed to admit this, but this whole blogosphere-wide DELURK NOW OR COWER IN SHAME peer-pressure effort to bring lurkers out of the woodwork is really kind of fun. Not the shaming part (not that shaming can't be good fun), but the fact that it seems to be working. I mentioned National Delurking Week in a post-script to my last post, and presto! New friends! Is it really that easy? All I have to do is wave at you and beg for a response and you'll say hello?



(Waving frantically!)

(YOO HOO! Lurkers! Please say hi! I crave attention and approval!)

(Also, if you don't say hi or at least wave frantically back at me, I will be forced to find more creative ways of exploiting my child photographically so that you will be compelled to leave comments saying OMG-she's-so-cute!)

(Like, what if I put her in a fuzzy pink jacket and make her put on a giant pair of zebra-print galoshes? Will that do the trick?)




Please. For the love of WonderBaby, say hello.


Oh, and? It's my sister's birthday. It's been tough year after tough year for her, and I want more than anything for her to feel a little joy. She won't be reading this post today, or even tomorrow, but she will someday, and when she does, I want her to know that on this day, I was sending out a wish for such joy for her, and that I was sharing that wish with you, my friends.

Happy Birthday, C. We're wishing on the all the stars in the sky for your happiness, and for your peace.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would wave all crazy-like, but I just ate a bunch of buffalo wings and it might just make me hurl.

But I'll do a little wave for ya. Though you know me already. :)

And Wonderbaby IS too adorable! Always!

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Delurking!

9:46 PM  
Blogger Mouse said...

Is it at all strange that the push to de-lurk has actually made me quieter on most of the blogs where I would usually comment?

Oh, and... Happy Birthday, C!

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is cute and hello and no offense but where did you find those boots?

9:55 PM  
Blogger The Estrogen Files said...

Awwwww, what a CUTIE! Never visited your blog before, but LOVE it. I'll be visiting again.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

The boots are from a shop in Toronto. They don't look quite so weird on me, but, still, they're not basic black.

And, Mouse, I totally hear you. It can feel weird to bust in on a chorus of introductions. But I'm lovesing me the introductions.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So THAT'S the secret to getting readers to delurk-putting your adorable baby in gigantic rain boots! Gee, why didn't I think of that? :)

10:06 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

Happy birthday to your sister! I had a desperate yearning for a pair of red rubber boots with pink flowers on them last spring, but frugality raised its ugly head.
Your baby is SO cute. Look at that little face in the second picture!

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! *Waving frantically!* She's adorable!

10:14 PM  
Blogger Canuckedup mama said...

I just delurked in your last post but I had to stop the insanity. Hello again.

Your daughter is GORGEOUS (and I think I need to take a shopping trip in T.O. - I've never seen zebra galoshes out here in Cowtown.)

Love the blog and am waving madly.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Julie Pippert said...

I'm waiting to spring out my delurk strategy. I'm too small potatoes to compete with the big fry like you. I'll wait until the lurkers aren't delurked out and then I'll launch my delurk campaign.

As for Wonderbaby?

God help you she is TOO CUTE.

You know what I see? And I'm an expert after two of them...I see Big Personality. :)

10:30 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

It IS fun, isn't it, this giant collective de-lurkathon? And good timing, too, after those quiet blogging weeks during the holidays.

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

waving from delaware, where my one year old pickle is sleeping!

10:49 PM  
Blogger Heather said...


10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

waving frantically to create a large enough distraction to enable Wonderbaby to escape the fashion tyrrany

There. Now you have attention and approval.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Mayberry said...

The boots are fabulous and the baby is fabulous-er. Hi!

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there. Delurking. No blog of my own but I do enjoy reading yours. Love the boots!


11:28 PM  
Blogger Scatteredmom said...

*Little wave*

Would do more but it's really been a tough week. But I wanted to say hi, and the pics gave me one of the few smiles of the day. :) Thanks!

Glad Wonderbaby is over the pox!

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delurking to say hello. I've read for a while, but not sure if I've commented or not.

And those pants are fantastic!

11:55 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Delurking. I read you all the time but I don't think I've every left a comment (maybe once or twice).

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am waving so frantically, you have no idea. I swear. hm. That seems desparate. I am waving congenially. There. That's better.

And I want those galoshes. But they look way too cute on WonderBaby - or is it that she makes them look so awesome? Either way: adorable!

1:22 AM  
Blogger joker the lurcher said...

hi from the lurking lurcher! i'm wagging my tail!

1:44 AM  
Blogger N. said...

Okay, I'm not sure if I've ever posted here (maybe once in November?), but I read you (and your basement) more often. I'm not creepy. but I guess it is creepy to read and not post. If I did post it would be along the lines of "Oooh, I wish I'd written that. You are too clever for my ego to handle."

3:18 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

you are a heartless woman to do that to your child.

i'm soooo not a lurker, but hi anyway. much love to you, heartless though you may be at times.

she'll have nightmares for years about this, you know.

3:40 AM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Helloooooooo! Over here.

I'll borrow that jacket from Wonderbaby if she's tired of it.

4:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love your blog...


7:08 AM  
Blogger A. Nonny Mouse said...

*waving* hi. and ha! (which is how my daughter says hi).

I love the boots. They are too cute! As is WonderBaby!

8:29 AM  
Blogger chichimama said...

I comment on occasion, but delurking for the moment...

8:46 AM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

Waving frantically !!!!

oh, and OMG! She's so stinkin cute.... the galoshes look like pants they are so big!!

Happy Birthday to your sister!!!

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK already! I admit I check in almost every day when I can, and love the blog. I'm a mom of a 4 year old girl. Let me sit back down, please!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Reesh said...

I'm pretty sure I've delurked on your site before, but I just had to comment on how adorable your daughter is! See, it worked, pictures always work!! And if I haven't said it before, nice blog, you write good.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Waving, frantically, all the way from Germany. Not sure, but I think I have commented before... (You can tell that I'm reading way too many blogs. But your's will definitely stay on the list.)

Happy birthday to C., her bad mother's sister.

(And why are little girl's clothes always colorful and joyful and boy's clothes aren't ? And while I'm at it, why don't they make pink-orange-red-green-yellow sweaters for women? Just asking.)

9:47 AM  
Blogger ephelba said...

I haven't known what to do this week, because I can't decide if I have lurked. I don't feel lurky, it's just not that often that I have something to add to the conversation. But I can say "Hi!" no problem.
Hi Wonderbaby!

9:52 AM  
Blogger liz said...

Happy birfday, C!

And we're waving back *frantically*

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waving frantically and drawing a crowd!!******HI HI HI HI HI**********

even though I've been here before...

And happy, happy birthday C! Sending you joy and love all year through...

10:56 AM  
Blogger ms blue said...

Hope C's birthday was wonderful!
(It was my brother's birthday yesterday.)

Plus Oh My Goodness could your child BE any cuter?

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because you said so...Hi! And Happy Birthday to your sis! Look at those boots...hilarious!

11:37 AM  
Blogger Iris said...

Hey there, I am de-lurking, sort of. I have commented here before.

Your turn now, come on over to my house and pull up a chair for a bit.

11:38 AM  
Blogger SUEB0B said...

I am not a lurker but I have been an infrequent commenter.

It is not because I don't have anything to say, but because I think "Wow, an amazing, thoughtful, powerful post like that deserves a response that is thoughtful and well-reasoned." Then I go away, thinking about your post, and never come up with anything that can come close to expressing how I feel about what you have written.

That's my excuse!

11:50 AM  
Blogger Gwen said...

Hi! I am sure I have delurked before but in case I have shamelessly been reading without comment here I go. I think that wonderbaby is ridiculously cute and I am so sorry that she got the chicken pox before she could get the vaccine. Happy Birthday to your sister.

Oh, if you feel like visiting my site, I am no longer with blogger. I am now at http://leftcoastmama.net

12:15 PM  
Blogger moplans said...

WHERE WHERE do you get these clothes?
I need to move back downtown

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

delurking from pasadena, ca. not sure if i've posted before but i love your blog. your posting about wonderbaby's first birthday left me in shreds for about a week. your writing is a true gift. thank you.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

happy birthday C, sister of C!

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi from Minnesota! I found your blog (and others) recently and love reading. Your daughter is adorable!

12:58 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

I gotta laff bad mother...like ya need more comments.

WonderBaby looks sooo fine!

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish your sister a happy birthday from me. :)

2:03 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

Not exactly a lurker but I read much more than I comment lately.

Happy Birthday to your sister!

And Wonder Baby makes a real fashion statement. My middle girl puts together those amazing combinations too but somehow they always work for her.

2:07 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

hi! Totally not a lurker, of course, but figuring I may as well join the fun.

And of course, I wanted to say:

Love to your sister! Happy birthday, wondersis, and may your next year get brighter.

3:24 PM  
Blogger ewe are here said...

Non-lurker here saying 'hi' again. ;-)

I've asked for a few 'hellos' from lurkers this week as well. Kind of fun to 'meet' new people.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, sister.

Yep, cute kid, that's for sure!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Ms. Huis Herself said...


4:48 PM  
Blogger Sin City Mom said...

delurking here. I am a long time lurker, and a newbie blogger (one of my new year's resolutions). Love reading your blog!

5:13 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Consider me de-lurked!

7:38 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

Happy Birthday Wondersis!

I'm also delurking on behalf of Bumper's Granddad who reads you all the time. He read this post before me! He thinks the boots are stylin' and he's a big fan.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Waving and smiling right back at ya!
LOVE the zebra print. She likes to dress up to, eh? I brought out a "magical suitcase" for the bunny yesterday filled with costumes for her to dressup in and she had a blast!

7:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

uncle, uncle, she's soooo cute! Thanks for inviting us all out of the shadows!
you can find me at

7:41 PM  
Blogger KJ's muse said...

Thought this would be a good time to pop in and say hi, catch up on your blog, and thank you again for dropping by a few weeks ago. It made my day seeing you had left a comment!

p.s. WonderBaby almost makes me reconsider not having kids of my own—see what you've gone and done? :)

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers to your sis, hugs and kisses to you and yours. You already know that I stalk you relentlessly.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I'm not technically de-lurking, but saying hello anyway. WonderBaby is adorable as usual, with spots, without spots, she is amazingly precious.

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your sister!

WonderBaby is absolutely adorable! Glad she's fully recovered from pox! We might be visited by them soon, but we're looking forward to it, as my girls are older.

Happy De-Lurking week!

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I'm not de-lurking because, well, I've never been here before...But I will tell you that my heart skipped a beat and I almost choked on my pb&j sandwich when I just got a comment from you. I've heard of you. You're one of those big name bloggers. LOL. One of those bloggers that I've never checked out before, because well, you're too big for me (or so I thought) and honestly, I don't read people's blogs that don't have time for us little people. How sad is that?? LOL. I think I need to go to bed. OH and your kid is gorgeous!!! Oh how we torture them for cute blog pics :)

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm stopping by for the first time to - saw your comment on my friend Stephanie's blog (Adventures in Babywearing) and had to stop by due to the "mutha sucka" shirt... I'm hooked on the Nippaz with Attitude shirts! Anyway, hope to read more!

11:57 PM  
Blogger Refinnej said...


1:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:55 AM  
Blogger DaniGirl said...

*waving regally, like the Queen*

8:28 AM  
Blogger Teacher lady said...

Happy Birthday to your sister!

And galoshes? OMG - I thought those were wee leggings. Now I have to rush off in a mad dash because I MUST OWN those galoshes!

8:53 AM  
Blogger Gwen said...

Not technically delurking, although I seldom comment .... it's more than a little intimidating to be the umm 67th commenter. And not even the only Gwen! How will I survive realizing I am not exactly unique? ;)

I am impressed that your strong willed daughter wears the outfits you choose for her. Enjoy it, because my guess is, in just a few minuteshoursdaysweeks, she'll be coming to breakfast in 3 skirts, layered, a white cotton cami and a rainhat. And you *will*let her leave the house like that (not that I know anything at all about the strange fashion choices of daughters or anything).

9:53 AM  
Blogger Alex Elliot said...

Wow! You have a lot of comments!

9:53 AM  
Blogger cinnamon gurl said...

Not exactly a lurker, but not always a commenter either. But I cannot resist animal prints!!

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delurking. Love those boots and also adding good birthday wishes for your sister.


12:30 PM  
Blogger Radioactive Tori said...

I don't know if I am a lurker or not because sometimes I comment here, but not as often as I read here. Either way, you can feel free to keep on posting adorable photos of your baby.

Happy birthday to your sister!

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:54 PM  
Blogger NoodleMonkey said...

I'll delurk too--I check in almost every day but have never commented...love your blog and Wonderbaby is adorable!

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, delurking. Love your writing, love the pics. My blog's on a different site but I read yours every time I get a chance. Lovely!

Thank you for writing such thought-provoking entries.

1:51 PM  
Blogger PunditMom said...

WonderBaby has excellent fashion sense!

3:42 PM  
Blogger Mommy-Like Days said...

Does it count if I already delurked on another blog in recognition of delurking week? What the hey, I can do it here too! Always enjoy reading your blog.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

OK. You got me. Wonderbaby is too cute in that outfit!

76 Comments so far... so impressive!

5:49 PM  
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5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

waaaaaving!!! waaaaving!!! HEY!!! OVER HEEEEERE!!!

Sadly, I MISSED de-lurking week! I should have written a post too. Damn. I may have to do it Monday anyway as I need a little advice!

Nice boots.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Hello to you and happy birthday to C!

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a lurker, because I've commented before, but I thought I'd let you know I'm here! :)

8:51 PM  
Blogger Virtualsprite said...


And yes.. the zebra galoshes were just too cute for words.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Girl con Queso said...

Hi! And happy birthday, C!

10:27 PM  
Blogger Aliki2006 said...

Well, I'll delurk, too...a little late!

10:37 PM  
Blogger nonlineargirl said...

Waves to HBM, waves to WB, waves to HBSister.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may or may not have already delurked, but with 85 comments, and a threat like that I'll take the risk of commenting twice.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Robbin said...


I came here via Bub and Pie, and have stayed. Love the writing, and Wonderbaby is terribly cute.

12:16 PM  
Blogger the mad momma said...

I adore your little wonderbaby and i do occassionally comment. I of course always always try to work on a post you have suggested!

3:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coming out of a deep, deep lurk. :)

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, another lurker here. My name is Adam and I am a stay at home dad in Michigan. I love reading your blogs.

My e-mails is aweingarden@twmi.rr.com

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't really lurk much, I'm just terrible about stopping by lately so it just SEEMS like I've been lurking.

But: hi. :-)

9:00 PM  

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