My Baby Boomer Baby Book: A Record of Milestones, Millstones & Gallstones

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MY FIRST READING GLASSES, MY FIRST GRAY HAIR, MY FIRST COSMETIC SURGERY. . .

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MY FIRST READING GLASSES, MY FIRST GRAY HAIR, MY FIRST COSMETIC SURGERY. . .

Middle age, like babyhood, is an exciting developmental stage filled with memorable firsts and growth spurts (pot bellies, chin hairs, liver spots, and knee flaps). And what better way to remember all the little details that make you special—your bottle formula (Pinot or Cosmo?), your toilet training (Make public announcement? Engage in self-praise?)— than to write them down in your very own Boomer Baby Book, an invitation for every over-40 man (It’s prostate, not prostrate) and woman (“Is it hot in here or is it me?” ) to celebrate—who else?—yourself!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761143840
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/23/2006
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary-Lou Weisman is a journalist and author whose books include Intensive Care: A Family Love Story, Traveling While Married, and Al Jaffee’s Mad Life. Her essays, feature articles, interviews, and reviews have appeared in The New Republic, Newsweek,Glamour, Vogue, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. She lives with her husband in Westport, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION.......................6
MY VITAL STATISTICS ............8
MY FAMILY TREE .................10
MEMORABLE FIRSTS .............12
MY BOTTLE..........................13
AM I A GIRL OR A BOY?........14
BABY TALK ...........................18
FIRSTWORDS .......................19
TEETHING.............................20
I GET CRANKY .....................21
AM I SMILING . . . OR IS IT GAS? ...22
I GROW HAIR........................26
I DRESS MYSELF...................28
MY PRIMARY CAREGIVERS .....30
INTRODUCING SOLID
FOODS...............................32
MY PLAYPEN ........................35
TOILET TRAINING.................36
MY BEDTIME RITUAL...........37
FAVORITE NURSERY RHYMES ....38
MY FRIENDS.........................42
LIKES AND DISLIKES.............43
MY FAVORITE EXPRESSIONS ......44
I CAN READ..........................46
I CAN COUNT.......................50
SEX? .....................................52
IT HURTS..............................54
I FORGET..............................56
SEE HOW I’VE GROWN..........60
SEE WHAT I’VE GROWN........61
I TAKE MY MEDICINE ..........62
FIRST RECOGNIZE SELF........76
I REMEMBERWHEN ..............77
WHEN I GROW UP................78
MY HOROSCOPE ...................82
I SAY BYE-BYE......................88
MY IMAGINARY FRIEND ........63
MY PERSONALITY.................64
I GO TO SCHOOL ..................68
WHY? ...................................72
I KNOW LEFT FROM RIGHT ...74

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Preface

Introduction

In 1995, when the first 3.2 million Baby Boomers turned 50, reached for their reading glasses, their water bottles, and their cell phones, My [Middle-Aged] Baby Book was there to celebrate and chronicle this crucial developmental stage.The Internet barely existed. Googling was something babies did. A blackberry was edible, and, if you had a rotary phone, you could stay on the line and talk to a human.

Every aspect of the culture has changed radically. Eleven years ago, people weren’t “folks,” and Viagra wasn’t in the vocabulary, never mind in the medicine cabinet. Now, it’s “Good-bye” evolution, Venus and Mars, jogging, video cameras, privacy, CDs, anchor people, answering machines, Blockbuster, dating services, catalog buying, and frequent-flyer points. And it’s “Hello” cloning, domestic divas, performance-enhancing drugs, preemptive wars, spirituality, Netflix, QVC, e-dating, 24/7, 9/11, ringtones, DVDs, rap, breast augmentation, tattoos, and teardowns.

And my how they’ve grown! In the past 11 years, some 35 million Baby Boomers (including the 4 million who will turn 50 this year) have been added to the ranks of Middle Age. They deserve to have—actually, they insist upon having—their own new, totally updated, expanded, unexpurgated, reborn Baby Boomer baby book, and they want it now. Where else can they celebrate the signal events of their middle years: their first colonoscopy, their first conservative opinion, chin hair, and liver spot? Where else can they record vital personal information: their body mass index, resting pulse, and reflexologist’s cell phone number? What other book will tell them how to stay middle-aged forever?

While time marches on at warp speed, boomers have found a way to freeze-frame it, thanks to cosmetic surgery, nutritional supplements, and counting backward by tens. Fifty is the new 40; 60 the new 50; and, as soon as they get there, 70 will be the new 60. At this rate, or at least until generations yet unborn rise up and rebel against them for depleting the nation’s financial resources by defying death, figure on a revision of My [Baby Boomer] Baby Book every decade.

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