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Wednesday
Aug142013

YOU POKED THE (MAMMA) BEAR

O.k. people, we need to talk! Now, if you know me (and I understand that most of you don’t), you know that it is VERY rare that I ever feel the need to come to my husband's defense. Whenever I see the battles that take place on his page, and I read the rather colorful comments from some really “passionate” readers, I often laugh cause as everyone knows, and as I say to him myself, If you’re going to make your controversial bed, then you’re going to have to lay in it with a bunch of angry women. So I don’t often feel bad for him when he gets attacked. Besides, you ladies have NOTHING on me and my wrath when I get pissed off, and at the moment, I’m pretty pissed off. Not at my husband however, but at some (and before you take this as an attack on everyone, please note that I said SOME) people who feel the need to take their anger to a new level by not only using ignorant four letter words (I’m specifically referring to the “c” word which I absolutely HATE), but at their need to direct those words and thoughts towards ME. I mean really? What the hell did I do? If you know me (and again, I understand that most of you don’t) you know that I am a HUGE fan of those colorful four letter words, and you also know that I’m not afraid to use them. So sit the f**k down and listen.


But let’s back up a little bit. Let’s start with the reason that SOME of you have gotten your overworked uteri into a giant huff: Mr. Fodder’s most recent blog post, "An Open Letter to First-Time Mothers. Yes, I read it and I’ll be completely honest here without showing any bias towards my husband or his fans. (Ok, maybe a little biased towards my husband, but I don’t have to sleep with any of you, so you can’t really blame me).

I was about a paragraph and a half into reading his blog when my eyes began to roll. “Oh God Adam, here we go. This is not going to go over well at all.” I mean, with the amount of women who follow your page, you’re bound to have a few hundred at any given time who are on their period (and yes, because I’m a woman, I can say that.) and they are going to want to tear your head off. Now before you get all pissy at me for that comment, let me make sure that you understand my jovial personality… Of course I don’t think that your period turned some of you into evil bitches, but I was being generic and trying to make a point, which is EXACTLY what my husband was trying to do. (Besides, I’m sure that SOME of you are bitches on or OFF your period so your menstrual cycle pales in comparison to your MENTAL one). Adam wasn’t personally attacking ALL first time mothers. He was drawing attention to a TYPE of first time mother. A type that we ALL know exists. Hell, I have more friends who fall under this category of mother than I do who don’t! It’s a fact. It happens. And while I know that there are SOME of us who are nothing at all like this type of mother, there are also SOME of us who are and THAT’S who Adam was talking to!! And I’ll tell ya something, the truth often stings, especially when it’s not such a pretty picture. So when you hear that kind of stuff about yourself and it’s true, your first instinct is to attack.

That’s not to say that those of you who were upset didn’t have any decent valuable points, because you did. In fact, I agreed with many of the negative opinions. You have every right to give your opinion on the matter and on the blog, and there were quite a few of you who did it with respect and class. But ladies, a LOT of you went about it the wrong way. Allow me to be the first person to “warn” you about a certain personality trait that my dear husband possesses. (Under most circumstances, it’s his worst). Trying to get a “reaction” out of him using vim and vigor, will only get you the opposite reaction you want and believe me when I tell you that it will cause frustration. If you tell him to go right, he’ll go left simply BECAUSE you told him to go right. If you tell him to jump, he won’t just sit down, but he’ll dig a hole to china simply because he knows that all you want him to do is jump. Adam is the kind of person that if you tell him to shut up, he’ll keep talking. Not because he wants to fight back, but because you told him to shut up. And the sucky part is, that he’s SMART and unlike me, doesn’t need four letter words to make his point. Nine times out of 10, he thinks before he talks and he always has an angle and a reason for saying what he says. I’m sure many of you can attest to the fact that arguing with a smart person (or smart ass in many cases), is the most frustrating thing in the world.

But really, think about this logically. This is a man who has dedicated his life and his livelihood to his children and parental education and awareness. You don’t think Adam recognizes the plight of the single mom? The hardships of the woman who had her baby as a teenager and didn’t have a man there to be “a man”? The difficulties a woman who deals with “troubled” pregnancies and complications faces? The overwhelming abundance of stress placed on a first time mother who hasn’t the slightest clue how she is going to do this thing called parenting without a proper co-parent (whether absent in actuality or absent in mind) to help them cope? Really? You don’t think he gets that?!?! Why the hell do you think he does what he does? It’s BECAUSE he gets it. It’s because he knows the importance of having a strong father figure in a child’s life. It’s BECAUSE he wants to open up the closed minds- the ones that believe that a father is a sperm donor and nothing more. There are so many women out there that don’t have the luxury of having a father (and or husband) like the one I am fortunate enough to have. One who dedicates his life to his children and one who recognizes the importance of fatherhood. But just because he pushes the agenda of an involved father, doesn’t mean he doesn’t “get” the life of a family without one! Believe me, this is a guy whose OWN father is a useless excuse for a human being. Whose mother pretty much raised him and his three brothers solo. Whose only wish is to emulate the opposite example his own father set for him. Trust me moms (and Dad’s), this is a guy that you want on your side.

Now in defense of the people who took offense to my husband’s blog, I get it. I really do. To read that first-time moms are attention whores who only care about themselves is really tough to read (especially if you ARE one). To read that we are know-it-all’s who think that men are the “lesser” of the two when it comes to parenting is unfair. There are many of us who work our asses off to be good parents to our kids whether the men have failed or succeeded as a parent or not. Adam will be the first person to admit that I am NOT one of those women that he was referring to in his blog (which is why I wasn’t in the least bit offended) and it is VERY possible that you are not one of those women either. Yes, he was making a generalization and categorizing a certain “type” of first time mom that we ALL know exists. But I can understand how at first glance, it seemed as though he was attacking all first times moms. Read it again, then go back and read his other blogs, and his other Facebook posts and ANYTHING he has ever written. After doing that, you’ll know this to be true: Mr. Fodder is a smart (ass), intelligent, super involved father, whose only desire is to entertain, encourage, educate and of course stir the pot every now and then (which we can all agree he does very well).
 
So while I appreciate your condolences, please, don’t feel bad for me for having to be married to such a horrible man. Or better yet, if you’re going to feel bad for me, let it be for the fact that he snores like a chainsaw, has over 50 plaid button-up shirts and leaves his toe-nail clippings on the side table. Because under any other circumstance, I am one lucky Mother-fodder!

Oh, and one more thing; to Lydia, the woman who called me a C**T. Seriously, what is the matter with you? I wasn’t the one who pissed you off in that post. You’re welcome to call my husband a d**k, but you don’t even know anything about me and my views! I mean, it would be like me calling you a vile, ignorant, worthless excuse for a human being – and I would never do that. ;-)  

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Reader Comments (10)

OH MY GOD. Please let me be your friend.

Please.

Holy hell cats you had me rolling. I'm in the middle of Target waiting for my sister to get out of the dressing room, I read " overworked uteri" and just about spit my Starbucks out. But on a serious note, thank you for this. I didn't understand why everyone was getting so uppity over you. I saw the "c-word" comment and thought, gee....someone just wanted attention. Anyway, It takes a lot for me to get riled up over a blog post, I didn't see anything wrong with it ( and I'm a second time mom...) I know Adam understands that not all mom's are the same, same goes with dad's. I enjoy reading his posts about the kids and you. I love couples like you....even though you make it look easier than it actually is, LOL. Thanks for this, sharing it with my friends.

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLayla

Nice honest post in defense of a good man Mrs Dolgin.

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris Pritchard

You Rock Mother Fodder! I have the pleasure and honor of being married to a man just like Adam (in fact, they know each other through fb and that's how I came to be a fan of F4F). I read his post yesterday and laughed my ass off because I knew exactly what he was doing and I knew that HE knew what would come of it. In fact, when I came home from work yesterday, one of the first things my husband asked me (after how was your day) was "Did you SEE what F4F did today?" We had a really good talk about it. And about the comments. I can absolutely believe that someone called you a C**T because someone said that to me because my husband posted a picture of me "shaming" him for wearing socks with sandals. People get nuts over the silliest things. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I do feel sorry for you because if my husband left his toe-nail clippings on the corner of the table, I'd lose it :) Other than that, I think you are one lucky woman to have found this man (wiseassery and all)

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Kristen... You can never have too many friends I say. My best friend just moved to Nashville for a year, so there IS a temporary opening... you interested? ;-)

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Fodder

I knew I liked you...but I hafta admit, I kinda have a mommy crush on you now. ;)

August 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTara Kennedy-Kline

somethings just need saying --and you said and you said it very, very well --you go mama bear!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy @mommetime

I read the 'Open Letter' before reading this, and OMG. He hit the nail so hard on the head, I was trying to remember if I was like that with our first. I did push my husband aside for the 'parent' duties, and forced him into the 'fun' duties after our daughter was born. I tried to change every diaper, do every night feeding, and all the other stuff that, apparently, moms do 'better'. I had a good reason, though. I wanted him to deploy thinking that parenting was the greatest thing ever. I wanted him to remember the fun stuff, the cuddles, the first giggles, the first rolling over, because when he left, she was only 2 months old. I didn't want him to be exhausted and cranky for the only two months (almost) out of the first year that he got with her. I did the same with my second (she was 6 months when he left), and I am trying to bring him much more this pregnancy because he will get it ALL (yay for no deployments for a few years). I don't think I'm smarter than him, and I ask for help more often than not. I'm an idiot. Just because I pushed them out, doesn't mean that I am the better parent. Honestly, I think he is. And, in the even of my husband EVER writing a blog, I would come to his defense, because that open letter has a point. I know women that are incredibly selfish about having a baby. I know mothers that are just a little bit selfish, though very apologetic, and I know women that have been selfless. I also know men that get excited to talk about their wife's pregnancy, that have the privilege and bragging rights as the first person to hold their baby. I know men that are far more involved than their counterparts. Point is, I think you are both right. I have fallen in love with this blog, and knowing that you, Mother Fodder, have a blog as well, will probably fall in love with that one. Keep using your four letter words (not that gross one), and keep trying to get a rise, cause honesty goes a lot further than the whining that women or men do about your awesome posts.

September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Kuddos to you Mrs. Fodder!! You had an amazing response to those who attacked you as a means to hurt your husband. You are awesome!

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermelissa

WTG Mama Fodder!! Make him put his nasty toenails in the trash..... I often read your husbands blog and think..... he LIKES getting people wound up. He reminds me of my older brother when we were kids.... push all our buttons and sit back and enjoy the fireworks! On another note, you and your kids are very lucky to have a Dad/Husband who is involved because he WANTS to be. My jealousy overflows! And, I'm sure that a lot of the negative comments are like a kneejerk reaction? Anyhow...... rock on Fodder Family!

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura P

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