Saturday, August 22, 2009

TTFN

Saturday, August 22, 2009

It turns out that last week was World Breastfeeding Week (motto: "There's a sucker born every minute.") In honor of the occasion, here's what was served at a hospital-sponsored picnic for moms and their babies:

If you're wondering what a life preserver has to do with breastfeeding, then rest assured that so are the rest of us. Personally I like to think that the Wreckerator was in the process of drawing one huge bazooga when s/he was stopped by some killjoy middle manager.

Also note that breastfed babies are "reading for anything." Naturally, I think you'll agree with me when I say this theory simply must be tested. So, the next time you see a mom breastfeeding, try to see if her kid is also reading. (You know, like this.) Then, once you've recovered from the police tasing and posted bail, be sure to report your findings back to us, k?


Anony M., I'll let you explain today's title. ;)

- Related Wreckage: Every Breath You Take
Taylor (My Older Brothers) said...

Maybe it's a recycled breast cancer awareness cake from last year. The motto was "Save the ta-tas!"

Mae said...

I agree about the life preserver. Someone was definitely in the middle of drawing a giant boob and got told off.

I think the boob would have been perfectly acceptable. :)

Melinda said...

Hot pink life preservers don't remind you of breastfeeding? Oh wait, me neither. Too funny!

Penny said...

"Breastfed babies are reading for anything"?

Does it count if *I* am breastfeeding my baby while reading Cake Wrecks?

Pixie said...

Reading for Anything.

'101 Breastmilk Recipes' perhaps?

khaay said...

haha! :)) nice one!

Suburban Princess said...

TTFN = Ta Ta For Now (giggle tatas lol)

Maria said...

Welll... they say breast milk is best for babies, so, by extension, breastfeeding saves lives, hence the life preserver? (That's the explanation my overcaffeinated brain has come up with.)

As for the reading babies... I have nothing.

Maria

AFWingMom said...

hmmm....I'm not really sure what the bottom two lines say. Does it really say breastfed or does it say busdfed? I'm confused but I'm sure the librarians in the world are rejoicing that they'll be reading for anything!!

Liz said...

I personally like the...balloons? Sure, we'll go with balloons.

*~*Lis*~* said...

I thought that said reading - but had to wait for the commentary to make sure! I can assure you none of my kids can read yet - maybe i did something wrong?

Liz Autry said...

Weel, it makes sense if the word is Ready! :)

mike said...

So, wait. Are those supposed to be balloons or something much much smaller?

LJ said...

Oh dog. Wow. Why the reading breastfed babies get a life preserver is beyond me. Okay, I can make the connection, but I just choose not to do that.

I prefer your frosting booby idea. Hmmm...though that would be more appropriate at a men's party, now wouldn't it?

Ta-tas for now, that's awesome.

WV: sabones: I got sabones when I saw the booby cake. (yes, I'm a 12 year old boy now?)

Alix said...

Cute spermatazoa detail. Me likey.

Sunny said...

Breastfeeding is a life saver, especially in places with high poverty, little sanitation and inferior nutrition, hence the life preserver (or as some call them "life saver".) It's not really THAT much of a stretch.

The misspelling though... I can't help you with that one.

Naomi said...

I think the confusion stems from the fact that the lower half of the cake isn't really about breastfeeding at all. The message is that "Beesaful Babies are Reading for Anything," up to and including shipwrecks and poolside emergencies. Beesaful kids are unfailingly literate.

Diana said...

I thought the freaky balloon thingies were actually baby rattles, but perhaps not. Either way...I know they say breastfeeding improves cognition, but really? Reading for anything?

Terry Lee said...

breast-feeding = saving lives. okay, it's a strrrrretch using the life perserver.

but babies "reading for anything"?! no excuse. it's like no one ever proofs these cakes.

oh, and happy belated world breastfeeding week, y'all!

Amy said...

(Mischievous grin)
Next time I see a mom breastfeeding her kid in public, I'm a-gonna go ask what reading level the kid's on. :op

Not really, folks, calm down!!

~Amy B.

Aunt Sat said...

Okay, the "life preserver" is clearly a teething ring. I'm not sure, however, what a teething ring has to do with breastfeeding, either...

arabelle marie said...

Ironically, I was breastfeeding while reading this post. I looked down to see what my son was doing...no reading. So, I think that statement's wrong.

I'll keep you updated in the event of my 12-month-old whipping out Charlotte's Web while eating.

teapotjan said...

Doesn't TTFN stand for "Ta-Ta's for Nourishment"?

Etiquette Bitch said...

Yes, please, explain the title? I saw "TTFN" and thought, "ta-ta for now..."oh, WAIT! I get it!

I thought, seriously, Jen, that CW was going bye-bye. I now see that you were just going Ta-Ta!

(seriously, I didn't get it until I typed it out. too early.)

Zhoen said...

Well... our local main library opened a breast feeding room this week, so that cake would work there. But then the 'lifesaver' image would be a bit off.

Rather pretty cake, though. Colors are attractive.

Kath said...

I just saw an infomercial for a baby reading system - "My baby was reading at 8 months!" Maybe this system is most effective in conjunction with breastfeeding.

Just A Midwife said...

Breastfeeding is a huge lifesaver, especially in places where people don't have safe water, and for premies.

There are cities called Reading, both in the US & UK...possibly it's a conscious pun? Or perhaps it's just wrecktastic!

Banana Harlequin said...

Surely it was supposed to read, "Ready for Anything"

Or possibly... "Feeding for Anything"?

Hmm...

Anonymous said...

The preserver is not there because breastfeeding "saves lives." That IS a stretch. It's there because if the words were correct... "ready for anything"... then the babies are, well, ready for anything. It makes more sense than you think.

RayRay said...

Doesn't it kind of look like a breastfeeding pillow? Maybe? If you squint?

Morgi said...

If that really is a "breastfeeding is a lifesaver" pun, then breastfeeding obviously does not enhance creativity.

The breastfeeding/teething ring comment made me cringe, and I don't even have kids! Ow...

Christine said...

I know the answer! Well, about the life preserver anyway. The spleling is beyond me.

This year's WBW theme is "Breastfeeding: a vital emergency response." The idea is to highlight how breastfeeding truly saves babies' lives in disaster zones and other emergency circumstances. So I guess the folks who ordered the cake thought, "How can we visually represent help in an emergency?" It makes at least as much sense as the official logo, which looks like a sheriff's badge.

Mormishmom said...

According to www.breastfeedingweek.org the theme for this year is "Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response" - so I guess the life preserver is a symbol of emergency response. And I like the title for today's post :)

Natalie said...

Are those sperm on the side trying to impregnate the life preserver?

Alicia said...

I breastfeed & my baby doesn't read while he is eating! Dangit...how do I get on that bandwagon?

Anonymous said...

It was meant to say "Breastfed Babies Are Ready for Anything". See this breastfeeding poster.

And the "life preserver" is there; it's evidently the logo.

http://www.ilca.org/files/Bookstore/PosterEnglish09_SampleOnly.pdf

So it's actually far more Wrecky than you thought. Bonus!

Anonymous said...

Clearly the wreckerator was NOT breastfed as a baby!

cshields said...

lol bazonga lol

~Anne said...

See, with the whole breastfeeding issue I didn't think it was a life preserver, I thought it was a nipple shield!

Kristen said...

I'm hoping-hoping-hoping that it's supposed to read "Breastfed Babies are READY for anything" and they got a non-breastfed wreckerator.

(Though, to be fair...my son absolutely, positively refused to breastfeed and still had his alphabet down by 28 months. Sometimes we think it's probably best if his little brain WAS damaged by all the formula we fed him. ; P )

Isara said...

I think this cake is missing a carrot jockey. After all, once they start reading, all bets are off. Carrot jockey-ing is the next step in the natural progression of infant development. DUH.

ladykay said...

http://www.ilca.org/files/Bookstore/PosterEnglish09_SampleOnly.pdf

Okay, I followed the link and the theme is explained... the spelling - not so much.

Jill said...

TTFN: Take Time For Nursing

Jodi said...

Funny, I am breastfeeding my baby right now!

Anonymous said...

Liz Autry is right, I believe. It was supposed to say "Ready for anything" and someone didn't proofread. The life preserver *almost* makes sense then (but I prefer to believe that someone was stopped in the middle of putting a giant ta-ta on there!)

Dorci said...

Ha! I just now got the point of the title. Good one.

Bones said...

It looks kind of like a nipple shield to me. Breastfeeding moms use them if they have inverted nipples. Truly a "lifesaver" for some moms.

Whozat said...

This year's theme for World Breastfeeding Week was "Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Resonse."

The theme emphasizes that, not only are breastfed babies "prepared for life," but that breastfeeding can, quite literally, be the difference between life and death in an emergency situation.

More info here: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

So, that explains the life preserver, and I'm pretty sure the cake was supposed to read "Breastfed babies are READY for anything!"

(And @penny, I am breastfeeding my baby while reading/commenting, too! ;-) )

Whozat said...

Whoops, I really did skim the comments to see if someone had answered about the WBW theme, and didn't see any. Maybe they were just approved while I was typing?

Funniest thing I found when reading the rest of the comments just now?

@LadyKay is my sister!

I don't think I've ever commented here before, and I'm betting she hasn't either.

I am not surprised that when we both did, it was on a breastfeeding related cake.

-Sea Nymph- said...

... For the sake of spreading the controversy: I was breastfed as a baby, and I love reading.

:P

nelsonturf said...

Wait! I'm a breastfeeding mom...where's MY cake!?!?!
Heck...I'll settle for a twinkie.

marypoppins said...

To me, the life preserver looks like the top of a baby bottle.

glazeddoughnut said...

I am at least the 5th commenter who was breastfeeding her baby while reading this post. Cake Wrecks seems to be popular reading material during baby meal/mommy downtime. Maybe all these babies will grow up reading Cake Wrecks themselves and become literate, intelligent members of society because of it. That's not such a bad thing, now is it?

Topaz said...

I don't think most people mind breastfed babies reading - as long as they aren't reading Harry Potter!

(Sorry, I can never forget that incredible comment Wreckage... *giggles*)

Elizabeth said...

At first I thought it said "Breastfed babies are reaching for anything" which is hilarious but ominous considering that's a life preserver. Then I read it again and got really confused. I actually had to read the comments for this one because I couldn't figure it out (reading??? what?) until I saw what the original slogan/image was supposed to be.

Rachele said...

Today, as usual, I'm nursing my baby while reading CW. And it's even more awesome that I'm not the only one, lol!

Hooray for ta-tas!!!

thisbagisnotatoy said...

My handwritten terminal -y often disintegrates into something that could be an -ing. Which is why I never handwrite anything important, sigh.

Cindy said...

I really want TTFN to stand for Ta-Tas For Noms.

~Debbi~ said...

Yet another mom here who happens to be breastfeeding her baby (okay, he's 2 1/2, but whatever) while reading this post and I swear, from a distance, it looks like it reads "...heading for anything.". Which makes only slightly more sense. When mine finished, I'll ask him where he's heading, because he's definitely not reading.

Vivian Guest said...

Bummer! I missed breastfeeding week! Oh well, I was busy breastfeeding.

I've just decided that when I whine I will make me a boob cake and throw a party and all can partake in the boobs! Oh yeah, cream filled.

And I shall call my rack cake:

"Ta-Tas For Noms." (thanks Cindy! I'm so using that!)

Jennylou's Projects said...

This them of this year's WBW was to reinforce the vital role that breastfeeding plays in emergencies. I guess that's the life preserver?

So, reading should have been ready.

CappuccinoLife said...

Wild! But it would have been soooo much better if the wreckerator had been allowed to complete the breast.

I guarantee you, somewhere out there, there were some amazing boob wrecks created in honor of breastfeeding.

BillyD said...

Nipple shield? I guess I could google, but do I really want to know?

Willis Carrier said...

I'm a *huge* cake wrecks fan! I can't believe you linked to my Ninjerktsu comic! Thanks so much! I've gotten so many nice comments on my blog today from people visiting for the first time!
Still in shock!
Take care!

ml

Karen L. said...

Was ready to explain the life preserver... See it's already been done. Including by someone who's blog I read! Hi Whozat. And- to explain the poor writing here- am nursing my baby to sleep and reading my rss feeds on my iPhone :)

Morgan said...

AAA DON'T ASK ANON ANYTHING

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON'T BRING /b/ HERE

wv: domened. What we are, now.

ComfyDenim said...

LMAO!!
I just spat on the computer screen.
That was great!!!

now I've got to go find a wet wipe..

mellonmarshall said...

can I just ask what reading for anything means cause to me that makes no sense at all surely you reading for a reason even if it just pleasure
But what do I know I won't breast fed

kyooty said...

Obviously they don't have spell check on cakes

Keeley said...

A sucker born every minute--am I the only one who thinks that's "snort out your soda" funny??? Cause that's what I did. And I love the ta-ta's reference, although at first I didn't get why you were quoting Tigger on breastfeeding.

Rebecca Welch said...

oh my...just NO.
NONONONO

What possesses people? Seriously???

john (the hubby of Jen) said...

Keely,

I am tasked each and every day with proofreading the posts that Jen is going to put up. Most of the time, I don't find myself laughing because I have seen every cake many times before and I'm not reading for content and humor but for grammatical errors and missing punctuation.

This morning, I read the post with fresh eyes and I thought that it was genius. I laughed myself blue at that line. And do you know what that means? Most of the comments for the post will try to explain the cake.

Yeah, I'm a bit biased. I think Jen can do no wrong. But today's post was excellent.

Thanks for noticing!

john

jo said...

I thought it said they were ready for teething since it had a teething ring on it...doesn't make any more sense than reading really.

wv: taboyess - isn't this subject taboyess?

Keeley said...

@John: I also think Jen is a genius and can do no wrong. I look forward to her blog every day. And when I am away, I look forward to catching up, which I have finally done after weeks of missing my daily dose of Cake Wrecks.

Thank you both!

Lucille Ball Jr. said...

Yes! A lifesaver! That is perfect! After all, breastfeeding can save you life. Did you know that if you breastfeed for six years or more, your risk of breast cancer is reduced my 90%!!!!!!! You will never have a doctor tell you that!

Jerry said...

I'm the only person in the world who read that as "heading for anything." But that sounds like the babies either have no sense of direction or will latch onto anything, even a pink and blue life preserver.

Sallyseashell said...

The theme for this years World Breastfeeding Week is "Breastfeeding: Prepared for Life." The theme is about being prepared for emergencies, and how breastfeeding has saved so many babies lives in cases of natural disasters. So, a life preserver makes perfect sense. And guess what--I'm nursing my baby! We are "ready for anything!"
Sally

Jenn said...

Ok I read that as "Breadfed babies are Reading for anything". I'm not even going to try for the connection on the life preserver.

Liz said...

Hilarious, loved the ninja comic tie in.

Gina said...

Well, Lucille Ball just made my day by telling me that my risk for breast cancer just drop dramatically! :) Okay, now that I'm over that happy bit of news...

Did Marypoppins up there just say something about a baby bottle? On a breastfeeding cake? May it never be!!! ;)

TTFN...took me a while to get it but "sucker born every minute" did make me LOL.

And dang it! My 18-month old isn't reading yet that I know of. Perhaps I need to make him pay more attention when I'm teaching his sisters!

Anonymous said...

omg the motto just about made me spit my drink all over the monitor! Now that's comedy.

Natalie said...

OMG! Breastfeed for 6 years or more? The same kid? J.H.C.! Would my kid need a permission slip to come home for lunch? Yack!

Rasco from RIF said...

Perhaps Reading Is Fundamental needs to go into a research project with La Leche League?

Stephanie said...

Took me a minute to get the title... Jen, that was bad...
But amusing. :P

Michelle said...

LOVE the TTFN, hilarious!

I read the cake as 'heading for anything' which is even more disturbing than 'ready' or 'reading' imo.

TTFN snicker

The Mommy said...

A life preserver because breastfeeding saves babies lives. Don't bad mouth the boobie snacks because I'd hate to boycott you. The idea was ok, BF babies are ready for anything, of course, the reality didn't work out so well.

a said...

thanks for the introduction to ninjerktsu!

TTFN - for once, I got it!!!

Lucille Ball Jr. said...

Natalie,
I did not mean that you have to nurse the same baby for SIX years! You if you have two children you can nurse them for three years. If you have three children two years each. My mom breastfed my brother for 4 1/2 years! That is something that I would never do but everyone is different.
~Lucille Ball

Anne Marie said...

And now there may be even more readers since the WBW team has seen the post and shared the link! And I do remember my toddler deciding that if mommy could read while nursing, she'd try it, too. That lasted about 20 seconds as the corners of her "Little Golden Book" started digging painfully into the sides of my breasts. That cake is about 28 years late--where were you when it really fit my family?!

Anonymous said...

Lucille Ball Jr.,

Well crapspackle, I don't plan on reproducing. :O Oh well, at least my not eating meat or drinking alcohol will help with the whole breast cancer thing.

Julie said...

I can't believe that NO ONE has suggested tattooing the alphabet on the side of the mom's boob so that the baby can read while s/he nurses! Come on, they've got baby flash cards now, why not reinforce the learning everytime they are eating? I'm sure the mommies won't mind a little pain getting the tattoo in order to help their kids get a leg up on the competition!

Cliffie, The Lemming Girl said...

I think the "life preserver" must really be a teething ring. I'm thinking of an old cartoon I saw called "baby's first tooth" that shows baby suckling contentedly as mom cuts loose with a horrible scream...

Norkio said...

If breastfed babies are ready for anything, someone please explain why my breastfed baby just the other day ran into the kitchen table and seemed shocked at getting a fat lip.

Regina said...

I laughed for a solid 5 minutes on the motto: Theres a sucker born every minute. Thanks!

Allison said...

I think that it is supposed to read Breastfed Babies Are READY for Anything...thus making this a REAL Cakewreck! :D

Tifany said...

I think it says "Breadfed babies are reading for anything". I still have no clue what that means, but maybe I should whip out some bread next time my baby is hungry.

Anonymous said...

The guy who runs Ninjerkstu put a thanks for you... check it out!

Le said...

The theme this year was emergency preparedness so maybe the life preserver was on purpose...

kacenka said...

The first thing that came to my mind was life preservers the hospital I delivered in was giving to new mommies to sit on the first few days.... And they sit while they breastfeed. There you go. Perfect sense :)

K. said...

Omigoodness... breastfed babies are reading for anything. Too funny! However, I have to point-out, that bottle fed babies can also read. For example, my little man, reading at 19mo's old: http://deylife.blogspot.com/2009/08/wordless-wednesday-interrupted.html

Anonymous said...

I thought it was a teething ring. Which might make more sense than a life preserver.

Ashley Clark said...

Apparently the person that made the cake wasn't breastfed. lol, just kidding...or am i???

Yeah I had my son during national breastfeeding week. All the nurses that asked me if I was going to breatfeed gave me the worst looks when I said that I wasn't. Like I was the worst person in the world...

I still think my son is Reading for Anything though...

hehe

Ashley Clark ♥
http://ashleyclarkphotography.blogspot.com/

Dana said...

I have a feeling it should say "breastfed babies are ready for anything"... LOL apparently the cake maker wasn't breastfed.

Wessy Mama said...

I'm crying from laughing so hard...at work...not doing my work. Thanks!

Polly said...

I'm *hoping* the giant pink lifesaver is a poor replica of a logo. lol Evidently, the cake decorator was NOT breastfed.