Remembering Day 1 After 13 Years

My Interview With My Mom

Summary

Do you remember your childhood? Go back to 1999 with us and we will remember some of my own childhood. My interviewee, Jenny, an amazing mother of three kids, raised me so well. My mom answers questions about the hardest moments she had with me, what type of music I liked, and funny moments with me when I was a baby. Whether we are talking about my millions of career options or Raffi the musician, you will always be entertained. Come listen to my wonderful interview with my mom!

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The Transcript


Quinn Sheehan: Any other funny stories as me as a kid?


Jenny Sheehan: When you wanted to be different things when you grew up and so we would go different places, like we went looking at rugs, and the people were pulling the rugs back one by one so we could see each of the rugs and we left and you said “Mommy, mommy. I be a rug guy when I grow up?”.


Quinn Sheehan: Doesn’t look that fun...


Jenny Sheehan: No but you would always ask “I be a firefighter when I grow up?” and I’d say sure you can be a fireman, you can be a rug guy. And then one time you saw a dog and you said “Mommy, mommy. I be a doggie when I grow up?” and we said no, you can’t be a doggie and you said one time “I be a mommy when I grow up?” and I said no, you will be a daddy when you grow up and you said “Yay! I get to do dishes!”


Quinn Sheehan: Did I like music?


Jenny Sheehan: Yes you loved music. Jake had an old guitar, an old play guitar that you put stickers all over and I would put a video by Raffi on tv...


Quinn Sheehan: Who’s Raffi?


Jenny Sheehan: He was this funny guy who just sang. He sat in a chair with a guitar and wore, like, rabbit slippers on his feet. And he would sing all these kid’s songs.


Quinn Sheehan: Was it a tv show?


Jenny Sheehan: It was a video and he had all these C.D’s out and that was before everybody started making children’s music so he was really big. And you would sit in front of the TV, on the floor, and put your guitar on your lap and strum along with Raffi. And you called your guitar your “ow guitar”.


Quinn Sheehan: What were the hardest moments you had with me growing up?


Jenny Sheehan: We always put you to sleep on your back, because that was what you were supposed to do with babies then, and you wouldn’t sleep on your side or your stomach or anything, and the back of your head got really flat and kind of like concave in and I was so worried about it and I took you to the doctor and I kept saying “His head is, you know, it looks so weird in the back it’s so flat!”


Quinn Sheehan: Did you put me in a helmet?


Jenny Sheehan: No but there were all of these articles about babies with flat heads and people having to put helmets on them like 24 hours a day so that the head would, like, fill out and Dr. Begoun said “Do not worry about it his brain will develop normally, you do not have to put a helmet on” which I wouldn’t of anyway.

Why Helmets Are Unnecessary

A baby may rest on his or her head whenever they are sleeping. Most of the time, it causes something known as the”flattened head syndrome”. “Flattened head syndrome” is a common problem among babies that, in the scientific world, is called positional plagiocephaly. Positional plagiocephaly happens because babies tend to have very soft heads, and hard surfaces or pressure tend to mold the head to make it shape the way it looks. All parents are very, very protective over their newborn child. Many parents who have a baby with positional plagiocephaly discuss putting a helmet on their child that is shaped so the baby will not develop a flat head. A helmet is custom made and it is made to even out the shape and also it is made to protect a child’s head.


I believe that putting a helmet on a child with positional plagiocephaly is ineffective and nothing more than a myth. Positional plagiocephaly is proven to “not cause lasting cosmetic problems”. I was a victim of the flattened head syndrome, and today, no problems, physical or mental, have occurred. Unlike popular belief, it does not permanently damage a baby's brain or shape of the head. According to Boston Children’s Hospital, “there is no convincing evidence that in cases of plagiocephaly, the deformational flattening has any effect on a child's brain development, vision or hearing.” A child’s head may look extremely flat in their early childhood, but eventually it will not be noticeable. Medical experts believe that most helmets do work, but they are unnecessary and speed up the process of getting a normal head shape. They can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500 and are believed to be a complete waste of money. A parent should still try to prevent infants from sleeping on their back too much and laying on their back, but a helmet will not help re-shape a child’s head. A helmet is simply ineffective and unproductive.


A Baby With A Helmet (Not Me)


Baby Names

For a long time, naming a child has been a very important moment in the beginning of a baby’s life. Parents may name their child after family heritage, an inspirational person, an idol, or just because they like the name. Whatever reason it is, it is always an extremely important decision that parents may spend months on. Thousands of websites claim to have the best baby names and articles define some names you will regret. A quick Google search of “baby names” leaves you with 625 million results to comb through. Obviously, baby names are a very crucial and imperative decision parents spend a long time trying to decide.


Names are inspired by many things. Some people name their kids after celebrities, who surprisingly play a major part in some children’s names. The names Urban, Bowie, Aniston, Paisley, Tatum, and Winslet have become extremely popular after last names of celebrities. Names like Kanye, Beyonce, Adele, and Homer have also become popular because of celebrities. Those names may sound weird or and you may think that some names previously stated are non-existent in our culture but actually, according to a survey created by a well-known baby names website, they are extremely popular. People want their kid to have a connection to a famous person.


Some parents want their child to stand out. According to a popular survey, close to 20% want to have a unique and different name than everyone else. Whether it is spelling a popular name differently or coming up with a completely new name, many people are interested in coming up with something unique. People that have researched names think that new names have become more apparent in our culture because in today’s society everybody is told to stand out and be unique; nobody should be the same. In our schools, kids are taught to be individual and to embrace the uniqueness that they have. These researchers also think that this is because of a mix between a foreign parent and an American parent, they may combine two names to include both parent’s ideas.


Every year, lists come out that supposedly determine the year’s most popular names. These lists change annually, and the 2009 list is completely different than the 2012 list. This year’s name list includes Emma, Liam, Ryan, Matthew, Emily, Isabella, Charlotte, Ava, Noah, and Ethan. Researchers have figured out when parents in a very high social class use a name, “it starts working its way down the socioeconomic ladder” thus making the name popular. This is probably the reason why celebrity names get very popular. People want their child’s name to be the same as the child of a very rich or popular person. Another list comes out with the most regretted baby names. Most people regret their baby names because they became too unique or they decide to let their partner decide on the name. These names include Alfie, Thomas, Jessica, William, Oliver, Daisy, and Ruby. People also regret not changing the spelling of more popular names like Britney, Isaac, Kate, or Michael.


Overall, baby names are a huge part of our society and a huge part of our daily lives. A name is a symbol for us. A name gives us pride and individuality. Some people’s names relate to their family heritage, an idol or a person of inspiration for their parents, or maybe just a name that a parent will really love. A name is much more than just a form of identification. Whatever your name is, it will always have a story to it.


A Baby

Raffi To Play At 2014 Kidzapalooza

Iconic child’s singer Raffi Cavoukian will be performing at Kidzapalooza, the annual children's festival in Wilmette, Illinois. Raffi is a naturally-talented performer who has turned into a world-famous musician, author, and pioneer in the children’s entertainment world. He was one of the first artists to create music specifically for kids. He has sung hits that include “Bananaphone”, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”, “Must Be Santa”, and “Baby Beluga”. His name comes from an old Armenian poet named “Raffi”. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, his family immigrated to Canada. Cavoukian owned a coffee shop in Toronto until he decided to chase his musical dreams, and ended up in Vancouver where he became famous. After some years, he became an international sensation. He was offered a chance to perform at Madison Square Garden, a venue that can fit up to 20,000 people. Raffi turned down this offer because he prefers to play at smaller venues where he can actually connect with the children at the concert. He also turned down a movie about his hit single “Baby Beluga”. Kidzapalooza will start this August and end in early September. To find information and to purchase tickets, go to raffinews.com or ticketmaster.com.

A picture of Raffi


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