Archive for July, 2009

Overheard At A Birthday Party

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 by by

I love my son so much….it never fails that no matter where we are and in any given situation he can bring light and love into the lives of those around him.

This past weekend we were at my niece Sofia’s 2nd birthday and Jacob was the only child there that did not have a vagina. I don’t think it really phased him much because he just played along and seemed to enjoy himself. I was worried about how we’d cope at the party given the fact that Jacob was not in the best spirits all morning before the party – in fact I called Lisa ahead of time and warned her that my clan of kids was whiny and irritable and that we were going to attempt the party but might have to make a short appearance and disappear early to avoid my son being the center of attention on Sofia’s special day – and let me tell you his type of entertainment on a whiny day is not anything like Sofia’s blow out the candle, open the presents kind of day. I was shocked and impressed by his good nature and well behaved (more…)


Three Years is a Long Time

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 by by

Three years ago, today, I was due with my first baby – or overdue depending on who you asked, the doctor’s office had told me one due date and recorded another. I was hot, large, and a little impatient … but happy. I was given the opportunity to induce and declined it, which in retrospect was an awesome decision.

Three years ago today, I went into labor. A long, three day, slow as molasses labor that kept me from sleeping and gave me plenty of last-minute time to play video games and think about impending motherhood. I remember I went through the entire time waiting for that pivotal moment that you always hear about, the one where a pregnant woman gasps and declares, “I’m having a baby!” The contractions become unbearable, the water breaks, and there is no doubt in your mind that it’s Time.

It never was time for me. All right, that’s a lie; at about 5pm 3 days later I entered transition and the pain became suddenly and terribly (more…)

Cloth Diaper Carnival: What you wish you knew then that you know now.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 by by

Welcome to Dirty Diaper Laundry’s first Cloth Diaper Carnival.  The topic this time is: “What you wish you knew then that you know now.”  I know that most cloth diapering moms have probably felt the pain of buyer’s remorse, or other forms of regret.  Or wish they would have figured out their wash routine sooner, etc.  This is the place to share your story.  If you haven’t done so already, it isn’t too late.  Go ahead and write your story on your blog, and come back here.  Use McLinky to add your link, and grab the code to add everyone else’s links to your page.  It is that simple.  Now, for my story!

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I was lucky enough to stumble upon cloth diapering while I was pregnant.  The exact time/ date/ place I do not recall.  I do remember knowing when I saw that people still cloth diapered, and that the modern cloth diaper was easy to use, that I was going to do it.  At that point I began researching like I was writing my thesis on cloth diapers!  Actually, I probably did more research on cloth diapers than I ever did on my thesis for my B.A.  Google became my best friend.  I searched “How to cloth diaper”  ”How much does cloth diapering save” “Best cloth diapers” “Easiest cloth diapers” “How to get your husband to cloth diaper”  My fingers knew how to type “cloth diapers” in their sleep.
My main goal was to get (more…)

Wordless Wednesday: Look at me Ma!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 by by

My baby is growing up too fast.  Crawling and pulling to standing.  This is my proud baby:


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Seeing Red

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 by by

Last week, Jonah and I made a fun discovery when we checked our garden. The green tomatoes are turning red! Jonah was very interested in checking out the new red fruits. He’s been having fun picking them, and even more fun eating them! He especially likes grilled cheese with tomatoes, but I think that is just because I love it so much! Our tomato garden has become a great thing to bond over. Jonah has been a very good garden helper. He loves to put water on the plants, and going out to check the fruits every day. He also has enjoyed eating the dirt. As impatient as I am, I’m kind of (more…)

Our first REAL family outing

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 by by

Yes, it took almost 16 months for it to happen but it did and that is all that matters, right? We were diligent about getting everything together the night before so Saturday was actually not about scurring to get everything together. The kids did really well, even taking catnaps in the car on the way over to Megan’s house (another triplet mommy). They live an hour away so this was also our first “road trip” of sorts. The longest the kids have been in the car is about 15 minutes. Well, actually they have napped in the car on the way back from a ped’s visit and I drove around the subdivision for 20 min so maybe they have been in the car as long as 40 min.

Anyway, back to the story. We fed the kids lunch at noon and by 1pm, we were in the car pulling out of the driveway. Ian fell asleep almost immediately. Gabi followed suit and Sofi decided to stay up as long as she could. We were about 30 min in to the drive before she conked out. It wasn’t too bad of a ride there.

Then we got to the party. Megan’s kids are (more…)

You Need Schoolin’, Baby I’m Not Foolin’

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 by by

Now that I’m a mom for the second go-round I find myself casting a new eye on the way I did things before.

For example: all of my older kids went to preschool.  All these years later I still question what all of this early-childhood education did for them.  As far as I can tell, the only thing they exited preschool with was the fervent belief that they have an inalienable right to snack at least once a day.

I now see that I was too soft with the older kids.  Too nurturing.  I coddled them with an abundance of bedtime stories and group hugs.  I accommodated their needs and applauded their every accomplishment.  I was supportive and loving.  WHAT A FOOL I WAS!

I see now what a grave error in judgment  that was because those three are as soft as feather pillows.  They eschew hard work and effort.  When you ask them what they want to be when they grow up they immediately respond, “Lottery winners.”  If they have to lift anything heavier than (more…)


Homemade Baby Food: Sweet Potato

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 by by

We have been moving forward at quite a slow pace in our solid food adventure with Violet and I will admit that her hesitation with accepting solid food has been discouraging for me in regards to preparing it homemade for her. Her very first attempt with solid food was jubilant….she accepted it and devoured it like a pro but every day since that very first one, has been quite a struggle and Violet is barely taking in much of anything at all. I am trying to remember that everything about eating food, real non breast milk or formula type food is a new learning experience for her and so I am pushing forward and continuing to prepare it for her knowing that she can’t possibly regurgitate it back at me forever right?

Another great first food for babies and one that is not very allergenic is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are packed full of vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin e, calcium, potassium, and folate to name a bit of its wonderful make-up!

I purchased these 5 sweet potatoes for a grand total of (more…)

Well the good feeling is gone now… Oh but there is good news in here

Monday, July 27th, 2009 by by

I posted over on the Fertility Charting board about my good feeling being gone.  Remember the scene in Finding Nemo where Marlin and Dory are looking at the light and feeling good and then out of nowhere comes a fish and then Marlin says “Good feeling’s gone.”  Well the good feeling has come back a few times but now after taking three tests whatever was left of that good feeling is gone.

I am kind of in a funk because of this.  I have been in a really foul mood because of this for the last couple days.  The only encouragement for me is that my sister still has a good feeling about me.  She was right about Jeremy and so maybe she will be right this time.

When we were trying to conceive Jeremy my sister was the best (more…)

Baby’s First … Nosebleed?

Monday, July 27th, 2009 by by

There are some milestones that parents are in no rush to reach, but are completely inevitable.

Baby’s first nosebleed is one of them.

I know what you’re thinking: well, he’s walking now, so he must have taken some incredible stepped let led to an incredible tumble! Unfortunately, it’s nothing quite so exciting, though he has been taking a few more adventurous steps lately. (He’s definitely taking a slow start to walking, but he’s making progress daily, and it’s so awesome!) See, it’s birthday time for Eric. OK, technically his birthday is (more…)