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Celebrate the new baby with a diaper cake (trust me, they'll LOVE this one)

My next door neighbor is expecting a baby any day now, and my husband and I have been talking about things we can do to help them out. So far all we've come up with are casserole deliveries and an offer to have their older child come live with us...

Are the bulk diaper people ripping me off?

It snowed here yesterday, in this meekly-weathered coastal city, and it sent waves of panic and shock through the population. Schools closed, offices shut down, people hovered in their homes, away from the windows, lest Crazy Old Mr. Bill smash...

Organic diapers are no such thing?

I don't have many regrets about the way I've Mothered Nolan for the first two years of his life. I was fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed, easily and with profound gratefulness. He never had a bottle, he's always been a good eater and I like...

Skipping the pull-ups

I've never been convinced by the "I'm a big kid now" commercials. As Mom to a toddler who's rapidly approaching full-on toilet training necessity I wonder, what does it mean to be a big kid now? You can take off your own diaper? You can poop in a...

The middle-of-the night poop dilemma

I usually turn in sometime after 11:30, when the street lights cast silent yellow on pebbled ashvault and no one is moving but the skunks and raccoons. I pile my hair on top of my head, change into pink-striped pyjamas. if I am feeling motivated, I...

No pooping in the pool

When Ellie and I go to our neighborhood pool, I always see a few diapered kids wading in the shallow end or floating in tubes. I admit it grosses me out just a little. I mean, if a kid is wearing a diaper, that means that kid doesn't use a potty. Not...

Prepping for baby's first day at daycare

So this morning I dropped the wee one off at daycare. Daddy and I strolled him the fifteen minute walk down to the daycare center and hung out while he became acclimated to his new surroundings. It was good that all of us arrived early as there...

Would you play spin the baby?

When Jared was born, Rachel agreed that she would handle the input and I would handle the output. Unfortunately, I didn't realize at the time that the output kept coming long after she stopped providing the input. With Sara, I still handled most of...

We are all done with diapers in our house!

In March I made a big splurge at CostCo, I bought one of the largest boxes of size 5 diapers that I could find. It was so big that after I unloaded the bladders full of diapers and packed them away in a closet, Devon, my almost 3 year-old fancied the...

Choosing a daycare

Well, as much as it pains me, I have finally selected a daycare for my son to attend once I go back to work. Selecting a daycare is never an easy job. I pored through tons of information online before figuring out what I wanted/needed to...

Have baby: Will travel...things I've learned

In no particular order: Because I don't own a car, driving is an adventure, especially when you're surrounded by careening semis. Also, basically no one seems to know how to drive (including us). My husband can put together the pack and play...

Have baby: Will travel...get packing!

As you may have noticed I've been relatively silent on the board these past few days. The sad truth is that all of my time has been eaten up planning for this trip. Now I have the enormous task of packing--for me, my son, my dog and essentially...

Things they don't tell you Volume 432: Potty training is hard

"Poop!" Nolan looks at me with wide eyes, one dimpled hand creeping slowly to the elastic waistband of his size-6 Huggies,"I gotcha poop!" I scoop him up and for the thirty-second time in the last week, run into the bathroom, snatching a glimpse of...

Why I'll miss the diapers

It was late on a Friday night at the taqueria. I was just about to order my burrito when he came through the door. He grabbed a young girl of about ten, with lush raven hair and bright hazel eyes, and put a large chef's knife to her throat. "Give me...

Who has the most embarrassing potty training incident?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about free range potty training, I was somewhat surprised by the force of some reader responses and tickled with humor by others. I didn't realize that potty training could evoke such emotion. However, the reader...

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