Sunday, June 14, 2009


Oh, how they grow...

GUESS WHO IS SITTING UP??? Well, starting to anyway, it lasts a few seconds. Today he is doing much better at trying to support himself.

No more regular disposables for us! I had thought about cloth diapering before Tyler was born, but it was so expensive to start out so I didn't. For those who don't know though, cloth diapering is not what it used to be. There are really cool "all in one" cloth diapers you just take out the insert and throw them in the washer. One brand is called bum genius, seen here. I am going to use those for backups in case I run out of gdiaper refills before I make it to the store or my automatic online shipment arrives. Anyway, I found gdiapers and they do not require a huge initial investment and they are really cute. I can't wait to get more colors.

Here is some info about gdiapers from the site...

The best of cloth diapers and disposable in one eco-friendly diaper.

gDiapers starter kit

gDiapers, which stands for green diapers, consist of a washable, cotton outer little gPant and a plastic-free biodegradable diaper gRefill. They are made of breathable material just like sports clothing. So, babies stay dry and happy and are far less likely to get diaper rash.

Flush, compost or toss.

Can't flush? It's ok to toss our flushable diaper refills because they're plastic-free. Or garden compost the wet ones. They'll break down in 50-150 days. (regular diapers take 500 years!!)

Look how cute they are!

So I wasn't sure about the whole touching the refill and flushing it idea, but I love them! It was SO nice to not have a poopy diaper in the house, and the refill is large enough, I could hold two corners of it and not touch the poop and flush it. I like that it doesn't fill up the trash can with 12 diapers by the end of the day or stink up the house and the garage won't smell as deadly if I miss trash day. The whole flushing process takes about 30 seconds- shorter amount of time than it would have to go get a plastic bag and take it to the trash. John can just toss it in the trash if he doesn't want to deal with it, same as a regular diaper. I wondered if putting the refill in each time would be time consuming- nope, takes about 10 seconds. Even Madison does it and puts the diaper on him, she thinks it's cool. Also, after he pees, he is not wet at all, it is all absorbed, it wasn't like a soaked regular diaper laying against his skin. The only downside is when he poops, it can get on the inner liner, which you just have to rinse off, but you can do that later if needed and just grab another liner or another cover with a liner attached. It really is not any more time consuming and has a ton of pro's -number one being to me is no more stinky house. The cost is about $15 more per month for us right now, which would be less soon after he would get into size 4 diapers, so while it's not saving money like I had hoped to do with cloth diapering, it's a small price to pay for doing my part to save the environment. That's always a plus. Also, regular diapers decrease in quantity as their size decreases but the price stays the same, I always hated that with Madison. But the gdiaper refills do not change in quantity after small, it just goes to med/large and that's all you will ever need until they are out of diapers. So all in all, I am in love with these. I know I sound like I am advertising for them, maybe I should get paid?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Funny Stuff About Parenting:

I think these were my favorites from the list, you should read it, it's got some pretty funny stuff.

In general my children refuse to eat anything that hasn't danced on television. (This one made me laugh out loud for a while)

If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says, "keep away from children."

Smack your child every day. If you don't know why - he does.

I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them.

Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.

Funny Parenting Tips:
Bill Cosby Quotes

  • No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids.
  • Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.
  • The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet.
  • Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don't believe the kids should be given homework.
  • Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.

Funny Parenting Tips:
Erma Bombeck Quotes

Erma Bombeck's syndicated newspaper column started many a day with a giggle. Her ability to laugh at herself (albeit often on the negative side!) reminds us not to take ourselves so seriously. She passed on in 1996 but leaves a legacy of humour, particularly about being a housewife that is second to none. Heres a tiny selection of some of her funniest parenting tips or witty words of wisdom about the futility of housework!

  • Housework is a treadmill from futility to oblivion with stop-offs at tedium and counter-productivity.
  • I'm trying very hard to understand this generation. They have adjusted the timetable for childbearing so that menopause and teaching a sixteen-year-old how to drive a car will occur in the same week.
  • My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?
  • Why would anyone steal a shopping cart? It's like stealing a two-year-old.
  • No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. I have known mothers who remake the bed after their children do it because there is wrinkle in the spread or the blanket is on crooked. This is sick.
  • One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child's name and how old he or she is.
  • Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
  • My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first one being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
  • When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they're finished, I climb out.
  • In general my children refuse to eat anything that hasn't danced on television. (This one made me laugh out loud for a while)

    Funny Parenting Tips:
    Phyllis Diller Quotes

    Phyllis Diller is probably best known for her distinctive laugh - or rather cackle! As one of the pioneers of stand up comedy, her comic portrayal of a housewife was full of one liners about children and her husband Fang.

    • I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them.
    • Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
    • Be nice to your children, for they will choose your rest home.
    • Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.
    • We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up
    • Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?

      Funny parenting Tips:
      P.J. O'Rourke Quotes
    P.J. O'Rourke is more commonly known for his political satire and commentary.

    • Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly.
    • The real truth about children is they don't speak the language very well. They're physically uncoordinated. And they are ignorant of our elaborate ideas about right and wrong.
    • I am no stranger to loud noise. I've been to a Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels concert. I once dated a woman with two kids.
    • Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.
    • Anything that makes your mother cry is fun.
    • (You've got to try this!) Getting down on all fours and imitating a rhinoceros stops babies from crying. Put an empty cigarette pack on your nose for a horn and make loud snorting noises. I don't know why parents don't do this more often. Usually it makes the kid laugh. Sometimes it sends him into shock. Either way it quiets him down. If you're a parent, acting like a rhino has another advantage. Keep it up until the kid is a teenager and he definitely won't have his friends hanging around your house all the time.

    Funny Parenting Tips and Parenting Humour:
    Various Authors

    • If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says, "keep away from children."
      Susan Savannah
    • The beauty of spacing children many years apart lies in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes that were made with the older ones - which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones.
      Sydney J. Harris
    • I love to play hide and seek with my kid, but some days my goal is to find a hiding place where he can't find me until after high school.
      (sorry I don't know who said this!)
    • Smack your child every day. If you don't know why - he does.
      Joey Adams (Please don't take his advice!)
    • The worst feature of a new baby is its mother's singing
      Kin Hubbard
    • Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.
      Marilyn Penland.
      (My children still give me a hard time about how my eyebrows think they are helping me to sing!)
    • Your children tell you casually years later what it would have killed you with worry to know at the time.
      Mignon McLaughlin
    • The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
      Edward, Duke of Windsor
    • Telling a teenager the facts of life is like giving a fish a bath.
      Arnold H. Glasow
    • The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
      Quentin Crisp
    • A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.
      Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.
      Franklin P. Jones
    • Adolescence is perhaps nature's way of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest.
      Karen Savage and Patricia Adams
    • Children aren't happy without something to ignore, And that's what parents were created for.
      Ogden Nash
    • A two-year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don't have a top for it.
      Jerry Seinfeld
    • A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
      Groucho Marx
    • Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky.
      Fran Lebowitz
    • I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away
      Nancy Mitford
    • Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius.
      May Sarton
    • Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience... and pimples.
      J.M. Barrie

    Funny Parenting Tips by Brad Phillips
    Sure-fire Ways To Embarrass Your Children

    • Drop them off directly in front of their school. Make them give you a kiss. Wave good-bye vigorously and blow kisses.
    • Hang a naked baby picture of your children in a prominent location in your living room. Be sure to point it out to company. My parents accomplished approximately the same purpose with my third-grade Cub Scout picture.
    • Make them dress up in a shirt and tie for school picture day. Style their hair yourself. Use enough gel to allow their hair to withstand hurricane force winds.
    • During long road trips suggest a family sing along. Insist that all of the songs be ones that are extremely popular with three-year olds.
    • Beat your child to the punch by getting a navel piercing or a tattoo before they do. Show your new body art to all of your children's friends.
    • Force your children to do violin, piano, or vocal solos whenever grandparents, neighbors, or casual acquaintances wander into the house. Clap loudly at the end.
    • Barge into Supercuts while your child is getting their hair cut. Demand to speak to the stylist. Confirm that the haircut will be within the firmly established parameters for proper 1950's grooming habits (even though it happens to be several decades later). It has taken many years of counseling for me to recover from that embarrassment. I can't wait to do it to my own kids.