I’ve been convinced. Swayed. Brought to the reusable side.

After talking to mamaturtlemiller about cloth diapering. I have decided that maybe it isn’t as hard as I have always made it out to be in my mind. 

When I was pregnant with Alex, I researched both cloth and disposable diapers. I opted to use disposables because we lived in an apartment, and I paid $1.50 to wash a load and $1.75 to dry a load. And that was in a communal laundry room. It didn’t seem like the best idea to wash something that was going to be against my baby’s little bum in a machine like that. 

When I was pregnant with Nick, we were living in a house, with our own brand new washer and dryer. I had no reason not to switch. I just didn’t. I was using disposables with Alex, and it was working for us. Same with when I had Zoey. I never really revisited the whole idea of using cloth. 

Until last night. Last night, I was given a couple links, did some research and decided that I was going to give it a shot. I am going to start part time with 1-2 diapers/day/child. I figured out that by using 1 cloth diaper for each child each day saves me $25 CDN a month. $25!! That doesn’t seem like much, but that’s almost a whole box of diapers! A MONTH!! And Alex is almost potty trained. The savings are only going to grow!! WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THIS EARLIER??? mamaturtlemiller Where have you been all my Momma life?!?

I’m going to start collecting some cloth diapers and I want to start up by the end of August! Wish me luck! There will be more posts about this journey in the future!

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn

Modern Man of the Cloth Geekery Awards

This award is probably one of the best I have ever gotten. It could be, that it came at the perfect time. I read that I had received it when I was at a low point of wondering if my blog was actually reaching out to anyone. If I would actually affect anyone the way that I hoped to. If I could actually help me a change in the way people think about Postpartum depression and anxiety, if I could show other mom’s that we should support each other and we don’t need to bash on one another. 

Then I seen that I was nominated for the Gandalf the Gray award as part of the Modern Man of the Cloth Geekery Awards. This made my day. My week even.

The Gandalf the Gray award is given “When you make a point your arguments are so thought out and so persuasive no counter argument can stand.” 

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It was exactly what I needed at that moment. And for that I want to send a huge heartfelt thank you to How to Ruin a Toddler’s Day for this!

So onto the rules for this award: 

  1. Like I tell my children you should always say thank you
  2. Please link back to the post that gave you your award
  3. If you won any of these awards you can pass along any of these made up, but still real, awards to someone else. Or can create your own awards to tell someone how awesome you think they are.
  4. Tell us 58 random things about you and 41 things that that make you interesting**

** Not a real rule. (thankfully!) 

Now, I am not creative enough to make up my own awards, so I am just going to pass along the ones that Man of the Modern Cloth and How to Ruin a Toddler’s day used. Here we go!

1. The Optimus Prime Award- Your blog is so inspiring I just want to ‘transform, roll out’ and follow you. I am sending this award out to A Game of Diapers!

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2. The Gandalf the Gray Award– When you make a point your arguments are so thought out and so persuasive no counter argument can stand. I would like to award this to Mommy flying Solo.

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 3. The ‘This is Sparta’ Award– Everything you say is powerful and strong. Agree or disagree I find your passion and convictions so inspiring. I would like to award this to Atlanta Mom of Three.

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4. The Joker Award- Your humour is infectious, and maybe even a little dark. Your posts have made me laugh out loud almost every time. I would like to give this award to Broken Condoms

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I left one out from the original post. I really don’t have a blog that I follow that fits in that category. Thanks again to How to Ruin a Toddler’s Day. You definitely made my day!!

Love, hugs, and more to come later!

Lynn

Why you shouldn’t put your cell phone in your bra

I learned a very valuable lesson today. In fact, potentially it could’ve saved me lots and lots of money. 

I have a habit of putting my cell phone in my bra. I put it there because it is easy to get to it. When it vibrates, I can grab it even if I have kids on my lap and what not. Regardless of what I am doing it’s easy to get to it, and I don’t miss it when it vibrates. So I stick it there. Especially when I am waiting for a text from someone. 

So tonight, I had my phone there while I was waiting for my brother to text me to get a ride home from his girlfriend’s house. I made supper with it there. I ate, and then I got ready to bathe the boys. I’m sure you all know where this is going. 

I turn on the bathtub, and turn around and get the kids undressed. I pick Nick up to put him in the tub, and along with him, plop goes my cellphone. SH*T!!

I get my phone out as fast as I can, I wrap it in a towel for the time being and get Alex in the tub. Once both the kids were in, I took my phone apart, it didn’t seem to wet, so I put it back together. It turned on. Yay me! 

So… I put it back in my bra. Ha ha. Sometimes I am a little slow. 

About an hour later I pull out my phone to see why my brother hasn’t texted me.. it’s off. I guess there was more water in it then I thought. So now it’s apart and in rice. Here’s hoping it turns back on tomorrow. I guess I need a new place to put my phone… maybe in my pocket?

Love, hugs, and more to come later!

Lynn

Sharing is Caring

I am always encouraging my kids to share. And I feel like I am always reminding them. Which is why things like this warm my heart: 

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Yep. This is Nick sharing his sucker with Zoey. And when he decided he didn’t want to share anymore: 

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He gave her back her soother that he had actually taken out of her mouth to share the sucker. 

Love these kids to the moon and back. 

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn

Following the Trends

I am not usually a trend follower. But since I am learning the world of Blogging, I have decided to jump on this bandwagon. Assuming I figure it all out effectively and don’t lose my mind every single time I attempt to use it.

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I Googled Twitter pictures to find one that I wanted to include here, and fell in love with this one since Nick just started do this and laughing hysterically!

That’s right folks. I am going to follow in How to Ruin a Toddler’s Day’s footsteps and join Twitter. (seriously if you don’t follow her blog yet, you really should, she is absolutely amazing, and always makes me smile!) She also has a Facebook for her blog, but I don’t think I have the time or energy for such things right now. We’ll see how the Twitter thing goes first.

So there is a fancy button to the right of this post that should say you can follow me on Twitter… but there might not be, because I am not actually sure I managed to do it right. If it’s not there, let me know and I’ll try some more to fix it. If it is there, also let me know and I can stop thinking about it.

I used to think I knew how all this stuff works.. I mean I am the one who taught my mom how to upload pictures to Facebook… but Twitter… Twitter eludes me. We’ll see how it all goes!

So anyways, follow me on Twitter and I will follow you back! (assuming I can figure out how to!)

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn

Super Sweet Blog Award

More awards! What an awesome feeling! This one is the Super Sweet Blog Award and I was nominated by 2 wonderful ladies! Thank you so much Vanessa from Pink Butterflies and Tara from Working Mother Assistant. I strongly urge everyone to go check out their blogs!
I love these awards because I love being able to find new blogs through nominee lists. There are some great blogs out there just waiting to be discovered! 

So the rules for this Super Sweet Award are: 

  • Thank and link to the Blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer 5 Super Sweet Questions. See below…
  • Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your post.
  • Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other deserving Bloggers.
  • Notify your Super Sweet Nominees on their Blog.

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Here are my answers: 

1. Cookies or Cake?

Cookies. I am definitely not a cake person

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Depends what it is. Normally Vanilla. 

3. Favourite sweet treat?

Hmm.. I am not a huge fan of sweets. So this is actually a tough one! I would have to say chocolate chip cookies or peanut butter cookies. 

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

When I am pregnant

5. Sweet nickname?

I don’t have a sweet nickname that anyone calls me, and I really don’t use any sweet nicknames either. I call the boys my sweets when they are super cuddly, but that’s about it.

And now my nominees, I chose these people because they are blogs I enjoy reading, and they all show a sweet side in various ways! 

A Game of Diapers
Beauty Obsessed
Broken Condoms
BumpyroadtoBubba
Domestic Geek Girl
Embracing the Insanity
Fat Mom No More
Living like an Erythrocyte
Lessons From My Daughter
Mama Miller Parenting
McCrazy Daily Lessons
Naptime Thoughts
Persephone Parent

Go check out some awesome blogs that I enjoy, written by some very awesome people! Thank you again to the two lovely ladies who nominated me! 

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn

The Mommy Wars

I am very happy to say that today I noticed that my guest post was published on End the Mommy Wars blog. You can read my story on potty training here.

There is a reason that ending the mommy wars and stopping moms passing judgement on one another is very important.  There is a reason that I needed to sign the Mom Pledge.

I’ve never really explained my reasons. But today I am going to. Not because I feel like I need to defend myself. But because I want to.

I have stated in the past that I have been judged for my choices as a Mom. And I have stated before that I dealt with Postpartum depression and Anxiety after each of my children were born. It wasn’t bad after Alex and it hasn’t been too bad since having Zoey. But after Nick it was bad. Really super bad. I didn’t bond very well with him at first. Looking at us today you wouldn’t know that. But it has affected all the relationships in my household.

My husband bonded more with Nick than he did with the other kids, because he was making up for my lack of interest in him. I was more than willing to pass off all the feedings, diapers etc to him. I didn’t want to do any of that. If Alex needed me, I was there, if Nick needed me… it was harder to want to be there. I was still there. I tended to his needs. But there wasn’t the same emotional attachment to him. This affected how Hubs bonded to Zoey. Because I didn’t have the same problems bonding to her, he wasn’t as hands on with her and felt as though he wasn’t bonding to her at all. Thankfully, after him and I discussing this, he has realized this isn’t the case, he loves his little girl as much as he loves his little boys. I have no doubts about that.

When I decided to get pregnant with Zoey, the troubles I had with Nick played a big factor in that decision. I didn’t want to have another baby if I was going to have a hard time bonding to him/her. That wouldn’t be fair to me, the baby, the boys, or my husband. So I did some serious thinking about what contributed to those feelings. I figured it out pretty quick.

I realized that when I got pregnant with Nick, there were a lot of people who made negative comments and criticized that I would even keep the baby. (I know right.. imagine having someone tell you that you should’ve aborted your baby because your kids were to close together. Talk about mind boggling) There were comments about how I was being unfair to Alex by having another baby so soon. There were people who told me it was so so so hard and I would struggle with it. So few people said to me ‘You’re a good mom. You can so this. It’ll be tough, but you’ll figure it out’ The majority of it was ‘omg, you’re crazy.’  So I knew that I needed to get those people out of my life.

After I got the obviously negative people out, that left the more subtle people. Those people were harder to weed out. But by the time I had Zoey I had gotten rid of them. And you know what? My postpartum issues, were so so so minimal compared to what they were after Nick.

Part of me wishes that I could go back and not have the issues I did after I had Nick. But a bigger part of me cherishes the fact that I was able to build a strong bind with him in spite of our rough start. When his first word was Momma, my heart melted. And I am glad that those experiences gave me the voice I need to tell those negative people to shut up. I sincerely hope that my story can help even one mom not feel so alone. And realize that there are people out there who don’t just want to judge. I may not be the perfect mom, but I am perfect for my kids.

I encourage everyone to take the Mom Pledge and support one another instead of judging one another.

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn