I’ve always been envious of parents who were able to enjoy taking their little ones out to dinner. As babies and toddlers, my kids always seemed to have a 30 minute time-limit at restaurants. After that point, we could expect whining, crying, standing on the furniture or other behavior that put a damper on the evening—for us and the other people who had the misfortune to be seated next to us!
Whether you’ve got a 3-month-old headed for daycare, a 3 year-old starting preschool, or you kept your child home until the law required that formal schooling begin or else, you’re about to suddenly be separated from your sweet sidekick. And it’s probably going to hurt, a little bit.
Or should I say, it’s probably going to hurt you a little bit. The kids? They adapt just fine. Meanwhile, I went through quite a few tissues every time one of my baby birds left the nest.
My oldest son’s birthday is on Earth Day. I can’t say for sure, but I suspect becoming a mom on April 22, 2003, may have made me more respectful of Mother Earth than I might have been otherwise, and I do find myself gravitating towards eco-friendly products when I have the choice, from our energy-efficient washing machine to my toddler’s BPA-free cereal bowl. It’s not always easy being green—but fortunately, since I became a mother 10 years ago today, we’ve come a long way, baby, when it’s come to finding eco-friendly baby care products.
Ah, that new baby smell. Hold your baby close, press your face to his neck and just inhale…addictive, right?
But we all know what doesn’t smell so good: the diapers. And the spit-up. And it really stinks—excuse the pun—when you’re taking a visitor on a tour of your house and open the door to show off the adorably decorated nursery, only to have said visitor gag over the scent of icky baby poo.
You know what’s harder than taking care of a baby? Taking care of a baby when you’re on the road. As if trying to get your baby to sleep through the night in your own home weren’t enough of an uphill battle, now you’ve got to worry about tucking her into a hotel crib or a borrowed Pack ‘n Play. Then there’s the whole issue of getting to your destination in the first place…holding a baby on your lap for a four-hour plane ride is not a recipe for fun!
I will never forget the look on my oldest child’s face when he walked into the hospital room and saw me holding his baby sister for the first time. It was a look of pure betrayal—“Oh, so this is how it’s going to be, now?” Until that fateful day, after all, Jacob had had more than two and a half years of my undivided attention.
I have three kids. By my calculations, I’ve spent more than a quarter of my life changing diapers—and with a 2-year-old son, I may have another six months to a year to go until I get to wash my hands of it for the very last time (literally). While I’ve certainly had some sweet moments cleaning, powdering and dressing my babies…I do look more and more longingly at Pull-Ups these days.
Here’s the straight poop on how I really feel about diaper changing. Read more →
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