cleaning house

I have noticed that my digital files are much like the rest of my life: sadly neglected and disorganized. We are taking a short hiatus to clean house and organize this site a little better. Over the next several days, weeks or perhaps months (it takes us a while to do stuff with that whole taking care of a baby and all) it will hopefully be up and running. Check back often for updates and to read the ramblings of my sleepless days and nights.

xoxo,

boss lady

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diapers: let’s get down and dirty

I’m back to talk about diapers. Diapers, much to my chagrin, are a lot like jeans. Finding the right fit takes some time. In my case, it took nearly 3 decades to find the perfect jean. I have a baby that needs diapers now. I don’t have 3 decades to find the right diaper for him. That’s just silly. Lucky for me I think I have gotten pretty darn close to finding the right fit for him and he is only 8 months.

Before I arrived at diaper heaven (which honestly isn’t a place since all diapers are filled with pee and poop), I was stuck in the abyss of ill fitting diapers. Cloth diapers, disposable diapers, rubber underpants, oak leaves strung together with fishing wire…none of it worked. I could not find a diaper that fit my baby until of course I reached the holy grail of diapers. I’ll give you a brief overview of the diapers that we tried before I share my holy grail.

My husband, Science Guy, wasn’t really sold on the whole idea of cloth diapering so when we brought our little bundle of baby joy home we started with disposables. I had to ease my way into the cloth diapering with Science Guy. He’s sensitive like that. Anyway, we tried Huggies Pure and Natural, Pampers Swaddlers, Cruisers, Luvs and Babyganics. Most of the time it was a major poop shoot up the back that was happening with these diapers. None of them could contain my kid’s poop. There would be a urinal fountain up the front on the days that a major poop shoot wasn’t happening up my poor kid’s back.

While we were experiencing these epic poops shoots and urinal fountains, we were also testing out the waters of cloth diapering. I am going to be completely honest when I say cloth diapering is crazytown overwhelming. It’s not really hard to put the diaper on, take the diaper off and wash the diaper when dirty. What is really hard is choosing the right cloth diapers. If I had to do it all over again, I would probably have done a trial that is offered with a company like Jillian’s Drawers. I didn’t though. Instead, I tried my hand at gdiapers, fuzzibunz and Charlie Banana. My experience with cloth diapers has been a mixed bag so far. While I really wanted to love them, they certainly had their faults. Each of the above mentioned brands worked initially on my child by containing leaks, etc. However, each brand eventually began to leak. I am not sure if I laundered them incorrectly, they did not fit properly, they needed to be adjusted, etc. What I ended up with was a daily dose of leaking diapers and more laundry. On top of that, we also experienced continued diaper rash. His diaper rash was mild since we always put diaper cream on and took him out of cloth and placed him in a disposable as soon as we noticed. Lucky for us he has never had a bad case of diaper rash yet. We are taking a break from cloth at the present time as his current summer wardrobe will not accommodate a fluffy butt. I have not given up on cloth diapering yet but I do find that it is not as easy as it is made to appear by the numerous cloth diapering mamas out there.

Now, on to the good stuff. This is the stuff you’ve been waiting for. The stuff you came to see. The holy grail of diapers is ahead. These are the current diapering essentials in my house that we use to keep our little guy’s tushy dry and happy.

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1. BumGenius 4.0: This is our current selection of cloth diaper. We were using it up until the start of summer and plan to return to using it when fall arrives. It seems to fit my baby’s bum the best while containing leaks effectively. The only concern that I have is whether or not my babypants is sensitive to the BumGenius liner. The jury is still out on that.

2. BabyGanics Wipes: These are hands down my favorite wipes. They do not irritate my little guy at all. These also leave no residue unlike some of the other wipes on the market. I buy these by the case because it is more cost effective. The only other wipe on the market that I have found that is comparable would be the seventh generation wipes.

3. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment: This is my go to for diaper cream. Like I mentioned previously, my son has battled some bouts of diaper rash and I credit this cream in helping to prevent the rash from worsening. This is a thick creamy balm with a heavy lavender essence. Just a dab treats and clears up any sign of a diaper rash or chapped tushy. I have heard good things about coconut oil too but unfortunately for us it did diddly squat for my kid. So, we will stick to our little bee friend.

4. Seventh Generation Diapers: This is the end all be all of diapers for us. We found our holy grail in these diapers free from fragrance, latex, petroleum based lotion or chlorine processing. These diapers have a little elastic gathering in the back of the waistband that contains what other diapers fail too. These diapers are also insanely absorbent and have yet to leak even when worn overnight. I really cannot sing enough praises for seventh generation for doing what so many other companies have failed to do….creating a diaper that holds my kid’s pee and poop. It’s a happy day here. It doesn’t hurt that the diaper and the company from which it is manufactured from are both eco-friendly. Holy Grail!

If only diapering was like Lord of the Rings….one diaper to rule them all. It isn’t though. It’s more like buying jeans. Trying on countless diapers until you find your holy grail. Godspeed.

xoxo,

boss lady

Disclaimer: all opinions expressed herein are solely the opinions of boss lady and do not replace the opinions of your child who will surely let you know if a poop shoot or urinal fountain is happening at a diaper near you.

Diapers are the new jeans

I’ve always had an aversion to denim.  I never could understand the allure of blue jeans.  They were stiff and uncomfortable.  Tight and unflattering.  Baggy, saggy and it looked like I was wearing a diaper.  Or high waisted mom jeans (which ironically made a come back…just waiting for scrunchies and wigwams to resurface). 

Then one day it hit me.  Like a ton of bricks.  The good people of 7 for all mankind released the dojo into the universe and I’ve never looked back.  These are my jeans.  Not too tight. Not too baggy. Not too high. Not too low. Like goldilocks, just right. The only jeans I will ever buy again. I love them. It’s like the dojo was built for me. Did I mention I love them? Well, I do. We’ll be together forever, me and my dojo.

What I’ve learned since the birth of babypants is that diapers are much like jeans. Just for babies and not nearly as awesome. You can wear your three day old jeans. I wouldn’t recommend rewearing your baby’s three day old diaper. Your choice though.

Tomorrow, I will give you the run down on my favorite diapers.

Xoxo,

Boss lady

35 miles and counting: c25k

I’ve logged more than 35 miles in the past 6 weeks.  For some of you, you may log that in a weekend.  For others, you may not have logged that in the past decade.  I’ve logged it in the past 6 weeks and I’m still going. 

I took a brief hiatus when I went searching for snooki and the situation at the shore but now I’m back.  Back on track.  My little tootsies are pounding pavement. Well, pounding pavement makes it sound like I’m marathon training.  Let’s be honest, I’m lightly jogging at best.   In fact, I was too lazy to do the distance training so I chose the timed version.  I knew that it would require less running technically.  Lazy, right?  Nah, I’m stil doing it….that’s all that really matters.  You can’t burst my little Nike inspired running fest where I pump myself up every morning chanting “just do it”.

I’ve also completed my 200 squat challenge.  Easy peasy. Just in case you thought I was going to sweep that under the rug my friend.

Like a boss.

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Xoxo,

Boss lady

8 month review: baby performance

Dear babypants,

Hard to believe that we’ve logged another 30 days together, isn’t it?  There were some tiring days in there but mostly your dad and I are smitten and in love….and tired.

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It’s been another monumental month of firsts.  You are completely mobile now and are crawling everywhere…especially in the direction of the dog.  He is crazy.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  You are beginning to pull yourself up and attempt independent standing.  You practice a lot of downward facing dog.  I’m not sure if you’re a yoga baby or attempting to stand but time will tell.

You’ve also become quite the foodie too.  We have given you a mixed bag of homemade purees, store bought purees and some small finger foods.  You’ve shown a fondness for squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, pears and bananas and any variety of those fruits and veggies mixed.  So far, I haven’t been able to sell you on peas but it doesn’t mean I will stop trying. You’ve rocked the sippy cup too and started sitting in the highchair when eating out. 

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Speaking of becoming a foodie, you’ve inherited your front teeth.  All 4!  Tops and bottoms. You enjoy them too. At least you enjoy grinding them which makes it sound like you’re eating shards of glass. It’s like music to my ears if my ears thought nails on a chalkboard was music.

Your mobility allows you freedom to inspect everything from our shoelaces to cardboard boxes and the iron heating grates.  You love exploring your surroundings now.  You also love any toy that makes noise.  You are obsessed with your rattles, maraccas and banging on the floor or baskets.  You have visited your first baby gym and music classes are just an email away now.

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Not only are you a mover and shaker but you’ve also started to pick up some signs.  You can now sign for ‘up’ to be picked up and can wave.  On top of signing you are saying ma ma and da da.  You tend to vocalize at the appropriate times so the jury is still out whether you actually have any idea what you’re saying. Of course, I like to believe that you are a genius but whatever.

You’ve logged your fair share of days at the pool, another sand eating mini vacay and your first 4th of July celebration.  It’s clear that you’re going places in life!

Time is flying by. If I could freeze these moments I would.  Your dad and I are completely obsessed with you…even if it sounds like you eat glass shards.

Xoxo,

Ma ma (aka boss lady)

Suns out, guns out: jersey shore trip

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit the past week.  We shook things up around here and took a break from our regularly scheduled programming, often known as life, to take a trip to the Jersey shore.

The Jersey shore is home of suns out guns out living, bad choices make good stories, Snooki, J-woww and other disasters.  It’s also the home of the family friendly, alcohol free town of Ocean City.

We spent three sun filled days visiting friends last week and hanging out at the beach.  It was a much welcomed diversion to the regularly scheduled programming of our life. 

We packed up the car.  That was a whole new experience for us.  Strollers, pack and plays, diapers, beach chairs, beach umbrellas…I felt like I could start selling things out of my trunk.  Gone are the days of itty bitty bathing suits and sundresses and on to the sippy cups, toys and mom wear. 

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We hung out with other babies, ate sand, took early morning walks and late night strolls on the boardwalk.  Like a boss.

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We came home and needed some recovery time.  We then spent the latter half of the week teething, turning 8 months old and resuming the c25k schedule.  It was a busy week but our motto for summer living is suns out, guns out or at least that’s what I learned on the boardwalk from the screen printed t-shirt.

Xoxo,

Boss lady (jersey style)