Daily Archives: March 2, 2012

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Thanks to all of you who have helped me keep the tumbleweeds at bay around here. I’ve been seriously slacking in my posting, and I’m disappointed in myself. What better way to jump in and not feel all that mental baggage holding me back than a bullety update sort of post, right? Maybe these will serve as prompts for bigger posts later.

  • Potty Appreciation: We’re working on this. It seems our son is one of those kids who will be in diapers until he is ten. However, we have two potties now–one for the floor and a seat for the big potty. We spend a lot of time sitting there with nothing happening. BG likes to have bits of toilet paper to shove down into the potty from time to time. I now have a semi-permanent pillow and book collection on the bathroom floor. Sadly, nothing has ever managed to come out during potty sitting time, which today was a full hour (BG’s choice; we haven’t resorted to strapping him to the seat yet).
  • Meanwhile, his cloth diapers have seen better days. I love cloth diapering, but there is an issue that arises, especially with pocket diapers and microfiber inserts that drives even the most devout to the diaper aisle at the supermarket. They develop a stench. A ridiculously awful stench. Something that permeates a room. This means they need to be stripped, and we strip ours regularly, but we’re pretty sure they’ve reached the point of no return. Therefore, most of the time we endure the stench at home, and we now use disposables in public. We’re debating whether we now buy a few new cloth, assuming they could be good for a second child, or whether we just try to endure what we have, all the while maintaining great optimism that our son and the toilet will soon work together. Don’t tell him, but my money’s on the diapers right now.
  • Our latest babysitter, this woman who has been so wonderful that BG gets mad when we come home, is leaving to be an au pair overseas. We are so sad to have to go through this process of finding a sitter yet again, especially considering how much he loves this one. However, we still have our weekly therapy session, and we still need a date from time to time, so the hunt resumes. Perhaps this time we’ll get Mary Poppins.
  • BG is starting to be a little bit social! He has been known to hug other children, hold their hands, and even play with them. We are still loving our moms’ group and especially because there are lots of kids BG’s age, several of whom are reserved little boys much like he is. There is hope that he won’t be a recluse after all.
  • We are talking preschool, which really means we’re getting an application into the school at J’s university. Unfortunately, there have been some political messes that may result in J’s underemployment. There are also budget cuts that may result in this school’s closure. Were either of these two things to happen, we’d be pretty devastated. We’d find something else, but this really is THE school for us. I mean, they have a window to the kitchen so that the kids can watch the chef (no lunch ladies here) prepare their lunches made from locally grown foods. Their menu includes items like the following: Chicken, soba noodles and vegetable (carrots, bok choy) miso soup; Chicken and winter squash curry with brown rice and peas; Cuban style black beans over brown rice, sautéed Swiss chard and carrots. There are regularly items like quinoa and hummus on the menu in various forms. It’s quite impressive. Seriously, I want to eat there! On top of this, they’ll let us use cloth diapers, and they don’t expect three-year-olds to be potty trained (it’s part of their curriculum). They have ample gardens outside, places to build and dig, places to create. It takes the best of so many different approaches to early childhood education, and we can just see that BG wouldthrivethere. AND it’s really close to the building where J’s office is. You can see why we would be fairly devastated if it closes/we can’t attend because J isn’t teaching there. We’re trying to remain optimistic, but we’re also looking for alternatives, none of which stack up in the least.
  • And because kindergarten won’t be far behind, I’ve started thinking about that. However, the thinking about that led me to find out that the state of California is slowly changing the age children begin kindergarten, and by the fall semester of 2014, the year we assumed our son would be starting kindergarten, the date a child must be five will be September 1st. He was born September 5th, which means if we can’t get some sort of waiver, our kid won’t be starting kindergarten until he is six. He will be eighteen at the beginning of his senior year of high school. I can’t imagine what caused politicians to think this would make sense (actually, I can: money), but I’m oddly worked up about it.
  • Because not everything is about my son, I am happy to report that I am enrolled in a doula training course. It happens mid-April. I’m nervous and excited and can’t believe I finally get to do this.

There really is more, but I don’t want to deluge you with too much. Instead, I just need to make a commitment to blog a little more regularly for awhile. Maybe I’ll manage to get over here a few times next week for something other than video posts. Wouldn’t that be surprising?!



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