Sep 25

Remnants from the diaper pail

Posted under Life, Mothering by MicheleP.

I’m loving being diaper free – it’s so nice not to have to lug a 20 pound diaper bag everywhere we go and the extra money in my household fund isn’t bad either ;) Last weekend was our big Mothers of Multiples Garage Sale. Our club does this twice a year and I wanted to get rid of everything I could in preparation for our move. Since we are now diaper-free, the diaper pail was one more thing that we could bid farewell to.

The garage sale is a blast – there are over 70 mothers of multiples selling their used baby equipment, toys, clothes, etc. We hold it in a church and the sales usually total well over $35,000 – and that’s a whole lotta of baby stuff being sold! There are strict rules about what you can and can’t sell and everything is supposed to be in great condition. On Saturday, I was sitting at the checkout table and overheard this discussion at the table next to me…

Customer: “Hi. We are interested in this diaper pail but we want someone to take out the dirty diaper.”

Club President: “WHAT? Someone left a dirty diaper in there? That’s horrible, I’m so sorry…”

About that time I look over there and realize it’s MY DIAPER PAIL they are talking about. I get up and go over and apologize. I’m trying to imagine how on earth a dirty diaper got in there (we haven’t actually used the thing in months) and then I remember…

As I was getting all of my things out for the sale, I put the diaper pail in the girls room. One morning last week, I told the girls to take off their pullups and get dressed. Several minutes later, Clara was still walking around in her pullup and I got frustrated with her – asking her why she had not yet taken it off. Clara says, “But I can’t find the trash anywhere.” Oh yeah. I had taken the trash out of the bathroom earlier that day, “Just put it in your room and I’ll get it later.”

Sweet girl – she went back in her room and must have seen the pail and put it in there. I never even thought to check it for dirty diapers before taking it to the sale.

I tried to explain to the customer – it wasn’t REALLY a dirty diaper but just a dry pull-up…but she really didn’t care – she just wanted the diaper removed and a discount on the pail.

I gave her both.


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Sep 09

Potty training times two? How DO I do it?

Posted under All in the family, Clara and Libby, Mothering by MicheleP.

Did someone say SuperMom?
I wrote earlier about Libby training herself one day. Since then, I can count on ONE hand how many accidents she has had. And much to my dismay (and my preference for 8 uninterupted hours of sleep each night) she is even night trained and wakes up to pee in the middle of the night.

So that leaves Clara. Okay – not so bad, I can train one kid, right? People do this ALL the time. I can do this! Clara was not going to just train herself. Conversations with her about it went like this, “Clara – do you need to try to potty?” “No, I’ll just go in my pull-up.” Smart kid – no?
So, I got all the gear – the potty chair, the pullup pants, the book about pottying – even loaded up on M&Ms for rewards. I just needed to pick the week to stay home and do it. Problem – our lives are just not that stable right now to actually stay home an entire week. I’m thinking we’ll just wait until we get settled into our new home in PR. Maybe then I’ll have time to work with her.
Enter SuperMom.

No, no,no. Not me. I’m so far from SuperMom it’s not even funny.The REAL super-mom. My friend Becky. Becky – aka Beck, The Beckster, Q-Tip. Becky saw the need for us to have some quiet time the week of our embryo transfer AND get the house ready to put on the market, that she offered to keep my kiddos for the week. THE WEEK, people! Can you say – AMAZING friend?
The girls had the time of their lives with Beck and her two kiddos. Two weeks later, they are still spouting off lessons learned at Ms Becky’s house and telling tales of fun adventures – my favorite: “Love is not rude, love is kind!”. When I picked the girls up after the week was over, Beck tells me no need to bring diapers… cause in her “free time” she just went ahead and potty trained Clara. “Just went ahead…” Wha? No big ceremony, no tears, no frustrations. “Just went ahead” and potty trained the kid. In less than a week. With 3 other preschoolers in the house and husband away for the week. SuperMom, I tell ya!

So there you go. THAT’s how I do it! See, sometimes it does take a village – or at least it’s a heck of a lot easier with one.


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Jul 19

Are you ready??

Posted under Clara and Libby, Mothering by MicheleP.

Today I took the “Is your toddler ready to be toilet trained” quiz and after a series of affirmative responses, my ever so intuitive guide is quick to tell me…

Bring on the potty chair!

Congratulations: Your child is ready to begin toilet training. She is emotionally, physically and cognitively ready to take on this exciting new challenge. Here are some signs that indicate she’s raring to go:

She understands the need to “go” and can communicate this to you before she actually goes.

She has nighttime control over her bowel movements.

She demonstrates imitative behavior.

She dislikes wet or dirty diapers.

She is able to stay dry for at least two hours or wakes up dry after a nap.

She is able to pull elastic waist pants up and down.”

That’s just great. FAN-tastic. Really, I’m super excited. If I was any more excited, I might just pee MY pants. But you see, they forgot the MOST important question of all…


What? You think I might be tired of diapers and can’t wait to hop on this train? Nope. Nada. Negatory. No thanks. Not one stinkin’ bit. So it just ain’t happening yet – this train is staying at the station for a bit longer.

Besides, they are having too much fun changing each other – can’t stop that party now, can I?





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Jul 11

Truth in love

Posted under Clara and Libby, Life, Mothering by MicheleP.

Scott and I have long joked about “speaking the truth in love” to each other – when someone is having an especially bad hair day…or the pants really DO make a behind look big… we try to tell the other person and always follow it with “truth in love, baby…truth in love.” It seems my girls are learning this all too quickly – or maybe it’s just that at their age they don’t have social filters – anyways, it’s made for some funny conversations lately.

Today we were on our way to meet some friends at a local coffee shop (a coffee shop that BRILLIANTLY has a playroom attached to it) so I didn’t have my usual cup 3 cups of coffee to start my day. Libby was talking NON-STOP and by NON-STOP, I really mean I was wondering if she was breathing in between the “Mama, what is…?” questions. After the 4th or 5th question I was beginning to get a little short tempered and sort of snapped back to her with a “Sweetie…can you just look out the window and see what you can find for a little bit?”

And the sweet girl – she did just that – looked out the window right as we passed Starbucks and proclaimed, “Mama, You need coffee.”

Truth in love – right?



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Jun 28

The moms must be crazy

Posted under Clara and Libby, Mothering by MicheleP.

(This is actually an entry from last month that I never finished…sigh…my aspirations for my blogging far exceed my time available for blogging…)

Some of my gal pals decided that it would be fun to do a Mommy & me roadtrip… Moms and kids… no papas. Hey – I can pretty much be talked into anything when it comes to travel so I was in. I packed up my two and headed up the road  where we picked up my friend Joyce and her 2 year old, Olivia, and the 5 of us set off to Omaha for two days.

Once there, we met up with Becky, and her 2 preschoolers… and Margy and her 2 preschoolers… Yep – we are talking 7 kiddos – ALL under the age of 4 - traveling and staying in a hotel together. The moms must be crazy.

After a few hours at the hotel, we knew we were in for a loooooong night. As we discussed dinner plans… Margy declares this trip essentially a suicide mission and that we might as well go out in style with dinner at Chuck E Cheese. If there was any doubt before, now it’s certain… the moms must be crazy.

So off to CEC we went - 7 preschoolers and their moms in tow. When we got there I felt better knowing that they had a security system in place that only allowed the adult with the same handstamp as the child to leave the building – so although our kids would be completely and totally overstimulated and loaded with junk to eat, at least they were safe and wouldn’t be leaving with some stranger.

We had a great time eating high quality pizza, drinking healthy drinks sodas and watching the riveting show then off to the arcade we went. Where was that leash when I needed it? I think I lost one of the girls about every five minute. That place is CRAZY! But I felt secure knowing that even if I lost sight of them, they couldn’t leave the building – they had to be somewhere inside (including the mice maze on the ceiling – I tried to keep an eye on the entrance to that thing at all times – I had visions of climbing through a tube on the ceiling to retrieve a scared little girl – and given my own fear of heights AND small spaces…these visions were not pretty).

After we had had enough – and conviced the kids of the same, we gathered all of our kiddos and headed for the door – prepared to show proof that the children we were taking out of the building and into the parking lot were indeed our own. And what were we greeted with? An open gate leading to a wide open door leading to the parking lot and not a security guard in sight. Nice. So much for that sense of security.

We got back to our hotel, got all the kiddos settled into bed, put on a pot of coffee and sat around talking until the wee hours of the morning about ten before we all declared the day over and went to bed. Afterall, tomorrow we had a fun filled day at the zoo planned and Lord knows we needed our energy to keep up with our crew.


We arrived at the Omaha Zoo just as it was opening – and just in time for a classic midwest summer shower. Thankfully this zoo has some amazing indoor exhibits so we hung out there until the rain stopped a few hours later. After meeting up with some other friends for lunch, we rushed through as much of the zoo as our little ones could handle before strapping everyone in their carseats for the ride home.


Ok, so it wasn’t really that crazy…it was actually quite fun! I hear St Louis has a great zoo…and I just bet we could find another Chuck E Cheese too – anyone game??


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Jun 05

Ahhhh – Summer is here!

Posted under Life, Mothering by MicheleP.

I LOVE summer – it’s the time of the year when everyone seems to embrace the “less is more” principle and life is so good! (Ok, exception being those who embrace said principle with a little too much freedom in the clothing department). Addie wrote about the easy living and I couldn’t agree more… but dear Addie, you left out one of the best benefits of summer…

The abundance of babysitters who are now out of school and need something to do to fill their lazy summer days!! While I LOVE doing summer activities WITH my girls, I also love some quality ME time and summer is just the season for ME :)

AHHHH – Summer is here!


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