Not Yet Mommy

The long journey towards parenthood…

I broke down… October 26, 2009

Filed under: Dirty Diaper Laundry,Links — Stephanie Marie @ 10:57 pm
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There have been a lot of things reacently that I’ve either said I was not going to do ever, or that I was going to hold off on, but today I caved. The biggest of which is Twitter, which I said that I would never sign up for because I didn’t see the point of it. I still don’t really see the point of it as it seems just like Facebook status updates, but I joined it so that I could cave on joining the give-a-ways on Dirty Diaper Laundry, which I said I was going to hold off on.

Ever since I stumbled upon Dirty Diaper Laundry I told myself that I would not be joining the contests or give-a-ways because I’m not a mom yet. Within the next year, yes, but not now and I didn’t want to be unfair. However the more and more I read the blog, the more I realize how beneficial it will be to possibly win some diapers and see what I like before investing in a huge stash of cloth diapers on my own (this is assuming I even win, though). But it’s not just diapers, either. I just entered to win this amazing baby carrier that will *gasp* fit Rodney comfortably! With him being so great about jumping on board for all of my crazy parenting obsessiveness recently, I at least want him to be comfortable while wearing the little squirt. Plus, it’ll be good to have a carrier that can hold a heavier child as, let’s face it, with the Miller history of gigantic babies, I’m preparing myself to push a watermelon out when I do have a baby.

If you’re interested, you can check out:

Dirty Diaper Laundry

 

http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/a-review-of-the-boba-baby-carrier-and-a-giveaway/

and

http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/baby-beehinds-minkee-magic-all-giveaway/

As an aside and an update to yesterday’s post, I went to the thrift today and found four more books in my Disney book series (as well as inadvertantly starting two new series), along with many other books. I ended up with 36 books for about $10, which comes out to about $.27 each! Not a bad deal if I do say so myself! Although, next week’s bounty will be even better because the pink tags will be on sale and most of the book bags have pink tags on them. Score!

 

Reading is fundamental… October 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stephanie Marie @ 9:45 pm

If there’s one thing that everyone should know about me, it’s that I love books. I may not read them nonstop like a lot of people I know, and I may not have read every one of the “classics”, but there are few things in this world that I love more than books. I hope and pray that my future child feels the same way as I do about them, but time will tell. One thing is for sure (or, really two things are for sure): my child will always have access to plenty of books, and I will read to him/her every chance I get.

While working on my lovely Target list (basically my wishlist for all things baby), I decided to find a list of the “best” children’s books of all time, and here’s what I found:

Books for Babies

Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

Have You Seen My Duckling?, by Nancy Tafuri

Pippo (series), by Helen Oxenbury

Spot (series), by Eric Hill

Ten, Nine, Eight, by Molly Bang

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

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Picture Books

Alfie (series), by Shirley Hughes

Arthur (series), by Marc Brown

Babar (series), by Jean De Brunhoff

Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban

A Chair for My Mother, by Vera Williams

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes

Doctor DeSoto, by William Steig

Dog Heaven, by Cynthia Rylant

Frog and Toad (series), by Arnold Lobel

Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, by Eric Kimmel, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

A Hole Is to Dig, by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Horton Hears a Who, by Dr. Seuss

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Jumanji, by Chris Van Allsburg

Lon Po Po, by Ed Young

Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans

Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey

Martha Speaks, by Susan Meddaugh

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton

Millions of Cats, by Wanda Gag

Miss Nelson is Missing!, by Harry Allard and James Marshall

Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney

The Mitten, by Jan Brett

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, by John Burningham

Olivia, by Ian Falconer

The Ox-Cart Man, by Donald Hall

Peter Rabbit (The Tales of), by Beatrix Potter

The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

The Spider and the Fly, by Mary Howitt, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi

The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson

The Story of Holly and Ivy, by Rumer Godden

The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams, illustrated by William Nicholson

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, by Varda Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

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Chapter Books

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Sir John Tenniel

Anastasia Krupnik, by Lois Lowry

Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo

The Borrowers (series), by Mary Norton

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Patterson

Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

The Devil’s Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen

Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers

The Friendship, by Mildred Taylor

The Giver, by Lois Lowry

The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Patterson

Grimms’ Fairy Tales, by the Brothers Grimm

Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh

Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Mary Grandpré

Hatchet, by Gary Paulson

Henry and Mudge (series), by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Sucie Stevenson

Holes, by Louis Sachar

Homer Price (series), by Robert McCloskey

The Indian in the Cupboard (series), by Lynne Reid Banks

Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell

James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl

Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia series), by C.S. Lewis

Little House (series), by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

M.C. Higgins the Great, by Virginia Hamilton

Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli

Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

One-Eyed Cat, by Paula Fox

Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

Ramona (series), by Beverly Cleary

Redwall (series), by Brian Jacques

Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Shiloh, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner

The Story of Dr. Doolittle, by Hugh Lofting

Stuart Little, by E.B. White

The Summer of the Swans, by Betsy Byars

The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke

Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls

The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame

Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
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Nonfiction or Poetry
Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank

It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley

A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein

The New Kid on the Block, by Jack Prelutsky

Talking Like the Rain (anthology), by Dorothy and X.J. Kennedy

The Way Things Work, by David Macaulay

You Be Good and I’ll Be Night, by Eve Merriam

There are a lot of these books that I’ve never read, or ever even heard of for that matter, but I fully intend on reading most of them when I read them to my children. I have the vast majority of the Dr. Seuss books, Little Critter books, Little Gold Books, and Berenstein Bears books ever written on my Target list because those were the books that I grea up with.

For now I will keep going to the Thrift store and buying the bags of books for a couple of dollars here and a couple of dollars there to build up our book collection for the future baby. 🙂

 

Ikea will be my downfall… October 22, 2009

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Today I had the wonderful opportunity to have lunch with not one, but two, of my best friends in Downtown Orlando. I took this great opportunity to also stop by the glorious, amazing IKEA!

Our first item for the baby box came from Ikea. Hell! Before we had names picked out for our future children, I knew which bedroom set I wanted from Ikea. Needless to say, I like Ikea. So, imagine my sadness when I took 4 laps around the children’s section of Ikea only to realize that the items I went there for were no longer stocked. No bubble sheets. No octopus hangy thing.

The bubble sheets I can do without, mainly because I know that I could always sew sheets from flannel if it ever came down to it, and also because we may or may not still do an ocean theme when said hypothetical baby arrives. The octopus, on the other hand, is essential! Ever since deciding to cloth diaper I’ve known that I wanted the ocotpus so that I can hang the washed diapers to dry, but alas, four laps and nothing.

Fate, took over and found some other stuff that I love, though I didn’t buy it… yet:

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And I got to see the bedroom set I want and test the durability, which was superior!

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And then, I struck gold! The octopus! It was in the laundry section all along!

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So I bought it! $4.00! And I think it’ll go great with the mobile that’s already living in the baby box…

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Sum of this post? When all else fails, you know you can get me Ikea gift cards for any occassion, and I will be happy. 😛

 

Every journey begins with a single step… October 20, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stephanie Marie @ 4:24 am

Unfortunately, the first step towards parenthood is often a confusing or misguided one. My husband and I have found this out early on as emotions took over and discouragement set it. When we decided that we wanted to “try” to get pregnant, we weren’t exactly sure what that meant other than the usual act of taking a page from the Bunny Handbook and “trying to get pregnant.” When I wasn’t immediately pregnant, despite symptoms, I became an emotional wreck. Add to this the fact that I had just been laid off from my job and was now without medical insurance, and we quickly rethought our decision to “try” to have children.

So, what now? My husband still wants to have children. I still long to be pregnant.

Knowing full well that it is not wise to bring a person into the world when you are not prepared to care for them is simply not fair, we started to do the next best thing (or, possibly, the very thing we should have started with in the first place): we started learning.

It turns out that we actually had no idea what we wanted other than to “be parents.” How did we want to discipline our children? Should I breastfeed? How did we feel about disposable diapers? Could we even agree on a name, should we get pregnant?

This blog is a result of my newfound hobby of researching all things baby, the discussions my husband and I have regarding this newfound knowledge (which will hopefully foster conversations within your own relationship), and random stuff I’ve found along the way that I’ve never even thought about… and you probably haven’t either.

I hope my writings will not only be informative, but also a bit entertaining. Thank you for reading, and I hope you learn something new along with me.

 

Oh, Crap!

Filed under: Dirty Diaper Laundry,Links,SmartiPants — Stephanie Marie @ 1:13 am
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Quite a while ago I stumbled upon a lovely little company called Smarti Pants and I fell in love with the adorable, colorful little diapers. I had remembered my mother telling me that she had used cloth diapers on my brother and I and that she had used a diaper service, as most people did in those days when they used cloth. I have never been sold on cloth diapers for this reason. I find it disgusting to hand some stranger a bag of your child’s waste and say, “Wash this for me, please!” Not to mention the whole idea of those vinyl covers you had to put over the diapers… no thank you!

Since initally finding Smarti Pants, my views on cloth diapering have not only changed to be more open minded, I am sold!

I had fully intended on saving up a little money here, a little money there and buying a bunch of the three packs that Smarti Pants offers. I didn’t really look into it any more than that until I stumbled upon Dirty Diaper Laundry, a great blog that not only speaks of the benefits of cloth diapering, but also does reviews of various cloth diapers. After watching every last one of Kim’s diaper reviews (which are amazingly well done and informative, by the way), I quickly learned that Smarti Pants would probably not cover everything I would eventually need in a diaper. So glad I figured that out before buying a crap ton (excuse the pun) of one kind of diaper.

After looking into the world of cloth diapering even more, I’ve since learned that these are not our mother’s diapers, and that the benefits, both health and financial, far outweigh the initial cost of buying cloth. On top of that, I discovered that Target and Wal-Mart both sell modern cloth diapers on their websites (sadly I have not found a local source for cloth diapers, so I have not had an opportunity to feel before I buy). Kim’s reviews on Dirty Diaper Laundry are really the next best thing to trying the diapers in real life, and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to win some diapers and try them out ahead of time.

Till then, I guess I will buy diapers occassionally and put them in the Baby Box until they’re needed. I’ll post a more comprehensive post about cloth diapering and the Baby Box at a later time. Until then, I urge you to visit Kim’s blog and check out cloth diapering with an open mind, whether you already have children, you’re TTC, you’re pregnant, or you’re entertaining the idea of ever raising a child. You never know what you might learn.

-Stephanie