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Mah baby is leaky…

I’ve got a leaky toddler.

Well, I suppose, in an effort to be more accurate, I have a heavy night wetting toddler. There. Accuracy. Leaky toddler was cuter though.

We have a fancy organic mattress that I don’t want ruined. (Yep. It’s all about the expensive bed. I need that shit to LAST.) I could go buy a piddle pad of some sort, but then you all wouldn’t get to weigh in with advice and miracle solutions. I would be robbing you of your opportunity to do a good deed. I can’t do that to you.

So help me out.

We’ve tried a pocket diaper stuffed with a 4x8x4 prefold.

We’ve tried the pocket stuffed with a prefold AND a microfiber doubler, stuffed with 3 3-layer microfiber inserts, stuffed with a Knickernappies LoopyDo AND a SuperDo.

We tried a cute Nifty Nappy wool cover that Amy at Babybabylemon was awesome enough to let me try, over a microfiber insert. I think it might be more effective over a fitted, but I don’t have a fitted…

We’ve tried disposables. Suzanne at bebehblog suggested I try sizing up with the disposables which we had tried a while back and wound up with leaks from poor fit, though I’m willing to try it again. She also alerted me to disposable night diapers, which I might try, but have to order online if I want them in a quantity less than bulk.

Last night we tried the Knickernappies combo under a PUL cover, and didn’t have any leaks. Woot!

The thing about some of the options we’ve tried is that they make the diaper HUGE and I wonder if that’s contributing to the leaking, because the gussets aren’t tight around his legs anymore. I don’t have enough experience (nor do I have a local resource) to feel confident that if I drop $100 on some bamboo fitteds, that they’ll work.

So help me out – how do YOU keep your toddlers dry and your mattress fresh and clean overnight?

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Wordless Wednesday – NOOOOO

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“No, no, nooooo. Get it out of here!”

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To pre-school or not…

Kidlet is going to be 2 whole years old in September (I don’t understand how it happened so quickly), and I’ve recently learned that 2 years old makes pre-school available to him. He should go! He’d love it! As parents we should send him to school as soon as possible! Give him as many advantages as we can!

But the options are staggering. First of all, I think there must be a bazillion toddlers in this town, because there are half a bazillion pre-schools. And anytime I get faced with lots-o-options I have a nervous breakdown.

There are Christian pre-schools, a Jewish pre-school, several Montessori schools, some “Waldorf Inspired” options (I guess Waldorf doesn’t encourage any sort of formal learning before age 3?), a few co-ops,  several private schools, a couple of international schools, and tons of pre-school programs that several of the daycare centers incorporate into daycare.

Private options don’t really appeal to me, and they’re DAMN expensive. Like $7000 a year (school year, mind you) for 10hrs/wk pricey.

The co-ops don’t really appeal to me either. They only have “class” 2 days a week from 9-11, there’s a LOT of parent involvement (which isn’t really my thing) and they’re STILL pricey.

I like the Montessori approach and might look into some of the options more carefully, but they’re not inexpensive.

Waldorf-inspired…well, I’d choose Montessori over Waldorf because I’m more familiar with it.

I’m really interested in the Jewish pre-school, and the international schools. I like the idea of him being exposed to Judaism, not because we’re Jewish, but because the whole rest of his life will be heavily influenced by Christianity, so I like the idea of giving him religious exposure that will provide balance to the prevailing Christian norm. The international schools appeal to me because I like the idea of him learning a second language early. I know that kids are sponges for languages, and I think being exposed early to any language, in addition to English can only be an asset.

So I get all excited thinking about him going someplace with some structure and learning things. But then I think, “Well, he’s TWO. How about he just gets to play some more?”

He goes to daycare 2 full days and 2 half days right now. He seems to enjoy it. (Goodness knows *I* enjoy it – he sleeps SO MUCH BETTER the nights he’s there. Especially the full days.) While there’s no formal structure, he spends time with other kids, and different adults, and I think those things are valuable. We started him in daycare when he was about a year old so that I could have a small break (he started at 4hrs, one morning a week), and so he could be around other kids. As my paid work has increased, so has the amount of time he’s gone to daycare. It’s not terribly expensive (we pay $125/wk for about 24hrs of care), it gives me the opportunity to do some paid work, and it gives him a chance to be out of the house with kids his own age.

So, I think I’m shelving pre-school for now. I’ll probably re-vist it next year. And I’m sure I’ll fixate on it from time to time between now and the next time applications are due (yes, applications). (I’m going to need the next year to sort out all these options.) He’s got plenty of time to be in school – for now I’m just going to let him be in childhood.

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Wordless Wednesday – There he goes

I spend a lot of time looking at the back of my kid these days.

 
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A job! And daycare! And napping!

Oh, I’m so excited to be doing paid work again! [insert happy dance here]

 

I mentioned a few blogs ago that a 4hr/week job I had would be moving into a 20hr/wk job in February. It’s not a glamorous job, and it’s not one I ever dreamed about having, but it’s good money for the time spent, and it’s something I’M GOOD AT. I’m one of those people that needs external validation, and the easiest way for me to get it is with a paycheck, so this is THE BOMB. I’m going to handle the billing and administrative responsibilities for a medical practice. But the doctors in the practice see patients exclusively in nursing homes, so they don’t have a traditional office, so I get to work from home, or at one of the doctors’ “office condo.”

 

Anyway, I don’t officially assume all responsibilities until February 1, but I’ve been doing a lot of auditing in preparation for taking over, so I’ve been working more the last week or so.

 

But that wasn’t supposed to be the point of this blog. The point of this blog was to say that today was O’s first full day at daycare (he’s been going for two mornings a week for several months). I was nervous that he wouldn’t nap, and we’re supposed to go out to dinner with the hubs’ boss tonight, so all morning I was having anxiety about O being a terror at dinner, and thinking I should just go get him so he could come home and nap (Hubs is only sometimes successful at getting O down if I’m not home, since I usually nurse him down) when I got a text from his daycare with a picture of him sleeping soundly on a cot. ON A COT!!! Not even in a crib. HOLY CRAP, what did they do with my child?!?!? The accompanying text, “He went down like a dream, no problem at all.”

 

WHAT THE?!?!

 

This is amazing. I’m in awe of the nap skillz our provider has. I’m thinking about hiring her away and making her O’s nanny. We have days when even *I* can’t get him down…this is BRILLIANT.

 

(And I know that it might not be like this all the time, and that today could have just been an overload for him so he conked out as a coping mechanism, but I’ll take it, and live with my enjoyment until then.)

 

In other news:
Time for an easel.
That’s the refrigerator. I think it’s time for an easel.
 

 

 

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