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About: Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a stay-at-home mother of three children, ages five, three and seven weeks. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, children, dog and cat. In her (very limited) spare time she likes to garden, hike, read mysteries and write. She also loves to use Thirsties cloth diapers on her new baby.

Recent Posts by Elizabeth

Happy Third Birthday, Cooper!

20140219_143809_resizedI started blogging for Thirsties while I was expecting Cooper: my third child, my first boy, my last baby. He turns three this Sunday which is hard to believe. Unlike his sisters, Cooper does not have a “baby book,” and because of it,  I’ve been feeling sad and a little guilty. I could barely keep up with the girls’ two baby books and I was more than a busy enough with a five year old and a three year old to care for in addition to little Cooper. I immediately gave myself the out: “I’m not doing one for you, Cooper,” I told him (though he couldn’t understand), “I just can’t keep up with it all. I’m sorry.”

But just now, as I was contemplating making Cooper a photo book for his third birthday to chronicle his life so far, and lamenting the fact that I can’t recall his milestones … Read More

Holiday Shopping: For the Kids, With the Kids

I am about to tell those of you with toddlers something you already know–and for those of you with sweet, quiet, drowsy newborns, who will sleep through an entire shopping trip, this is something you will find out next year at this time: Shopping with babies, toddlers and kids can be hard–so hard you’d rather push a cart of hungry goats around the store than your own children.

Cooper is two and a half–and not in any sort of daycare or preschool–and we hardly have a babysitter. I do all the grocery shopping with him either running ahead of me or behind me, narrowly being hit by other distracted shoppers, or sitting in the cart, which means I am constantly trying to find different distractions (bribes) to keep him from climbing out–snacks, toys, my cell phone OR he’s trying to climb out anyway. The safety straps on shopping carts have … Read More

Cooper’s Status Update: Potty Trained!

     When Cooper was a newborn and I had just started blogging for Thiristies, I was already thinking ahead to the days we would be potty-training him. It’s not that I was anxious for him to grow up, but rather that I had heard cloth-diapered tots often potty-train earlier than their disposable wearing buddies. Could it be due to the fact that cloth diapers feel wet after a tinkle, unlike disposables, which thanks to being filled with  sodium polyacralyte, feel almost dry even when ready to burst? Or could it be that their parents were more motivated to have them using the toilet so they could stop washing poopy diapers? I had my theories. And let’s just say, Cooper threw me for a poopy-loop despite it all.

     Cooper’s two older sisters were potty trained just after they turned two. Once I was ready to be consistent and follow through, they didn’t Read More

The Flood: A Report from a Mom in Boulder, Colorado

No doubt, many of you reading this are residents of Colorado since Thirsties is based out of Loveland, Colorado. And for those of you who aren’t in Colorado, you’ve most likely seen on the news the massive flooding that’s been taking place in Boulder (where I live), Lyons (where I have many friends) Loveland, Longmont, Denver and so any other small cities and towns.

Here in Boulder we don’t get a lot of rain–when faced with buying another umbrella or raincoats and boots for my three children, it often seems like a waste of money. The kids might get to use them once or twice and then by the time they need them again in 6 months, they’ve outgrown them already. Imagine our surprise last Monday when it started to rain and didn’t stop.

After the first two days of heavy rain, there was an initial flash flood warning that … Read More

Have You Ever Wondered What’s Inside a Disposable Diaper?

Growing up in the seventies and eighties, disposable diapers were something that I took for granted. In the late 1940s crude paper disposables first made an appearance and in 1961 a major brand of disposable diapers was launched. Disposable diapers were originally made of paper pulp with a thin plastic covering. Over the past 50 years, disposable diapers have changed and evolved into what is currently on the market today. But what exactly is in these diapers? I was surprised when I found out.

Have you ever wondered what makes modern disposable diapers so super-absorbent? It’s a chemical compound called Sodium Polyacrylate. This compound binds to liquids and can hold 200 to 300 times its weight, turning from a powdery substance into a gooey gel. It is also used in some potting soils to help the soil retain water. If you’ve ever changed a diaper and found small gel … Read More

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