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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

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

Do You Take Your Tot to Baby Classes?

Today Cooper had soccer. Yes, that’s right–not even out of his Thirsties and only turning two next week and he’s in a soccertotclass called Soccer Tots for children ages 18 months to three years. It’s a little ridiculous, I’m the first to admit it. But like many parents these days, unlike my own infant, toddler and childhood, I feel obligated to somehow expose my children to different experiences in the form of baby classes at a very young age.

I’m not sure if baby classes are more for the parents or the kids.  Entertainment? Education? Or to socialize our baby with like-sized peers, much like a group of puppies at the dog park. But they’re everywhere and I find that I almost feel guilty if I’m the one mother in our Mommy Group who doesn’t have her kids signed up for at least one activity–EACH.

When our first

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Recipes for My Three Most-Used Home-made Cleaning Products

English: No name baking soda

For the past six months I’ve been researching, mixing up and trying out different recipes for cleaning products that are easy and economical to make. Here’s what I’m now using:

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent (Powdered):
2 cups of Borax
2 cups of Baking Soda
1/4 cup of Lemi Shine

Lemi Shine is simply crystalized citric acid. I had never heard of it but found it right in the dishwasher detergent aisle at my regular grocery store. It helps to cut grease and is anti-bacterial. It also helps to prevent water spots on the rinse cycle.

Homemade Laundry Detergent (not safe to use on cloth diapers)
3 cups of Super Washing Soda
3 cups of Borax
1 cup of Oxygen Booster
3 Bars of Ivory Soap, grated

I am also using soap nuts which I really like but I wanted to try making another option just to see how … Read More

Do You Make Your Own Baby Food?

All three of my children have been breastfed exclusively up until around 5 months.  At this point I started offering rice

cereal, which was mostly breast-milk with a little rice cereal mixed in for texture. None of them were crazy about it and I only fed them a little here and there when I was in the mood. Rice cereal has very little nutritional value and I didn’t want to fill them up on empty calories so I found that I rarely felt like it was worth cleaning up the inevitable mess created when they spit out it anyway.

Once Lauren, our first who is now seven, was old enough to start trying fruits and vegetables, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at making my own baby food. While perusing a popular parenting magazine, I came across an article about preparing and freezing individual portions of … Read More