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Earlier this week, I mentioned the trouble my son was having letting me go when I took him to school. Well, as suddenly as these emotional mornings started, they stopped! I couldn’t believe it! All of a sudden, instead of crying an hour before school starts, he gets ready and wants to leave an hour early, so he can start playing sooner! It’s been an amazing transformation! Yesterday, he even asked me to come into the classroom with him. I was hesitant, because the last time I went in with him, he clung to me and threw a huge fit when it was time for me to leave. This time, though, he showed me some things he’d been working on, with pride evident in his eyes. I was so filled with pride myself that I could barely speak! For all the mothers of new kindergarteners: Hang in there! It will be okay, and you’ll be amazed how quickly your child blossoms, right before your eyes! :)

It’s Friday again! My son has made it through his first full week of school, and I can’t wait for the long weekend, and an extra day to soak my sweet boy up!!

Have you heard of Aloha Friday? If not, you should go on over to An Island Life and see what it’s all about! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends! Just post a question, and then¬†visit the other participants’ blogs and answer their questions. Easy Peasy, and tons of fun!

Here’s My Question: What’s the strangest/funniest thing you’ve ever said to your kids while talking on the phone to someone else?

My Answer: The other day, I was talking to my mom (thank goodness it wasn’t a business contact!) and I found myself saying, “No, she can’t have a popsicle right now! Wait until she’s off the toilet!” My mom said, “You should write this stuff down!”

I’m sure you can figure out what was happening in the background while I was on the phone. My daughter was, obviously, on the toilet, minding her own “business,” and her older brother decided it was the perfect time to run to the freezer and grab a couple of popsicles (they always do that kind of stuff when mom’s occupied on the phone). I guess he didn’t realize that the toilet might not be the best spot to eat a popsicle!!


Not too long ago, I posted about how I figured out how to create and code the button for my Babywearing Bonanza.¬†Now, I’d like to fill you in on how things are going to go down:

  • I am hosting this Babywearing Bonanza to celebrate all things babywearing. Babywearing means a lot to me, and I am really looking forward to promoting this wonderful parenting skill, and also reading your babywearing stories!
  • The Babywearing Bonanza starts this Sunday (August 31) and runs through next Saturday (September 6).
  • There will be several really great babywearing-related giveaways, also articles about babywearing, and interviews with babywearing experts and the owners of babywearing companies.
  • Anyone who blogs about the Babywearing Bonanza (or for non-bloggers, emailing five friends will work) will receive an extra entry for each babywearing giveaway.
  • Another extra entry can be obtained by grabbing my Babywearing Bonanza button and placing it in your sidebar.
  • So, all together, you can be entered three times to win each babywearing prize! That makes for pretty darn good odds!
  • Each giveaway lasts one week from the date it is posted.
  • Giveaways are open to U.S. residents only. Sorry!
  • No Drive-by commenting! Please read my post and answer my questions appropriately in order to be entered for the giveaway!
  • So…Stop by Sunday and have some fun celebrating babywearing with me!

Find more Tackle it Tuesday at 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Last week, I wrote about my son’s first day of kindergarten. It went so well! So did the day after that! Then…the bottom dropped out. That third day of kindergarten, as we were lining up in front of the school, my son started to blink rapidly and look sideways, like he does when he’s upset. Then, when we got into the classroom, his eyes welled up with tears. I stayed for 15 minutes, and his nose was running when I left. I helped him wipe it, hugged him, and said goodbye. According to him and the teacher, he was only upset for about a minute after I left. That night, he swore it was just “:bad luck”, and that he’d be fine the next day. That’s not exactly what happened.

That next day, he started to cry even before we left home! He was teary-eyed all the way to school, and I had to call his dad at work, who talked him into getting out of the van and into school. When we got into the classroom, he proceeded to stick to me like Velcro, and beg me to take him home. The longer I stayed, the more upset he got; I ended up leaving, almost in tears myself! He tried to run out of the room with me!! His teacher held him, and I waited outside the classroom to make sure he was okay. After what seemed like forever (actually three minutes), he calmed down. It almost broke my heart to leave that day!

Today, he didn’t cause a huge scene like he did Friday, but he did cry when I left, and ask me to stay. I had to be strong, hug him, and assure him that it was much better for him if I left quickly. He says he likes school, so I don’t understand why he gets upset when I leave in the mornings. He’s never been much of a mommy’s boy; daddy has always been “the last word” as far as he’s concerned.

I hope things get better soon. I don’t know how long my heart can take this.

When my kids were in diapers, I struggled frequently with tough diaper rash. When my son was a year old, he had an allergic reaction to some cheap diapers that gave him the worst diaper rash imaginable! His poor little bottom was raw and red and peeling, with little red dots around the edges of the rash. When we took him to the doctor, she informed us that the allergic reaction had been aggravated by a yeast diaper rash, and recommended that we use over-the-counter steroid cream as a treatment. Eventually, the rash went away, but I’ll never forget how horrible it looked, or the profound sense of guilt I had, even though the rash wasn’t really my fault.

When my daughter came along, she frequently had yeast diaper rashes, but I knew enough to buy the over-the-counter cream before the rash became too horrible. Still, with just steroid cream as a treatment, that pesky rash kept creeping back. It never went away for good until she was potty trained. I got to the point where I felt there was nothing I could do to completely tackle that rash!

I wish that Vusion ointment had been around when my kids were in diapers! Vusion is a new treatment for yeast diaper rashes that is so effective it can be obtained through prescription only. It’s also gentle enough that it has been approved by the FDA to treat babies as young as four weeks old, which is how old my daughter was when her first round of yeast diaper rash cropped up. It would have been so nice to be allowed to stop worrying about diaper rashes and focus on other, happier things, like spending guilt-free time with my kids! If your baby has a rash that just won’t go away, ask your doctor about Vusion ointment!

Thanks to MomCentral, for allowing me the chance to help spread the word about Vusion Ointment. Click here to download a coupon for Vusion Ointment.

I am always on the lookout for new ways to effectively and safely clean my house. I love the do-it-yourself cleaner recipes and my husband knows that I would much rather use baking soda and elbow grease when tackling a tough cleaning job than harsh, smelly chemicals. I have yet to find an effective homemade dishwashing liquid, so I was thrilled when MomCentral offered me the opportunity to try a sample of Clorox Greenworks Dishwashing Liquid.

When I first heard of the Greenworks line of cleaning products, I was very skeptical. For one thing, Clorox has become synonymous with chlorine bleach, which green parents don’t usually touch with a ten foot pole! I had to wonder if Clorox was just jumping on the green bandwagon and trying to pass off less-than-green products as the real thing. However, after visiting the Greenworks website, many of my questions have been answered. I discovered that all Greenworks products are at least 99 percent natural, and that these products were in development for five years. They even delayed Greenworks’ original release date, so that the formulas could be further perfected! Also, this new dishwashing liquid has been approved by the Sierra Club and the EPA. What better endorsement could there be?

After learning these handy bits of information, I couldn’t wait to try the Greenworks dishwashing liquid. After all, now that my two-year-old daughter helps me wash dishes, I am more conscious than ever about what I put into my dish water. There’s no way I’m going to needlessly expose her to harsh chemicals! Another reason for my enthusiasm about this product is that I live in the country, with a septic system. My family drinks well water, so I have to think twice about every single thing that goes down my drain. I can’t afford to contaminate my family’s water source!

After trying Greenworks Dishwashing Liquid, I must say that I was extremely pleased! It creates just as many bubbles as every ultra-strength dish soap I’ve tried, without any harsh chemicals. It also smells wonderful. There’s no lingering, synthetic odor that most dish soaps leave behind. Greenworks dish soap has a pleasing aroma that I couldn’t get enough of! The best part is that this product is offered in five different scents: Original, Water Lily, Tangerine, Free & Clear, and Simply Lemon.

At first, this product sounded too good to be true. I mean, a natural dishwashing liquid that cleans as well as the chemical-soaked competition? It just couldn’t happen, right? WRONG! Greenworks Dishwashing Liquid works every bit as well as any dish soap out there. It kind of has me wondering exactly why all those other companies are still using harsh, synthetic ingredients! Look for it very soon in a store near you!

I am presenting this Things I Love Thursday post in connection with The Diaper Diaries. Check it out!

After reading that title, I’ll understand if you’re confused! It’s not as strange as it sounds…at least I don’t think it is.

My son is suddenly obsessed with monsters, thanks in part to his favorite show, Monsterquest on the History channel, where they tell the legends of creatures like Bigfoot and mutant canines. Then, they try to capture a photo or live specimen, which hasn’t happened so far. My son is six, though, and loves the mysterious aspect of these creatures and is proud to know more about BigFoot than any other six-year-old around!!

He’s especially fascinated by mutants, ever since watching the mutant canine Monsterquest. Now, any time we see an animal or bug that he can’t immediately identify, he says, “Well, I guess it’s a mutant!” Once he makes up his mind that something is a mutant, there is absolutely no way to get him to change his mind! So now, locusts are no longer locusts; they’re mutant bugs! And barn swallows aren’t called barn swallows around my house. They’re mutant birds! It’s actually pretty funny, and I’m not going to spoil his fun by insisting that these creatures are just run-of-the-mill, ordinary bugs and animals. He’ll figure it out soon enough. In the meantime, he’s really enjoying discovering all the “mutants” around us!

Things I Love Thursday is a great idea I just discovered today. To join in on the fun, check out The Diaper Diaries.

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