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PostHeaderIcon Sleepy Toddler Video

  Written By: Melainie

sleeping toddlerToddlers seem to have only two modes; either you can’t keep up with them or you can’t keep they awake. There is something about seeing a sleeping child that makes everyone smile- toddlers and babies look so precious when they are sleeping. I love to watch Anneliese sleep but watching her try to stay awake can be fun too. I think this video of my toddler trying to stay awake while eating is hilarious.
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PostHeaderIcon Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox Winner!

  Written By: Melainie

Father's Day giveaway winner

Our Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox giveaway ended at midnight last Saturday, then on Sunday at Timestamp: 2011-06-12 13:38:37 UTC Random.org chose our giveaway winner. Congratulations Alba Garza! Thank-you to everyone who entered and be sure enter your name in my next giveaway in July.

Daddy Diaper Changing ToolboxFor all of you who entered but did not win, don’t worry. I have a conciliatory offer available to everyone. Fun Stuff 4 Babies has given me a coupon code for $10 off the purchase of a Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox for those who did not win. Go to FunStuff4Babies and select the Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox, then enter coupon code ‘Poop101‘ to take $10 off the price. Offer expires 7/10/2011.

Now for your entertainment and to see exactly how the Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox gear will look outside of the packaging, here is my husband all dressed up.

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Daddy Dressed in His Diaper Changing Gear

Daddy started to make goofy faces at our baby, but I think he looks a little creepy in this picture. Woohoo! Go Daddy, you CAN change that diaper without puking in the trashcan.

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Daddy Acting Silly

Anneliese thought he was hilarious though. She was squealing and smiling the entire time.

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Anneliese Smiling at Daddy

Overall, this was a very fun and silly gift for Dad. We had a lot of fun with it, and we hope you do too. Don’t forget to get yours with $10 off using coupon code ‘Poop101‘ before July 10, 2011. Also, if you still need to purchase Father’s Day cards, make sure to read my Greeting Cards for Dad post.

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PostHeaderIcon 21 Inspiring Motherhood Quotes

  Written By: Melainie

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Sometimes the never ending duties of motherhood can become so exhausting that you begin to feel discouraged about life. It can be very reassuring to know that you are not the only mother in the world who feels overwhelmed with life and constantly has a pile of laundry overflowing the laundry basket. I have found this list of quotes to be very uplifting and inspirational to me whenever I am feeling this way, so I am sharing it with you if you ever need a “pick-me-up” also.

Heart of Motherhood Quotes

1. A mother’s love- it is amazing and wonderful.

Before you were conceived I wanted you, Before you were born I loved you, Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of life.
-Maureen Hawkins

2. Thinking about how much love I feel for my baby automatically resolves any momentary anger I may have with her.

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
-Honoré de Balzac

3. This is a minor example of how willingly a mother will sacrifice out of love for her family.

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
-Tenneva Jordan

4. I feel like this now that my baby is learning to walk and every possible face plant makes my heart jump into my throat.

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
-Elizabeth Stone

5. Just so you know how important a mother’s love for her child is…

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.
-Marion C. Garretty

Motherly Endurance

6. All mothers seem to find an amazing ability to endure much more than would seem possible, and that is part of what makes motherhood so inspiring.

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
-Washington Irving

7. This endurance also produces a special bond all mothers have with each other- we know what other mothers have been through and we understand.

Working mothers are guinea pigs in a scientific experiment to show that sleep is not necessary to human life.
-Anonymous

8. I have learned that raising a baby is a continuous lesson on how much a mother can endure.

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
-Franklin P. Jones

9. Multitasking is essential to motherhood- hopefully I will master it one of these days.

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.-Lisa Alther

10. A mother’s love will endure anything- it is unconditional.

A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.
-Helen Rice

Power of Motherhood Quotes

11. If you stop to think about childbirth, you can almost feel sorry for men because they can’t understand how empowering it is.

Women’s Liberation is just a lot of foolishness.  It’s the men who are discriminated against.  They can’t bear children.  And no one’s likely to do anything about that.
-Golda Meir

12. The influence of a mother can be a very powerful weapon, and that is something all mothers should keep in mind. Click here to read the entire poem from which this quote is taken.

…For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world…
-William Ross Wallace

13. To think of our greatest president had that much respect for his mother is a very powerful thing, she helped make this nation great.

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
-George Washington

14. Here’s a reality check for you if you ever feel like being a full time mom is not a very important job.

Parents have the glorious opportunity of being the most powerful influence, above and beyond any other, on the new lives that bless their homes.
-L. Tom Perry

15. It was amazing to feel that unbreakable bond between mother and baby when I first held my precious newborn.

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.
-Washington Irving

Funny Motherhood Quotes

16. Last of all here are some laughs to cheer you up, because motherhood is funny too.

The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.
-Lane Olinghouse

17. I have been here before, and I’ve only been trying this whole parenting gig for about 9 months now.

No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids.
-Bill Cosby

18. After having worked in a daycare, I can completely understand this sentiment.

When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.
-Erma Bombeck

19.The general concept of motherhood doesn’t seem very logical, but it really does have it’s own rewards and blessings.

It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge.
-Phyllis Diller

20. Sometimes I wonder about this myself- we always seem to have way too many undesired leftovers in my house.

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
-Calvin Trillin

21. For those times when you feel unimportant just remember what Mark Twain said.

What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce.
-Mark Twain

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Bonding with My Baby

PostHeaderIcon Adorable Baby Laughing Video

  Written By: Melainie

My very cute baby girl loves hair and thinks it is so funny to be attacked by mommy’s hair that she starts to laugh and scream. My baby does not crack up with laughter over much, so when I was able to get her laughing I had to record it. If you like this, then you should see my baby playing piano also.

PostHeaderIcon Baby Induced Sleep Deprivation

  Written By: Melainie

sleep walking dadA few days ago my husband reminded me of some crazy things we did during the first few weeks after our baby was born. We were pretty pitiful, especially me, but looking back at those times it is actually quite humorous. So I would like to share with you the consequences of baby induced sleep deprivation if you haven’t experienced this for yourself.

Pillow Baby

During the first two weeks after the birth of our baby, my husband was helping throughout the nights by burping the baby and changing her diapers. He had a hard time staying awake and was always worried he would fall asleep while holding the baby. One night my husband heard the baby crying (dreaming that he had been holding her) and while he was half asleep thought the baby was stuck in his pillow. He was rubbing his pillow like it was a baby then realized he was actually rubbing his pillowcase. So, he started to freak out because he thought the baby had got stuck inside the pillowcase. He said “Mel, the baby is stuck in my pillow! Help me get her out.” To which I replied “Go back to sleep Hunny, I have the baby.” Then he argued with me for about a minute, and I told him I knew he didn’t have the baby because I was nursing her. So he challenged me saying “Wanna bet?” and I laughed and said “Sure, let’s bet on it.” Once he realized he was wagering something he fully awakened and realized I did have the baby the whole time. Poor guy was a sleep deprived walking zombie who was working 12 hour shifts all day at the factory. I really needed his help though, and I am glad he was willing to sacrifice his sanity for me and our baby girl.

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Shut That Baby Up

Some of the more serious side effects of being sleep deprived are emotional control and mental alertness. My husband and I have a few not so funny stories about that too. During the first week after our baby’s birth we were both desperate for sleep and it caused us to become very angry and depressed. We were snapping at each other for every little thing, and on rare occasions we would get angry with the baby too. One time my husband had sneaked up behind me and put a sign on my back that read “Free to good home, but must take both.” Once my husband found me in the kitchen laugh-crying because I could not make the simple decision of what to cook for breakfast. When he worked 12 hour shifts he would beg me to shut the baby up so he could get some sleep. One time while he was sleeping he said he was going to throw the baby against the wall if she didn’t shut up. (I know this sounds horrible but he wouldn’t have actually done this. Trying to function on little sleep really can make you do or say some crazy things.) We both learned not to feel bad about letting the baby cry for a little while as we tried to get our sanity back.

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