This is going to be one of those ramble-y posts. One of those things that has been rattling around in my brain for a long time and I need to get it out. Moms (and people in general) love to judge other moms. In my experience, it seems to be compounded in the “natural parenting” community. There’s this idea that if you cloth diaper, you must fit this other mold of what “a cloth dapering mom” is. Moms are made to feel guilty if they don’t fit this picture perfect, “crunchy” mold.
I wasn’t sure I wanted to share this but thought it might help someone. So, I’m writing it, not re-reading it, and publishing it without second guessing myself. I should have known better. The child in this story, who took at least 10 years off my life on this fateful day, is the reason we have chain locks on all our exterior doors. A few years ago, I made the mistake of using the bathroom, heard the door open, and before I could even pull my pants up, he was in the front yard. Anyone who comes to our house must think we live in an unsafe area, but it’s to keep people in, not out.
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My kids were testing out ring tones and one was called “Fast Car.” They say “oh I know this song” and my ears perked up because, well… Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” obviously.
To quickly find the song on my phone I searched and imagine my shock and horror to find the “new” version. Nope, nope, nope. Nothing will ever compare to the original.
Yeah, I’m old. Now get off my lawn! *shakes fist*
At the end of May my husband had an interview for a job in Kentucky. Later that day, he was offered the job and accepted (of course). After that, it was crunch time because the process moved very fast. He had to get a certain security certification then we had to pack up and move from our home in Bloomington, Indiana to Kentucky. Normally people are concerned about the logistics of moving their entire family to a new state. Things like finding a new place to live, moving all belongings, coordinating traveling (in our case three vehicles) and settling in. There’s so much to think about. The first thing that went through my mind, “Oh my gosh. What will I do about all my cloth diapers?!” I was backed up on diaper laundry, like horribly backed up so I wasn’t sure how moving while cloth diapering would go.