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Best laid plans

When I was a kid I had a plan for my life. I was going to own a pet store, specializing in the breeding of gerbils, and marry Drew Barrymore.

Neither of these things happened.

So knowing that plans don't always come to fruition I thought I'd start a list of things we plan on doing once we have the baby.

I'll periodically update as things get done, fall through or are added.

Cloth diapers: for me it's environmental reasons for Staci it's that and it helps for potty training. (FYI I hate the word potty.)

A floor bed: floor bed instead of cribs are popular in the Montessori community and we plan on following some Montessori stuff since Staci is a teacher.

We want to make our own baby food: it sounds like a good idea because we'll know what's in it and it seems easy.

The baby will be vegetarian: I have been vegetarian since I was about 14 and Staci was for a bit before the pregnancy.

The dog will not be ignored: everyone says it happens.

Date night: after about 6 months we'll make Saturdays date nights...no kid.

Free time: after about 6 months we each get a free night: I.E. I will watch the baby every Wednesday so Staci can go out or rest...then we'll switch it up on Thursday or whatever.

No commercial characters: Dora, Teletubbies, Disney Princess etc...they are kind of evil. We'll allow non-commercial stuff like Ugly Doll or things from my friend Jesse LeDoux (awesome illustrator)

No classic Pooh stuff: I didn't include this in the characters because I like that stuff...Staci doesn't.

Style Guide: I've made many for clients so why not make one for the baby? I love my family, Staci's family and our friends etc. but we all have different styles. The style guide will include room and bedding colors, info on what we don't like as far as clothes and stuff about toys...the Montessori community is not a fan of plastic toys. Some people, including Staci think the style guide is kind of a dick move...but I think it's funny.

We're meeting tonight with friends who did cloth diapers and hate them. They are trying to talk us out of it. So that could be the first to go.

Updates and additions to come.

Comments

  1. I hate the word potty too. We worked on toilet training in our house. I think cloth diapers do help with that. You can make your house a "potty" free zone.

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  2. when thinking about environmental reasons about cloth diapers, think too about all the water used to wash those suckers. there's no good way.
    re: commercial characters, just don't let em watch tv. re: making your own food, it's so easy there is no reason not to. with the vegetarian thing, just watch the soy intake, really f's with hormone levels. can't wait to be on this journey with you :)

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  3. I've read a lot about the environmental on cloth too...it seems just as bad as disposable, especially when you go to a service. But we did get a kick ass washer/dryer that uses almost no water so I feel good about that.

    A lot of soy with a kid kind of freaks me out too, mostly because it was really messing me up for a while. I was doing a lot of soy when we moved to MPLS. I would be narcoleptically tired around 3pm and I was an absolute ass. Staci can attest to that. I now do very little soy, a lot of rice protein and tons of seitan (wheat gluten - which I know can screw with a lot of people.)

    Also I got the timing wrong on the two 6 month things. Staci said we'd do those after 6 weeks.

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  4. The 'style guide' may be a dick move, but I think it's a brilliant one. Why end up with useless crap you'll have to store or donate (or worse yet, display when the gifter visits)?

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  5. fecking a... i wrote out this whole wonderful comment and then it got deleted when i tried to log in to my wordpress acct. so pretend i just said something really witty (because i had), and then while you're giggling, check out this link:

    http://www.gdiapers.com/

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  6. I've read a lot about the environmental on cloth too...it seems just as bad as disposable, especially when you go to a service. But we did get a kick ass washer/dryer that uses almost no water so I feel good about that.

    A lot of soy with a kid kind of freaks me out too, mostly because it was really messing me up for a while. I was doing a lot of soy when we moved to MPLS. I would be narcoleptically tired around 3pm and I was an absolute ass. Staci can attest to that. I now do very little soy, a lot of rice protein and tons of seitan (wheat gluten - which I know can screw with a lot of people.)

    Also I got the timing wrong on the two 6 month things. Staci said we'd do those after 6 weeks.

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