Wednesday, January 30, 2008

New Mom, Now and Forever. Amen.


Potty training is an interesting thing, primarily because it involves so much pee. And so much pee involves constant questions about pee and all things pee related. I think that the only words I’ve spoken out loud in the past two weeks are, “Do you have to go potty? How about now? How about NOW?” And I also think that I’ve spent every waking minute of the past two weeks carrying Blair to a potty with pee running down her leg, lifting Blair from a potty with pee running down her leg, inviting her to watch me go potty so she can see that pee doesn’t always have to run down one’s leg. And then, after she pees on the potty like a big girl, I give her an M&M.

Potty training is also an interesting thing because, before potty training, I was acting a little self-important about the whole mom gig. I mean, yes, my book--The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth About Becoming a Mom. Finally—is out, and yes, it’s all about the transition to motherhood and how hard it is to be a new mom and how no one ever talks about it. Yes. Yes. Yes. And it’s all very cool. And exciting. And I love every person who is buying it and reading it and not hating it.

But my daughter Blair, the one I write about in the book? She’s almost three, now. And I already have another daughter, who is eight months. So I’m going through my SECOND second nine months, with a whole lot of “Been there, done that,” on my face. Colic? Survived that. Baby poop? Survived that. Going back to work? Survived that. Wanting to kill my husband hourly? Survived that (as did he…barely). In other words, I’m not exactly a “new mom” anymore. Or, at least, that’s what I was telling myself.

Until, the potty incident.

There are things that you will never be prepared for. I know this now. I know, now, that no matter how many children you have, you will always have an oldest child. And the things that oldest child does will always be new to you, will always surprise you, will always shock the mascara right off of you, reminding you that you do not have a map, that you do not have a manual, that you and this kid are forging ahead into unchartered waters of motherhood and beyond. Because the truth is this: You will now, forever, and always be “a new mom.”

Because, really, what could be a newer experience than taking your daughter to the bathroom and having her watch you go potty, and then having her watch your husband go potty? Because that’s what you want her to know—EVERYBODY pees, EVERYBODY poops, EVERYBODY goes in the potty. And then she asks, “Daddy, why don’t you sit down?” And he explains. And then she asks, “Daddy, what’s that?” And he explains, and you’re looking on so lovingly, so proud that we are a family that’s not afraid to ask questions, that’s not afraid to be frank. And you think, “Boy, we’re getting good at this parenting thing.” And then, as he’s tucking himself in, as she’s waving bye-bye to his pee as it’s swirling down the toilet and away, she turns, fast. And she reaches up, fast. And she grabs onto my husband’s ding dong (ding dong?) like she expects it to snap right off.

If the look that my husband and I immediately shot at each other had words, those words would have been—“Idon’tknowwhattodo!Idon’tknowwhattodo!Idon’tknowhattodo!” Because, seriously—I didn’t know what to do! Because, while she may be three, I am very clearly still HER new mom. But before we could even say a word, she let go, and ran out of the bathroom, down the hall, toward the kitchen. All the way, while we stood, frozen, like deer in headlights, we could hear her yelling: “Daddy…YOU get an M&M!!!”

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Second Nine Months...


Vicki Glembocki’s candid yet hilarious new memoir or better yet, momoir has hit the bookshelves, The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth about Becoming a Mom. Finally. Vicki tells of her agonizing transition into motherhood and lays out the truth about those first months with baby. Funny and wise, she connects with new moms on a shockingly intimate level, letting them know that they are not alone. Scoring 5 stars by all new moms - this is just what you need to be re-assured that you're not going crazy. This must have will keep you laughing through those tough days.

Here's what people are saying:

“Reading this book felt like sitting down to a glass (or three) of wine with a best friend—a friend brave enough to tell you that the first few months (years) of motherhood are not one giant Hallmark moment. From page one I was riveted, laughing, and moved—and I felt so much less alone! By the last page the only thing missing for me was Vicki’s phone number.”—Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay and Naptime is the New Happy Hour.

We're excited to announce that Vicki Glembocki will be guest blogging at the SuperMomz Blog soon - this will be too good too miss!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Comfy PC - a SuperMom Must Have!


We recently received a comfy pc and were thrilled to find how much we loved it. As a busy working mom I often find that I'm trying to catch up with some work and entertain my children at the same time. Once I plugged in the Comfy PC my 3 year old was able to entertain herself and feel like a grown up using the computer just like mommy!

Here's how it works. Just plug the Comfy PC keyboard learning system into any USB port on your computer. Place the software into the drive, follow the instructions on the screen and you're ready to go.

My child was thrilled to find that she could work on the computer and loved the noises and images which kept her occupied. This program is created using the unique
3C Developement Cycle allowing your child to explore Cusiosity, Challenge and Confidence through familiar shapes, vibrant colors and friendly images. The extensive range of software titles offer games and learning experiences for children aged 1-3 or 3-5 and enable the parent to easily select the the correct content for their child at each stage.

My daughter loved the telephone handset and was delighted to be able to play with the phone without being told to stop!

This great Easy PC System received 2 thumbs up from me! Visit Comfy PC for more details.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Have you thought about trying LilyPadz?

Have you heard of LilyPadz? They are the revolutionary new non-absorbent nursing pad. I remember being introduced to cloth, disposable nursing pads at at local breastfeeding class then heard about this new kind of nursing pad from a friend and fellow new mom. Once I tried them I knew that there was no going back!

Still not convinced? Take a look at what some fellow moms have to say about them...

by Crispi Lord
Date Added: Thursday November 22, 2007
These are the breast! Nothing ruins my night more than waking up in a cold puddle of milk - these eliminate leakage! They do need to be replaced as the sticky side wears out but I wouldn't wear any other kind! Five stars!!Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]

by Kristin Scully
Date Added: Friday March 17, 2006

LOVE these! They are so easy to use, wash, store etc. They truly are a must have for any breastfeeding mom.I love how they are reusable and don't have that breast milk 'odor' like other pads. You forget you are wearing them... and don't need a bra when you sleep or are hanging around the house etc.Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]

by Stephanie Slone
Date Added: Saturday October 20, 2007
I am now ordering my second set. I have used mine for 7 weeks and they now need replaced. The sticky side is wearing off, even after caring for them as directed. But, they are still great and this is the cheapest site I have found. They stay in place are extremely comfortable. I love them.

STILL not convinced - check out LilyPadz and try them for yourself.