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Sunday, September 27, 2009

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September's Spotlight MOM

Name: MacKenzie

Hometown: Spokane, Washington

Mom to: "R-Man" (3), "Lion Cub" (2 months)

Occupation: Birth and Postpartum Doula, Natural Parenting Educator

Favourite Cloth Diaper: Fitteds = Thirsties; AIOs = Monkey Doodles;
Pockets = bumGenius (but I am really digging the new one-sized FuzziBunz!)

What is one cloth diapering tip you wish you had gotten at the very start?
To base your child’s diaper size on more than just weight. If I had paid more attention to the rise, waist and thigh measurements of the diapers I am sure I would have gotten a stash that fit my son much better!

What is the one cloth diapering tip you would tell a new mom?
My advice is, like with anything, there is a learning curve (especially with prefolds), and you have to find the styles and brands that work best for your baby and family. Give it time and don’t give up!

What do you do to relax?
Blogging is one of my favorite activities, whether I do it for relaxing, regaining my identity or giving myself a little self-therapy! I also LOVE to knit and read (I review books for several publishing companies on my blog too!).

Describe your baby's last meltdown?
Well, we have VERY fussy babies so you could pretty much pick any random moment of the day and either my baby or my three-year-old (or the combination) is probably melting down over something (or nothing)!

Describe your last meltdown?
Well, considering that we are still in that first six-month stage with our youngest, it spells fussiness for everyone in our family and meltdowns for any and all of us are rather frequent! So frequent that I can’t pin down an actual reason or cause for my last meltdown, but I assure you it was something trivial!

What is one thing you wish you could do more of?
I wish I could hang out with my mom more! She is my best friend and always such a help to me without adding extra stress- priceless!

Last movie you saw in the theatre?
Gran Torino- I usually only recommend movies if I am familiar with the crowd, so I am not going to tell anyone to run out and rent it. However, I will say that Clint Eastwood does a fantastic job!

One thing you can't leave home without?
My iPhone! I’ve had it for two years and don’t know what I would do without it! It is my life-line to the rest of society!


Kelly said...

Feel the same with the meltdown issue. Have a 5 yr old, 23 mo. old and 4 mo old. Someone is always having some kind of melt down.

Also will 2nd the recommendation on Gran Torino (even though I saw it at home). Great movie and not what I expected from previews I saw.

Crissy said...

Very cute pic of you and your "Lion Cub"! I have a teething baby on my hands so I hear you about the numerous and daily meltdowns!

Becky said...

Reading is totally my relaxer too. My little man will bring me a book whenever I sit down for a minute :)

Upstatemomof3 said...

We are in the thick of meltdowns with my 13 month old daughter and phew - I hardly know what they are about when they are happening.

Carisa said...

Woo-Hoo it's my bloggy bud MacKenzie!!! I'm a big Lion-Cub fan too!

So neat to see her here!

;) Carisa

Anonymous said...

I am also now a cloth diapering iPhone mom, lol.

Laura C


Chic Mama said...

Thanks for all the compliments and commiserating ladies! Comforting to know we're all in the same boat!

Arizona Girl said...

I like your cd tip. I wish I knew that too.

Jessica Barr said...

I love reading about other mommas! I love your little one's hair!!! So cute!!

mummasinJH said...

It is comforting to know that I am not the only one who struggles with meltdowns. With twins on the way and only being about 18 mo. apart with my son I'm sure we too will have many more meltdowns- which makes it even more comforting that some moms find that someone is always crying- because otherwise I think it would be overwhelming!

Senior Family said...

great post ! i agree on the trying stuff out .. i tell people to try one or 2 of a type before investing in a whole stash :)

Day to Day Tripper said...

I love that you are a doula...I"ve thought about doing that when I go back to work.

amy72 said...

Hi Mackenzie! It was so nice meeting you on Wednesday! I can tell you are a wonderful mommy! I'm really interested in the cloth diapers and have been checking out kellyscloset. It all looks so interesting! I'm a little overwhelmed with all the options. Cost is an issue for the start-up.. especially with the holidays coming... but baby isn't getting any younger... so if I want to start saving money in the long run it's time to start soon! I look foward to talk to you more about it! Thanks for your help! Amy (Abby's mom)