Friday, December 26, 2008

My Cloth Diapers!

I have always been interested in cloth diapering. When my daughter was born, besides using cloth diapers in the hospital (awesome or what?), we used disposables because cloth wasn't really an option. We were living in a communal house in Australia, and about to move back to Canada. Then we were homeless and living with various relatives for a year after we moved back. I did try some home-made diapers when Judith was about 9 months old, but she didn't like them, and I didn't really know how to use them, so we gave up. I did start using cloth wipes then, however, and have not looked back!

The cloth wipes I use are simply 2 squares of scrap flannel serged (or could be sewn as well) together. Flannel bed sheets work well for this, and can be found at thrift stores. Receiving blankets work well too. And we all have a million of those... I have about 2 dozen wipes, and I never run out.

The wipe solution I use is simply a drop of a natural baby soap, about 10 drops of calendula tincture, and 3 or 4 drops of tea tree oil and water in a little spray bottle. I keep the wipes dry, and then when it's changing time I simply spray a few times on to the wipe, and wipe! Or if it's a really messy poop, I will spray the bum as well. Gideon, however, is not impressed when I spray his man parts, lol.

If there are solid poops in the diaper, I flick them off into the toilet (using a wipe). You can also purchase a "toilet shower", which I've heard is great, but I haven't tried yet.

I use a couple buckets that Dave got from work to store my dirty diapers and wipes in. Old kitty litter buckets or muffin mix buckets from Tim Hortons work well too (if they still have those, it has been over 5 years since I worked there!). Be creative, you don't need to buy one. Just make sure the bucket has a lid! And if you find that it gets too smelly, just put several drops of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and tape it to the inside of the bucket's lid. Don't put water in the bucket, it's good and normal for diapers to be stored in a dry pail. I couldn't imagine a diaper pail full of water and soaking diapers getting knocked over, ooooh the mess!

It is recommended that you have 24-36 diapers on hand per child that needs them (so if you have 2 kids in diapers, you will need double that). I have gotten by just fine for the last few months using only 18 though, I now have 24, and I have never run out or needed to supplement with disposables.

I wash my diapers on Mondays and Fridays. I use Nature Clean detergent, but other common detergents are Allen's Naturally and Claudia's Choice. Basically, you want a detergent that does not have dyes, fragrances, enzymes, or other irritating chemicals, and that does not leave a residue. You can also add 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash to boost cleaning power, and 1/4 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle to help remove all soap, although certain diaper manufacturers do not allow it (it will void the warranty). I find it helps a lot though, so I use it with whatever diapers I can (ie prefolds and fitteds).

I have a front-loading machine, and I first do a regular cold wash with 1/2 the normal amount of detergent, then a hot "power wash" with 1/4 the detergent, and and extra cold rinse, just to get all of the suds out. If there are still suds in the rinse cycle, then I do another full wash cycle with no detergent.You don't want there to be ANY bubbles in the final rinse. If there is any residue left on the diapers they will leak, and possibly irritate your baby's skin. I dry my prefolds, fitteds, pocket diaper inserts, wipes, and changing mat in the dryer on medium heat, and I hang anything with PUL to dry (covers, pocket diapers, All-In-Ones). In the summer I just hang everything outside, as the sun works wonders for getting stains out. Once a month I also do a bleach. Anything bleach-able that is stained gets tossed in (for me, pocket diaper inserts and pre-folds). Then I dry them on high heat. Every so often I will also dry my PUL things in the dryer on medium heat (unless they are labeled as "hang dry only"). All wool items are washed by hand with a wool wash, and dried flat. Woolen items, like diaper covers, don't need to be washed after every use though, only when they are soiled.

Going out and about with a cloth-diapered baby is simple too. I actually think it's easier because I don't have to worry about finding a garbage can. I just bring a few clean diapers (I prefer pocket diapers and AIO's for going out), some wipes, my spray bottle, and my super-cute wetbag (to put the dirty diapers and wipes in) along with me.

The initial costs of cloth diapering can be daunting, especially if you want to go with name-brand manufactured ones (although I think they are worth it and are of good quality, and still cheaper than disposables in the end). But really, cloth diapering can cost as much or as little as you want it to. I purchased 24 used prefold diapers and a pack of Snappis for $35. They were almost brand new and in excellent condition. Then I got 6 small Kushies wraps (covers) from Wal-mart for $30. This alone would have been enough to diaper Gideon until he grew out of them at 6 months. Then, if I wanted to be as frugal as possible, I could have found another couple dozen of the larger prefolds and some of the large wraps that would have fit him possibly until he was potty trained. So I could technically have diapered my son for under $150. (And the best part is that any future children could use the diapers as well, making the savings even greater.) Compared to the THOUSANDS that would be spent on disposables. On the other hand, I have read online personal confessions from a handful of mamas who have spent OVER $8000 on cloth diapers!!!! So really, cost-wise you can go either way. Generally people spend $300-$1000 total on diapers.

However, if you are crafty, there are TONS of free patterns online to sew your own prefold or fitted diapers, which you could make with fabric scraps, and then partner those with wool covers made from old sweaters, and you'd be uber cheap!

I know it may seem confusing, and like a lot of work, but it really isn't. I enjoy cloth diapering very much, and it is not a burden to me whatsoever. What IS a burden to me is having to deal with disposable diaper garbage, and knowing that all of the bulky waste and toxins from the disposable diapers will still be sitting in a landfill, even once when my child is long gone from this earth.

Cloth diapering can also be addictive, as there are some EXTREMELY CUTE diapers out there (just do a simple search on Google, Etsy, or Hyena Cart). There are also cloth diapering communities out there such as Diaper Swappers, that will get you hooked. Personally, I am in love will all things minky (see pics below)!


Now, for the cloth diaper enthusiasts out there, here is my stash!

Right now I primarily use pocket diapers.

I have 14 BumGenius One-Size diapers (they adjust to fit an average baby from birth to potty training). These are my favourite. I got them from The Mom and Baby Boutique. I like this design the best out of all the pocket diapers (I did A LOT of research and tried several diapers before I decided which ones to invest in). They work very well, and I like that they come with a doubler (Gideon needs it), and are an adjustable size, making them very economical. The only downside is the Aplix (Velcro). Now, I like the Aplix, I find it easier than snaps, but I have heard from many people that it wears out and then the diapers fall off easily. I have had my BG's for 6 months now, and the Aplix are still fine and work well, possibly because the front-loader machines are gentler, and I hang them to dry. But I will be very disappointed if I am not able to use these diapers for all of my future children due to the Aplix. If these diapers only had snaps, I think they would be the ultimate diaper bliss for me.

I also just received 6 Large Fuzzi Bunz in the mail. I got these from my friend's store,, and am very excited about them. They are SO SOFT! I wish I could have underwear this soft, lol. I got them mostly because they are my favourite snap closure diaper. Gideon is getting good at taking off the Aplix diapers, so the snaps will be better for keeping them on if ever he is just wearing a diaper. Also, Gideon is a very chubby boy, and I am almost afraid that he will outgrow his BG's. His butt crack shows in them. They actually fit Judith better than they fit Gideon! So I decided to get some Large FB's, and they fit Gideon nicely. They are a tad big around the legs, but we have had no leaks so that's great. I put one of Gideon's old prefolds in each diaper as well as the insert that comes with the diapers, because I find that the FB insert isn't enough, Gideon is a very heavy wetter.

My personal favourites for purely aesthetic reasons are my minky diapers. They are pocket diapers just like the BumGenius and Fuzzi Bunz, but with a furry outer fabric. They are soft to the touch, and I just have to cuddle with them after they are washed and dried (even if they're stained, lol). These are my "luxury" diapers. I use them on Gideon when we go out so I can show them off. = ) I have one cow-print Blueberry, that honestly I am not all that impressed with, but is ok. It has Aplix, and I wish it had snaps instead. And then I have 3 Chunky Monkey diapers that I LOVE! I also had a medium Chunky Monkey AIO in a giraffe print that I loved as well, and my favourite minky of all time was a Preston's Pants minky/minky (it was minky on the inside too) pocket dipe (the one Judith and I are snuggling in the pics). But those diapers no longer fit Gideon. So that means I MUST have more children!

For Gideon's first 6 months I used prefolds, Snappis and covers when we were at home.

There are several different ways to fold prefold diapers, and they are really simple. They are also nice because they wash up really well, and are fairly easy to dry. They are also the cheapest way to go, I believe (besides making your own from recycled materials).

I also have several random fitted diapers.

These have mostly been given to me, and I use them as back-ups. They are all currently living in the kids' closet, because honestly, I don't ever need them. But they're there "in case". I did use a few regularly when Gideon was younger, I liked the Sandy's Motherease bamboo fitteds the best, and also the rainbow Muttigan 3-step-rise, but none of those fit him anymore.

I have other random PUL, wool, and fleece covers too.

The PUL ones have all been given to me, and I have a couple wool and fleece wraps. Wool is actually a wonderful fiber for covers because it is breathable, and also absorbent. They aren't 100% waterproof, but when urine gets on it, the lanolin actually turns it to soap, so it is sterile, and it also can hold 30% of it's own weight in moisture, and allows moisture to evaporate. Wool can be expensive, though, and must be washed by hand with special soap. But it only needs to be washed when soiled, if wool is wet it just needs to air dry and it is clean and good to go again. Fleece is breathable and water-resistant too. You can also get wool or fleece pants/shorts/skirts that are clothing as well as diaper covers, and I must say are extremely cute!

If you are interested in cloth diapering, but don't know much about it, I'd recommend going to and looking around. What I did was browse the for-sale-or-trade listings and went through tons of posts, looking at the photos and getting myself oriented with the different kinds of diapers available. Then I went to the chat boards and asked lots of questions. There are tons of lovely and helpful mamas there just waiting to impart their wisdom with you! I also bought several different diapers from DS, and that is how I was able to decide which ones I liked best before I bought a large quantity of new ones.

Happy diapering!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Yummy Potatoes

I just want to share with the world my three favourite ways to make potatoes.

First is a baked potato:

1. Preheat oven to 400F and scrub however many (preferably organic) potatoes you want to bake (leave skins on, of course).

2. Coat potatoes in olive oil and sea salt (I just use my fingers).

3. Place potatoes directly on oven rack in middle of oven. NO TIN FOIL! NOTHING!

4. Bake for 1 hour (medium-sized potatoes) to 1 and a half hours (large potatoes).

5. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes, then cut them open and top with whatever you like. (I prefer just butter, but Dave loves to go all out with cheddar cheese, refried beans, green onions, green peppers, sour cream, etc.)

These are the best baked potatoes I've ever had! Normally I don't like the skins on baked potatoes, but I LOVE the skins on these ones, so crispy and delicious!

Next are roasted potatoes:

1. Preheat oven to 450F (or whatever really, I often cook these along with whatever else I'm making for dinner, so the temp is usually anywhere from 350-450), and scrub potatoes (I leave the skins on). This recipe is also AWESOME for yams!

2. Cut potatoes in half length-wise, and then slice (I usually make the slices a half inch to one inch thick, depending on what I feel like).

3. Put potato slices in a container (that has a lid), and cover with olive oil, rosemary and parsley. I never measure anything, I just use enough oil to cover everything, and herbs to taste. My general rule though is 2 tsp parsley to 1 tsp rosemary. You can add chopped onions if you like as well.

4. Put lid on and shake container until all slices are thoroughly covered with oil and herbs.

5. Put coated potatoes on a baking tray or in an oven dish and bake for approx 20 minutes. Flip them halfway through. For extra crispiness, turn the broiler on right at the end for a couple of minutes (watch them so they don't burn!).

6. Serve with sweet chili sauce, mmmm....

The third way I make potatoes is mashed:

1. Peel and wash however many potatoes you want to eat.

2. Slice (for large potatoes) or quarter (medium or small) potatoes, and place in pot.

3. Crush several cloves of garlic (I usually use half a bulb for Dave and I, but we love garlic), and place in pot.

4. Add a generous amount of fresh or dried dill to the pot.

5. Cover everything with water and boil for approx 20 minutes (or until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork).

6. Drain water, add some butter (I usually add about 1/4 cup, but you can do however much you like) and soy milk (or cow milk, I usually add about 1/4 cup). If you like you can also add a little more dill, and/or green onions, and/or chives, and/or black pepper, and/or whatever! Follow your heart.

7. Mash everything together with a potato masher, if too dry for your liking, add more milk.

8. Enjoy!

Friday, December 12, 2008

10 Things I Have Learned

10 Things I Have Learned Being a Mother:

1. Dirt washes off.

2. Poop washes off.

3. Pee washes off.

4. Blood washes off.

5. Vomit washes off.

6. Snot washes off.

7. Chocolate washes off.

8. Caked-on food washes off.

9. Vicks VapoRub washes off.

10. Sharpie marker... can be painted over.

Mostly, I've learned not to freak out about everything, because in the end it can be cleaned up, fixed, or really wasn't that important to begin with, and it really isn't that big of a deal.

Friday, December 5, 2008


The smell of Vicks Vaporub is totally burned into my throat.

Judith was quiet for a few minutes so I went to investigate, and she had climbed up on the diaper pail and reached the almost full tub of Vicks on the dresser. When I found the tub, it was EMPTY. She had smeared the stuff EVERYWHERE. I was horrified, and almost suffocating from the smell.

I didn't even know what to do and just sat down for a few minutes, before stripping Judith down (it was all over her clothes and hair) and putting her in the bath. The cat was also covered, so I had to give him a bath right away before he attempted to lick himself. THAT was fun. Then I had to strip her bed down because the sheets and blankets were covered, as was the entire bed frame, some of her stuffed toys, her shelf, the ledge, and whatever random things were around. It was awful! I cleaned up while Judith was in the bath.

I was SO mad, I can't even begin to tell you. It just added to my already bad day. By the time I was done Judith was all whiny so I just put her to bed. Surprisingly, she actually went to sleep. She KNEW I was mad. I wasn't really sure what to do though, to make her realize what she did was wrong. I explained it to her of course (after completely freaking out at first), but I'm not sure if she got it.

She slept for a couple hours, which at least gave me a bit of time to mentally regroup. Then she woke up just as I was putting Gideon to bed (of course), and she apologized to me. She helped me clean up the living room, and then we did some puzzles and coloured together. I'm sure she was just acting out in the first place because I was having such a horrible day and didn't want to be around her.

But yeah, what an awful day!

Friday, November 28, 2008

A Break

I have decided to take some time away from the internet for a while to personally regroup and reorganize my life and priorities. I will not be online for the month of December. I will write up some posts this weekend and post-date them so that there will still be one post a week, not that it really matters, but I want this blog to still seem somewhat alive. However I will not be reading any other blogs or be able to reply to any comments until January. Sorry for any inconvenience (LOL!).

Lately I have just been spending too much time online and not enough time with my family and taking care of my house. The internet is my "escape" from life, my drug of choice, if you will. I have been going through some difficult times personally this week, and I just need some serious introspection time to figure out where some of the issues that have been coming up in me are coming from. I need to force myself to deal with my issues instead of just escaping to the computer. I also need to eliminate this distraction so I can get my life and house in order.

I need a new game plan for my life. I need to find some sort of routine that works and doesn't just fall apart after a month or so. I need to find a way to meet my own needs that are currently being neglected, so that I can be a better wife, mother and friend.

I will be back in January, hopefully refreshed and full of great ideas and funny stories for you. I know I need to continue writing, and blogging seems to be the only way I can consistently do it.

Thank you for reading! I hope everyone has a wonderful December, a lovely Christmas, a happy New Year, and I will see you on the flip side!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Soooo.... I know today is Thanksgiving for many of you. I am a big fan of Thanksgiving, so even though we celebrated back in October, I decided to make turkey today to celebrate alongside my American friends. And because I found a slow-cooker recipe I wanted to try. = )

Here it is:

Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange Sauce

1 Large Onion, Chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced (I used half a big bulb, I love garlic)
1 tsp Dried Rosemary (I never measure, I just pour until it looks right)
1/2 tsp Black Pepper (again, I just shake until I'm happy)
1 Boneless, Skinless, Turkey Breast (2-3 pounds/0.9-1.4 kg)
1 1/2 cups Orange Juice

1. Place chopped onion in 4.5 (or +) quart slow-cooker.

2. Combine garlic, rosemary and pepper in a small bowl, set aside.

3. Cut slices about 3/4 of the way through the turkey breast at 2 inch intervals. Rub garlic mixture between slices (and I sprinkled the remainder on top of the breast).

4. Place turkey, cut side up, in the slow-cooker on top of the onions.

5. Slowly pour the orange juice over the turkey (so that all surface area, including in the slices is covered, but the garlic mixture is not washed away).

6. Cook on low 7-8 hours. Serve sauce from slow cooker with the sliced turkey.

Makes 4-6 servings.

I hope it turns out well! It's cooking right now and smells SO good! My landlords upstairs must hate me, I always make such good-smelling food. I am also going to make garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing (from a box, don't get too excited), gravy (from a package again...) and vegetables. Mmmm.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Breakthrough Discovery!

Look! A genuine mountain man in his natural habitat. It has been recently discovered that mountain men often wear their young. After extensive observation, it is believed that this practice serves a dual purpose. It is partly to relieve his mate, and allow her to chase after older children, while also hauling precious sustenance in the form of hot chocolate and cookies. It also causes the female to continue to be exceedingly attracted to him, thus ensuring the continual production of offspring. This is a fascinating discovery, that is sure to impact other species of men as they realize the immense benefits of the practice.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Judith!

Happy Birthday to the beautiful little girl who made me a mama.

A sneak peak from the inside (18ish weeks I think?).

A couple weeks before she was born (in Australia).

Freshly squeezed out.

A few days old.

One month old, Christmas day!

Two months old.

Three months old, and feeling 'cold' for the first time, as we moved back to Canada.

Six months old.

Eight months old.

One year old! She started walking exactly on her first birthday.

Eighteen months old.

Two years old!

Two and a half, hanging out with her new brother.


You can read Judith's birth story here, if you like.

I love my little girl! The last 3 years have gone by so quickly. Thank you, Judith, for teaching me how to be a mama, and showing me who I really am.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Back (Car)Seat Driver

Today on the way to the naturopath I ended up behind a big truck on the highway that was going kind of slow, so the cars in the other lanes were whizzing past us, and Judith kept telling me "Go faster, Mommy! We gotta catch those cars!"

Then we hit construction, of course, and she asked "Are we stuck???" After a few minutes of being basically parked in traffic, Judith started whining and wanted out of her carseat. I asked her why, and she replied "I'M GOING TO WALK!!!!"

Road rage starts early, I guess.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I Heart My Slow Cooker

I got a recipe book for slow cookers last Sunday when we had a big outing to the mall, and it has made my week wonderful. I have been SO busy this week, but my dinners have been AWESOME and it's nice not having to rush around in the afternoon and try to get supper together on time while dealing with the kids' issues and my own tiredness. I have more time in the mornings anyway, and it's less stressful doing food prep then. My landlords upstairs must hate me though, jealous of all the wonderful smells that flood the entire house all day as it cooks. It is so great coming home from a long day out and smelling dinner already cooking though!

I am so feeling the slow cooker love!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Oh Wheeeere is my Chop Chop?

Last week one night I had this weird feeling that something was wrong. Judith was already asleep, and Gideon was fine. But where was Chop Chop? The house was completely trashed, because it was when I had the flu, so he could have been anywhere. It made me nervous, thinking that he might be hiding under something and accidentally get stepped on. Dave assured me that he was fine and was probably sleeping somewhere. I looked around a little bit before I went to bed, but then gave up and hoped that Dave was right. I put some food in his dish in case he woke up in the night.

The next morning I got up, and was so unbelievably stiff from being sick! But I couldn't stop thinking about the cat. I noticed that Chop Chop's food was untouched, and alarm bells were definitely going off in my head. I started going through everything. I completely tore apart Judith's room. But he was nowhere to be found. Then I started going through things in the living room, trying not to freak out. I was calling him, and finally heard a little mew. "At least he's alive!" I thought. I could not, for the life of me, find him though! I was getting really frustrated. The sound was coming from Judith's room I was almost certain, but I had looked through everything, even the closet!

I finally got Judith to be quiet enough so I could pinpoint the location of the meowing. I opened Judith's sock drawer... and there he was. Poor thing! I was SO mad at Judith! Chop Chop had been in there for 12-15 hours! As if she would put him in there and leave him! Fortunately, he hadn't peed or pooped. But boy was he hungry! He was also in a really bad mood for a while, understandably. Judith got quite the talking to, but I don't know if she really understands.

It seems as though Chop Chop has forgiven Judith though, he is currently cuddling with her on the couch.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Big Prospects

As I was getting Gideon dressed the other morning, Judith asked me if she could watch Dora. I am not a huge fan of The Dora, so I often try and suggest something else. This was our conversation...

J: Mommy, I need to watch Dora!
K: Wouldn't you rather conquer the world instead?
J: Yeah!
J: Can I bring my juice box?

Ah, the mind of a child.

Then she proceeded to get dressed, got her boots on and was raring to go. Whoops. She settled for colouring at least. It's best to make detailed plans before embarking on such an expedition anyway, right? I felt bad, but honestly I just wasn't up for world domination.

The next day I guess Judith was getting cabin fever (from me being sick), so she came up to me while I was on the computer and said:

J: Mommy, get some regular pants on! (I was wearing my pj bottoms).
K: Why?
J: So we can go to the van!
K: Why?
J: So we can go on an ADVENTURE!!!!
K: Where?
J: To....... an ADVENTURE!

She was so sweet and eager, so I told her that after Daddy came home and we had supper we'd go on an adventure (she must have still been set on conquering the world). So we conquered the grocery store. Baby steps...

It will be interesting to see where she ends up in life.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Cute Video

I hope Judith comes up with fun stories like this some day.

Once upon a time... from Capucha on Vimeo.

Judith does like to make up stories with her toys, but usually it's only one or two scenarios that she plays over and over... And she often just copies scenes from her favourite shows, which makes me cringe. I read an article in the latest Mothering magazine about preschools in Europe that are completely outdoors, no matter what the weather, and how the kids have a better true creative ability when they are able to play in the forest all day as opposed to watching videos and being bombarded with familiar characters all the time. It breaks my heart because I can see that it's true. But it's so hard in our culture to avoid it. The tv is almost always on in my house, and it's usually for Judith. We have a small apartment, and sometimes it's all I can do for my sanity. Judith doesn't seem to be able to just play on her own.

I wish we at least had a back yard where she could play outside. We go to the park, but it's hard for me to hold Gideon and try to play with her, and also to simply keep her away from the roads. I go because Judith needs it, but it is stressful for me and takes a lot of effort. I grew up out in the country surrounded by forest, and I did have a wonderful imagination. Not that you HAVE to have a forest to be creative, but honestly it helps. Any little tidbit of nature helps, I think. I used to play outside a lot. I wish I could give my children that same kind of environment to grow up in...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


The last two days have been so horrible for me! Judith had the flu Friday night and Saturday, and then yesterday around 1pm I got it full-force. I am only just now starting to feel better. Last night I was in so much pain I honestly thought I was going to die. It was way worse than childbirth! I was only able to sleep for about 5 minutes at a time, and probably got no more than 2-3 hours total. I was throwing up several times an hour, and on the toilet every 15-20 minutes. I would not wish that on anyone!

All I wanted to do today was sleep, but of course the kids wouldn't let me. I tried napping several times, only to have one or both kids "desperately" need me. It is so hard being a sick mama!

It didn't help that Judith was really excited to watch me puke every time as well. Friday night was the first time she had ever thrown up, and she got good at using the bucket. So then when it was my turn, she would stand over me and watch and cheer me on, saying "You spit like me, Mommy!" What a special child...

When Dave got home from work today he let me nap for about 3 hours, and kept the kids away. He even did the dishes for me! I really hope he doesn't get sick...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Free Rice

Support the UN World Food Program by playing this educational game! Every correct answer provides 20 grains of rice to a starving person.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


I'm sure everyone is sick of the word "vote" by now and is glad this whole election business is over (or am I the only one?). But I have something totally different for you to exercise your voting abilities on, since you're all warmed up.

I recently submitted my breastfeeding story (the one I posted a little while back) to a collection in-the-making and it was selected to be a part of the book ‘Just Call Me Daisy: A Breastfeeding Mothers Story’. It would be really cool if the book got published, I think this kind of book would be helpful to new and prospective mamas. It would also be really awesome for me personally to know that words I have written would be sitting on a bookshelf somewhere.

The book was created through, and you can go here ( to vote. The top 10% of book proposals based on the voting will be published. I think you need to have an account to vote, but it's simple to sign up and it's actually a really cool little writer's community. The book my story is in is currently on the 4th page, again it's called ‘Just Call Me Daisy: A Breastfeeding Mothers Story’. Please vote for us! = ) Or if you don't like it please leave constructive criticism. It could always be edited and resubmitted later for voting again. Some of the other books up for voting on are pretty cool too.