Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Great, now I am THAT mom!

You know the mom I am talking about.  The one everyone looks at and judges in public because she's yelling at her kids or her kids are acting crazy, having a meltdown, screaming and crying, the list goes on and on.  She is the mom everyone scoffs at and says "I would never act like that' or "I would never let my kids act like that".  Yep, I am now THAT mom!

So, why am I that mom?  I was at Walmart today with my kids.  I had just spent over 30 minutes in the return line.  Was rudely cut in front of as I was the next person by an older lady.  I walked up to the counter to say I was next and she and the associate both ignored me.  I just stood there refusing to move.  Turns out the lady doing the return works there and I guess that's why she and the associate decided it was ok for her to cut in front of me.  Finally got my return done and the 3 older kids were crying for a drink, found a water fountain and filled their cups up which they all slammed, some happier than others (Teddy thinks plain water is the plague!).

Began my shop[ping and at this point they are all hungry.  Yes I know, my bad for going out at lunchtime except I didn't, not really.  I left the house at 10 am it just took forever with previous errands and because of all the crazy after Christmas shoppers and returners.  I frantically search for something that I can open in the store to give them, settled on a box of Annie's Cheddar Bunnies.  Gave them their snack and that kept them happy for a little bit.  Then Teddy announced he had to pee.  Of course we were all the way in the back of the store and had to make our way all the way up to the front through the craxy crowds.  After he gets out Karma decides she needs out too and proceeds to try and climb out over and over again.  I am practically holding her in the cart and making her sit down repeatedly.  Sariah starts to cry and then Teddy and Kimmy start fighting.  Teddy is intentionally annoying Kimmy to make her scream and cry "no Teddy no!" over and over.  All through this I am still repeatedly sitting Karma back down.  I have no idea how many times I made her sit back down, I would have to guess more than 20 probably less than 50!!

Sadly, NONE of the above are what made me THAT mom, to me anyways-although I am sure I was already quite a sight to many.  No, what made me THAT mom was still to come.

Finally Karma stops trying to climb out but she's still screaming at the top of her lungs.  I tried offering her more cheddar bunnies thinking that maybe she was still hungry and that's why she was crying but she didn't want them.  Teddy is still annoying Kimmy who is still screaming "no Teddy no" at the top of her lungs over and over again and poor Sariah is still crying.  I wished I had brought my sling in, I am sure she wanted to nurse but I just wanted to finish and get out of that crazy place. I realized after the bathroom trip I had lost my list and I was desperately trying to think clearly to remember what I needed.  I was concentrating so hard on thinking about what was on the list and just absent mindedly saying "shhhh, shhhhh, shhhh don't cry don't cry, everyone please stop crying, you are ok, no one is hurt, its ok, Teddy please leave your sister alone, Kimmy stop screaming, shhhh shhhh shhh, you are all ok, no one is hurt, please don't cry, Teddy stop that, shhhh, you have no reason to cry, shhhh shhh, no one is hurt please stop crying"  Up and down the aisles I went like this giving myself a headache as I tried to drown out the screaming and remember what I needed to buy.

All of a sudden I heard a woman's voice saying "oh my I think her leg is stuck honey" and a man's voice "your right! Ma'am, Ma'am her leg is stuck!"
I shook myself out of my daze and realized they were talking to me, looked over and realized in her last attempt to climb out of the seat Karma's leg had become pinned under the stupid blue plastic flip down thing in the seat of the cart and she was sitting on it causing her to pinch her own leg.  I quickly fixed this and she instantly stopped crying.  I was mortified, there was a ton of people in the aisle and they were all glaring at me. I told the couple thank you but they both just gave me rude stares and walked away.  As they walked away I heard the woman say to the man 'I can't believe she was telling her to be quiet like that when the poor baby's leg was being pinched" 

YEP., I am now offically THAT MOM!  I was so mortified I left the food section and went to get all of the nonfood items I needed because I did not want to run into the couple or all the other people who had been in that aisle giving me evil death stares as if I was the worlds worst mom ever.

So the next time you are out and about and you see "THAT mom!" maybe instead of staring and judging her you can try to put yourself in her shoes and empathize with her.

Oh, and just to be clear, although it seemed to last forever the total time that elapsed between Karma's last attempt to climb out of the cart and the couple pointing out that her leg was pinned was like no more than 2 minutes.  Still horrible I know but I didn't want anyone to think I walked around the store forever with her like that.  We were a cart like the one pictured below, only blue since we were at Walmart.  She was in the top seat of the actual cart with Teddy and Kimmy riding in the plastic seats and Sariah in the back of the cart.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bummis SuperLite

Ok, I have been neglecting this blog, I apologize!

Back in September I was blessed to be picked as one of the Testers for Bummis.  This was a huge blessing for our family as all 3 girls are still in diapers!
We received our testing package in November and it was like Christmas morning to me!  It came with 7 covers, 3 prefolds and 3 Bummis inserts.  Sadly, prior to this we only had 9 covers to share between the 3 girls so this almost doubled our stash.

Sariah in her SuperLite
One of the down sides to testing is you are not allowed to talk about how much you like (or dislike) the products.  It has been so hard for me not to talk about the diapers, I love to talk as I am sure you all  know.  I was so excited when Malina, who works for Bummis, informed me that I could now talk about 1 of the covers we received as it has been released now.  Its called the SuperLite and this morning I actually wrote a review on the Bummis website.  I wanted to share it here as well.

Note: I am not being paid for this, unless you count that I was picked at random to be 1 of their testers.  Just wanted you all to know these are my honest feelings about this cover and not something I am being paid to say.  These are my opinions and not anyone at Bummis.

Here is the review I posted on their site:

I had the privilege of being picked to test for Bummis and I received a SuperLite diaper in my testing package. I have 3 girls in diapers (yes 3!) and I am impressed with the performance of this cover on all 3 but for different reasons on each.
For my 6 month old I like the SuperLites easy adjustability. She is quite chubby weighing almost as much as her 2 older sisters. She has rolls on top of rols on her legs and many covers dig in and leave ugly red marks but not the SuperLite.
For my 18 month old I like how thin it is, unlike most cloth diaper covers its a super thin shell, allowing you to easily stuff 2 prefolds or a prefold and doubler in there to help with super soakers. This is my go to cover for my 18 month old at bedtime. I can stuff 2 prefolds in without a whole lot of bulk and she doesn't leak out all over her jammies and bed at night.
inside of the SuperLite Wrap
For my 2.5 yr old I like this cover because its so sleek and trim. She has the opposite problem as my 6 month old. She is 8" taller than my 6 month old but only weighs 2 lbs more. She is super tiny and its hard to find cloth diaper covers that fit snug enough in the waist and around the thighs at the same time. There are usually gaps that cause leaking but not with the SuperLite. Overall I am VERY impressed with the SuperLites performance. If I had to complain about something, it would be the velcro. I am much more of a snaps kind of girl but with all the other features it has going for it, not to mention the price, I am willing to overlook that. The SuperLite I have is plain white, I am so excited to see they decided to make them available in colors and can't wait to order a few for my girls

Now that I know these are available for purchase AND they come in colors I cannot wait to buy a few more.  I was trying to phase out velcro in my diaper stash but as I said in the review above, this is something I am willing to overlook as the overall performance of the cover is so high.
I need to make myself wait until after Christmas but thought maybe Santa could bring a few as a gift for mommy.

P.S. Must admit I was a tad embarrassed to realize I had a few typos in my review that I already posted on Bummis website lol.  O-well that's what happens when you type while holding a bouncy excited 6 month old and don't think to proof read before hitting post.

P.P.S.  Just found out they are on the market but not available for sale until early January.  Guess Santa will have to bring some to mommy as a late Christmas gift haha.

SuperLite back view, superwide tush haha
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