What does the modern person do when confounded by questions? Why, we ask the Internet. So here goes:
Cloth diapers: In my quest to become ever more of a goddamn hippie, I think I'd like to use cloth diapers with the Impending Boy. I'm not so sure I am up for the insane amounts of poop-soaked laundry that will cause, however. Since I am innundated with yucky training-underpants accidents on an almost daily basis I have become much less enthused about the whole cloth idea. For those of you who have used them, what do you think? Is the laundry that copious and/or disgusting? And, do any of you who are local know if there are still diaper services around here? Fervent Googling has led me only to places that deliver disposables (and really, people? I can see if you have multiples and are going through cases of diapers a day, but, really? Going to Target or Costco to replenish was one of my prime get-us-the-hell-out-of-the-house activities in the early days).
One of my ideas is to use a service or disposables early on when we're going through like 10 diapers a day, and then move on to home-washed cloth when he's older. (it still feels weird to type "he," by the way). Still mitigates the environmental impact without turning me into crazy laundry person.
Project Deuce: So, um, a boy. Anything I should know? Previous to Maggie, I'd only really cared for boy babies as an aunt and nanny and hadn't taken care of many girls. Now, after almost three years of Girldom, I feel utterly clueless and kind of nerved up as to dealing with a boy and his boy parts and his male psyche.
Can I smooch him all the time and tell him he's gorgeous and funny and smart like I do with Maggie?
Will he hate me when he's 13 like I am sure she will?
Are those pee-pee teepees things as ridiculous as they seem?
How do I get a cute, smart boy and not a nasty, frat-boy-like one? My friends pretty much all have nice boys --how do I do that? I'm pretty sure "don't marry, or be, an asshole" is high on the list and I have that nailed--what else?
Where do I find boy clothes that don't look white trash but are not so expensive as to dry up the college fund?
Do I have to give him a buzz cut? I don't like buzz cuts, on any male not currently serving in the US Military. I don't like the hipster-parent shaggy do either. Is there a middle ground?
Any diaper-related issues I need to know about? I know about putting a diaper over the penis-ular area to avoid a shower--anything else?
More later. I just heard a certain cute little person say plaintively over her monitor, "Mama, where ARE you?" so I'd best go grab her.