Stark Raving Madness

Busy Dad and Mr Lady have recently started up an “advice” ( a word that they use loosely ) blog where readers submit questions and get answers from a few different perspectives.

Some answers are serious and sincere.  Some answers are funny and make you chuckle.  You never know what you are going to get with these two minds at work… 😀

They recently answered my question:

Why do kids always need to go to the restroom (or totally blow up a diaper) at the most inconvenient times and places…like at a restaurant  in the middle of dinner, or even when you are driving on the highway just after you passed the last exit for the next 30 miles?

See the answer I got here.

Babysitter Phone Tag?

Not any more! There is a new service on the web called WillUSit that automates this process for you.

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Many parents have a list of babysitters they can trust. When you have plans for Saturday night do you go down this list and call every person on your list to find an available sitter?

WillUSit makes this job less time consuming.

Here’s a quick excerpt from their website:

Calling a long list of sitters and leaving messages, waiting for call backs, finding more sitters to call, etc. For those times when you really need a sitter you can expand your search to include you friends list of sitters. You can search for sitters based on several profile criteria including rate, age, experience, location, etc.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You create an account on WillUSit.com
  2. You add all of your sitters’ names and contact info.
  3. When you need a sitter you do a search and a list of sitters meeting your requirements is shown.
  4. You select which sitters you would like WillUSit to contact and press “GO”
  5. WillUSit will call (or email or text message) every sitter with the time and date they will be needed. WillUSit goes down your list until a sitter is found and then connects the both of you via phone (or email) to make arrangements.

I think this could be a very valuable resource for someone with multiple baby sitters that they trust to watch their children, but not a bunch of spare time to call each and every sitter to be told “No” by the first ten they call.

My description does not do it justice. Please go to http://willusit.com and watch the flash animation on the home page to see exactly how it works.

Sign up and test it out for FREE!

It’s Official, We’re “Trying” To Conceive

“Trying” is in quotes because I don’t believe in “Trying” to conceive. I believe in doing two things…lack of prevention, and practice makes perfect.

I see so many people that get stressed out, depressed, and plumb crazy because they can’t get pregnant. I’ve seen relationships on the verge of destruction from having no luck. And that’s what it is…”Luck”.

Seriously, there are hundreds of things you can do to predict the perfect time to do the deed. You can monitor body temperature, read mucus patterns (yuck), rely on some electronic device to tell you the optimum time, and calculate the exact second the egg should be passing down the fallopian tube based off of the first day of her last period.

In all reality it is like throwing 1 billion darts all at once towards a target that is 100 yards away. Many of the darts hit each other and fall to the ground. Many of the darts get blocked by trees and other obstacles. Many of the darts are not straight and don’t fly well so they just flop a few feet in front of you. A few of the darts hit the target, but not the bulls-eye.

What if the wind changes direction? What if the target is moving? What if there is not even a target there this month? How do you calculate and adjust for these variables that you can not see or predict?

Geez! I thought that making the baby was supposed to be the fun part! 🙂 This sounds more like a crazy science experiment to me!

Here is the method that we used last time. It is simple, and it worked…

  • Stop using birth control
  • Have sex
  • Have sex again
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  • Have sex again
  • Have sex again
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  • Have sex again
  • Uh oh, Aunt Flow is visiting
  • Have sex
  • Have sex again
  • Have sex again
  • etc., etc…
  • Uh oh, did Aunt Flow go on vacation and no one told us?
  • Take home pregnancy test, negative
  • Oh ok, Aunt Flow was just late…no biggie.
  • Have sex
  • Have sex again
  • Have sex again
  • etc., etc…

Repeat this process until Aunt Flow doesn’t visit and the home pregnancy test comes back positive.

Not once did we stress, make a single calculation, or pay any attention to any kind of mucus…(I get the heeby jeebies just thinking about it). 😉

However, it did take us a while. If I remember right it was eight or nine months. We lived our lives just like any other day.

  • Woke up
  • Went to work
  • Came home
  • Had dinner
  • Went to sleep

…and did it all again the next day. Of course many of those days had a random “Got Busy” in the list, but it wasn’t predictable. It wasn’t a job… It wasn’t a scheduled thing… It was fun and enjoyable!

I plan on doing the exact same thing this time. Once Aunt Flow leaves we will be back to throwing darts! Eventually a dart has to hit the bullseye. Right?

Butt Cream Is Good For The Nose?

As I wrote in the previous post, Ace got his first cold. Along with a cold comes a runny nose. Since babies don’t understand to blow their nose the snot just kinda runs out of their nose and eventually dries on the outside of their nostrils.

This snot is like cement. It is impossible to get off unless you get it wet. I tried all day to keep his nose clean, but it must hurt because he will squirm something fierce to keep me from touching his nose. We just get his nose extra wet at bath time and gently wipe off the dried snot.

Once his nose was clean it looked very red and irritated. It just looked painful. Not knowing what to put on his nose to treat the raw skin we started looking through the medicine cabinet. If my nose was sore like that I would put something like Neosporin on it, but I heard that you are not supposed to use Neosporin on babies.

The only thing we had to treat skin irritations was Desitin diaper rash cream. We put it on ever so thin after he fell asleep for the night. In the morning his nose was totally healed! It was amazing.

Do you have any other suggestions for treating irritated skin on babies?

Why Is My Baby Crying?

There are so many reasons that a baby cries.  A baby cries because they can not talk.  It is their way of expressing their needs and emotions.

One of the cool things that I have picked up on are Ace’s different cries.  He cries a certain way when he is hungry.  Another way when he is tired.  There are also a lot of physical signs that help diagnose the reason for them crying such as rubbing their eyes, yawning, turning their head, arching their back, etc.

Take a look at a post from Mom Exchange called How To Calm Your Crying Baby.  The author does a really good job expaining all of the little signs to look for when trying to figure out why your baby is crying.

 Try to pay attention and remember what your baby was doing before they started crying.  Babies usually gives hints and clues that something is wrong before crying.  If you know these warning signs that your baby gives off you can prevent the crying by fixing what is wrong before it gets too bad.