August 2, 2009
Don was home for the afternoon fixing up things around the house. No reason why the modern man can't accomplish his domestic duties AND look after the baby for a few hours.
Sable has never been to the city market and I'm basically addicted to it during the summer months when I'm free to go. I thought it was time to introduce my little sister to the lovely world of Edmonton street market so we took the bikes. I usually take the train because Dexter comes with me, but Don doing 'mom' duty was a great excuse to ride bikes. We stocked up on lots of fruits and veggies, then went to run some other errands. A few blocks over to The Artworks (local floral/card/gift store) to pick up some cards for a wedding we had that night. And Bosom Babies to pick up a whole bunch of bum genius cloth diapers for Dexter.
I rode a bike with pannier full of groceries, and then 15 cloth diapers in a big paper bag lashed to the rear rack. Still had the basket free for my shoulder bag! Didn't even have to wear it or put it on the handlebars. Chowed on some bison cheeseburgers for lunch, then on the way home we had some gelato in the gloriously air conditioned Da Capo caffe.
By the way, cloth diapers are the bomb! A lot of the moms from the school I worked at gawked at the mention of cloth diapers (gross because you have to potentially touch poo, time consuming, non portable, adds to laundry). Cloth diapers have come a LONG way since the stone ages, or even a decade ago. They have all sorts of really cute ones, and the bum genius one-size ones Dexter uses fit babies weighing 8-35 pounds. So he'll basically get to wear them until he is potty trained. Super easy to use. Super easy to do the laundry and such. Edmonton has a remarkable waste and water treatment plant.
FYI, it takes a disposable diaper a century to decompose. If you know anything of new babies and the sheer mass of diapers they go through... it's just really disgusting to think of land fills piled high with human waste. I think that is truly what is gross. Also, if the thought of dealing with pee and poo is totally repulsive... don't have kids. A good habit of thorough hand washing does the trick to qualm any issues I might have with grossness.
We had a diaper service (it was fantastic) for the first couple of months but now we're making the transition to cloth at home because Dexter's inner workings have established relative stability. Anyway, if you're looking for a way to deal with your baby's waste, consider cloth diapers. I am not a hippie. Trust me.
Also, it's been a while since you've seen the Dexter. Here's the little dude!
Sitting in his bumbo chair. It's supposed to help strengthen his neck muscles. I put him in it often. The stronger his neck, the sooner he can ride in our bike trailer!
Here he is casting an evil spell.