Sunday, February 24, 2008

Why Cloth Diapers Rock My World!

Okay, I know this has absolutely nothing to do with PD, but I just couldn't resist. Anyone who knows me and Keith knows that we are "attached" parents. Yes, we (especially me) are the breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby-wearing, crunchy - soul - to - the - earth parents most main -streamers snicker about. And yeah, we use cloth diapers.

Now, I won't bore you with all the details about why baby bum fluff is environmental, economical and just so darn cute. But I will say this - because of cloth diapers our 14 month old is well on her way to being completely potty trained!

Yep, you heard me. At almost 15 months old, Rielly-Anne has (on her own, without any urging from me whatsoever!!!) the ability to come and tell me when she has to go potty, then sit on the potty chair and do her business. Because cloth does not pull the moisture away from the skin and lock it into a chemical, gelatin mess deep in the diaper like disposables do, she can tell when she's gone, and she wants that diaper off. She has made the connection that peeing equals feeling wet. So here we go!! YAY!!!!!

Confessions of a PD Wife

1. Sometimes I get impatient with Keith because he doesn't move as fast as I want him to.

2. It is getting more difficult to hide just how impatient I actually get.

3. I worry that I won't have the strength to deal with PD in the years to come.

4. I worry that I will crack under the pressure of trying to take care of Keith and the kids.

5. I worry that I won't have a job that pays enough money or has good enough insurance to take care of Keith.

6. I worry that I am not concerned enough about money and insurance.

7. I get pissed off when other people treat us like having PD is no big deal.

8. I get pissed off when other people treat us like having PD is ruining our lives.

9. I get pissed off when certain family members and friends tell us that having children is a huge mistake.

10. I get pissed off when people assume that because I am younger and healthier I am going to skip-out on my husband when it starts to get bad.

11. Sometimes I feel sorry for myself.

12. Sometimes I feel sorry for the children.

13. I always feel sorry for Keith even though I don't show it.

14. I hate having to add "well, except for Keith having PD" every time I tell someone how happy I am and that I wouldn't change a single thing about my life.

15. I feel a huge amount of guilt over having wanted Keith to have his vasectomy reversed because that is when his symptoms became worse.

16. I am afraid that Keith won't be able to take care of the kids if something happens to me.

17. I am afraid there won't be anyone to take care of Keith if something happens to me.

18. I am very insecure about the way others view me as Keith's wife.

19. I am apprehensive about how our family and friends will react to the way I take care of Keith.

20. I really want more kids even though Keith has PD.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Grrrr . . . .

Spell check is not working and I just don't have the time to be as careful as I need to be. So if you see a few mistakes along the way, oh well . . . .

A Shout Out

I just wanted to give a shout out to our new blogger friends -

Nicole, at Parkinsonism - Road to Diagnosis and Darien, at Keeping the Faith. Both have YOPD and both have great blogs that Keith and I love to read. I've already linked to them, so please take the time to read them when you get a chance!