Summer Water Safety

So nice weather finally seems to be coming, most kids are looking forward to water fun in the sun. While I can’t wait for nice weather I feel that I should write a post about water safety. Believe it or not ladies but I was a lifeguard in college. 😛 I know shocking lol. I never really lost my training after I stopped being a lifeguard, last summer I would find my self scanning the water at the beach while my husband played with our daughter in the water. I never really thought about sharing water safety with anyone because of course we love our kids and are watching them while they play in the water, but something happened to us last summer that chilled my blood and made me realize that the average parent is not trained in water safety and knows what drowning looks like. I have decided to share the story and what to look for while at the beach and the pool and do my part to make it a safe summer full of fun for our MCDM families.

Last summer while at a man-made lake at lake Elmo park reserve, the lifeguards called a swimmers break. All the kids left the water and played in the sand while waiting to renter the water. After about 15  mins a man came over the loud speakers informing everyone to wait until the lifeguards got back to the lifeguard stands before re-entering the water. At the sound of the announcement two children ran in to the water a few yards down the beach from me, no doubt thinking that the swimmers break was over. The mom started to scold the kids and told them to come back to the beach. The younger child listened to his mother while the older girl (about 8 years old) ignored her mother and swam a little deeper out.

Now this child was the only person in the water watch by hundreds of people. My husband was playing in the sand with our daughter while I watched this little girl start to bob. Mind you I was yards away from her (just thinking about this brings my heart in to my throat). As a lifeguard I quickly realized that she was struggling to stay up. I took maybe 30 seconds to look around to see if anyone was going to react, no one, everyone just was watching. That’s when I took off running in the water to save her. As soon as I hit the water running I heard a mans voice yell “she is drowning” which started a chain reaction of five or six dads who were closer run in to the water and saved the girl.

I quickly realized to the average person that the little girl probably looked like she was playing. Most people think that when someone is drowning here is a lot of splashing and gasping. Not true. Bobbing is the most common sign that someone is struggling to stay above the water and are usaully not above the water line long enough to take a breath of air. Here is what you need to look for.

Drowning does not look like drowning – Dr. Pia, in an article in the Coast Guard’s On Scene Magazine, described the instinctive drowning response like this:”

  1. Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled, before speech occurs.
  2. Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When the drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.
  3. Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water, permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.
  4. Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.
  5. From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.

Now you know what to look for what do you do if you save a drowning victim.

Got this great description off of parent website on what to do:

Your first priority is to get a drowning child out of the water as quickly as possible. If she isn’t breathing, place her on her back on a firm surface. Immediately begin rescue breathing, below, and have someone call for help. Don’t assume it’s too late to save a child’s life — even if she’s unresponsive, continue performing CPR and do not stop until medical professionals take over.

1. To open your child’s airway,

gently tilt her head back with one hand, and lift her chin with the other. Put your ear to the child’s mouth and nose, and look, listen, and feel for signs that she is breathing.

2. If your child doesn’t seem to be breathing>

Infants under age 1: Place your mouth over infant’s nose and lips and give two breaths, each lasting about 1? seconds. Look for the chest to rise and fall. Children 1 and older: Pinch child’s nose and seal your lips over her mouth. Give two slow, full breaths (1? to 2 seconds each). Wait for the chest to rise and fall before giving the second breath.

3 If the chest rises,

check for a pulse (see number 4). If the chest doesn’t rise, try again. Retilt the head, lift the child’s chin, and repeat the breaths.

4. Check for a pulse

Put two fingers on your child’s neck to the side of the Adam’s apple (for infants, feel inside the arm between the elbow and shoulder). Wait five seconds. If there is a pulse, give one breath every three seconds. Check for a pulse every minute, and continue rescue breathing until the child is breathing on her own or help arrives.

5. If you can’t find a pulse

Infants under age 1: Imagine a line between the child’s nipples, and place two fingers just below its centerpoint. Apply five half-inch chest compressions in about three seconds. After five compressions, seal your lips over your child’s mouth and nose and give one breath. Children 1 and older: Use the heel of your hand (both hands for a teenager or adult) to apply five quick one-inch chest compressions to the middle of the breastbone (just above where the ribs come together) in about three seconds. After five compressions, pinch your child’s nose, seal your lips over his mouth, and give one full breath. All ages: Continue the cycle of five chest compressions followed by a breath for one minute, then check for a pulse. Repeat cycle until you find a pulse or help arrives and takes over.

Note: These instructions are not a substitute for CPR training, which all parents and caretakers should have.

Now that you know what to look for and what to do, go have fun in the water with your little ones and feel better knowing you know what to do in case of an emergency.

Happy family time 🙂

Leticia Meyer

Cloth Diaper Care For Dummies

Minnesota Cloth Diapering Mommies is about cd mommies helping other cd moms. One of out mebmers Amber Perra Was asked to guest blog for us on her knowledge of cloth diaper care. We hope you enjoy.

Ok, so none of us are dummies, but washing cloth diapers seems to be the most daunting thing associated with cloth diapers. At least it was for me when I first started! A lot of people would love to cloth diaper, (or at least they say they would), but washing would just be “too difficult because X, Y or Z.” I work full time, we live in an apartment, well water; I have heard a lot of reasons why NOT to cloth diaper, But I am here to tell you that once you find a routine that works for your situation, it *should* be smooth sailing from there! Sometimes you will come to little bumps in the road, or should I say routine, but usually with just some tweaking, you can fix whatever seems to be the problem.
I will start with just a general wash routine, some people need less, some need more. Just depends on the age of baby, water and detergent type.
A cold or warm rinse to get all the yucky poo and pee out is the first step. I have never seen this suggestion otherwise. Next you will want to do a heavy wash setting/longest wash setting with the most water you can get in your machine. For my old school top loader its just switching the size of the load to LARGE. Lastly comes the extra rinse to get any left over detergent out so it doesn’t cause buildup in your diapers. This is where it can differ for some people. Some are ok with just a plain rinse cycle one time around. Others like me prefer just doing a short wash cycle, so it fills the washer up twice, once to “wash”(no detergent though!) then the rinse. This is essentially 2 rinse cycles at the end. This has greatly reduced any issues I have had with buildup! Some people prefer rinsing with cold, some warm. That is something you will have to play around with yourself, to figure out which works best for you.
So lets write that in short version- RINSE in either warm or cold; WASH with detergent on HOT, then RINSE again! Pretty simple!
What about detergent?!
This I think is the only real tricky part of washing diapers. Choosing a detergent. I tried a couple “cloth safe” detergents in the beginning, because when I started researching, I got the “Thou shalt not use anything but cloth safe detergents or it will destroy your diapers!!!!!”  YEAH…… NO. Actually, for me, the main stream detergent of TIDE ORIGINAL POWDER was what works for us! And thousands out there. Here in MN, we have pretty hard water. Added the fact that we do not have a water softener, well we have hard water! I started with Rockin Green Hard Rock then I tried Charlie’s Soap, they basically say that you have to use Charlies on all your laundry for it to work, because of other detergents built up in your washer. I didn’t want to use it on all my laundry because I make my own detergent for everything else. So alas, after one tub of it, I switched back to Rockin’ Green Hard Rock- formulated for hard water. It worked well for a few months, until my little guy started on solids. Then no matter what I did, tried using more, etc. I couldn’t get the diapers to smell clean. They smelled just yucky! That’s when I took the advice I had seen from veteran moms and tried Tide. Maaaagic! Seriously! No more stinkies and I have only had to strip some prefolds once because they had detergent build up. I use 2 tablespoons. That’s it! Every once in a while, I will bleach my micro fiber Softbums inserts, but other than that, I don’t have to strip or anything! Sometimes I do it just because, but it’s never because I feel that I need to do so. Alright, enough about that.
What about the drying?
I LOVE hang drying when it’s feasible to do so outside on my clothesline. The sun is a natural stain fighter and kills bacteria! Not everyone has a clothesline though, hanging them on a table or chairs is fine too. When I first started I was so anal about stains(haha) that my December baby’s diapers were hung on the back of chairs near our living room window. Now? I throw them in the dryer. I’ve got too much going on with kids in two different schools, a terrible twos dude and daycare kids, not to mention a house, husband and dog J I do hang dry my covers and wetbags, for longevity, but all inserts and wipes go into the dryer. Sometimes even wet bags and covers go in the dryer if I need a certain one right away. Hasn’t hurt them yet!
Other Obstacles
Now we get to the trickier stuff. Apartments and working outside of the home moms. I personally know a few full time work out of the home moms who cloth diaper. They say it can be tricky, but very do-able. Since I personally have no experience with that, it’s something I feel you have to figure out what works best for yourself.
Apartments I can definitely help with! I suggest a Haier portable washing machine. Order online at and have it shipped site to store. This way shipping is free! I suggested one to a friend because she lives in an apartment and she loves it! Let me tell you the $200-$400 price will pay for itself in no time if you have coin-op laundry or have to take your laundry to a laundry mat! It just hooks right up to your kitchen or bathroom faucet and runs like a normal washing machine! The loads are definitely smaller, so you may have to wash more often, but I’d rather do that than spend $3 a load to wash and dry my diapers and clothes! Then just pick up a drying rack to dry your diapers. I have one just so I could hang dry in my house in the winter. Love it!
So you see, cloth diapers can be as hard, or as easy as you want them to be. Most want it easy. And that’s what I try to suggest and make it. I have a new friend that wanted to cloth diaper, but was discouraged to do so because they didn’t have hot water hooked up to their washing machine. I asked her why not try and see what happened? The worst that would happen was that it just wouldn’t work out. Guess what, she tried cloth anyways, and loves it! And has been successfully washing in just cold water for a couple months now. Sometimes all it takes is a little faith in yourself that you can do it. Let’s face it, we moms rock!


Washing Cloth Diapers in Hard Water

So I was on one of my Cloth Diaper groups on Facebook and came across a mama asking how to clean her diapers better in hard water. So I decide to talk about hard water and cloth diapers on today’s post.

 How do I know if I have hard water?

The easiest test to do to see if you have hard water is just take a bar of soap in a sink full of water and if it lather up easy with lots of bubbles then you have soft water, but if it doesn’t right away or you don’t get lots of bubbles then you have hard water. Other signs of hard water are dingy looking clothes, clothes that feel hard or scratchy, film left on a glass shower door or walls, water spots left on clean dishes, and dull looking hair. You can also have your water company test the water to see just how hard it is.

What does this mean to my cloth diapers?

The issue hard water poses is that the minerals in the water can block the detergent from being able to clean effectively. Hard water also causes build up on your diapers which can lead to Smelly diapers and repelling.

 What Can I do to clean my diapers more effectively?

There are a few things you can do. You can buy Detergent made for cleaning cloth diapers in hard water. Examples: Hard Rock (Rockin’ Green for hard water), Crunchy Clean hard water version Use a water softener to make your detergent more efficient. We recommend using Calgon Water Softener (NOT Calgon bath products). Calgon Water Softener is considered safe for use on all types of cloth diapers. Calgon can also be used for stripping diapers, especially for areas with especially hard water. Just wash clean diapers 3-4 times with hot water and Calgon (no detergent). As always, be sure to rinse thoroughly!

 Strip Your Diapers Often!

Since you have hard water this is just something you are going to have to add to your regular routine. I myself strip my diapers about once a month and I have Soft water, you may want to strip them every two to three weeks or whenever you notice your diapers are getting stinky or repelling. This will help your diapers stay clean.

I hope this has helped some of your Clean questions. Please email us if there is a question that you would like answered or leave a post on twitter or our Letjoy Facebook Page and we will answer your questions as best we can.

Happy Cloth Diapering

Diapers Smelling Like Ammonia?

If your Cloth diapers are smelling like ammonia even after you wash them you could have a problem. There could be one of three reasons for ammonia smelling diapers.

1. Detergent buildup . This is usually caused by using too much detergent or not the right kind of detergent. Many people say that they don’t have any problems using Tide or other mainstream detergents, but for others these detergents cause buildup or rashes. A lot of these detergents contain optical brighteners, enzymes, fabric softeners and other chemicals that can build up on diapers. Stripping the diapers and changing detergents or amount of the detergent used can usually solve this problem.

2. Mineral buildup . If you have hard water, minerals can build up in the fabric. Using a mineral remover such as RLR laundry treatment can help. Using a detergent specially made for hard water can also help, or even Borax to the wash could clear this up by making the detergent work better at getting the diapers clean.

3. Your diapers may not be getting clean enough. Sometimes adding a little more detergent is all you need. For others, you may need to change your wash routine. What works best for us is a cold rinse, followed by a hot wash with then two cold rinses. Also adding Borax could help your diapers get cleaner.

If your diapers are smelling like ammonia it is time to strip your diapers.

How to strip cloth diapers in a top loader washing machine:

* Wash diapers as usual. No need to dry them.

* Add 1-2 Tablespoons of dish detergent (blue Dawn works best) to your washer and wash diapers on hot. Soaking for a few hours can help too. DO NOT add extra detergent or use more than this amount, you will find yourself in a bad sitcom episode as you scoop up acres of bubbles.

* Rinse, rinse, rinse the diapers until there are no bubbles left when the machine.

How to strip cloth diapers in a front loader washing machine:

In a front loader, you will likely get way too many bubbles if you try this. So, soak the diapers in a sink, bucket or bathtub in a little dish detergent and hot water. Then rinse them as well as you can. Then run a hot wash cycle with no detergent and repeat until there are no bubbles left.

Sunlight is a great way to help keep odors and stains at bay. Line dry your diapers as often as you can.

The Best Parent

Anyone else affected by this perpetual state of winter that we seem to be in? Now I love winter, and I love snow- probably even more than the next guy! Blizzard leaves you housebound? Love it. Snow being taller than me? Love it. Skiing, ice skating, snowman building, fort building, general trudging through the snow… I love it all! I am on the snow bandwagon. Until March. I draw the line at March.

I am tired of being stuck in the house. I am tired of only getting out to go to the store (for necessities). I am tired of the wild animals children jumping off the walls, because they too are tired of it.

Maybe I wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed by it all, if it weren’t for the fact that in the beginning of February, I went skydiving and my chute didn’t open and I fractured a bone in my wrist falling in my driveway. So between a temporary cast (fiberglass cast on the inside, ace bandage on the outside), a permanent cast (did you know they make waterproof one now??), and a hard plastic zip-up brace… I’m still fairly immobile. I actually have less mobility in this new brace than I did in the cast, but at least this one is removable. Even though I’m only supposed to remove it once a day for cleaning and “gentle movements.” *Sigh*

I’m never one of those moms where everything is always perfect, but I am one who maybe overdoes things sometimes, because I so desperately want to be one of “those” moms. You know, their home is always perfectly in order, never so much as a toy out of place. Their food is always homemade and delicious, never from a box. Their children, and themselves, always look pristine, like they just walked out of a commercial. And don’t get me started on all the arts, crafts, school activities they have time and patience for.

Ok, so sometimes I am look like that mom. I make my meals from scratch, I have a well-labeled place for every toy. I have lots of supplies for arts and crafts, along with homeschooling material. I also stay up past midnight at least once a week to keep up with the cleaning. I am ridiculously anal about things being in the right place, to the point that my 6 year old has accused me of “only being concerned about cleaning.” And while I love to cook, try out new recipes and know exactly what ingredients are in our food, I spend approximately half my life worrying about what I’m going to make for dinner. The point is, there’s always a behind-the-scenes, no matter what it looks like from the outside.

Enter the never-ending winter, accompanied by being (temporarily) one-handed… let’s just say things have gone down hill for me. My laundry is pretty much on par, but the piles of it on my bed are starting to suffocate my sleeping space. The dishes take me hours to clean, and by the end of the day my house doesn’t really look any different than when the day started, the toys are just scattered across different areas of the house. And don’t even get me started on my appearance… I have three sweatshirts that fit over the cast. That’s right, three shirts for a month. You do the math. The new brace is so uncomfortable that it makes me think of the cast fondly. And it is murder to get off. Like almost not even worth taking it off. And I can’t put it back on by myself. It’s pretty awesome. So let’s just say that if you surprise me by stopping by, you may want to hold your nose, because showers are a pain and not frequent. My normal cooking has gone down the tubes with the (lack of) ability to use my right (dominant!) hand and now consists of chicken nuggets, pizza, waffles, and yogurt. And cereal. My kids think they’ve won the lotto, while I feel like a culinary failure. And homeschooling? (*insert crazy woman laughter here*) Ok, so there are moments of glory, but today I actually threatened to send my son with going to a school where he’d spend the day sitting in a chair with no access to mommy or siblings, if he didn’t sound out a word correctly. (Don’t worry, I promptly apologized and sent myself to time out.) This is clearly not my ideal version of myself.

The truth is, even though I have some viable reasons for the shortcomings of my household as of late, it’s really just left me feeling like a failure. OK, so now you think this is just a post to complain… and you’d be wrong a little bit right. But really, it’s just to make a point of…  life. We’re all in it. We’re all in survival mode a majority of the time. Sure, we have moments of peace and ease, but then life takes over and reality sets in. Reality is life is hard. Parenting is ridiculously hard. And trying to live up to some idea that someone else has set, is never going to make anybody happy, least of all you.

My kids are not going to be upset if I spend a day playing games with them versus getting all the laundry done. And my husband is going to survive as long as he’s fed, no matter what I decide to serve up. (I’m pretty sure he’s just relieved that I’m attempting to do any cooking at all.) My kids, and my family as a whole, will always be happy and be the best versions of themselves when I am the best version of mine. And that’s what’s really important.

Cooking and cleaning can wait til tomorrow

For babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow

So settle down cobwebs, and dust go to sleep

I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.

That’s my mantra for today. My house may not be perfect, my hair may not be done, and the food may not be worth mentioning, but when my children become adults, I want them to be able to say that I set aside time for them. That I was willing to get on the floor and play barbies even though every word I say is scripted for me. That I was willing to sing a silly song to help keep learning fun. That I was willing to kiss away owies, even when I was in the middle of a phone call with a client. That they know that they are what I was concerned with. Even when it’s hard, even when I simply don’t want to do it, the best version of myself is always the version where I am their mama. And hopefully, I’ll do it better tomorrow. And that’s all it takes to be the best parent for them.

If all else fails, just pour yourself another cup of coffee.


I wanted a “perfect” family photo…and that’s just what I got. (Sidenote to my fellow baby-wearers: No worries, he’s not really falling out of my RS -nor do I wear it that low- it just looks that way in the photo due to the way I’m leaning!)

What are some of your go to tips for surviving a Minnesota winter? Do you have a daily mantra that gets you through when you’re feeling less than ideal? Please, share!

To Eat or Not to Eat that is the Question

Little Pumpkin

Remember the days when your baby would cry and you would know they needed one of the following : diaper change, burping, or the boob. Now that LP is a toddler she is always begging for snacks. Always “food?”, Soon followed by a temper tantrum when the answer is no; But how do you know if your toddler is really hungry or just wants to snack.

For Toddlers ( ages 1-3)

Daily calories needed: 1,200-1,400

With toddlers when they are eating lunch or dinner and they tell you that they are full and they have eaten a good amount of food on the plate trust them they know. It’s natural for a toddlers appetite to change day-to-day. one day they may want to eat everything on the plate the next not so much. Research done at the University of California, San Francisco, Up to 85 percent of parents say don’t listen to their kids when they say they are full and push them to eat more (‘two more bites”) , giving them praise for having a couple more bites. This could lead to your child eating when they aren’t hungry. As a child I remember going to my grand parents house for dinner and we weren’t allowed to leave the table until out plates were clean, making us apart of the exclusive “clean plate club”. As an adult I still struggle listening to my body when I am full and not feel like I have to finish everything on my plate. Talk about your classical conditioning. So when I became a parent I knew from the beginning that clean plate would not be a requirement in my childrens lives.  Don’t get me wrong if my kid takes two bites and says All done I know the last time she at was a snack at 2 and it is now 6pm she is hungry, but if she eats most of whats on her plate yeah I’ll listen and tall her good job. If your full you are full no sweets after dinner (fruit, apple sauce, cookies, ect….).  A study done at the University of Pennsylvania found that many over weight 5 to 12 year olds aren’t receptive to their own hunger cues. Helping your child to stay aware whether they are hungry or full may go a long way to prevent obesity.

At lunch time LP eats in the living room at the coffee table with her Little chair. We don’t do this because she wants to watch tv but because she is a toddler and it’s the middle of the day. she will eat a little see a toy she wants to play with then go back to her food and eat some more. Didn’t you know toddlers have busy schedules mid day lot’s of playing to fit in before that nap. so with a PB&J sandwich and some fruit and carrot sticks that gives LP to eat food that wont get cold and still taste good even though she is grazing. As time has gone by doing this I have noticed that LP will spend more and more time eating at one time and taking fewer and fewer play breaks. While this is happening she is learning to sit at the table and eat so when we go places (friends and familys houses for dinner, Restaurants) I have noticed she isn’t as fussy to stay at the table and eat.

At Dinner I do strap her in to the high chair for a few reasons. At the tail end of cooking dinner the house is filled with yummy smells and this kicks LP hunger in high gear resulting her at my feet begging for food. So I strap her in to the high chair and hive her a coloring book with some crayons. This way she knows that I am not ignoring her request and that food is coming soon. She gets to distract herself from the hunger with an activity , and I know she isn’t going to color on the walls or wood floors so I can concentrate on dinner. Finally the high chair is at the same level as the dinning room table so we can eat as a family and she can feel apart of it.

Kids can’t tell time so sticking to a schedule is important we keep meals and snacks about three hours apart. Breakfast at 6:30am ( know she is a early riser) a Healthy snack at 9:30 Lunch at 12:30 followed by a nap, a sweets snack (cookies, fruit snacks) at 3:30 and dinner a little after 6pm. We never really have problems with LP napping because she knows that after lunch comes a nap. keeping your kids on a schedule not only keeps your kid at a healthy by “normalizing hunger, but it helps them to know whats coming next in the day giving them a sense of security.

I know every parent has tried it but giving food as a bribe is a no no. Example: Lp was upset a toy had been taken from her from one of her little friends. She was mad! so she decided to throw a temper tantrum. Hubbys solution. He offers her food because he know thats the fail safe no matter what LP will be happy if you give her food. She is a eater what can I say. When I heard him offer her a treat. I said A. you are rewarding her for throwing a TT. And B. that could lead to emotional eating. He laughed at me “emotional eating?!”. He thought I was off my rocker. “She is two.” he said. Then My friend and I explained that emotional eating is psychological and if when she is disappointed as a child and you give her food to make her feel better, as an adult she will eat when she is upset. A lot of parents use food as reward and or trying to get their kid to do something they want for food. when you do this you are sending the wrong message about food. While some parents do this from time to time for short periods claim success it’s no good to use it in excess.

Bribing your kids to eat veggies is no good as well. toddlers tastes change a lot. one week LP loves cooked carrots the next she wont touch them. just because they don’t want to eat it doesn’t mean you should try to make them eat it, they will probably eat it next week and hate something else. being mindful of what your kid doesn’t want to eat week to week and just giving a different veggie they will eat will save you from wasting food and from tears (yours and your little one 🙂 )

Well I hope this helps you on this crazy adventure we call parenting. If you have more questions, or any feed back about this post  please feel free to leave a comment we love getting feed back from our readers and members.

~Leticia 🙂

All Things Diaper Swap

All Things Diapers host Diaper swaps. Moms bring in diapers, covers and carriers in to sell to other moms. This event is always a good way for us moms to get together and since ATD had a play area for the kids it’s a great opportunity to get out of the house with the kids. On 3/09/13 we got together for the swap and decided to take a group pictures with the MCDM members that were still there.


Love all these ladies they are nice, helpful and so caring! I can’t wait for a mommies night out so we can get together over dinner and drinks and just relax with each other! If you didn’t make it to the swap I hope that you can make it to the next one.  Check out All Things Diapers Website and check out their calendar.