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The Diaper Dirt Podcast: All Things Baby | Parenting | Cloth Diapers | Babywearing | Breastfeeding | Multiples - Dana Ryan
7 minutes | Jul 26, 2015
DD 109: I’m not DEAD! Just Periscope Obsessed.
I’ve been a litte MIA lately, but I’m not dead. I’ve just been obsessed with Periscope. What is Periscope? It’s an app for live streaming, and I’ve been LIVE every day. Follow me @MsDanaRyan. I’d love to carry on a real time conversation with you as cook pancakes on Sunday morning. That’s not the only reason I’ve been away form the Podcast though. I’m working hard every free moment I get on making the YouTube Mom Conference as valuable as I can. It’s a labor of love. If you’ll be in the Chicago area on 8/15/15, I’d love to meet you there! Basically, I wanted to pop on the microphone for a few minutes to say hi. My hope is to return to you this fall. Until then you can connect with me on Instagram, or FaceBook. Learn all about Periscope.
17 minutes | May 25, 2015
DD 108: The S E X, Body Parts and Tattoo Talk | Discussing Hard Topics with Your Young Children
Squatting in a cramped public restroom stall with your toddler can lead to some interesting conversations. Things like “why do you have FUR down there?”, or “why do you pee out of your BUTT, Mama?” Conversations that are shouted loudly for all to hear. Because for whatever reason, your toddler believes you to be hard of hearing amongst the rush of multiple toilet flushing. And despite the fact that you’ve been alone in a bathroom many times over at home, the best time to ask these questions is within a busy public restroom. Perhaps as you’re attending your cousins baby shower, your dearest little one decides to turn to you and ask “HOW did that baby got into Lisa’s belly?“ These are questions that aren’t really complicated to answer, but they can take us by surprise. Especially when we have an audience. How detailed should be get, and when? Answering the hard questions is a part of parenthood. Do we really want their friends to explain it? No. Therefore, we gotta roll up our sleeves, and do it.
21 minutes | May 11, 2015
DD 107: Back in the Saddle | Discouraging Quitter Mentality and Encouraging Positive Self Identities
It’s a wonderful thing to have options. Or perhaps not! Options can make things complicated. In a land of plenty, we are given choices. But what if the pressure of those choices leads us to over complicate things, or worse — choose to not choose, and therefore do nothing. Then there is the all too easy option of quitting. Enrolling your little ones in activities is daunting. Gymnastics, karate, ballet, soccer, tennis, t-ball, piano, science or chess club? Which one, which one? Do our children get a say? Do they get to quit if they decide later they are bored with it? We’ve been testing out different activities. Trying to find the one activity that we can afford, the kids seem to have a natural talent for, and most importantly, they enjoy! The trouble is that they may not even know they enjoy it, until after they’ve been in it a while. I mean really — who enjoys falling on their butt repeatedly in the early days of ice skating classes? Do we allow our children to quit riding lessons after they’ve fallen off, or do we demand that they get back up there on the horse? I believe that a quitter mentality is learned early on. As parents it’s part of our job to not only work hard to find an activity they can be successful in to help them create a healthy identity into adulthood, but also to encourage them to stick with. After all no one likes a quitter and I’m not aiming to raise one. Watch my daughter’s FIRST riding lesson here.
21 minutes | Apr 13, 2015
DD 106: How to Wash Cloth Diapers
When you tell people you cloth diaper, the first question is generally about washing. How do you wash cloth diapers? Do you need a wet pail? Does it smell? The modern washer, in conjunction with modern cloth diapers, has changed the landscape of cloth diapering. Hear my routine, as well as two fellow cloth diapering mom routines, in this week’s Podcast episode. 2:58 Julie Family4Real 9:52 Patricia Keele – Watch her video on Elimination Communication Hand Washing Tutorial See full details on entering my random drawing for a BumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diaper and Babykicks Prefold in the video below.
21 minutes | Apr 6, 2015
DD 105: Morning Dad Routines Across America
Four different Dads, in different stages of parenthood, with varying backgrounds and lifestyles, share their morning routines. Including an entrepreneur, a stay at home dad, a full-time working dad, and a Dad from Ghana, Africa who has been living in the US since 2008. Each are starting their day in different ways. And yet, they are all Dads. In order of “appearance”: Jim Ryan (My husband!) – A father to twin boys, and two girls. Jim is a full-time working man. He heads to work later to provide coverage for the kids, including our infant daughter, until our in-home sitter arrives for the day. Cliff Ravenscraft the Podcast Answer Man – A full-time Podcaster since 2008, Cliff’s children are grown. He gives us a window into how mornings may look one day, and I have to say that it sounds GOOD! Marcus Kusi from The First Year Marriage Show – Married since 2010 with two awesome kids, he’s from Ghana, Africa but is now living in America. James the Busvlogger – A stay at home dad of two boys, two girls, a pig and a Volkswagen bus. Busvlogger creates a lifestyle show on YouTube that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Listen to Morning Mom Routines Across America for an inside scoop on 7 Moms!
11 minutes | Mar 30, 2015
DD 104: Terrible 2s or 3s? Which Age is Worse?
Toddlerhood is challenging. Most new parents begin to countdown, hoping for relief at the third birthday. But is it WORSE at age 3? Is it terrible 2s or terrible 3s? I say THREE! That is the age that has been the most anxiety ridden for me. My kids have screamed, kicked, bit, smacked and cried their way from their third to fourth birthdays. I’ve been embarrassed, shamed, belittled and hurt. BUT…….. I’m the adult here. Ain’t no 3 (or 2, 4, 5, 6, or 10) year old gonna get the better of me. So what if my fingers have been picked apart from my newly developed bad habit. So what if I sometimes stare off into space in an unresponsive stupor. I’m still the boss. I’m still MOM! And guess what? These darn kids are getting older every day. The age of reason will arrive. It’s just a matter of time. God willing, each year they hit another birthday. I just have to keep my cool, and try not to screw it up before then.
24 minutes | Mar 16, 2015
DD 103: Morning Mom Routines Across America
Once you become a parent your mornings are never the same. There are diapers to change, bottles to make, noses to wipe, and tears to dry. As a mom, days can start EARLY. Children often rise before dawn, and guess what — they want us up too, and they sure aren’t shy about letting us know it. Every day is a new adventure. Basic routines can change often. It doesn’t matter if you’re a working mom, stay at home mom, housewife, or a work at home mom. The job of “Mom” doesn’t come with days off. It’s a full-time, 7 day a week, gig. But how do our morning routines compare? In this special episode of The Diaper Dirt Podcast, I’ve asked six Moms to share their morning routines with me. You’ll hear theirs, and mine. It’s an inside scoop on the job of “mom” in the morning. IN ORDER OF “APPEARANCE” Dana (You know me!) Amy Dreamflight6000 from YouTube and The YouTube Mommy Meetup Podcast is a Stay at Home Mom of 3 boys (6, 3, and 1). Her oldest son has Type 1 diabetes. Tony McLellan is a Mom from Illinois with 3 boys (15, 12 and 10), who lives with her legally blind Mother and adult brother with down’s syndrome, from the Serious Business Podcast. Jendi P. is host of the Mom Prepares Podcast. She resides in Pennsylvania and is a wife and mother of 3 children. Peggy Freeh from Simple Daily Practice Radio. Belah Rose with Delight Your Marriage Podcast. She is a breastfeeding mom to two sons, 2 months and 18 months old. Krystal Chiarolla recently began the Designed By Magic Podcast, and is a Social Media Mom to a girl and a boy. WATCH MY FULL “DAY IN THE LIFE”
16 minutes | Mar 10, 2015
DD 102: Love It or Hate It?! 6 Cloth Diaper Perspectives, from 6 Cloth Diapering Moms
How long have you been cloth diapering? What is your GO TO diaper? What do you hate about cloth diapering? What do you love about cloth diapering? Those are the questions I posed to some fellow cloth diapering moms. The odd thing was… we all had VERY similar answers. Each of us are from different parts of the country, with different sized families and backgrounds. And yet, five out of six of us had THE SAME go-to diaper despite there being hundreds of different brands. Jennifer www.youtube.com/luckysublime Arielle www.youtube.com/user/PineappleMama25 MaKayla www.youtube.com/channel/UCICeTcLJckOF6pwB_w-NN5w Shannon www.youtube.com/mothercrusher Amanda www.youtube.com/ThatCrazyCatholicMom
13 minutes | Mar 2, 2015
DD 101: A Candid Conversation with a Full Time Daycare Graduate
Let’s be real. The current state of child care facilities in the United States is far from perfect. But, there are still MANY families that need them. Mine was one of them. I’m a working mom. I’ve always been a working mom. That’s my reality. After my 12 week maternity leave ended, I needed to return to work, and begin the scary job of packing up and dropping off my precious baby with strangers. It sucked! I hated it! But, I did it. Now it’s almost four years behind us. I know how that experience impacted me. But how did it impact my daughter? I decided to ask her before she got too old to remember any of it. At the age of 7, she’s also now old enough to articulate. There was only one questions I failed to ask her. I was too afraid. Is she angry with me for the years she had to spend in daycare? I might never be able to ask that directly. But after this conversation, I at least don’t feel that she is. It was her life. She doesn’t know any other way.
34 minutes | Feb 23, 2015
DD 100: A Look Back At The Lessons in Early Parenthood & Podcasting
There are certain things you foresee happening, but imagine them always in the distant future. Things like the birth of your child, reaching that first birthday, ditching the BINKY, potty training, sleeping through the night… and reaching your ONE HUNDREDTH Podcast episode!! Hard to believe. But it’s here! To commemorate how far I’ve come since episode one, I’m chatting it up about how far I’ve come in my parenting journey since day one. There are many similarities. Both my parenting and podcasting journey began with shaking hands, self doubt, and innocence. Some days I wonder if I would have begun either, knowing what I know now. Both require grit. A willingness to keep going despite weeks of challenges and fatigue. But, I’m not a quitter — and not only have I made it to episode 100 of my Podcast, but I’ve made it through the first seven years of parenting. Seven years of firsts. First diaper change. First public temper tantrum. First smile. First tooth. First Emergency Room visit. First parental disagreement with my husband. First look of disappointment in my child’s eyes. First day of Kindergarten. First heart melt. It’s been exhausting, yet it’s been utterly incredible. Pure magic. Almost indescribable how awesome the power of love can be.
21 minutes | Feb 9, 2015
DD 099: I Don’t Want to be a Stay At Home Mom
Climbing the corporate ladder takes time. For many years I was bitter and angry that I needed to work to support my family. However, I can finally say — if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t change a thing! My kids are well cared for, and my bond with them is strong. As they move into school age, I’m proud of my job and can see the benefits of staying in the work force. Not only is my family better situated financially, but from a personal standpoint I enjoy the mental stimulation and adult relationships my job affords me. This is not to say that being a WORKING MOM is for everyone! Each family needs to make this decision for themselves. What is best for one family, is not going to be ideal for another. My hope is that we can all make peace, with whichever decision we make.
26 minutes | Jan 26, 2015
DD 098: Introducing Solid Food to Baby
Boom-Bam, baby — let’s get to the GRUB! Food…. glorious food! Well, kinda. It’s mashed and ugly looking, and kinda stinky. Nothing we aren’t used to dealing with by now, right? If your baby is between 4-6 months old, you are most likely getting geared up to introduce solid food. And by solid, I mean … baby rice cereal, which is anything BUT solid. It’s pretty runny in fact. However, you know what I mean. Milky bottles, be gone. Sorta. In this session, we’ll dive into when to know if it’s time to start, and which foods to begin with. Also, which foods NOT to feed your baby. Get those spoons ready. It’s time to eat! Additionally, in this episode I’m pleased to announce that tickets are now for sale for the YouTube Mom Conference in Chicago. Head on over to YouTube Mommy Meetup to find more information, and purchase tickets to join me there! What kinds of foods are you feeding your baby?
22 minutes | Jan 12, 2015
DD 097: Over the Hump | 6 Month Old Baby Milestones
I’m OVER the hump! Baby D is now 6 months old, and I consider that a MILESTONE in itself. We’re half way through the first year of intensive feedings, diaper changes, and Pediatricians visits. It’s bittersweet. This is my last baby. I know for sure. She’s my fourth, and yet I can’t remember which milestones she should be hitting. Therefore, I decided we should chat about it. How do you feel about hitting the 6 month point?
9 minutes | Dec 29, 2014
DD 096: Keeping Parents Healthy | Building Your Immune System for Cold and Flu Season
Cold and Flu season is here. Are you doing all you can to ensure YOU stay healthy? This week I’m not feeling well, and I’ve actually been ill for two weeks. It’s a cold I just can’t shake. Therefore, I’m doing some things to help boost my immune system. As parents, we are important. For myself, if I am out of commission, my family suffers. In fact my family self destructs it seems when I’m not 100%. Often we focus on keeping our children free from germs, but in fact we would be wise to focus on our own health. Since sleep is out of the question for most of us with young children, lets talk about the things we can control. Stress Vitamins Herbal Supplements Exercise Diet Maybe some of those you are unable to control. I must say that I have been slacking in the exercise department. I tend to do that while I’m nursing, because well…. running with loaded milk bags tends to be uncomfortable for me. BUT YES! I could walk. Excuses abound. I endeavor in 2015 to focus on ME! After two years of starting new jobs, creating six active Facebook groups, three YouTube Channels, three Podcasts, and FOUR kids — I’m done! This next year is about making the things I HAVE, better! Including my health. I want to be strong and healthy for my family, and for the people who have infested their time and energy into projects with me.
9 minutes | Dec 15, 2014
DD 095: Final Episode?
Should we stop at episode 100? I’m approaching a number I never thought I’d hit. ONE HUNDRED! The Diaper Dirt Podcast is something I started on November 24, 2012 with minimal equipment and a chest full of nerves. I recorded my very first session so that I could look back and see how far I’d come. After listening for years, I never imagined I could be hosting my very own show on iTunes. It was a dream! In all honesty in some ways it feels as if I just started last month. In other ways, I’ve come so far that I feel like a completely different person than the girl who first sat down to record her first episode. It’s taken me a full two years to feel 100% comfortable behind the mic. And now that I’ve gotten there, I’m contemplating quitting. Sometimes putting an end to something isn’t a bad thing. It just means that they’ve run their course, and now its time to move on to something else. There is just one problem. It literally breaks my heart to stop. Aside from the fact that I hate to quit something I’ve committed to, the fact is — I care. My beloved podcast listeners. The ones whom I’ve shared some of my most intimate personal stories with. But…… I don’t hear from you. On YouTube I get instant gratification from my viewers as they comment, and interact with me both within my videos and in my YouTube based Facebook groups. As an avid Podcast listener myself, I get it. I do! After listening for thousands of hours to different Podcasts I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve left a comment for the show creators. And I should know better! I’m a Podcast creator myself! This leads to a thought. Where can we interact? How can I stay connected to my Podcast listeners? Is a FaceBook group needed. Do you just not know where to find me on twitter? I can’t say for sure if I’ll decide to continue the show past episode 100. I may simple change up the format. Make it more personal. We’ll see.
17 minutes | Dec 1, 2014
DD 094: Breastfeeding Nursing Strike Causes and Solutions
We were cruising along, feeling confident and strong in our breastfeeding abilities. Then suddenly — NO GO! You, my sweet four-month old, decided you no longer wanted THE BOOB! You’re on strike! Why?! Did I do something to upset you? Did I speak out of line. Did I eat too many veggies? These are the questions I asked myself when my baby girl refused to breastfeed after we’d been well established as the “A-team” since day one. If your baby is on strike and she’s less than nine months old, she may not be weaning, but just temporarily taking a break. Don’t give up! There are many different possible causes for a strike, including the following common examples. Teething Sickness Low Milk Supply However, none of those were the reason for mine. Listen to this week’s Podcast to find out both WHY I think my daughter was on strike, as well as the ways I encouraged her to get back on the mommy milk wagon.
22 minutes | Nov 17, 2014
DD 093: Thanksgiving Baby Food, Names and Prep
It’s turkey time! We’ve cooked and delivered our babies, now its time to bring on the GRUB! There are a lot of moving parts to delivering the perfect Thanksgiving meal. Decorations, seating arrangements, outfits, and food! How’s a Mom to keep organized? In this week’s Podcast we go over what needs to be done a week to two weeks out in preparation for the holiday. Also, what foods your baby can enjoy on Thanksgiving! In addition, I want to THANK each and every one of YOU who take the time to either listen to my voice via the Podcast or watch me on my YouTube Channel. The fact that you invite me into your life by taking the time to be with me, is huge! I do not take it lightly. I wish you and your families a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!! If you are expecting this month, here are some Thanksgiving themed baby names! Baby Boy Names: Chard Hunter Kale Leaf or Leif Tom or Thomas River Oceanus Jasper Bartholomew Baby Girl Names America May (Mayflower) November Alice Constance Rose Priscilla Dorothy The Fruit and Spice Names Peach Berry Apple Plum Cherry Ginger Pepper Cinnamon Rosemary Sage
15 minutes | Nov 10, 2014
DD 092: Cats and Babies
Should you keep your Cat if you have a baby? Will Fluffy SCRATCH her? Will Fluffy SMOTHER her? Will Fluffy STEAL her breath?! Um… No. Let’s not panic. That’s rule number one of parenting, anyway. Your cat is not the devil, out to inflict harm on your baby. I’m 99% sure of that. In this session, you will learn: Myths debunked. How to utilize a screen door to cat proof your nursery. Ways to prepare your cat for the transition to family life. Plus more!
21 minutes | Oct 27, 2014
DD 091: What To Do With Frozen Embryos?
What do you do with your frozen embryos? There is not an easy answer to this question. We’ve had 20 embryos frozen in storage for 4 years. Now that our family is complete, we had to decide what to do with them. I have many questions, that there simply aren’t answers to. All we can do is weigh our options, and make the decision that makes the most sense to us in our hearts. The Options Donation/Adoption Embryo adoption programs are unsettled. There are expenses and paperwork. However, if this is the decision that sits best with you — you CAN go this route. Science Ask your clinic for the laws in your state surrounding donating your embryos to medical research. Thawing Indecision Mentioned in this episode: Secondary Infertility Podcast Episode
15 minutes | Oct 20, 2014
DD 090: You suck, and so do I! Imperfection Rules in Parenting.
That’s right, I SUCK! I make mistakes every day. I don’t know how to do a lot of things. Every day I find myself lacking in certain areas. But… every day I GET UP, get out there and get to work on making myself a better Mother, Wife, Employee, Friend and PERSON. How about you? I’ve found that the people I’ve met who are willing to admit that they are lacking, are the people I most want to be around. Not that I want to be around a complainer. God, no! It’s about vulnerability. Not being afraid to show weaknesses. Opening yourself up to new experiences, because you aren’t ashamed to fail. Having children is, after all, a NEW experience. It’s one that doesn’t come with training. There are no prerequisites to giving birth. Have bun in oven? — it’s coming out!! There is no stopping that. There are no practice rounds. It happens. And guess what. We might suck at it! And its okay if we do. That’s not the point! The point? — LIFE! Life is wild and scary and embarrassing and fun and beautiful. Want a good life? Want to give the best life to your kids? Then you can’t quit just because you suck. What do you say to your toddler when they color the most hideous picture you’ve ever seen? “Boy, you suck at that kid. Better not draw anymore.” NO!!! You tell them to keep at it. Keep trying. Keep practicing, until they don’t suck! (or at least improve.) I’m telling you the same thing. Yeah. Maybe you suck today at those nursery rhymes. You haven’t a clue what the words to Mary Had a Little Lamb are. Keep at it, Mama. Keep trying. NEVER give up. You’ve got this! Or rather, you will. Just please… don’t give up. I’ve failed many times over. I feel… Shame Guilt Fear Worry Anger Embarrassment Guess what. We ALL do! Because we’re human. Just because you’re a parent now, doesn’t make that stuff go away.
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