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We are two working mothers — Lauren Rose, the director of business development for Name Bubbles, and Betsy DeMars, the assistant managing editor at The Saratogian. Try as we may to be really good at both, balancing motherhood and career can get pretty messy. As professionals, work schedules and mommy schedules often collide. So, we plow through, hoping at the end of the day, our kids — Lauren's 5-year-old son and Betsy's 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter — know how much we love them.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Milestones matter

We're celebrating a major milestone in the Rose household. After a year and a half of potty training trials and tribulations, my son is - drum roll, please - diaper (& pull-up) free!

He's been going to the potty like a "big boy" for quite some time, but we've been taking the extra preventative measure of throwing on a pull-up before bed "just in case". It seemed like every time we'd try underpants at night after weeks of dry pull-ups in the morning, he'd inevitably wet the bed. That meant doing laundry in addition to the already tight morning routine. No thanks. This time it just felt right to let him own his big boy status and make his dry free night stick. It worked! I have to say that this moment feels really big.

So, what does this mean for me? Well, for starters, paying less at the grocery store and Target. Diapers and pull-ups cost A LOT. Plus, there's less garbage. Less laundry (think accidents). Less coaching. And, with that comes more time. Who needs more time? Me and every other mom on the planet. Seriously, a few extra minutes can seem like hours to a mom. I look back and think I was a lazy loaf before I had my son. I wasn't by most reasonable standards, but now I feel like a time management machine! When I actually have downtime (which is virtually never), I have to do something. In my mind, I've become a multi-tasking over-achiever. My husband believes (and to my dismay has supportive research with the science to prove it), that there is really no such thing as multi-tasking. The scientific community believes that you're simply doing more, badly.

Potty training on the other hand, takes a lot of practice and single-minded focus. It might have taken my son a while, but he stuck with it and mastered the art before his fourth birthday. We're so proud of our diaper-free boy. Well done, son.

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