The cell phone as a Mother's helper
I thought I had all the proper baby gear, but who knew my cell phone and PDA could be the ideal mother's helper?
I first read about this in Yahoo Shine, and they were as happy as I was to read the Techmamas blog report on an iPhone application for breastfeeding. Woo hoo! Keep track of whether you used the left side or the right side last time. Even if you aren't breastfeeding, you can use it to track poopy and wet diapers, even giving them a Simon Cowell-like judgment on whether they were too runny, sorta green, or even a little seedy.
I kid you not, I know people who would use this. A friend of mine is a stay-at-home dad who has a very funny blog and for quite some time in the first year of parenthood, his readers heard great detail about the quality and quantity of his son's poops.
Alas, the application isn't available yet but will soon sell for $2.99. Check for it here.
In all seriousness, this actually would be a very handy device for sleep-starved moms of twins, many of whom I know had to keep spreadsheets to track feedings. Comic Ray Romano, a father of twins, used to joke that he worried they'd forget who got fed last and would eventually find one shriveled twin and a giant bloated baby after a weekend at Grandma's.
I should add that I use my PDA quite a bit as a mom. The calendar and phone book alone are used several times a week to track appointments, soccer games, the doctor's office or vital details needed to fill out the endless forms that come with kids and day care. I also use the reminder function to buzz myself about picking up snacks for the soccer team or to return the library books.
I also use it for household needs. Rather than recipes, my "Chicken and Yellow Rice" entry in the Memo section is simply the items I need to pick up at the store to make this favorite dinner. I have room measurements that come in handy if I'm shopping and see a rug or window treatment I like. I also have a handy place to put stray thoughts like Books to Buy and Gift Ideas. I record them all year long and have a list of good ideas come Christmastime.
Oh crap. I just outed myself as a geek.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne