That was me!Oh my gosh, that was me. Yup, I'm the cloth-diapering, sling-using, placenta-keeping mom from that show AND a motheringdotcommune member. I'm glad that all of your comments were positive and no one mentioned the fighting! But bear in mind that we had only five weeks to do all that work and in that time we also redecorated four bedrooms and a playroom that they didn't even show on TV.
They shot 200 hours of footage and the only fight we had in those stressful weeks was this 15 minute fight we had less than 24 hours before the final showing to Doug was the whole show (it was less than 24 hours before they showed up and the appliances were still in the living room, the staircase wasn't done, they put in my contract that I had to sew curtains and I hadn't even started -- basically we had 100 hours worth of work to do and 22 hours to do them in. And yes, my husband did wake up late and spent two hours buying curtain rods and donuts -- I was so mad but he had stayed up until 4 am painting but I was up all night nursing and I still woke up early and started working. Anyway, we got over it and are still happily married.) Plus during the fight they were hiding in other rooms secretly filming us -- you can tell that the lighting is very grainy because they were like in a totally different room. We had microphones on the whole time and we would always forget about them -- I can't tell you how many times DH and I peed with the microphone on and got laughed at later.) And it was the same fifteen minute fight they showed over and over and over again and made it look like we were fighting all the time. I was still mad at him the next day too as you could probably tell. But really, we're fine now.
Regarding the sidecar crib, we did take out the Arms Reach co-sleeper from the other side of the bed to look more "normal" to mainstream parents. Back then, Seth slept in the Arms Reach on one side and Asa slept in the side car on the other. Nnow the three kids sleep with me on a twin bed with DH in a guest room while we're remodeling the master bedroom. Our house is a renovation nightmare.
And yup, its an New Native sling -- the best for passing newborns back and forth between husband and wife.
As an AP mom, I'm embarassed about the pacifiers and the baby swing, but at the time we did what we had to do.