Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cloth Diapers

Am I crazy?! Well, maybe a little =) Seriously. Who is this mom that I have become? Four years ago if you asked me about cloth diapers or baby food making I would have told you "No way!" For real...."No way!" But here I am doing those very things. Why? ..... Well, because 1) I thought I'd give it a go, 2) I thought I would save us some money, 3) I'm a little crazy like that =)

When Caroline was about 6 months old, I had a friend post on Facebook about cloth diapering. She talked about how easy it was and how she just loved it for her family. Shortly after that I saw another friend post on her blog about it. She even had pictures and woah those cloth diapers didn't look at all like I had pictured. These cloth diapers had  snaps and velcros. Hey - I might could do that. That doesn't look so bad.

Then there's the poo.....I mean, could I really do that? That seems kinda gross. You have to wipe it off and all. Hmmm...not so sure about that part. Then, when C hit about 9 months old I realized, "I'm doing that part ANYWAY!" Hahaha! So about when C hit 12 months old was when I decided I wanted to give cloth diapering a try when the next kiddo came along.

Lucy started wearing cloth diapers at 2 weeks old. She wasn't in them 100% of the time. She was probably only in them 50% of the time. I bought my cloth diaper stash slowly so that I could experiment a little and figure out what I liked. We have one-size-fits-all diapers so they are good from 8-35 pounds. Seems crazy that my 2 girls could actually wear the same diaper, but they could! We do use disposable diapers whenever we travel because it can be difficult to get a load of laundry done when you are out of town and just want to enjoy. But as of about a week ago, Lucy is in cloth diapers 100% of the time.

Am I saving money? You betcha I am. So far, my total investment is $117.73. With that investment I have 5 covers and 21 inserts - together they make 18 diapers. And if I want, that can be all that I spend. I think I want a couple of more covers though. I may see a need for other products as Lucy gets older, but even if I were to double my initial investment and spend a total of $235.46 that wouldn't come CLOSE to how much I would spend on disposables. Oh and did I mention that I bought midline cloth diapers? Just think how much I could save if I bought the really cheap cloth diapers.

"What about laundry expenses?," you say. So far, I do about one extra load of laundry a week. This was top priority for me. I do not have time to wash a load of diapers every day. In fact, our laundry is usually all done on the weekends. But I thought I could squeeze in one more load midweek. We'll see how well that works when I return to work next week, but so far it's been fine. I do have to run an initial cold rinse on a diaper load and then do a hot wash. So in total I have 2 extra cold rinses a week and 1 extra hot wash - these I wouldn't have if I wasn't using cloth diapers.

The best part?? Are you ready for this? As long as baby is not eating solids, I do NOTHING with the cloth diapers - they go straight in the diaper pail. I don't wipe them or anything. Easy as pie!! From the diaper pail, they go straight to the washing machine for a cold rinse and then a hot wash.

"What about laundry detergent?" - Also easy. I use one of those "free and clear" detergents. They are usually approved for washing cloth diapers I get them super duper on sale. I can usually get it for the equivalent of 9.3 cents a load. But since these are cloth diapers, you are only supposed to use a very small amount of detergent. I use about half of what I would use for a miniature load. So the detergent is probably less than 4 cents a load. Folks, you just can't beat it!

Cloth diapering also has all of the other benefits that you have heard. Lucy has very little diaper rash. I notice a dramatic difference between the disposables and the cloth in this regard. Also, the environment - blah, blah, blah. Overall, I'm one happy mama. I'm really enjoying this. I may change my tune in a few months when Lucy is eating solids, but I just don't think so.

Seriously could not do this if my aunt wasn't completely on board. I'm so thankful for her!

Just look at this happy camper

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dimples =)

How many dimples can you find?





Monday, September 19, 2011

Preschool

Caroline started preschool last week. She will be going one day a week from 9am-1pm. It's so weird that I'm packing a lunch for her! I am so thankful that it worked out for her to start going while I am on maternity leave. I really wanted to pick her up and hear all about her day and help her with this transition. Caroline had a pretty nasty cold the first day of school so she didn't get to go. I was worried about her missing the first day of school, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter for 2 year olds =)

Caroline is going through this phase where she does not like to smile for pictures. We tried to do a photo shoot at the house before we left and only got out-takes.

I thought this one was pretty funny. She is angry with us for trying to get her to smile so she finally smiles and this is what we got...


Can you tell there was a little bit of attitude in that picture?

We got to the school early so that I could try for another photo shoot. It worked out well because she could run up and down this sidewalk. As long as I didn't ask her to stop and smile she was amicable to photos being taken of her =)

She has a Little Mermaid lunchbox. She is in love with it!


She walked right in the room and got started on a puzzle. No tears here! I teared up as I was leaving the building - I can't believe how big she is!

She had a great first day. On the way home she told me that they talked about Jonah and the whale. She told me, "the whale swalled him!"

Lucy is 2 months old

Our little Lucy is 2 months old and she's not so little anymore. These were her stats at her 2 month check up:

Weight: 12 pounds 10.6 ounces (94%)
Height: 23 inches (90%)
Head Circumference: 39.5 cm (89%)

She's a full 3 pounds bigger than Caroline was at her 2 moth appointment. (Lucy was also 1 week older at her 2 month visit, but still....3 pounds!)

Lucy sleeps likes she's 10 pounds heavier than she actually is, which is just amazing and wonderful for all of us! Most of the time she sleeps about 10 hours at night - some times longer. I'm such a bad momma - I don't have her on a great schedule yet, but I know we will have to be on a schedule when I go back to work. And any schedule would have been constantly changing as she has been quickly stretching out her sleep at night. All that to say that the 10 hour stretch starts and ends at different times, but is usually between 8pm and 6am.

Lucy is such a sweet little girl. She smiles so much right now and her smiles are enormous! She still doesn't cry much. She basically only cries when she is really, really hungry. All other times she grunts.

Another interesting fact about Lucy, is that she often sleeps with her eyes open. Usually it's just little slits, but sometimes they're about 50% of the way open. It's a little creepy and it can be hard to tell if she's awake or asleep.

Here are some pics of her asleep with her eyes open. In the first one, she is doing a double-whammy - smiling with her eyes open in her sleep.








Lucy also loves her fists. We are trying to push the paci, but I'm not sure it's going to work. We may have another thumb sucker on our hands.

Lucy's hair definitely has some red in it - not as much as Caroline's at this point, but we will see. We are completely in love with our sweet baby Lucy and we are so thankful for her.

Some firsts this month include:
Real tears
First cold - she actually had a small fever. 99.8 was the highest. Doc said it doesn't count, but Mommy said it does.
Coo-ing
Laughing - not a big belly laugh but a reactionary "ha" to Daddy playing with her
Drooling - yikes! this started at 7 weeks old. Bring on the bibs. Hopefully other teething signs will hold off for a while longer.

And the camera roll of all other pics...



Playing with her friend, Mrs. Elephant, in Nana's port-a-crib.


All bundled up in early August to protect from the mosquitos!


She's very serious about getting those toys on her playmat.

Cute in a sunhat!


Loving her fist.



 So close to rolling over on Labor Day. How weird would it have been to say my 1 month old just rolled over?! Except now I can for real say that my 2 month old rolled over. She finally made it all the way over last week! Crazy girl - she is way too young for that!




Showing off her cloth diaper =)

Yeah - she likes the cloth =)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hippy Mommy

Oh my stars! I have to write about this while it is still fresh.

Today I took the girls to a Hippy Mommy Class. It's not really called that, but that is what I'm calling it. It's a class about cloth diapering, baby food making, breastfeeding, and baby wearing. It is a one time class that a local library was holding. I'm still new to cloth diapering so I was really excited about the class.

So we arrive at the library and I load up the girls into the stroller like always and we stroll our way in. The class was held on the bottom floor of the library so I take the girls down the first ramp I see. Well that ramp only goes down to a little platform sitting area - not all the way downstairs. So I see a librarian and I ask her how to take the stroller downstairs. She tells me that they don't have an elevator, but they have a wheelchair lift and she points to it. She tells me she will get the security guard to unlock it and help me down.

So I stroll the stroller back up the ramp and over to the wheelchair lift wondering how in the world am I going to fit a double stroller on that thing!!

Sneak picture I took of the lift while the librarian wasn't looking =)


The security guard comes over and after a good bit of maneuvering I get the stroller in. Then I squeeze in sideways to fit next to it. The security guard locks us in and hits the button to send us downstairs. With a loud "vroom" the wheelchair lift fires up and begins moving. Those things are sooo loud! especially in a quiet library. I couldn't help but smile and laugh at the situation as I saw all the heads turn and look our direction. It also moves incredibly slow. The security guard had no problems walking around and down the stairs to meet us at the bottom - she got there long before we did.

When we arrived, I pushed the stroller out onto the level. Then the security guard points to the next wheelchair lift across the way. That's right. This was a split level library. We had to use not 1, but 2 wheelchair lifts to get to where the class was! So we load up on the next wheelchair lift and go through the same thing - maneuvering the stroller, squeezing in beside it, and "vroom" all the way down with everyone in the library watching!

Finally, we made it - about a full 10 minutes of wheelchair lift riding, but we made it. We stroll off to the conference room where the class is being held. Did I mention that this class includes the topic of baby wearing? If you are unfamiliar with the term "baby wearing", it basically means anti-strollers. That might be a little strong, but it's not too far off. So all of these ladies are staring at me....staring.

Don't worry, I think we made up for it because 1) this is what Lucy wore:



and 2) I forgot to wear deodorant! We fit right in with the hippies =)

And in case, it couldn't get ANY more embarrassing or funny....I set off the wheelchair lift alarm as I was squeezing in the lift on our way out!