Monday, May 28, 2012

Cloth Diapers

We've been cloth diapering for about a month now so I thought I would give you an update on how its going.  And maybe a quick lesson on how it actually works.

The switch to cloth was actually WAY easier than I thought it was going to be.  Before we switched I had read a ton about using cloth diapers and it is SUPER intimidating reading all the available information.  I finally decided to make a trip to a local store, The Green Bambino and got a ton of my questions answered.

We made the switch to cloth for a couple reasons. 
1. We are pretty conservative and try to do our part in being green.  Can't be much more green than cloth diapers.
2. I ain't got no job.  Well, my job now is to raise kids.  Unfortunately my pay is usually love, hugs and an occasional melt down.  After the initial outlay to buy your stash, cloth is pretty cheap.
3. After reading all the research about disposables there are tons of chemicals that go into making disposable diapers.  Why no keep that off Ellie's little tushie if possible?

Questions I get:

Is it hard?
Actually it's not that much more difficult than disposables.  At first I said if I was working out the home I probably wouldn't do it.  But now that we've been doing it for a month, I would say even if you are working outside the home, it can be done. 

Does it take more time?
It's a little more time consuming (I'm talking like 30 minutes a week).  There is a little more laundry to do (I was diapers every other day) and some extra folding but there's something oddly relaxing about folding and stuffing diapers.  Packing the diaper bag takes a little more thought but I've the hang of it now.

What kind do you use?
I acutally have a pretty good mixture of diapers in my stash.  Are you ready for the lesson?

All my diapers are one size meaning they have snaps that adjust the diaper from 8 lbs to potty training. See all those snaps?  You can adjust the rise to fit your baby.  I also have a mixture of snap and velcro closures.  Velcro is great for church nursery workers or day care providers (or grandparents). Snaps tend not to wear out as easily.


I have some all in one diapers.  These diapers are most like a disposable in that everything is attached and requires little prepping after they've been washed. Just lay the "wings" in place and you are ready to go.


I also have pocket diapers.  These diapers have a pocket that you stuff an insert in.  These are good for night time because you can double stuff them and they should last all night.


I also have covers and prefolds.  The covers are waterproof and require something inside them to be the pee catcher.


I use prefold diapers (like those gerber cloth diapers we all like  to use as burp cloths) that are a better quality than what you buy at walmart or target.


You lay the prefold (or stay dry liner) inside the cover and put on baby.  Easy peasy.


Covers and prefolds are actually the cheapest way to cloth diaper.  You could probably spend around $100 - $150 and easily get started with a pretty good stash.

So those are the types of diapers in my stash.  There are a couple more kinds that I don't have but i'm pretty happy with these 3 types.  I have enough in my stash to easily diaper for 2-3 days.

Where do you put the dirty diapers?
If i'm out and about I have the cutest little wet bag for my diaper bag.


If I need to change Ellie I just put the diaper (even if it's poopy) in my wet bag and I deal with everything when I get home. As a side note, these wet bags are great for your pool or gym bag.  They can hold wet swim suits, wet towels, sweaty clothes etc. They keep the wet and the stink in the bag. There are tons of different sizes and prints.  You can get them on Amazon or your local cloth diapering store.  Some of them even have a strap you can attach to your stroller.

At home I have a diaper pail with a pail liner.


This is by Ellie's chaning table.  Take off diaper and throw in diaper pail.  If it's dirty it requires an additional step but other than that, easy peasy.

How often do you wash?
I wash every other day.  It's not been a hassle at all. I just take my pail liner, dump all the diapers (and we use cloth wipes) in the washer, throw in the pail liner and thats it.

Does Ronnie change diapers?
Yep!  He is more likely to change the dirty diapers when he is home because I hate dealing with them.  But they really aren't that much of a hassle.

What else is there?
There are tons of other things you can get to go along with cloth diapers.  Flushable liners for diapers in case of poopy diaper, flushable inserts, cloth diaper safe detergent, cloth diaper safe diaper cream and on and on.  What I've talked about is the basics.  You just kind of figure it all out.  You figure out what works best for night time, whats best for around the house, whats best for outings, and on and on.  But eventually you do figure out whats best for you, baby and your family.

So all in all, its been a great experience for us.  Is it for everybody?  I say no but that's okay. There are tons of things you may do with your family that just doesn't work for our family but that's okay too. 

Hopefully I've answered any questions about cloth diapering.  It's not your mom's cloth diapers that's for sure!  They come in such cute colors and prints that you can really get carried away buying cute diapers and accessories. 

Have more questions?  Just let me know! 

We think Ellie likes her cloth diapers too!


Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day friends!


Today, has been great.  We've had a little bit of fun.


A little bit of tickling.


A little bit of love.


And even a little bit of relaxing.


Thanks to our military service men and women past and present that make moments like these possible!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Baby Dedication

A few weeks ago we had a Baby Dedication ceremony at our church.

At our church a baby dedication ceremony is a time that Ronnie and I, as parents, dedicate our child to God.  Not in the Samuel in the Bible kind of way where we leave her at the church to be raised.  No, more in the we as parents also dedicate ourselved to teach Ellie about God's love, His plan for her and encourage her in they ways of the Lord.  Including bringing her to church but we have to bring her home when church is over.

Before the service we did manage to get a few pictures of the girls.

These girls seriously love each other!

And their daddy too!

The service is pretty short.  We are called up on stage (Ronnie isn't too fond of this part).

Our pastor says a few words about how awesome we are.  Okay, not really but he does say a few words about bringing up our kids in God's love and direction.

And Ellie gets her very own Bible. Avery still has her Bible from her Baby Dedication ceremony when she was a bitty baby. I think Avery tried to confinscate Ellie's Bible too.

But as everyone knows, it takes a village to raise your kids.  In our case, we are grateful to have the grandparents around to help us.


Both my parents and Ronnie's parents were able to come to the dedication.  This might be confusing but those are Ronnie's parents behind me and my parents behind Ronnie. 


God has blessed us with our beautiful girls and the least we can do is raise them to love Him with all their hearts.  Thanks to Him for all our blessings!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mothers Day


This Mother's Day was seriously the best. I am blessed with these 2 precious girls and an amazing husband that out does himself to make me feel special.

What I love about Ronnie is that for any special occasion involving me, he takes Avery to a store and lets her pick out something for me.  I love that he does that and she always picks out the best stuff!  This year was no exception!


And no, Avery doesn't do drugs.  For some reason lately she's harder to get a picture of Avery smiling normally than Ellie. 

Avery even picked out the super cute butterfly bag! Avery had been asking me all morning when I was going to be ready to open my present.  She had already told me the present "was very pretty and very special".  Let's be real though, she really just wanted to open the gift. That's okay too.


Ellie was anxious to help too!

First there was this amazing card that Avery made.

Again, with any special occasion Ronnie will ask Avery what she loves about mommy and put it in the card.  This year she said:
  • I love mommy because she brushes my teeth all the time.
  • I love mommy because she puts me to bed sometimes.
  • I love mommy because she brings me to McDonalds. (don't judge me people!)
  • I love mommy because she draws pictures with me.
Ellie said:
  • Bah bah bah bah aahaaah. Translated to me "I love mommy."
I also got an awesome necklace with earrings that Avery picked out. Apparently Ellie was sleeping during the trip so she had no say in the gfits. Hey, you snooze you lose. And yes, I put that necklace on right away!  Avery insisted and I was honored to do it!


And then some nail polish.  Pink and purple glittery polish.  Again, Ellie had no say in the color of the polish.

Interestingly we had some time before we had to leave for church.  Avery's fingers and toes got painted with some pink and purple glittery nail polish.  I suspect ulterior motives for the polish but like I told Ronnie- if the only reason I got that polish was to paint my girls nails, that's fine by me! I did actually end up painting my nails with the glittery pink later that day in case you were wondering.
We were then off to church where I got to tell my own mom Happy Mother's Day.  She's the one that taught me how to be a mommy.  And though I know I'm not always the best daughter, I hope that I can be the kind of mom to my girls that she is to me!


Ellie was feeling a little left out with the gift selection so she decided to give me her own Mother's Day gift .  She slept ALL night!  I got up and fed her about 5:30 AM and then she slept until 9:30 AM!  This is a miracle I tell you!

I gave her extra hugs and kisses this morning and have been trying to convince her that every day is Mother's Day.  I'll let you know how that goes!

I can't believe how God has blessed me beyond measure.  These girls make it all worth while!

This is the girl that made me a mom. When did she get so big?!


And this is the girl that made my heart big enough to love 2 kids.


God has blessed me more than I deserve.  This Mother's Day was the best yet.  I can't wait to see what the future holds with these girls!  We are sure to have great times ahead! Ronnie better get ready!

PS. I may have also gotten these for Mother's Day. Picked out by the father of my children.

lacy toms

PPS. Seriously.  Avery with that crown?  She wore it all morning, all during church and no telling how long in the afternoon.  That girl kills me. Surprisingly no one at church was a bit surprised to see Avery with the tiara on.  She is God's little princess so I guess it's fitting.

More adventures to come!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Rock n Roll bag

Did you know that I sew?  Well I do. And I'm not kidding when I say it's revolutionized my life.  If you ask me the top 3 things that have changed my life forever they would be:

  1. Accepting Christ as my Savior.
  2. Marrying my husby.
  3. Learning how to sew.
That's how major it is.

By the way, of course having kids has changed my life but that falls under #2.  I wouldn't have the kids without him!

Anyway, I am starting to sell some of the stuff I make.  I am doing my first show, Junk Hippy in June and that is really what got me started selling my stuff.

All that to say I made this adorable bag today.

I make the most adorable ruffled tote and got an order for a boy tote.  Since ruffles don't really go well with boys I consulted my research and development department and came up with this.  Is this not perfect for a little boy?  That guitar fabric is my new favorite fabric.  I love it!

This bag is a great size!  I love it.  I made one for Avery and it is her library bag.  It's also the perfect size for a quick overnight bag for your little one to stay at grandma's.  I can't wait to make one for Ellie when she's too big for a diaper bag but we still need to carry around a few diapers and toys. 

And if you don't believe me that the ruffle tote is the most adorable thing check this out.

Seriously people.  Is that not the cutest thing?  And that doesn't even have an initial.  I've not given this bag to anyone yet that hasn't told me they've gotten at least one compliment about how cute it is! 

If you want your own bag let me know!  Be sure to "like" my shop on facebook, Paisley Apple Boutique!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Ellie Abigail: 5 months

Ellie Bo Belly,
Where have these last 5 months gone?  This month has by far been our favorite month!  You are really starting to grow and get a personality.  We love seeing it come out!

At 5 months you:
  • are FINALLY in cloth diapers! You have been in them for exactly a week and they are working out great.
  • wear size 1 shoes and get your toes painted regularly.
  • wear size some 3-6 and mostly 6-9 month clothes.  I really think the cloth diapers help those 6-9 month clothes fit or otherwise they would fall right off!
  • still don't like to be on your tummy.  I'm not sure you'll ever like it.

  • love to stand up on your feet.  You have been enjoying your exersaucer more and more everyday and have figured out how to turn around and play with all the toys.
  • eat just about 6 ounces every 4 hours.
  • are still swaddled at night although we are starting to wean you.  You have been sleeping with one arm out and last night you slept with both arms out. Although you don't seem to be able to settle with both arms out so we are going back to one arm out.
  • still wake up around 2 AM for a feeding.  I had hoped that being unswaddled with help you drop this feeding.  Maybe you can find your hands at night!
  • are usually in bed by 7:30 PM, 8 PM at the latest.
  • start the day around 7 AM.  You wake up talking and happy. 
  • starting to figure out how to pick up your paci and put it in your mouth.  Now if you could just do that with your bottle!
  • seem to act like you will start sitting up on your own soon.  You can sit for approximately 3.2 seconds before toppling over.
  • attended your first birthday party (your sister of course)

  • still aren't rolling over from back to tummy but we think it could happen soon. 
  • smile at just about anyone that talks to you.  Everyone LOVES those dimples!

  • love to look around and are so curious.  You especially love to watch big kids play.
  • still give your sister your best laughs.  It melts our hearts to see how much you two love each other!
  • reach for all your toys like a pro.
  • are so so verbal.  You love to hear yourself talk.  You and Avery will have so much to talk about.  Mommy is a little worried about what this means for the noise level in the house in the future!
  • have started really splashing during bath time, one of your favorite times of the day!
  • taking 3-4 naps a day between 30 min-1 hour.  Sometimes they are a little longer.

    Oh Baby Girl, we can't believe how big your are getting.  You are getting bigger and bigger every day.  Someday you will be as big as your sister and I can't even imagine it! I know next month will bring even more things you will learn how to do! I say it every month...we can't wait! 

    Love you little Sweet Pea.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Zoo Tradition

It's always been a tradition to take Avery to the zoo for her birthday.  This year was no exception. It helped that Avery got a zoo pass for her birthday.  I'm sure we will be spending A LOT of time at the zoo this year!

I love our zoo.  It's gotten so much better since I was a kid! I can remember going and it was all concrete and boring animal exhibits.  Now theres lots of shade and vegitation and the exhibits are getting to be really fun and interesting. I think Ellie has a good time too.

We got to the zoo fairly early and it seems that seeing animals at that time is hit or miss but that didn't slow us down!

Avery got tired of me constantly taking pictures of her as evidenced by her very forced smile in the above photo.  This one didn't mind so much.

Getting to hang out as a family was the best part.  Ronnie took a day off work and it was so nice having him around!

Oh, and we did see a few animals.

Avery's favorite exhibit is what she calls the "Spooky House".  It looks like a barn and when you go in its dark.  Inside are bats, owls, and all kinds of creepy animals.  She insisted on going through this twice.  I made Ronnie take her the second time.  Ellie really needed to "eat"...yeah, it was Ellie's fault.

But let's be honest, you don't come to the blog to see pictures of animals so I spared you the best I could.

I love our zoo tradition with Avery!  When did she get to be so big?

This one was taken by the 4 year old herself.  I can't believe my baby girl is 4!  I'll have to do a blog post of Avery from birth to 4.  I may cry! 

More adventures to come!