A little over a year ago I was at an eye doctor appointment, and I somehow got into a conversation about cloth diapers with the person who does the fittings. I remember she was pretty shocked and appalled that I “did it all myself”. Apparently she had also cloth diapered her child many years ago, but she used a service who did all the work for you.
Sounds nice! You simply collected all the dirty diapers and turned them over to this service, and they returned them to you as white and clean as can be. She was determined to save me from my misery, so before I left with my new contact lenses, she made sure to give me the name of the company she used (many years ago).
I appreciated her concern, but the fact of the matter is, we decided to go the cloth diaper route primarily because we wanted to save money. Using a service would not help us meet that goal. And as much as I don’t LOVE all the work involved, it really isn’t that hard to do it yourself, as long as you have all the essentials.
Coming from years of experience and lots of trial and error, here is a list of all the cloth diapering essentials (the other stuff you need to buy) beyond the actual diapers themselves. This list is purely what makes my life easier. You might have friends that do it a totally different way and that works for them. (more…)
Our family has recently started a new thing…not sure if it’s an official tradition yet, but so far we’re really enjoying it. When my husband comes home from work, I have an appetizer ready for us to snack on before dinner. It’s an intentional time to talk about our day with each other.
The woman who shared this idea with me has been doing it with her family for years and years. She highly recommended it as a way of making that normally hectic and busy time more of a daily thing to look forward to. So far I agree!
But I really can’t add one more thing to do in that “make dinner” hour, especially since baby girl is eating solids now too. Making this easy guacamole ahead of time is perfect pre-dinner snack. (more…)
Oh Cloth Diapers. We sort of have a love/hate relationship. Most of the time I hate them, but I love saving money. And to answer the question above–yes, they definitely do save us money.
Why we chose cloth
When I was pregnant with our first baby, we did quite a bit of research on cloth vs. disposable. Both my husband and I are very budget-minded, so we wanted the most cost-effective option. The biggest question for us was: does cloth diapering save money?
My husband is a numbers guy, so he did the calculations based on (more…)
We’re 7 days into July, and already June is a blur. Luckily I do manage to take pictures along the way or else I’d have no idea what our month included.
But maybe that will start to improve because it’s official–we are out of the newborn stage. Our little girl turned 5 months old this month, so my question is…when am I going to start being less tired? I’ll confess–I’m struggling a little bit.
As adorable as these kids are, they are a lot of work! I’m still sticking to my one thing a day rule when it comes to cleaning, so that is helping out some. And our freezer is fully stocked–hooray! Now I just need to find some energy somewhere and we’ll be good.
Our biggest boy turned 3 1/2 and was very excited to add that half to his age, let me tell you. He’s trying out all sorts of (more…)
(Today this blog is my journal. I hope you don’t mind).
I love being a mom. When I was little and I dreamed of my future, this is exactly what I dreamed of. But three years in and it’s a bit less glamorous than my childhood fantasies.
My kids are messy. They throw tantrums, sometimes all at once. I am constantly cooking, cleaning, wiping, bathing, sweeping, folding, washing, nursing. Every day of every week of every month. If you’re a mom, I’m sure you can relate.
But as hard as it can be at times, I know that I’m going to miss it when it’s gone.
Years from now when I look back at this baby stage of life (when I get back to eating food while it is still hot and taking longer than 3 minutes to get ready), I want to be able to remember the details–in all their exhausting glory! I’ve heard so often “the days are long but the years are short” and I totally get it. My oldest turned 3 1/2 yesterday and I already wonder where those years went!
The days are long. The tasks are mundane. I barely get the kitchen cleaned up from one meal when it’s time to start the next. The laundry NEVER ENDS.
But this is exactly what I hoped for. And I love it. It’s harder than I thought it would be, but the joy is (more…)