Sunday, November 29, 2009

2 Months


And now...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

We like milk

Baby 1980
Baby 2009

The Nursery

Finished just in time!

Though the word "finished" is being used loosely because the crib still doesn't have a skirt (but it is cut out and in my sewing room), and the quilt I made is still waiting to be quilted. The quilt on the crib now is a gorgeous one my Aunt Terry made for Phoebe. But Mike got the trees painted on the walls the day before she was born. It's like she was waiting for that to happen before she came. "Nope, I cannot be in an undecorated room... I shall wait."

The art on the wall is all from Etsy. From left to right: Sharon Montrose, The Black Apple, Berkley Illustration, & Belle and Boo.

There is another smaller tree by the cradle that my dad made when I was a baby. He apparently designed it from these dishes. The story goes that when he was making it, he wanted to see what I (as a baby) was going to see, so got into the cradle, and got stuck. Now, I'm not sure whether he got stuck first, or fell asleep first, but thank goodness a photo was taken...

It has always made me smile to look at this picture and imagine my pregnant mother trying to hoist my father out of the baby cradle.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Almost 6 weeks old

I just can't believe it...

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Cloth Bum

When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to cloth diaper my baby. The thought of throwing away that much trash, as well as spending thousands of dollars over the diapering life of my child didn't appeal. Now there are a LOT of choices out there for cloth diapers, and a whole code that goes along with them. AIOs, prefolds, pockets, one-size... it's a bit intimidating. And then once you decide on a kind of diaper, there are a TON more brands of each kind.

So luckily, after researching cloth diapers online I came upon Soft Cloth Bunz (now Diaper Junction), and their exhaustive resources. They have articles on every kind of cloth diapering method you can think of, how many you need and how to take care of them. And their customer service is fantastic. Simple Mom also did a week-long overview of cloth diapering, and got me over my fear of prefolds and covers.
After reading up, we decided that we liked the sound of the one-sized All In Ones (AIOs). They seemed to be the option that we would most likely be able to stick with: the perfect balance of convenience for mom & dad and comfort for baby, and we would only have to buy one set of diapers to last from newborn to toddler. Our first purchase was a medley of different kinds of AIOs, and then after looking them all over, we decided that the BumGenius diapers were the ones for us.

Like I said above, I also got over my aversion to the prefolds and covers, so we picked up a couple of those as well. They're much more economical, and you can sometimes use the cover for more than one wear. So after testing those out, they work just fine too, but when it comes time to change a diaper, I find myself grabbing the AIOs instead of the prefolds. They're not that much more work, but they are kind of a pain to rinse.

And speaking of rinsing, one tool we picked up that makes cloth diapering even more manageable is the mini sprayer. No toilet dunking for us!
So after a month of cloth diapering, I can happily say that: 1. we're still cloth diapering (and have yet to use a disposable), and 2. our baby seems to love them. It takes a little planning to make sure that she'll have a clean diaper to wear, which means we do a lot more laundry, but it's easy laundry. And best of all, she's just so cute with her big poufy cloth diaper bum!