Sunday, June 28, 2009

Crappy Weekend

I was so disappointed this weekend. Thursday night Jay went out of town to do some fishing overnight and then the plan was to pack up and spend a night out in the Whiteshell camping. I had planned our menu and ordered a sleep sack for Jordyn. The camping stuff was put together and ready to be thrown into the van for our quick trip.
And then it rained. And it rained, and rained, and rained, for 2 solid days. Oh but don't forget the wind. I guess we could have gone but I would much rather sit in my house doing nothing than sit in a tent doing nothing :p
So what did we do this weekend? We had a playdate and dinner with some friends on Friday evening. Saturday went for a pedicure with Carrie and ran some errands with Jay and the babies. Sunday the sun finally shone in between the clouds so we went for a bike ride this morning, did some more errands, washed diapers, went for another bike ride and finished a wedding.
I guess overall it wasn't really a horrible weekend... just not what I planned.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

RIP Michael Jackson

Today is a sad day... Michael Jackson suddenly and unexpectedly died. I grew up with his music and did the moonwalk in my basement with my friends and wore one glove. He was the king of pop and still is. Michael influenced the music and dance of today and will be greatly missed.
As much as all the creepy stories and news headlines were made he was still an incredible artist and should be respected and remembered for that.
RIP MJ your music will live in me always.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lessons on Cloth Diapering

I have been cloth diapering (cding) now for just over a year and would never go back. Along the way I have learned the benefits associated with all the different types and brands that are available. It is certainly overwhelming at first and that is why I wanted to write this post. People often ask what kind to get? With so many different options available I am a strong advocate of not having just one kind. I find that we use all our different types for different needs and times.
Having two in cloth at the same time has for sure saved us money. It is at first a daunting thought to have to spend so much money upfront. That would be my first words of advice. Don't think you have to shell out all at once for your whole stash. Start off small with only a couple at a time and work your way up to full time cding. That alone kept me from cloth diapering my first two. We seriously considered it however the salesperson scared me away with the $800 price tag.
Another way to save some money is to not hesitate to buy used. Most parents who choose to CD take great pride in their diapers and look after them very well. You may at first think that this is just totally disgusting but really what are the chances that you have hand me downs that another baby has pooped on? Probably quite high.

Let us move on to the different types of cloth diapers available.

Prefolds - Great for newborn as there are no sizes to have to worry about. This is a diaper that you fold the way you want. There are different options available. In the "old days" prefolds required pins however nowadays there are things called snappies that are wonderful or if you prefer you can just cover with a great wrap cover. Prefolds do require covers.

Fitteds - These are diapers that are more like a disposable in their fit and usually fasten with snaps or velcro. They still require a cover and a good fitted with a great cover could solve all your diapering needs.

Pockets - These are a favorite among many cders. The reasons are simple. They fit like a disposable and are usually not overly bulky. They dry super quick and you decide the absorbency by "stuffing" them with different types of absortbent fabrics. Microfibre is popular and so are prefolds. These diapers do not require covers.

All in Ones (aio) - The easiest choice of cloth diapering is an aio. It is just as it sounds and so it has the absorbency it needs as well as a cover built into it. These tend to take longer to dry however a lot of Dads really like these as they are the one step cloth diaper that is easy to put on and off.

Now of course there is the world of covers. As we have already learned covers are only needed for prefolds and fitteds. The variety of covers available is about as vast as the diapering choices themselves.
I have a little of everything for covers and again find them all useful for different times and needs.
The most popular diaper covers are a fabric called PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric) it provides a waterproof barrier that contains all wetness and messes a dipaer can create. These covers come in snaps and velcro. Some have gussets and others don't. Again the possibilities are endless.
Fleece covers are a great option and come in all sorts of adorable prints and patterns. Fleece is great for nighttime diapering and provides coverage that may seem damp but will wick moisture away from your baby's bottom.

Finally there is wool. Wool is wonderful and natural. It is completely breathable but does require a bit more care. This is another fibre that may not be completely waterproof but it does hold a lot of moisture.

Washing and Care

So now that we have a basic idea of what is available how do you wash and look after all of them?
I have had a no fail system with a cold rinse, hot wash and cold rinse method. I use minimal laundry soap and prefer to hang my diapers in the sun although of course in the winter have no choice but to use the dryer.
Wool covers I handwash and lanolize monthly and lay flat to dry.

Snaps vs Velcro debate

When I first started cding I had no idea why you would choose one over the other and then I firmly chose snaps with a toddler that could undo velcro and run around diaperless all the time. HOWEVER, now that I'm dealing with the squirmy baby stage of how quick can you get the diaper on before I'm off and running I'm really enjoying the velcro.
So with that being said I go back again to the idea that there are all sorts of benefits to all the different varieties available.

I hope that this post has answered some questions that some people have about cding and if you have any other questions that I may have not covered please leave a comment. Tips are also welcome because I'm certainly no pro and always love hearing back from readers.

I don't know exactly what it is but I LOVE hanging my laundry outside to dry. I love the fact that it takes less time in the sun and breeze then in my dryer. I love the natural bleaching the sun can do. I love that I'm saving energy and money. I love the look of all our stuff blowing in the breeze.
I'll never forget when I first started hanging our laundry on the new line Jayson put up for me and my neighbour rushed over to offer us her dryer (she thought our broke) :) Funniest look on her face when I told her that I wanted to do this and that our dryer was fine.
Sometimes it's just those real little things that can make me smile. I'm just waiting for my first experience with a bird though and I'm sure I won't be so smiley ;)

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Busy but Great Weekend

We had a super busy and activity filled weekend but it couldn't have been better.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Vacation Debate

With summer right around the corner it is high time to think about our summer holiday plans. We have always camped and enjoyed it. We have a nice big tent, a dining tent and a little dome tent for any extras. We have all the neccesities to make for a pleasant but "roughing it" experience. And then Jordyn was born ;) Because she was such a high need and colicky little thing there was no way I was camping last summer.
We rented a cabin and it was luxiourious. Now of course this year we are wondering which way to go. In one way I love the thought of camping and being all dirty and sitting by the campfire at night. However, I really like sleeping in a bed and not boiling water to wash dishes. If only we had enough time to do both. We could always pack up for a weekend here or there to camp but it is just sooo much work. Maybe if we didn't have to pack for an army it would be easier. Maybe my camping days are just done...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

New Backyard!!!

When we first moved into our home 2.5 years ago the backyard was okay but not great. We put in a sandbox and swing set for the kids and it had a little stone patio that was in pretty rough shape. The grass was okay but pretty uneven and then Jayson left the tent set up all summer one year and killed a big patch completely.
I was pleasantly surprised to come home from a wedding on Friday to see that a brand new deck had been built!
When I went to my wedding on Saturday the staining got done and today him and one of our friends dug up the whole backyard and laid new sod. It looks so wonderful and fresh and lovely. I can hardly wait to get some nice patio furniture and sit out there and enjoy a bar b que and drinks and friends :)

Friday, June 12, 2009

10 years already!

Today is the day I gave birth to my first baby Kianne Layne. I cannot believe that 10 years ago she was a tiny little 6lb 2oz helpless little girl. Today she is a smart, talented and beautiful girl who is full of life and smiles.
Here are some photos of my baby growing up.