Thursday, January 3, 2013

Prepping Diapers and Getting Ready

We finally have all of our diapers and I got to prep them this past weekend !

I've realized that we really need to get a drying rack :) But other than that it went well. I think everything is ready and I can't wait to get these dipes on Little Man's booty.

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This is everything prepped and ready to go. I practice folding on some of Buggy's dolls but I'm still pretty miserable at it :) The snappi is evading me. Also her dolls are either to big or too small to really practice, so I guess I just need to wait until baby boy is here to really get a handle on it.

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I've also finished setting up his little corner in our room. He will probably be in here with us for a couple months at least. Buggy was in our room for the first year so it might last as long as that. We have his diapers and wipes in the white shelving next to his pack n play. There is a wet bag hanging above the diapers that I am planning on emptying and washing each evening. We will see ! His pack n play also has a folding changer attached to the side so we should be able to do pretty much everything we need in here. The bottom drawer of my dresser is empty so I will probably keep a couple changes of clothes in there for middle of the night blow outs as well. I also have the bottom of my night stand cleaned out to store extra sheets and mattress pads for his pack n play.

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I also wanted to bring the pooh bear from his nursery set into this corner as well so we brought in one of his pooh blankets, a yard sale find, and I made this print to hang above his bed.

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I know I keep saying it, but I really can't wait to have Little Man here !

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Buggy Day !


Age: 3 Years, 2 Months

Buggy is doing really great :) 

She is in need of a hair cut, which we will get eventually. I'm not up to much running around these days with the watermelon sticking out in front. 

She is now only going to preschool twice a week, when I work on Monday and Friday. So far the transition has been pretty easy. She is fairly well behaved at home and when she isn't I can usually get her to take a break in her room and calm down and we make it through. She's started yelling and telling us what to do. That is what we are working on right now. She has ALWAYS been a spirited little one, so this isn't really new, just a new presentation of it. 

She is currently obsessed with watching Tangled. It's been her favorite movie as long as I can remember, but we never owned it before. We gave it to her for Christmas and we've watched it about 100 times since then. She is starting to tell us the lines ahead of time and cries at the end because she is so happy for them. It is adorable. Pretty soon we will have to stop spoiling her and put a television limit back on her, but once again it's easier to sit on the couch and cuddle while we watch Tangled with my giant belly. 

We had to rearrange her room to fit her Christmas presents and I will share photos of that soon. She loves it ! This is two of the reasons for the reorangizing, a new dollhouse and dress up rack:


Also she is amazing me more and more every day with the way she talks. She is like a little grown up in a three year old body that throws tantrums and needs naps <3 

Basically I love her more and more each day :) 

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year !

Happy New Year !! 

This year I get to meet my Little Man and we become a family of 4 !

 I am so excited to see what 2013 will bring to us :) 

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Monday, December 31, 2012

31 Weeks !

Me at Christmas, 30 1/2 Weeks ! 

How Far Along? 31 Weeks 

How Big Is Baby? Pineapple

Total Weight Gain/Loss? 7lbs

Maternity Clothes? Y.E.S. I spend most of my time in Maternity Yoga Pants and big shirts. Super Hot :) 

Sleep? Not sleeping at all :) I attempt a nap pretty much every day now ! 

Best Moment of The Week: Christmas with my family :) 

Movement? Still a bunch and getting pretty painful ! 

Food Cravings: Fruit ... and of course nothing is in season and it's all gah-ross. 

Food Aversions: None lately

Gender: BOY ! 

Labor Signs: Braxton hicks :(

Belly Button: In ... getting flatter though! 

What I Miss: Breathing ! Putting on Socks and Shoes without pain. 

What I'm Looking Forward To: The New Year ! 

Upcoming Appointments: Next Check up is 1/10

Milestones: Single Digit Weeks left ! I was measuring at 33 weeks at my 30 week appointment. 

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Our Cloth Stash !

I just placed our last pre-baby Cloth Diaper order! I am so excited to have our stash completed. Of course, I have no idea how the diapers I have chosen will work on Little Man, but I hope that they all work well. They are stinking adorable ! 

We did not do cloth with Buggy, so this is a completely new experience for us ! I have spent hours reading about cloth and I am so hopeful that this experience is a good one. My hubby has been on board and is very supportive, so I hope that he also likes using fluff after Little Man arrives. 

Now that I've finished stashing up I want to share with all of you what we are starting with. We will not be getting any newborn sized diapers. This is mostly because of our daughter. Buggy was 8lbs 7oz. I have been told by my doctor and midwife that 2nd babies are usually bigger and that brothers are usually bigger than sisters, so best guess we are looking at an 8 1/2 pound baby at least. This means that most newborn diapers would only fit him right for a couple pounds, if that. If he's smaller than expected when born, we will consider getting a few newborns to see what we think. 

Our Pre-Baby Stash: 

6 Bum Genius Freetime All In One's
(5 Snaps, 1 hook & loop)

bumGenius Freetime All-In-One One-Size Cloth Diaper
(Cotton Babies)

We bought these hoping that they will be good diapers for daycare (if they will do cloth for us) and also for family. I'm sure we will use them as well, but mainly I was willing to spend the extra money in hope that the other people in Little Man's life would be willing to Cloth Diaper him. I'm not expecting them to fit very well at first. Most of what I've read says that they start to work well size wise around 2 months. We will see !

 They retail for  $19.95 each or 6/$110.95.  We got these on sale 6/$92.50. 

5 Flip System One Size Diaper Covers
(All Snaps)

Flip: One-Size Diaper Cover
(Cotton Babies)

Pretty much everything I've read about these covers is positive. The deciding factor for me was that I can use it with the Flip System or with regular prefolds, which are cheaper. One of our covers came with one of the organic Flip inserts. I think we will probably end up buying more of the Flip inserts in the future.  

These covers retail for $13.95. We got our covers as seconds, so they were only 7$ each, which I am more than happy with. 

3 Econobum One-Size Cloth Diaper Covers
(As far as I know they are only available with snaps)

Econobum One-Size Cloth Diaper Cover
(Cotton Babies)

The Econobum system is advertised as an affordable cloth system. I agree that it is cheaper than other systems, and I considered using it as our only diapers for awhile, but the reviews I read were equally positive and negative. I wasn't willing to spend the money to build our stash with just Econobum if they ended up leaking on us. I decided to give them a shot when they went on sale with the seconds. I am going to use them with our prefolds. If I end up not being a fan, then I'm only out $15. If I end up really liking them they are a fairly cheap option and I will be glad to purchase more. 

These covers retail for $8.95. We purchased ours as seconds, so they were $4.95. 

28 Indian Prefolds
Infant Size

Indian Prefold Cloth Diapers
(Cotton Babies)

I decided on Indian over Chinese prefolds. It seemed to me that most of the information I found said that Chinese last longer, but Indian are softer and require less prep. For me, the cheap price of prefolds made me willing to replace them if need be at some point and I decided to go for the softer option. I did a little reading and decided to get the Infant size. We may or may not purchase some in larger sizes as time goes on. 

These prefolds are 1.50 each for an Infant Size. 

Snappis

Snappi Cloth Diaper Fastener 2-Pack

I ended up getting 2 sets of 2 snappis, or 4 snappis. I think we will purchase at least 2 more pretty soon after he is born, but I didn't want to get a ton if I find that we don't really need more than 4. I'm more concerned about losing or misplacing them honestly :) 

The snappi's were 5.75 for each set of 2. 

All in all we spent about 188$ for 262$ worth of diapers and I'm happy with them. We have about 36 diapers and I will probably purchase more here and there, but I'm hoping we are done for the most part.

We are not just doing cloth because of the cost aspect, but it does help. Cost wise for just the diapers I think we are doing really great so far. I figure we would spend 46.99 to get a package of 234 Pampers swaddlers on Amazon. This is the disposable we would have used (and still will when necessary.) That means that I will have spent more on disposables when I purchase the 5th box.  If Little Man averages about 10 diapers a day we would be looking at about 25 days if we stretch. That means that after 100 days or between 3-4 months I should be at what I've spent on cloth. We've also bought wet bags and cloth wipes as such and that does add to our cost, but we are still ending up ahead. 

I am so excited to get our last diapers and start prepping them !!! We will have a Little Man in them in about 9 weeks :) 

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Our Christmas Present !

We signed the lease on our new apartment October 31st. It was the best feeling in the world. I knew that I was going to love living here. It's a small little place with two bedrooms and a small yard out back. It also has two very important things that I absolutely was not willing to settle on: A Dishwasher and Washer/Dryer Hookups ! 

Josh and I have never had our own Washer and Dryer. We have shared with family while living with them and we have done the laundry mat/go to family's houses to do laundry thing. Neither is much fun. So, having the hookups in this apartment was amazing. Especially because our Rent is $50 under what we had budgeted and we love this place. 

If Josh and I would have bought our own Washer and Dryer we would have waited until we received our tax return next year. We usually get ours at the end of February. It would have been okay. We could have made it a few more months running to do laundry somewhere else, but there was a couple little things that made it a little inconvenient to wait.  

1st ... This little guy has the green light to arrive anytime after February 9th, when I hit the 37 week mark. I will gladly accept him deciding to come that early. Well really I'd rather he wait until the next day because my little brother's birthday is the 9th and I'd like him to get to keep his special day. 


2nd ... These little things are for his little bum and there is no way I'm cloth diapering without a Washer and Dryer. It just isn't happening folks. 

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So I convinced my wonderful hubby to give up whatever he had dreamed up of asking for as Christmas Gifts and instead we requested that everyone donate to our Washer and Dryer fund, and they all agreed. I think they were slightly dissapointed at not getting something a little more exciting, but it is honestly the most amazing gift I've ever been given. Bar none. 

So this year our amazing families are giving us these beauties: 


Josh and I picked them up last Sunday with my AMAZING Grandpa and paid for them out of pocket. We will reimburse our savings account in a few days with our Christmas money. I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be a little left over for us each to find something fun to splurge on as well. 

Monday night we did our very first load of laundry in our very first Washer and Dryer. 
It was heavenly ! 


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