February 28, 2009
Who knew there were so many options and products to consider in regards to cloth diapering?!
My cousin, Serena, spent several hours via facebook's instant messenger talking to me about cloth diapers. She told me about some of her favorite cloth diaper websites like cottonbabies.com, kellyscloset.com, and jilliansdrawers.com. I was reading terms and names that meant nothing to me! You see, cloth diaper people have a different lingo than the rest of us. Thankfully, one the websites has a Cloth Diaper 101 page which includes an explanation of common cloth diapering terms. This is a true story.
The following is an abridged version of the list and may cause your head to spin. You have my permission to skip this section as long as you look at the cute baby on the right.
- AIO - Common abbreviation for All In One diapers.
- Bummis - a brand of cloth diaper cover.
- Bumkins - a brand of diaper cover and an all-in-one.
- Cloth Diaper - A cloth diaper is a washable, reusable diaper made of any one (or several) types of fabric. A cloth diaper usually requires a cloth diaper cover.
- Contoured Diaper - it does not have elastic at the legs or waist.
- Chinese Prefold Diaper (also abbreviated CPF, UBCPF and IPF) - A flat diaper (thicker in the middle than it is on the sides) that comes in multiple absorbencies and sizes. This diaper is the foundation of an economical cloth diapering system.
- Diaper - the American word for nappy.
- DD ('sposies) - Disposable Diapers
- Diaper Cover - Cloth diaper covers come in all shapes, colors, fabrics and sizes. They are used to 'cover' up a cloth diaper and keep your baby's clothes dry.
- I(d)SO -In (dire) Search Of...
- Flat Diaper (flats) - A "flat" refers to a diaper that is typically 27"x27" square.
- Fitted Diaper (fitteds) - this has elastic at the legs and at the waist. It also has some type of closure to hold the diaper on the baby.
- FSOT - For sale or trade...
- Nappy - the European word for diaper
- Nylon Pants - styled similar to the traditional plastic diaper pants but are made of breathable nylon material.
- One size diaper (OS) - usually fits a child from birth up until about 30 or 35 pounds.
- Pocket Diaper - usually made of two layers of fabric sewn together to form a pocket for an absorbent insert.
- Plastic Pants - commonly used when I was a baby. They are made of vinyl, a material that releases dioxins when warmed. We do not recommend using plastic pants!
- UBCPF - Common abbreviation for an unbleached Chinese Prefold Diaper
- WAHM - This abbreviation is commonly used for "Work At Home Mom".
- Wool Soaker - basically a diaper cover made exclusively of wool.
Whew! That's over. Anyway... to sum up, we took the plunge and invested in cloth. Thank you, Serena and Amy, for your input and patience. Noah has been using them for about a week now and we like it. Noah has not told me that he likes them but I think that's because he doesn't talk yet. Just a guess.
We can now commence with more pictures of Noah sporting his new cloth diaper and covers.
Cuteness! Doesn't it make you want your own cloth diapers?
February 26, 2009
Noah wasn't feeling well Sunday morning so he and John stayed home. Nathan insisted that he wanted to go to church but by the end of the service he had fallen asleep. That just doesn't happen with Nathan. I took him home because he wanted his daddy then I delivered Josiah to Nona and Papa who were taking him to see Disney on Ice. (A fun time, I'm told.) Josiah and Noah are doing well in spite of little coughs.
When I got home Nathan was resting with John. That night John took Nathan downstairs and "slept" on the pull out sofa. Monday was full of more resting on the couch and on daddy. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights Nathan slept in our bed with me while John got a break and slept downstairs. The days and nights were full of holding, wiping snot, holding, crying, comforting, holding, taking to the potty, wiping snot, taking temperatures.... Did I mention holding and wiping snot?
It's a sweet time to be able to snuggle with our normally energetic and outgoing son; however, it's heart rending to see him feeling so badly. Our family is so used to getting over an illness after a day that this seems especially long. We're trying hard to find quality time with each other and our other boys.
Nathan has begun to eat more and move around. His temperature seems to be returning to normal even though his nose is still producing the same amount of snot. I think we can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
*cough, whimper, cough*
Oh no! Noah, please, let's not start the cycle again. Here, let me wipe your nose.
February 24, 2009
He doesn't have the energy so do anything but rest.
I miss his smiles.
Nathan loves to cuddle with Daddy.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“And He [Jesus] Himself is the propitiation [substitute] for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”
February 23, 2009
February 22, 2009
I explained a bit to him that he's the radio man and what the radio man does. John told him that the radio man calls for help. Josiah replied, "He's still going to die!"
February 21, 2009
- I remember her singing the tomato song with me on the swing on Grandma and Grandpa's back patio. "They liked it so much.. they liked it from the top of my head to-ma-toes"
- I remember her giving such big bear hugs that I really was afraid of the first hug I would get from her since she literally squeezed the air out of me.
- Sharon would always be ready to play a game with me. Jack and the Beanstalk and Hi Ho Cherry-O were a couple of the favorites when I was little.
- She sang a lot of songs with us and read a lot of books to us.
- I visited her in Indianapolis when I was little. I remember eating cereal with her. (She had the little trial size boxes. Very cool.) I also seem to remember her bathtub.
- I remember meeting Uncle Gene and how happy Sharon was to find her true love.
- It didn't snow that Christmas that we were all together. I remember Gene commenting that it was his first non-white Christmas.
- I remember being sad when Gene died and so sad for Aunt Sharon for being widowed after only a year.
- I was mortified when Sharon made a comment to me about me "becoming a young lady" and wondered who else knew about this!
- There was a time when I felt too old for Aunt Sharon to carry on about me. Aunt Carol relieved Micah and I from being the "babies" when she had Serena.
- When we played Flinch, it was dangerous to sit too close to Sharon since she really got into yelling, "FLINCH!!!".
- Sharon always loved little children and doted on mine whenever she had the chance.
- She was always good for a game of Scrabble.
- Sharon gave me a set of books: Little House on the Prairie. I loved those books. (I also named almost every gerbil I ever had Laura.)
- She was always taking the tabs off our pop cans even when we were still drinking them. She saved them for some fundraiser.
- My boys received a post card from her when she went to Africa.
- She was never afraid to make noise. :0)
Feel free to add your own memories about Sharon by commenting.
February 18, 2009
The cute thing he does when he's tired is to "stand" on his head. He puts his head on the floor while keeping his feet planted and his rear in the air. Hilarious! I'm determined to get a picture of him this way soon.
February 17, 2009
Instead of winking, he showed me another of his tricks. Spitting. I know, it's gross, but I find him adorable!
February 12, 2009
February 10, 2009
Nathan didn't buck "practicing going to the potty" nearly as much as I had feared. He didn't like to stop playing to go but we sang songs, blew spit bubbles, and more to keep the good times rolling. :0)
He's good at placing his training seat on the toilet and putting it away. He really likes to flush.
He knows that the toilet paper is supposed to fit in somewhere so Nathan pulls off a square and puts it in the toilet every time he gets up and, of course, flushes it down.
February 6, 2009
The SUV pulled away from our car presumably to get out of the way and pull to the side. Before we realized what was happening, he drove off! A man who was shoveling his driveway saw what happened and exclaimed, "He did NOT just do that!!"
Ernest, our witness, tried to see the license plate number but couldn't. John saw which street the SUV turned down and followed hoping to see where he may be. He returned without success. I waited by the side of the road hoping he would pull back around after some sense hit him. I did get to meet Ernest who is a fellow Steelers fan. He gave me his info so that he could be a witness for us.
We went home and called the police. Then we had to go to the police station to file a report. The only info we had on the other vehicle was a dark colored, small SUV driven by a white male, 40 to 60 years old.
We were not hurt. We have full coverage on our vehicle but now will be out the $250 deductible!
I will bake yummy chocolate chip cookies for whoever finds this guy!!
*noise* *more noise* *lots of noise*
I said, "Hey!"
Nathan replied, "I'm sorry. You farted!!"
There's something hilarious about fart sounds and it seems inherit to assign the sounds to someone else! I blame it on Grandpa.