Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cloth Diapers- DIY Style

For awhile I've been wanting to try Lily in cloth diapers, actually since before she was born. But due to all the moving around we were doing it just didn't work. I have, however, had the chance to do a lot of research! We already had some g-diaper outer pants and Conor and Shannon gave us a FuzziBunz AI2 diaper. Also, a friend gave us a whole stack of flat-fold-diapers (basically a huge cloth that you fold to fit what you need). In my research I found tutorials for making your own inserts that will work both in the g-pants and the FuzziBunz. The real bonus was I already had all of the materials, so the out of pocket cost is NIL.

I used fleece and a swaddle blanket. Cut both to fit into the g-diaper insert- aprox. 5"X16". Cut 3 layers of the fleece and 1 layer of the flannel blanket.

(John took the photo of me sewing, pretty good huh?)

Once all 4 layers were sewed together (rounded the corners to fit a bit more snug) I put the insert right into the snap-in-liner and popped the diaper right onto Lily!

Doesn't she look adorable with her little g-bum?

It needs a bit of tweaking, but I think we're getting there!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

One Particular Day...

Mornings are busy in our house. Since school started it has been a race to get everyone up, dressed, fed and out the door in time. To complicate matters, Jeff started working last week so now I have 2 lunches to make in the morning! Lily has been sleeping great (10 hours a couple times!) but wakes up early (6 or 6:30) which is actually good because I get quiet time with her to nurse before John gets up.
Typically- Lily was up at 6:30, John shortly thereafter. John watched PBS kids for a little while after inhaling a big bowl of cereal (he is growing, its like we can't feed him enough!). Lily nurses and then eats her solids around 8. I drink my coffee (I learned how to set the coffee timer so its ready when I get up!) and then I make lunches. Jeff sits with Lily (often catching up on email or ebay at the same time) and is out the door on his bike before 8. At some point John gets dressed, almost always by himself (yay!) I dress Lily- she has to eat her solids in just a diaper because food for her is a total sensory experience! And somehow I dress myself. By 8:40 John, Lily and I are packed in the car and on our way to school.

This morning was no different than other days, except for one thing. The car ride on our way to school. I hear "Hey Momma" from the backseat. "Yes, John?" "can you turn up the song?" We are listening to Jimmy Buffet's 'One Particular Harbor' and I hear John singing along. The lyrics are:

Ua pau te maitai no te fenua
Re zai noa ra te ora o te mitie

Which is Tahitian and translated means:
"Nature lives (life to nature),
Have pity for the Earth, (Love the Earth)"
"Bounty of the land is exhausted,
But there's still abundance on the sea."


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Twinkle Twinkle take 2

Twinkle Twinkle

I've been meaning to post this for a long time. John adores his sister and loved singing to her when she was tiny- Lily is under 3 weeks old here. I'm so glad I grabbed the camera and caught this (through my tears!)...


Lily is one talkative little girl, I wonder where she gets that from.... :)