Monday, February 28, 2011
Good for the Environment: This one's easy. Using cloth diapers means there will be less diapers in the landfills. This is not becoming a crazy hippie...it's just me going against the normal American idea of "easier is best" and "worry about the now, not the later." I know the choices I make now will have either a positive or negative impact on my child's future. Because of that, I want to make sure that future is a good one in any way I can. To me, this is one way.
Most Common Types of Cloth Diapers:
All-In-One: The easiest type. We love these! These have a waterproof cover, absorbent layers inside, and an inner lining sewn together.
Pocket Diaper: We love these as well! These are similar to the AIOs but have a pocket inside for inserts to customize absorbancy. These are great for sleeping through the night.
One Size: This diaper grows with your baby. It has several snaps on the front to adjust the fit so you can use the same diaper as your baby grows, often even through potty-training.
Brands I Love:
Fuzzibunz - http://www.fuzzibunz.com/
GroVia - http://www.gro-via.com/
Rumparooz - http://www.rumparooz.com/
Flip - http://www.flipdiapers.com/
My other big question in considering cloth was "will I be doing laundry every day now?" Not unless you want to. We own enough diapers to wash them every 3-4 days probably, however it's recommended to wash them every other day. We use a soap that is recommended for our diapers so they will last much longer. And how much water are we wasting? The amount of water used to wash the diapers is equal to 3-4 more toilet flushes, which Cohen will be doing when he is potty-trained. So, again, it's easy.
So to sum this blog up, I love cloth diapering. I now love talking about cloth diapering. I'm a believer. If you are interested I encourage you to research it for yourself. There's lots of helpful information out there. And I LOVE Green Bambino in OKC - http://www.green-bambino.com/. Check them out if you are interested in seeing these in person. They are a huge part of why I use cloth diapers. Thanks for reading!
In those first few weeks of being a parent of a newborn, we asked everyone we knew the golden question: "when does this get easier?" The general response was always 6-8 weeks. By 8 weeks, according to friends with babies, life will be somewhat normal again. And as any new parent would, I hated that answer. I kept asking and hoping that someone would tell me to give it a couple more days and that "what were we thinking" feeling would go away. Then I felt like a horrible parent for feeling that way. But the endless amount of diaper changes, bottles, and night cries were wearing me out, as I'm sure happens with every new parent. Cohen and I cried together as we struggled each day to figure each other out. It felt like life would never be the same.
Friday we celebrated Cohen's 8 week birthday in our house with the traditional week-of-growing picture and, as we did so, realized we were in fact looking at an 8 week old baby...and life had become easier. Ahh. Cries can often be decoded, I know when to expect the dreaded #2 diaper of the day, I can get a burp out of this hard-to-burp boy, and night cries are few and far between. He's still not a huge fan of the car seat, but he will go in willingly now. We've realized the need for reflux medicine so the days of fussiness from pain are over. Now, I'm not saying I'm ready to tackle Cohen's first sickness or anything else like that, but things are generally easier now. And I know that as soon as you get settled then something happens to shake things up. However, I praise God for each day being easier than the last, and the promise of easier days to come. The sweet coos and smiles our son blesses us with each day make life so much better than we could ever have imagined it to be with a baby. Praise God!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
It's amazing to see God's love for us in a new way. With this being Valentine's Day week I can't help but relect on God's love for us, and something my sweet friend Jana said the other day has been in my mind. She was talking about how her new baby girl will fuss and cry when she's hungry after waking from a nap. Jana will be in the other room making a bottle but her baby has no idea. She feels like mom has forgotten her and her needs won't be met. She is so worried and scared of such a thought and so she cries out to mom as loud as she can. Cohen and I go through this every day, multiple times a day. He realizes he's hungry and cries like it's the end of the world. I'm out of sight preparing a solution, but he doesn't see me. And even if he did he probably wouldn't understand what I'm doing at this age. This is so true with God. There are times we feel our needs aren't being met, or things just aren't going our way, and we cry out to God and there's no answer. Little do we know, he's in the next room making our bottle. The more I get to know our son the more I see God and His love for us. In those early days as a mom Cohen would cry and I would have no idea how to fix it. I would tell him, "if I knew what to do to fix things I would." And there may not have been anything wrong, he just got himself worked up. I would wish he would just stop crying and focusing on being upset and let me hold him, and then I could calm him down. What a great reminder to stop, take a moment, and let God hold us. There are so many times that if I would do that I wouldn't miss what God was trying to show me...or I would just be able to receive the peace that only comes from Him. Those frustrations that come with being a new parent keep reminding me of my relationship with my Heavenly parent.