Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cloth Diapering

***Disclaimer*** Poop and pee will be written about, if this is too much for you, you’ve been warned.

Okay, I know what you're thinking... cloth diapering? Seriously? But really, I LOVE it! And it's really not as gross and complicated as you think.

First off, when I say cloth diapers most think of the flat diapers that you have to fold and use safety pins that our mothers used 20+ years ago (yes, those are still out there, but I don't use them). I, however, think of this:
BumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diaper in "moonbeam"

It looks like a disposable diaper except it's in a bright color, and you wash and reuse it.

There are many different types of cloth diapers out there, different brands, different styles… etc. When I was looking into cloth diapering I did a lot of research about what would work best for our family… (I read this post from a great blog that helped me a lot.) I actually bought a few Fuzzibunz brand diapers before my Jonah Bear arrived. But as it turned out, my little man was actually little! The Fuzzibunz didn’t quite fit him well, so I sold them, and bought BumGenius which I love. This post will mostly be about my experience with our BumGenius 4.0 Snap diapers.

Money Savings:

I truly enjoy using cloth diapers. Yeah, the environmental benefits are nice, but what really sold me on cloth diapers is the money savings. The average family spends about $3,000 on disposable diapers on one child assuming they potty train early. That is a TON of money! It cost me less than $300 for 12 BumGenius 4.0 diapers that will "grow" with Jonah as he grows. So I don't have to buy more cloth diapers when he gets bigger:
These snaps alter the diaper to grow with your child.
Another perk is that I can use these same 12 cloth diapers for every child that Justin and I have (Justin informed me we will have three…). Think about how much money is saved! We save even more money because we have an energy efficient washer/dryer.

The Dirty Truth:

Most people I have talked to about cloth diapering freak out with the idea of washing the diapers. "Doesn't your washing machine get dirty?" "Isn't it really gross?" "Doesn't it take a lot of extra time?"

Nope, Nope, and Nope! My washing machine doesn't get dirty. Does yours get dirty when you wash your clothes? And think about it, every kid eventually poops, pees, and spits up of every item of clothing they and you have. How is washing those clothes any different from washing cloth diapers? And if it really creeps you out, they have detergent to wash your machine.

As for the gross factor, Jonah is still exclusively breastfeeding, so it's really not that gross yet... honestly it's not much different than pee. (Perk about breastfeeding: the poop doesn't have a very strong smell.) And if it gets bad later on, there is this rice paper stuff you can put in the diaper to... umm... "collect" the goodies and you can just throw that away and wash the diaper.

Time isn't really an issue either. Yes, it helps that I'm a stay-at-home mama, but it only takes an extra five minutes plus time in the washing machine every day and a half to two days. All I have to do it separate the absorbent liners from the diaper, throw them in the machine, wash, dry, and re-stuff the diapers. (If that sounds like too much work, they do have diapers that are "all-in-ones" that don't involve any stuffing, but they take a little longer to dry.)
Cloth diaper inside. The white material has a "wicking property" that moves moisture from the child's skin to the absorbent liner. Which makes for little to no diaper rash.

Absorbent liners. Left is the normal liner and on the right are newborn liners.
More Good News

I was worried in the beginning that Jonah wouldn’t like the cloth diapers… I was silly to worry. He can’t tell the difference!

Since using cloth diapers we have had only 3 “blow-outs;” verses using disposable diapers when we had a major blow-out (not exaggerating) at least every two days, if not more. Another nice thing is that Jonah would constantly soak though the disposable diapers, that has yet to happen with cloth diapers.

I choose this particular style of cloth diapers because babysitters or nursery workers don’t have to change anything they do. It isn’t any different for them except they put the dirty diaper in a wet bag I have in the diaper bag instead of throwing it away. It’s also super easy for the hubby.

As you can tell, I love cloth diapering. I hope this blog post got you thinking, and if you have ANY questions, I would be thrilled to answer them! Just send me an email at todaysmodernhousewife@gmail.com or comment on this post below.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Date "Night"

Last Wednesday Justin texted me from work and asked if it was possible to get a babysitter for Jonah for sometime on Saturday. He wanted to take me to a movie; our first date/ time for just the two of us since Jonah has been born (over 3.5 months ago). I was thrilled at first, got the most recommended babysitter from our church, bought the tickets, started to tidy up the house, etc.

Then Saturday comes. I started to lose it; funny heart beating, tears, the whole deal. This was the first time I was going to leave my baby with a sitter! However, we already bought the tickets, so I did my best to suck it up and go on a date with my hubby (what a hardship, I know)! We saw the matinee showing of "The Hunger Games". It was pretty good. Of course not as good as the books, but still they did a decent job.

After the movie we jumped back in the car, and got home as soon as we could. Jonah did great, the babysitter said he was a good boy. I hugged him for a long time, and he acted like I never left. So all things considered, date "night" (even though it was afternoon) was a success. We will probably do it again soon.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Motherhood

People say that having a baby changes everything. While I know that now to be true, I'm still shocked at myself now and then.

At this moment I'm surprised at the silly things I get great joy from... Jonah being able to hold his head up on his own, his adorable smiles, the funny way he stretches when he wakes up from a nap , realizing I wake up the same way, watching him hug a toy or suck his thumb, even diapers (cloth ones).

I knew my life would change with a baby. I expected the sleepless nights, the staying home more, and the "lovely" stretch marks. I didn't expect to be so comfortable with it all.

Justin and I didn't live a crazy or party lifestyle before Jonah, but we still thought that Jonah would just fit right into our lifestyle instead of what really happened: changing our lifestyle to fit Jonah. But you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way.

I love seeing how fatherhood has changed my husband as well. He was an incredible hubby before Jonah, but to see what an amazing Dad he is... I can't even describe how blessed I feel.

Blessings; I am so very blessed, a wonderful husband, and a sweet baby boy. Does life get much better?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Picture Dump

I have so many pictures of my sweet little man on my iPhone right that I've decided just to post a few of them.

Enjoy!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Simply Fun Day

Yesterday Jonah and I had a pretty fun day. The morning was pretty low key with just chilling at home like we normally do. But in the afternoon Jo and I went to a local cupcake shop and met up with the MOMS club in our area. It was so nice to talk to grown-ups and not worry about Jo interrupting with a dirty diaper or crying... all the moms understood and even helped! Also, the pina colada cupcake I had was pretty nice too.

I forgot to take a picture of my cupcake, but this one looks very similar!

When we were done socializing, we went home to find Justin home too! So Justin watched the little man while I did a little shopping! (It dawned on me this week that all of my nice clothes are maternity clothes...)

When I got home we loaded up the kiddo and went to Wednesday night church. It had been a long time since I had gone because I was uncomfortable about Jo being in nursery. But mama had to get over it... it was time. Jonah loved it! He was basically just spoiled rotten by the lovely nursery worker for an hour and a half.

By time we got home it was Jonah's bed time so I fed him, and then he went right to sleep. Then Justin and I got a little alone time.

Overall it was a simple day, but one of the best days I have had in a while.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Jonah's Dedication Weekend

Last Sunday we dedicated our little Jonah Bear to the Lord. It was a very sweet service, and we had a bunch of family come down from up North to be there!

The weekend started with my Dad, Step-mom, and brother coming down Friday, my Mum and Step-dad on Saturday, and then Justin's parents and grandparents on Sunday. My family stayed until Tuesday when they traveled back home.

It was super busy, but a lot of fun. Here are a few photos from the weekend.
Jonah with Uncle Adam

Grandpa and Step-grandma Leslie

Jonah enjoying the ball Grandma Wendy gave him.
Another major development this past weekend: WE BOUGHT A HOME (pending inspection...)! Yep! All that house searching, and trusting God, and we found a lovely place! I'll be posting much more once everything is final. We are super excited.

Three Months Old

My little Jonah Bear is three months old today!
He's getting so big! Justin and I weighed him tonight and he is up to 10.24 pounds! He just keeps getting longer and longer... so long in fact that he doesn't fit in his 3 month pajamas anymore. He has no problem filling out his 3 month onesies. According to the pediatrician, Jonah is 5% for weight and 25% for height. (Still trying to figure out how Justin and I made a tiny baby...)

As for diapers, he is in cloth diapers now! I LOVE using cloth diapers, I'll be posting about it a little later.

He still eats every 3 hours (or sometimes a little sooner) during the day, and every 4.5 to 5 hours during the night. He's made it a few 6 hour stretches here and there. (He usually only wakes up once during the night to eat.) I'm looking forward to when he sleeps though the night. I hope it's soon.

His big milestones this past month are holding his head up by himself, and throwing toys. He got a ball from Grandma Wendy and he loves it. He's slowly getting bored of his gym. I'm not sure what toy will entertain him next.

My happy boy!

Laughing at Mama.
I love you Jonah Bear!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tornados 2012


Yep, we had Tornadoes again this year, and they were bad again. This year they hit even closer to our house.

It's funny how having a baby changes everything. Including how you view Tornadoes. Last year I was pregnant with Jonah. This year I was hiding from the crazy storms with him. Thankfully our whole family is safe. However, this year, hiding in the main floor bathroom didn't seem safe enough... because I had him to think about.

Finding a new home with a basement is suddenly very important...