Tuesday, July 28, 2009

gBabies

I started cloth diapering. Both the kids.

I know, I know. I’m conjuring up images of pins, poop and plastic pants, and while we can never get away from the…umm…poop, cloth diapering as we knew it, is no more. Google cloth diapers and you’ll find hundreds of websites selling several different types of fancy pants. It’s overwhelming. You’ll read terms like covers and liners and soakers and inserts and doublers. It’s enough to make your head spin, and as I mentioned here, I don’t have the mental capacity for that much head spinning.

And then, if you are brave enough to try cloth diapering, what if you buy the wrong kind? These new fangled cloth diapers are not cheap, and it's not as though you can return something like a diaper.

Still, for a few different reasons, I wanted to embark on this adventure. I knew that after we fronted the initial cost, we would be saving a significant amount of money every month (this was a huge selling point for my husband). I also recently learned that it takes up to 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose. 500 years? I wouldn’t say I’m super crunchy, but I do want to care for and respect the beautiful earth that God created for us.

The last and main reason for wanting to try cloth diapering is that here have been recent studies showing signs that the chlorine and other synthetic chemicals in diapers are contributing to fertility problems and certain types of cancer. There is not a ton of research out there due to the fact that disposable diapers haven’t been around that long, but can it really be healthy for our children to be sitting in chemicals for two to three years straight? Probably not, and when it comes to my children's health, I prefer to ere on the conservative side.

Ok, so I had all my reasons for wanting to try cloth diapering, but I was still stuck with the dilemma of which kind to use. Thankfully a dear friend came to my rescue.

My roomate from college starting using gdiapers for her new baby and she couldn't say enough about them. Gdiapers are actually a diaper hybrid. They have a cloth cover, a waterproof liner and a flushable insert that has all natural materials that can either be flushed or composted. The inserts are much better for the environment and much better for your baby's bum, which is awesome, but if you're worried about cost, it's actually a bit more expensive since the inserts cost just as much or more than disposables.

Not to fear.

Gdiapers now makes a reusable, ultra absorbent cloth insert. There are also a few other companies (which I used) that make inserts to fit gdiapers. I even found a tutorial on flickr that outlines how to make your own inserts. Sounds great, right? I'm not finished. The best part is that gdiapers has an incredible offer right now. Each diaper typically runs anywhere from $17-$19, but they just came out with an everyday g six pack for $70 and until July 31st (only 2 more days), if you use the code g836Forrest, you get an extra $30 off of the six pack. That brings the cost of each diaper to less than $7!!! Even if you're on the fence about trying cloth, at this price there wouldn't be much to lose.

I took the plunge and I love it. Seriously, love it. It's much easier than I thought it would be.

And just look at these cute rear ends...

Both Sy and Ivy are in a medium everyday little g stuffed with a rad rag (we love these) from punk rock padding. I also stuff the little g's with infant size unbleached indian prefolds. They are a bit more tedious since you have to fold them, but they fit perfectly in the little g's and are more economical than rad rags.

Oh, I love cloth diapering. I could go on and on, but it's late and I need sleep.

Goodnight.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Something to Look Forward To

About an hour ago, I was sitting on a chair, rocking Ivy and feeling bored. Sometimes the day to day brings such drudgery to my spirit. I love my husband, I love my kids, we're in a good situation, and my husband has a job that provides for our family. So what's the problem?

As I was sitting there, watching Ryan get ready to go to church and thinking about putting the kids to bed by myself, I flippantly said, "I need something to look forward to." Being a good pastor, he responded with, "Heaven."

Ok. This really ruffled my feathers. I wanted something in the here and now. Something I knew was coming soon. Something I could really look forward to.

But wait.

Shouldn't Heaven be what I look forward to most? When I'm away from my children, I long to see their faces, when I'm away from my husband, I long for his embrace. How much more should I long to see Jesus, my first love, face to face?

To gaze upon Him in all of His beauty and majesty.

Now that is something to look forward to.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bubber-Guy

I need to blog, but I don't want to. I guess it's not that I don't want to, it's just that by the time I sit down to write, all of my mental energy and capacity has been used up for the day. Mr. Sylas is most definitely two. This past month, my patience has been tried like no other time in my life. Everything is "no," and I'm continually amazed at the range of emotions he can express in a three minute time span. Yesterday, my favorite teacher in high school stopped over for a visit, and she told me that her husband said the year their oldest was two was the worst year of his life. I wouldn't go that far...yet...but I can understand where he's coming from. By the end of the day, I'm ready to pull my hair out.

That being said, I do love the wonder and discovery that comes with this age. While on our walk today, Sylas was enraptured by a beautiful yellow butterfly, or as he would say, "bubber-guy."

It's the little things.