Tuesday, June 21, 2011

cloth.

From the beginning, Jay and I have been using cloth diapers on Jonah.  This was not something I would have even considered a year ago.  Like most people, when I thought about cloth diapers, I thought about the diaper cloths my grandmother used.  I pictured someone scrubbing nasty stains and fumbling with safety pins.  Then I read a post about cloth diapering that made me stop and do my research.  Sherry and John are two of my favorite bloggers over at www.younghouselove.com.  They use cloth diapers.  They were not born in a previous century.  They seem practical.  They are not hippie-dippie.  They seem normal.  They wrote a very in-depth entry giving their readers a real look into cloth diapering (read that here).  After I read it, I thought, "Could I really do this???"

Jay came home and I made him read the article and the other research I had found.  He was on board right away, simply because of all the money we would end up saving.  We are not really environmentally conscious kind of people.  But we are VERY thrifty and my husband will do practically anything to save a dime.  

I read reviews of BumGenius diapers, FuzziBunz, G-Diapers, and many others.  We ended up going with the FuzziBunz One Size Pocket Diaper (website here) simply because we had a gift card to Amazon and that is the brand Amazon sells.  We are so thankful we took the plunge and made the investment!  The cost upfront is about $200 for 12 diapers (I know that seems outrageous).  But when you compare that the fact that most families spend about $70 per month on diapers, which ends up being at least $1680 in the course of the baby's diapering days, I figure we're making our money back and then some!  We still use disposable diapers when we are traveling or taking the baby to the church nursery.  But now when I use them I feel like I am just throwing money in the trash can along with the diaper!

As for the logistics of our cloth diapers, let's just say they have come a long way since the folding and safety-pinning days.  Ours have adjustable elastics on the inside waistband, the front of the leg opening and the back of the leg opening.  There are also snaps going all the way across the front.  This allows us to adjust the diapers as Jonah gets older, so they will fit him all the way through potty-training.  They have a padded cloth insert that goes into a pocket in the diaper to absorb everything.  We were able to get them in fun, bright colors that are great for Jonah, but will also work if we have a baby girl one day.

My biggest fear was how clean the diapers would be.  After 5 months, our diapers still look brand new!  I would not be embarrassed to show them to anyone.  When I change Jonah, I take off the diaper, pull out the insert, and put both parts in a plastic bin that has a trash bag inside.  After all the diapers are dirty, I take the trash bag and dump everything in the washer.  I run a pre-wash cycle on hot without detergent, which only takes about 4 minutes.  Then I put in a "free and clear" detergent and run a normal cycle on hot.  After that, everything gets put into the dryer on low or delicate (they dry VERY quickly) and then we're good to go!  

We have loved the FuzziBunz diapers.  They are adorable and completely worth it.  I know some people think we are nuts, but we're ok with that!  We will definitely continue using these with Jonah and then again with our next babies! 


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

3:23

A couple of weeks ago, I was reading my Bible and a verse that I've read about a hundred times suddenly stuck out to me. (Isn't it amazing that the Word is LIVING and is fresh every time???) 

Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men."

After reading this, I sat wondering, "Am I really doing my work 'heartily'??"  I think this verse can apply in so many areas of my life.  The most obvious is that I am a stay-at-home mom.  It's easy to get slack when it's just Jonah and me at home by ourselves every day.  I take pride in our house, but there are certain jobs I HATE doing (folding laundry and sweeping floors are the death of me).  Housework becomes monotonous VERY quickly.  And it doesn't help that Jay probably wouldn't notice if I just stopped doing housework for a month!

When I am procrastinating or wishing a certain chore would just go away, I remind myself that this is my work.  And if I am devoting my work to the Lord, I want Him to be pleased.  Yes, I want to please Jay, but pleasing God is even more important (and a greater motivator).  This verse also applies in our marriage relationship, in my role as a pastor's wife, and in my responsibility as a parent.  Several times a day I find myself saying, "Am I cleaning this bathroom/dusting/picking up the BEST that I can?"  "Am I showing Jonah the love that God would want me to show him?"  "Did my words glorify God in that conversation with so-and-so?"  "Did I put Jay's wants above my own?"  I am trying to find joy in striving to please God and my husband by taking pride in this new life of mine. There will always be obstacles to overcome and sacrifices I will have to make, but this verse has given me a little jolt of motivation to consider my motives and my heart.  I pray I will challenge myself to "work heartily, as for the Lord."

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Best Appetizer Ever!

My dad, who is an amazing cook, introduced this appetizer to us a few years back.  I make it to take to parties all the time... people request it now!  As you can tell from the ingredients, it's not exactly fat free, but trust me- it's worth it!

Swiss Cheesy Bacon Goodness (my own name for it!)

8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
8 oz. of cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup mayonaise
2 t. dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup smoked almonds, chopped (you can buy them already smoked, in the aisle with other nuts)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine everything except almonds in mixing bowl.  Put in shallow casserole dish.  Bake until golden and bubbly.  Sprinkle chopped almonds on top right before serving.  Serve with fancy crackers or pita chips.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ah, the Joys of Parenting

Since we've started Jonah on rice cereal, his digestive system has changed.  Good news: he doesn't poop as often.  Bad news: HOLYCOWWHATISTHATSMELLDIDTHATREALLYJUSTCOMEOUTOFMYBABY.  Seriously. Before now, this solely breast-fed baby's dirty diapers were actually pleasant.  Nothing to be afraid of.  And honestly, they didn't even have a bad smell.  Nothing the cloth diapers couldn't handle.  All that changed about a week after the cereal.

Jonah does his major diaper dirtying almost always during the day, so Jay rarely has to change one because he's at work.  I've tried to tell him how horrible they are now, but there are just no words to describe it!  This evening I went out to run an errand and left Jay with Jonah.  The minute I walked through the door, Jay came barreling around the corner and our conversation went something like this:

Jay: Why haven't you answered your phone??!!!  We've had a real emergency!  I'm not kidding. I didn't know what to do.

Taylor: What??  I didn't hear it ring.  What's going on? 

Jay: I think something's wrong with Jonah.  Something has to be wrong.  He had a MAJOR poop and I promise, you've never seen anything like it.  Seriously.  It was so gross that I didn't know what to do with it.  Believe me, you've never seen one like this.

Taylor: Babe, I know how nasty they are!  I'm here changing them all the time! What do you mean, you didn't know what to do with it??

Jay: I saved it for you to see.  It's sitting on the changing table. I couldn't deal with it.

Taylor: Seriously??? Uh-uh, no way.  That one's yours- you were the one who was here.  It's all yours.

From there, Jay made me go look at it (while we're both holding our breath) and tried to convince me I should deal with it (rinsing it out because it's not disposable) because I already have EXPERIENCE.  Real sweet, huh?  And yes, he gave in and handled it like a real man. :) Looking forward to many more lovely diapers to come!