Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Life...

I'm probably about due for an update on life. I haven't really felt like saying much because, well, I don't really feel like I have anything super exciting or upbeat to say.

Life is in one of those lonely, stressful seasons right now. I'm missing the love and support of close friends and family. I'm overwhelmed with raising a two year old, nonetheless while I am pregnant. I'm scared and anxious about adding another baby to our family and really just want someone to tell me they completely understand and have been there too, and not just give me the "Don't worry you'll do just fine" speech. I'm impatient from waiting to find out if we'll be moving soon. Tired of struggling to get by. I wish I could ease the stress and pressure my husband feels right now. Wish we could hire someone to finish our house so he could rest.

I need a little sunshine in my life. Some encouraging words and someone to pray with me. And boy do I need someone to bend over and mop my floors! The fact that I already can't touch my toes is not very amusing to me when I still have 4 months until baby arrives... I am carrying SO low this time. I painted my own toes the day before I had Anthony :)

I feel a little better now getting all of that out. Sorry to be such a downer for everyone else. I'm sure my next post will be much more positive. My sewing machine is in the shop right now, and I'm looking forward to getting it back and finishing some projects (without wanting to throw it out the window).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Homemade Cloth Diapers: Take 1




Here it is. My first homemade cloth diaper using all the correct materials. What do you think? It turned out just how it was suppose to, which is always good, but there are some things about it I'm not a huge fan of. So, now I'm going to start making some changes. My first change: the soaker. As you can see in the second picture, the soaker snaps into the diaper so it can be removed when washed and speed up drying time. All I can think about though is that in order to pull it out, you have to touch whatever is inside the diaper. Gross!!! I am going to try to adapt this tutorial for making a pocket diaper to work with the pattern I have. The pocket is on the outside of the diaper, which I think means less contact with the not so pleasant things. My second change will be trying out Velcro along the top instead of snaps. The snaps are easy to put on and very secure, but not at all fast if you're trying to diaper a wiggly baby. Also, when the diaper is in the largest size, there are two snaps left to dig into baby's skin. I can't imagine that to be comfortable!

Well, Anthony's napping, so I'm off to start diaper #2.

PS- I am able to get 10 diapers per yard, not the 6 to 8 I was thinking. Woohoo!!!

It's a BOY!!!


Despite what everyone thought, we will be welcoming another little boy into our home the middle of January. I actually wanted another boy, but I was so sure it was going to be a girl that I was shocked to hear the ultrasound tech say boy. I will try and upload the pics later. Everything looked good though. The Dr. did say something about the umbilical cord and placenta... I think that the cord was attached to the middle. She said it's nothing to worry about, but they're going to do another ultrasound next month. A little confused on that one.

Now we just have the fun part of choosing a name; we don't agree on a single one. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Today's the day...

...we find out if we'll be welcoming a little girl or boy into our family! Appointment is at 3:30 and I'm getting rather anxious. Please pray for my bladder as I fill it full of water... trying not to think about that part!

On another note, I have officially begun "nesting." I had Tony pull down all of the baby clothes yesterday to sort and repack into storage bins. Yes it may seem crazy to have done it yesterday being my ultrasound is today, but I just HAD to do it. We are definitely set if we have another boy. I have 90 gallons worth of boy clothes from newborn to 12 month. A little overboard if you ask me, but 99% of it was given to us. The tricky thing though is that Anthony was born in June and this baby will be born in January. All of Anthony's newborn clothes are cute little shorts, t-shirts, and rompers. Probably not practical when it's below zero. Maybe we are not as set as I think!Now here are the things that I would consider "gender neutral." You'll notice the bin is much smaller and half of it is filled with blankets, burp rags, lap pads, etc. But really... how gender neutral is yellow and green. I think boy for both of these, unless there's pink somewhere on them. We'll see how many of these I actually use if it's a girl.The highlight of sorting all of these was watching Anthony try and put on his newborn clothes, shoes, socks, and hats. I can't believe I didn't take a picture of him all "dressed" up! And I can't believe he was ever so small!!!

We'll I'll be back later to post the outcome and some new ultrasound pics...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Bumbleride Stroller Giveaway


I can't believe this is being given away for free! Boy do I hope I win this, especially since Anthony's jogging stroller just decided it's out of commission. Check it out at the Best Baby Products Carnival over at Thrifty and Chic.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I think I may be crazy...

Ever since we found out we were expecting again, Tony and I have been "joking" about using cloth diapers this time around to save some money. Although I know cloth diapers have come along way since I was in them, I still could only picture the white cloth folded up with diaper pins properly placed. You know, like these ones:


I started to do some looking into them, out of curiosity, and was amazed at how many cute and practical options are out there. And expensive! I know in the long run cloth ends up being cheaper than disposable, but seriously. Who has an extra $500 laying around for diapers with everything else you need to buy Especially when you still have to pay an arm and a leg to actually give birth to the baby. I kept doing some research though and found a lot of patterns out there for making your own. So this past weekend, I bought a pattern from Junktique at Etsy, and materials to try it out. (I actually had to improvise on some of the fabrics and notions... apparently you can't buy most of what was needed in a store) I was pretty impressed with how they turned out, and so was my hubby, so... I've decided on making my own. I ordered enough supplies today to start out with 6. They'll run me about $8-9 per diaper. Much cheaper than the $19 bumgenius diapers I'd been considering. Once I hit 30, I'll be done. Here's a picture of what they'll look like. I am going to make some slight modifications from the original pattern, but they'll still look about the same. I think I may be crazy...