Wednesday, March 30, 2011
A note on Rockin Green...I was using Tide Free & Clear for months on my dipes, then my sis let me try some of her Rockin' Green. They advertise themselves as being a detergent that rinses clean. Since I was having such a problem with getting all the detergent out, I decided to give it a try. After only 2 washes, I noticed such a difference in the softness of my diapers. With the Tide, they were a bit stiff, but with Rockin' Green they come out super-soft every wash. I HIGHLY recommend it! I buy mine here. They even have special formulas for extra hard or extra soft water, but when it doubt, start with the Classic Rock which is a good middle-of-the-road detergent.
If you look, my solid color ones are fastened with Velcro, and the multi-colored one has snaps. Again, it's all in preference. Velcro does wear out, which is something to consider. Another vocabulary lesson: gussets are the extra piece of elastic lined fabric that is sewn in around the part that goes around the thigh. See the picture below:Gussets help with holding in the moisture. I don't suggest covers that don't have gussets.
Dealing with the Dirty Diapers
There's two options: a wet pail, and a dry pail. I use a wet pail. I have a 5 gallon bucket that I put Oxi-Clean and water in, and throw the dirty diapers and covers in there to soak until I'm ready to wash them. I highly recommend a wet pail if you'll be washing with a front-loader like I do. Also, please keep the wet pail somewhere out of a children's reach. Think: drowning hazard. A dry pail is done by using a wet bag (fabric bag lined in PUL) or an actual covered bin. A bit of tea tree oil in the pail keeps the smells inside.
How to wash them just depends on who you talk to. I suggest you really research yourself on what type of detergent to use. However, every CD mom will tell you a few of the same things on what to do: 1. Do NOT use a detergent with fragrance and stuff, because it contains soap. I don't know why that's bad, but I know it is. I think it messes with the absorbency of the diapers. 2. Do NOT use fabric softener...also messes with absorbency. 3. Do NOT dry your covers in the dryer - always line dry them. The heat will, over time, ruin the PUL layer and they wont be waterproof anymore. 4. If you have Velcro covers, make sure the Velcro is fastened so you don't make a diaper chain in your washer. I had to learn this the hard way, and also messed with the gussets on one of my covers and had to throw it away. It was a sad day.
There is much controversy on whether or not there are any regular store-bought detergents that are ok for CD's. But, there are lots of CD-specific detergents, so when in doubt, those are always a safe choice since they're designed for CD's.
For info on washing CD's in a front loader, check out my separate post on that subject.
Other CD things to consider that I don't think I'm knowledgeable enough to give my opinion on: *cloth wipes *disposable liners *fitted diapers *diaper services (Doesn't save you much money-if any-but is still good for the environment compared to disposables.)
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
As you can see by the burp cloth on the desk, the giant piece of cake I was about to indulge in (the weight loss is really going well,) and the goofy face my husband is making, we've made the desks feel right at home. We had to rearrange our whole half of the living room for them, but it looks ten times better than it did before with a very unorganized bookshelf and sewing table as a desk.
Since being diligent with my Bible studying every morning, I've acquired quite the stack of books that had made permanent residence on my microwave (right next to the Windex, apparently) since I was studying at the kitchen table. I am so excited to have an actual desk to study at that is comfortable, roomy, and my books can stay there so they're convenient during studying. So, aside from the computer being on the one desk, Greg and I each have our own desks. I have informed him that a MacBook would be a wonderful accessory on my desk, though. It's been nice to sit at each of them in the evening after the kids have gone to bed. Even though he's playing a computer game, I'm clipping coupons, and not much talking is done, we're still close by each other.
So thank you, Lord, for blessing us with nice furniture once again! But just FYI...
we're still holding out for a new coffee table!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
He is doing wonderfully with school. I can't believe how smart he is. I have posted pictures of his name that he wrote by himself. He still needs reminders of how to write the letters sometimes, but he knows how to spell it all on his own. We write is name like "Hunter" but we were out and about the other day and saw it written as "HUNTER." He didn't know what it said, but after I asked him what each letter was, he smiled and said it was his name. He can tell you what each capital letter is, and there's only about 4-5 lower case letters that we're working on recognizing every time. He gets the usual tough ones mixed up like b and d, and because I am teaching him D'Nealian (which is a loopy-ish style of writing to make the transition from printing to cursive easier) he gets i and j mixed up sometimes too. However, he's not even 3 and a half, so I'd say we're still doing really well. He knows all the basic colors and shapes. Now we're working on the weird ones like gold, silver, hexagon and octagon. He can also count to 39.
We're teaching him to pray during our bedtime prayers. We ask him if he wants to thank God for anything. His answer is always "for mommy, daddy, Hunter, Kylee, and Bella" (Bella is our dog.) Last night though, I asked him if he wanted to thank God for anything else. His list became so long that I went and got my journal that I use for Bible study so we could write down his prayer list like I told him I do. His list was (in addition to the usual): Food, specifically marshmallow sandwiches (thanks Keri!); pasta; m&m's; his toys, specifically his trucks, train track, race track and cars; and Bella's toys. It was such a sweet time as we prayed, because he started to say his thanks even without repeating me since he had made the list. I'm thankful for this so he can begin to understand that we can thank God for whatever we want and talk to Him about anything. :)
My baby boy is getting so big. We have conversations about so many things, and he really is like a sponge with information we give him! It's so fun to be the one to teach him about everything from God to nature!
Monday, March 21, 2011
She got her immunizations too but she actually did great with them.
She's such a little sweetie pie, but she's definitely got a personality. She loves being upright so she can look around, and she let's you know if she's unhappy with the position you have her in. She's very particular.
She smiles when she's well-rested and in a good mood and I love her cooing too. We're still waiting on a laugh and rolling over will be a little while too.
She is healthy though and doing wonderfully! We're so thankful for our addition to the family. :)
Monday, March 14, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
I printed out this picture...
and I originally hung it on my bathroom mirror. Then about a week of it not helping at all, I decided I needed it to be visible when I'm grabbing for ice cream, not face wash.
So I hung it on the fridge. Right next to the freezer handle. Take that, Edy's!
Every time I look at it, I can't believe how thin I was! Look at this!(Ok, ok. I'm done posting photos of my better-weight days.)
But the weight I was then is my current goal weight. I know it's possible. I have pictures to prove it.
I still can't go out and run like I want to because I'm still having physical issues I'm trying to work through.
But hanging the picture in the kitchen has at least kept me from eating a lot of junk that I probably would've otherwise consumed had the picture not been there.
So until I can do some hardcore exercise again like I want, at least eating less (and more healthy) is a good start.
Size 6 jeans, here I come!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
So, that's where we are. No pee (or poop) accidents. He doesn't necessarily like doing it, but he does it anyway. And hopefully he'll decide that just going and getting a prize is way better than holding it...
I just bought the huge $30 box of diapers from Target for him about a week ago (go figure) but hopefully we have enough to last us through nighttimes until he's fully trained and I won't have to buy any more size 6's!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Today the author directed me to 1 Corinthians 13. (While the tools I learn from this book will allow me to read anything in the Bible and study it, she directs the reader to certain passages in the beginning to help us get used to studying.)
The Lord definitely spoke to me today through this passage, and it was so exciting. I thought I was incapable of studying the Bible because I didn't know how, but it was awesome to have heard Him this morning, and I wanted to share it.
As you may know, this chapter is "the love chapter" of the Bible. It talks about what love is, and if I don't have love, I am nothing. My faith, my testimony, my witnessing is nothing without love. I need to love every one as Jesus does so they can see Him through me. It was clear to me, though, that with how perfect this love is, it can only come from God. The definition of love in the back of my Bible is this: wanting good to come to another person; being concerned and willing to work for another person's benefit. The flesh is incapable of love like this. I can only do this with His help. He will be loving others through me. I need His help to love like this so that the world can see, feel, and know His love.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
This past Saturday, Greg and I had our first date since becoming parents of two children. Our good friends, Ruben and Christy, were willing to brave both of them (along with their own 10-month-old) and Greg and I were able to go out to dinner for a belated Valentine's Day. While I was showering, Greg told me he was going out to buy transmission fluid and was gone before I could ask, "why now?" I thought it was odd that he HAD to run out Saturday afternoon for trans fluid being that his new transmission wasn't being delivered until Tuesday, but I didn't question it...until he was gone over 45 minutes. Advance Auto is literally right at the corner. It then occurred to me what was going on. ;)
He came home with a card and these...
I don't have much that fits me in my current state and I wanted to dress up and look nice for Greg. Earlier in the week, I scored this dress for $15 at Kohl's!
We went to a seafood restaurant recommended by a friend called "One Fish, Two Fish." (Thanks Debra!) It's right on the water which is really pretty. Unfortunately it was a cold evening though, so we didn't get to enjoy the water outdoors. Even still, we had a wonderful dinner and a wonderful date. It was great to get out, just the two of us. I love Greg so much and still love the opportunity to get alone time with him (especially with how little that happens!)
Typically, clean up time at the end of the day is a fight with Hunter. We're lucky if we get it done with only a few fits thrown, but sometimes, he throws a ton. It's a dreaded time for all of us.
The article was written by a mother of three, so she has way more hands to help than I do, but I adapted it for us. I set my phone timer for two minutes (or a little more if I feel we need it,) Hunter gets to press the big green button (which is a highlight of the game for him) and we race the timer to clean the living room. He cleans up his toys and I clean up my mess from the day too. In two minutes, we have a clean room, a happy toddler, and a sane mommy - I love it!