The Beginnings of a Diaper Addiction

6 Jul

I became interested in cloth diapers about 3 or 4 months ago. I did tons of research on all the different kinds, priced everything out, and tried to convince Sweet Husband that cloth was the way to go, he was not keen on the idea in the least bit (and still isn’t). I finally got to try cloth about 2 months ago with a trial kit from Huckleberry Baby Shop. Although I was very grateful to be able to try a bunch of different kinds, I still felt there was more.

Fast forward to now, and I have several different types of diapers coming in the mail, most of which I have won, from other blogs and through Facebook. But I’m still looking for more. I want to explore the world of fitteds and wool covers, I want to learn to fold the perfect prefold and learn to use a Snappi properly. I want to find an ultra trim diaper to look slick under pants. I want to try out some All-in-two’s and hybrid diapers. I want to find the ultimate night-time solution so we can avoid chemical filled disposables all together. There is also the aspect of the perfect detergent, and the best wetbags. I haven’t even begun to explore the wonders of the diaper sprayer. Don’t forget cloth wipes, if you’re gonna use reuseable diapers you might as well go for the whole she-bang and try out the reuseable wipes too. I could litterally go on forever, but mostly I want to find the perfect fit for Sweet thing, find the perfect routine, and take millions of cute pictures of that fluffy butt!

I love cloth, and I feel an addiction growing!

Happy (late) Canada Day!

5 Jul

I love my Country!
But I don’t love going out late with Sweet Thing.
We stayed home with Sweet Husband and watched movies instead.
We still saw (part) of the fireworks from our house.
And that was just enough for me.
I’m not the biggest fan of big crowds, and people running into eachother.
I’m not a big fan of drunk people stumbling around me.
I’m not a fan of second-hand smoke for me, and most of all my daughter.
I AM a fan of fireworks, but not the noise and smell it creates.

Staying home and living where I live, I got the best experience of the night! YAY!

Happy Birthday Canada!

Admirer Monday

5 Jul

I’ve been featured in the #3 spot for Admirer Monday!

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I will follow anyone who follows me and leaves a comment!

Milestones

1 Jul

Sweet Thing has hit a bunch of milestones lately, including going from a sitting position to her knees, learning to wave, cutting her 1st tooth and her 2nd a few weeks later, her first word DADA, and now her first sign MORE.

We only just started signing less than a week ago, so this is extremely exciting. I haven’t had a real good chance to read the book, so I personally don’t know very many signs. But “MORE” is the sign I have been using the most, I use it after each cheerio and after a few bites of whatever is in her bowl.

This morning she got chunky-apple-saucy-something-er-other (some sort of cross between a puree and chunks of apple). Apparently she loved it because she signed for more after each bite. Of course the sign was not perfect. For those of you who don’t know the sign its kinda like when you make your hand look like the beak of a bird (or someone yapping) with both hands and you touch them together like they are kissing. That is the sign for “MORE”. So Sweet Thing’s version was kind of just putting her hands together.

And how I know that she was actually signing and not just playing? She never puts her hands together unless she is switching toys to the other hand. So to me it was pretty obvious. Of course I called Sweet Husband as soon as I saw her doing it. I think it’s important for him to feel included in the excitement even if he isn’t there at the exact moment. I think hearing the excitement in my voice over the phone, is the next best thing.

I’m so tossed up about my feelings. I’m so ecstatic when Sweet Thing learns something new, like to make noise when you tap her mouth or to pick up a cheerio with her forefinger and thumb, yet at the same time, It’s also sad. She isn’t a tiny baby anymore who sleeps through everything. She doesn’t need me to put my hand under her head when I pick her up. She’s getting so big and its absolutely amazing to see her grow and learn. I love seeing her bright eyes every morning ready for the day.

It’s the greatest accomplishment to see something you’ve created do such amazing things.

I feel the most overwhelming love when I look at that Sweet little girl.

Purple Princess

29 Jun

There are always photo contests going on on Facebook. I normally just upload a pic I’ve already taken. But yesterday I decided to take some new ones, and try to be a little artsy. The pictures turned out ok. Except for Sweet Thing squinting in every picture because of that darn sun that we wait around all year for, and then complain about when its in our eyes.

But I did something I don’t normally do. I photo-shopped them. I think they turned out pretty nice. I only did a couple to choose from for the contest, I really like them.
By the way Sweet Thing’s middle name is Violet, so I have an obsession for purple things for her. Doesn’t it suit her well?
By the way anyone who is a fan of the group Ottawa Cloth Diapers can vote for Sweet Thing.
Go here to like Ottawa Cloth Diapers and go here to “like” the photo.

Roasted Chicken and Pizza Hut

28 Jun

Last night I made a DELICIOUS roasted chicken with gravy, potatoes and beans. It was so good, Sweet Husband left before it was even ready to eat!
Hmm? Warm roasted chicken dinner?, or 23km mountain bike ride?
Needless to say Sweet Thing and I had a lovely dinner together, she ate her avocado and I had my chicken dinner. It was actually really nice eating such a fabulous meal with no other adult company.

To make it up to me, Sweet Husband told me Sunday was my day, we would do whatever I wanted to do. So knowing me he suggested we go to Nanaimo to do some shopping (read: WINDOW shopping). Although I did buy a pair of shorts because I am in desperate need of some summer clothes that fit my post-pregnancy three-sizes-bigger-than-normal butt.

I also got my wedding rings cleaned and inspected, and a new back for my diamond earing.

And after all of the exhaustion of walking mindlessly through the mall, we decided to go for lunch.
Pizza Hut was restaurant of choice. Sweet Thing got to sit in a restaurant high chair for the first time.
Oh she just looked like such a big girl!

Sweet Family looking up at the ugly ’80s style light fixture
Note: Sweet Thing’s Cheerios in a baggy. She loves her Cheerios!
Note: Sweet Husband’s shirt, that was his fathers day gift from Sweet Thing, her sweet little hand prints at 7 months old.
All in all it was a nice, relaxing day with the family.

"More" "Milk" "All Done"

27 Jun

We just borrowed a book from the library about Baby Sign Language(BSL). The book outlines how to start BSL for any age baby. It gives you cartoon illustrations for each sign to make it super easy to figure out. They also say that a baby that signs will have an IQ of an average of 12 points higher than non-signing children (not that it at all matters).

For me it’s about communicating, and also just adding another element of interest and fun into our day. I struggle quite often with finding things to occupy our day. Which really sucks because my daughter gets bored super fast.

So we are going to start off with some basics, adding them into everyday things, like making the sign for ‘milk’ when its time too nurse. Signing ‘more’ when she is done eating her last cheerio, and ‘all done’ when she’s had enough. Also some others like ‘changing’ when its diaper change time, or ‘dog’ when Ellie comes near. I think it’s going to be fun, especially when it clicks and she starts signing back.

This is the first book I found on the subjec when I went to the library, and I know there are many more, but this one seems to be doing the trick. Check them out here.

Anyone have any experience with BSL? Have any tips or tricks? I would love to hear them, Leave me a comment.