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Day 3 Flats and Hand washing Challenge

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I’ve learned a few things this week.

1. I really don’t mind hand washing diapers if I need to.
2. Long gloves are really needed!!
3. Double lined wet bags are kinda a pain to dry out. As well as cloth covers with PUL liners.
4. Thirsties Duo Wraps still totally rock!!!
5. I’m pretty sure children know when you’ve started the diaper wash and will immediately poop in their diaper!!

Today’s pictures show how I’m wringing as much water out of the flats and covers.

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I also thought I should post my washing routine.
I will first try to remove as much poop and dump in the toilet as I can. I then rinse the rest of the poop off in cold water. I then fill up my sink with cold water and unfold and submerge all the diapers. I swish and squeeze the flats until they are fully soaked. I then unplug and continue the swishing and squeezing until the water is clearer.

I turn on the hot water, plug the sink again and add my detergent. I’ve used a sample of BG detergent I got from our local GCDC. I just finished the sample packet today. I really don’t need that much detergent with just four flats and a couple covers.

I continue the swishing and squeezing for a bit. I then unplug the sink and start the warm water rinsing. This time I rinse and squeeze each one until the water runs clean. I do them together and individually as well.

I lay out a towel and roll then up in it to remove as much water as I can before hang drying them in the bathroom. I wish it was dryer out here. It’s been rainy and cold so no sunning for us so far.

After a full day at work and after making dinner this really hasn’t been to bad. I’m fortunate that Gavin only goes through 4 or so diapers a day. I truly feel I can do this on a weekend trip somewhere.

Keep watching for the rest of the weeks posts.

Happy flat fluff
Kelly

Where oh Where is Kelly?

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I have really slacked off on blogging lately. I am happy to say it is because I have been busy!

Another day another dollar

Work of course is always that. There is always a feast or famine going on there, but I enjoy helping moms and babies breastfeed. I am excited to say that I will be starting my WIC lactation rotations in on of our local hospitals starting in March. (as long as they don’t find another reason to delay it!) My new BFPC’sĀ are well incorporated in our clinic and we all work well together. So glad to be working with these group of ladies!

Growing in leaps and bounds

The kids are of course busy with school. The girl keeps me hopping with all her speech and debate tournaments and LATE night pick ups and early morning drop offs. But she is doing well. Going to districts with her Prose. Has placed numerous times at contests with her DI and her policy debates. So very proud of her. She is also maintaining straight A’s!! And this is with her honors classes as well. She has started driving me around town and taking drivers ed. I enjoy the chaffering, but I do look forward to getting my car back with my seat in the correct position. She is shorter than me and I always forget when I get in after she drives. *knees in chest* lol

The oldest is gearing up for graduation and I am so not ready for that in the least. He has decided that the military is not for him, I am undecided about that, but I do know he has to do this on his own. I look at each holiday as my last one with him, but I have to remind myself, it isn’t the last one, he’s just moving on. Growing his wings and taking flight, but I am not ready for him to do that yet!

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He and G are such good buds he made this his profile picture on Facebook. Brotherly love! šŸ™‚

J & J are running everywhere. After we moved they got their own bedrooms and the fighting has reduced drastically, but of course they are so close in age and Big J is the youngest in his class he feels he needs to boss Little J around.

G is growing so fast and he’s discovering his voice it’s hard to believe he was just crawling this time last year.

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Boy’s first hair cut.

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Back!

He is toddling around everywhere and telling us all about it and taking names! I am just waiting for him to start saying complete sentences.Ā  He has his friends at day care he loves going to and spending time with. Loves his Mrs Lori and Mr Bobby.

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The diaper bank is doing well. We had another purchase of diapers for the bank and we are currently helping 6 families with 2 graduates!!! We are waiting on the shipmentĀ of the Econobums to help the families on our waiting list.

We will be participating in the Great Cloth Diaper Change April 20 and have hosted 2 Cloth 101 classes at a local health food store. They are so glad to have us there and are happy to help us. We hope to have a good fundraiser at the GCDC and raise a little more to help more families. The word is out and moms are getting the help they need. Love doing this.

We will have our official website in the coming month! My amazing friend Brit has offered to develop, design and host our very own dot org!! This is so cool. Lisa and I are going to have nice photos taken of us and the boys to have on our site.

We also were interviewed by a reporter for a new local magazine, From the Nest. They focus on momenterpreneurs. We are excited for that and are working on photos for that as well!

So that is how my life if going in 700 words or less!

Stay warm!
~Kelly

It’s been a month! I’m sorry

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Oh my goodness! It’s been a month since I posted! I have been so distracted. I love writing here, but I haven’t been able to get to my computer lately. So I’m posting from my phone. Not a bad thing but typing with my thumbs is not the easiest thing. Needless to say I’m just checking in with all of u.

I have been busy with the kiddos, work and getting things going with the diaper bank.

We had a great women’s expo and received enough in donations and selling bracelets to order 11 cases of econobums from Cottonbabies. We also helped our first family this month. As soon as we get the econobums we will be able to finally get things going. I plan to meet with a news woman and talking about it with her as well. We have received requests to help with volunteering as well. It’s moving right along.

Kids are doing well at school. All got their first report cards and the reports are good! Gearing up for all of the senior year stuff is a lot to deal with but he’s excited as well. On a school ski trip this week with only a minor fall.

I promise to post a longer post soon! Thanks for following me.

I’m still here!

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Hello my followers! I am still here and I still have lots to share. I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. (that’s an image huh?)

Little man is turning 1 soon, the kiddos are getting ready to start back to school and the oldest will be a senior so I am dealing with all that goes with that! Yikes! When did he grow up?

Also at work we have been interviewing for new peer counselors, planning for World Breastfeeding Week, planning a doctor/nurse conference in the end of August, ordering end of year supplies and overall just treading water trying to keep a float.

I just wanted to share with you all I am still here and I am working on a few posts.

Future topics are:

I breastfeed! I know shocker!

Gavin is 1 and I have a Senior! When did that happen?

Do you have other suggestions you want me to write about? I love ideas and it helps get my creative juices flowing!

Thanks again for following and stay tuned for more to come!

~ Kelly

“Did you do the second wash on the diapers?”

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“Did you do the second wash on the diapers?”

This an every other day question in our family. Diaper wash. Never thought I would be asking my husband or kids that. I guess I should explain more.

We have five kids, ages 17 yrs to 10 months. We did not cloth diaper with our older four. I thought about it for the youngest, but I didn’t think I was cut out for it.Ā I was a SAHM mom, but the thought of washing diapers seemed overwhelming. As it does to anyone that has never clothed.

After deciding to have another Evans baby I thought about it again. My family has become more conscious of the environment in the recent years and have started being a whole lot more “Crunchy” as I call us. I suggested it to Mike and he made the comment that he didn’t know about it and maybe we could use the diapers that biodegrade instead. I looked into them and found them to be not too much more than a package of Huggies, so I thought, Okay. I put them on my baby registry and never thought about it again.

My best friend had her baby a year before I did and this was her first and she decided to cloth. She got all the prefolds, covers and pockets that goes with it. She loves them and offered me her smaller diapers to try while I was on maternity leave. I planned to take 8 weeks off and I thought I could keep up on the laundry enough while I was on leave.

Well little man, who wasn’t so little mind you!, was born and I came home and started with the disposable diapers I had received as gifts. I had posted on Facebook about a week after he was born, that if anyone wanted myĀ Huggies for PampersĀ I would be happy to swap as he had leaked through three outfits in one day!!! Lisa made a comment on my post, “Why aren’t you using the cloth??” Honestly I had sort of forgotten and was still scared. She had given me and my fellow prego friend lessons while we were both pregnant on how to do it and how to wash etc. I wasn’t sure.

Well I gave in and I FELL IN LOVE WITH THEM!!!! I mean really! How could a diaper be this cool? My friend had loaned me the newborn prefolds and infant prefolds from Green Mountain and someĀ Thirsties covers. Gavin never fit into the newborn diapers!! I mean come on he was 9 lbs and 7 oz. By his 5 day appointment he was already 9 lbs 9 oz. So when I started a week later he had to be well over 10 lbs. Whew!

Britt, here is where you come in

Well since I decided to cloth I have found a new addiction, Baby StealsĀ and Baby Half Off. Did you know they have deals daily and twice daily for Baby Steals? Holy crap! This was dangerous. Needless to say Mike now watches for PayPal transactions on the account like a hawk! Lol. But I got some cool diapers and then I found online. My friend down the street saw I was cloth diapering and wanted to get me a baby gift. Her sister-in-law had just opened a cloth diaper store in SW Florida and asked what I would like. I got giddy! An actual store! So Cool!

I bookmarked her web site and kept “window shopping”, this is putting things in the shopping cart and coming back later. Bippy Diapers posted on her Facebook page a WAHM was looking for testers for her pocket diapers. I was all over that! I neededĀ pocket diapers for my baby sitter and I thought Mike would like the pocket diapers better, turns out later NOPE! He loves the prefolds. So I contacted the owner of Nelly’s Nappies and it was on! I only had to pay for the material and shipping and wait my turn. I was so excited! My very own first personal made diaper!

Well I LOVED them as well! I have many Nelly’s Nappies and even though she is no longer in business, we have developed a wonderful friendship and text each other daily! Hugs, Britt!

Back to the laundry

So back to the laundry part. I had to convince Mike this was the right thing for us. While on maternity leave I learned some facts about disposable diapers. All the crap that is in them, how long to takes for them to break down (500 years they think! This means that not a single disposable diaper has broken down since their inception!)

So I shared this with Mike. He had told me he was going to use the disposable when he was home with Gavin. (Daddy is home with him on his days off and Gavin goes to an amazing baby sitter on other days and she uses my cloth!) Well I told him about the disposable diapers never breaking down and well we didn’t have any in the house. I had sold or given away all the ones I got as gifts.

Okay then, guess we are officially cloth diapering! I showed him how to do it to make sure the breast milk poop didnt’ get out, where to put them until wash time, and how to wash them because at the time we only had 24 prefolds so we did laundry everyday.

I have to admit I had it good! My best friend loaned me all her diapers till the most recent size, and we have spent only about $100 or so on diapers so far.Ā  Mike brags to his friends how Gavin has never had a rash and how it really isn’t so hard. Now he does admit diaper wash isn’t all that fun, but all it he has to do is dump the pail and liner into the wash and get them started. We have discovered what works best for us is once cold wash and then one hot wash with detergent, line dry the covers and sometimes sun the prefolds, otherwise rest in the dryer. I often add clothes and towels in the second wash just to keep up with the rest of the laundry.

It’s time for the poop

Now that Gavin is now eating solid foods on a regular basis, poopy diapers are a new adventure. We mainly do the dump or swish. Okay, I do the swish, but even Kylee will dump if it is solid enough. I approached Mike about a diaper sprayer thinking this was the end of the cloth and he asked how much or how to? We decided we will install our own, but still haven’t gotten the parts yet. I am thinking this will be happening very soon.

Family Support

I am so proud of Mike and the kids. We have kept the smell to a minimum and even my parents and his parents are supportiveĀ of it. My sister-in-law thought we would only do it for a little while, but now asks me about them. My niece who is pregnant with the first great grand baby on my husband’s side is asking me about them. I might have “crunched” my in-laws!

We wash our diapers every other day at home and have a small trash can in the downstairs bathroom for diapers. We use wet bags when we go out and about and even for travel we cloth. I have not convinced the family that cloth wipes are worth it, but I am okay with that. (I know Megan, I would love them!)

I am proud to say we cloth and I find myself looking at other babies to see if that mom cloths. My best friend and I are starting a cloth diaper bank in our area very soon and we hope someday to open our own cloth diaper store. There are not any locally and we know there is a need for one! More on that in another post! šŸ™‚

Happy cloth!

~Kelly

 

Is it Friday yet?

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How many times have you found yourself asking this question? Why is Friday really any better than any other day of the week? I mean it is still a work day. I still have to get up and get out the door on time. I still am at work and everything, but for some reason this day is just so much better. My husband jokes and calls Fridays, “the adult version of Christmas!”

Is it Friday or Christmas?

I work full time and so does my husband. He worksĀ  nights as a police officer so his Fridays vary week to week. But oh the magic of a Friday! It’s the last day of the work week. I often save a certian outfit for Fridays. It’s like if I make it easier to get ready in the moring for my Friday the whole day feels better. I often will not pack a lunch on Fridays and go out with friends on our lunch hour. (El Maguey anyone?) It is such a special day. We talk about anything and everything and we enjoy each other without kiddos or husbands. I often think my husband is a bit jealous of this fact. The day moves in a different way. Don’t get me wrong, issues do come up and problems to happen, but because it is Friday we can get through it. So I guess you could call it Christmas!!! We still have things to do on Christmas, opening of presents, cleaning up, making the meals, but for some reason it’s all better because it is Christmas. I guess that is why I love Fridays! It’s Christmas every week for me!!

“All the nipples are falling off!”

No for some reason my clients do not always get the same message about Fridays. šŸ˜¦ We have a joke amoung the breastfeeding staff at my office “It’s Friday at 4:30, all the nipples are falling off!!!” Now really people the nipples are not falling off, but as soon as you say that things are going well, you just basically said “All the nipples are falling off!” Please don’t test my theory. I am sure some one will complain, but it’s our way of dealing with the day! I am so lucky and thankful for my amazing Boob Squad girls to help out our breastfeeding moms! You guys know who you are! It is a good team that works well and don’t mess with us!

Is is Friday yet?

So for that very fact, Is it Friday yet? What makes your Friday work? Lunch with friends? Easy wardrobe? Nipples not falling off? Enjoy your day!