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Whenever a newly pregnant woman tells someone that they are planning on cloth diapering their baby, they are inevitably met with the same response: a disbelieving smirk. Trust me on this one, I have been on the receiving end of this very annoying gaze more times than I care to count for almost a year now.

At first, I was on the fence about cloth diapering; mainly because of the common perception that disposables are so much easier that has completely pervaded our culture. Then I actually researched it.

Modern cloth diapering is really very simple, especially for the first six months if the baby is exclusively breastfed. My hubby jokes that breastmilk poo is this magical substance. Supposedly, it doesn’t smell bad and it completely dissolves in water, making it safe to just throw the dirty diapers into the washing machine. As to the smell, it’s not horrible, but I find it funny that sweet smelling breastmilk poo is listed often as a benefit of breastfeeding. I can, however, attest to the fact that it does seem to magically disappear in the washing machine.

Once I found out about this magical disappearing act, I was sold. I figured that even if I only use cloth diapers for the first six months, that is still saving the world from at least a thousand dirty disposables in the landfills.

So far, I have been completely happy with the results. We haven’t had one case of diaper rash, which judging from all the diaper rash advertisements, seems like a national epidemic. I also haven’t had to send hubby out at 2:00 am because we ran out of diapers. All this and the cloth diapers these days work the same as disposables, meaning no pins and very few leaks (certainly no more than we have had the few times that we’ve used disposables).

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Welcome Little Joey

I know that I’ve been sadly remiss on this blog. We welcomed our new little boy in late December, and I have had my hands full. The last trimester and the first three months of his life have been quite a whirlwind, and I hadn’t been feeling all that new old-fashioned-y.

I’ve settled into my new role as a new old-fashioned mama though, and am now ready to get back on the horse. Albeit, at a somewhat slower pace than I used to. I am planning on writing about once a week, child permitting.

I am throughly enjoying motherhood, and I believe that Little Joey is throughly enjoying babyhood. He is a great kid. He has slept well (for an infant), he is very interested in his surroundings, and he loves chatting with us. I can’t wait to watch him learn to crawl, talk, and run.

I feel so blessed!

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A Couple Firsts

Yesterday, a friend that I taught to knit awhile back returned the favor by teaching me how to crochet.  I’ve been wanting to learn how for a while, but couldn’t figure out on my own how to do it so that it actually looked good.  Of course I had to rip out everything that I worked on yesterday after the tutorial and start afresh today, but I think that I’ve gotten the hang of it.  I’m pleased at how even I’ve been able to get the stitches.

This project is also another first, the first thing that I have started to make for baby.  It is going to be a pair of royal purple baby booties with little lime green toes and ankles.  I’m going to felt them so that they are nice and warm for my winter baby.  The nice thing I am finding about making baby stuff, as opposed to adult sizes, is that it goes so much quicker.

Baby's first handmade baby booties

Baby's first handmade baby booties

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