Spring has sprung!

Haven’t had much time to update lately, but things have been going well around here. Toby rolled over for the first time a week ago! I think it was just because he was a little off balance, and he seemed pretty alarmed by it. Of course, there hasn’t been a repeat yet, but since he spends a lot of time on his tummy, I”m sure it will happen in good time.
We’ve been getting out for walks with all the nice weather (not counting this past sunday, of course), and the sunshine is wonderful. It’s doing wonders for my mood and I think Toby likes it too. I’ve been trying him out in our umbrella stroller, since we’ll be taking that birding in May when we go to Canada over Mother’s day weekend. He does great in it. He really likes to be outside!
The newest thing here is that I’ve been looking into cloth diapering for the past month or so. We got some things to try from Scott’s sister, who used cloth with her first child; my mom also had some diapers that she used with me (!). Cloth diapering has come a LONG way since I was a baby. We are trying to see if we like it before we invest in it, since it can be a big outlay of money at the beginning. There are all kinds of options, we’ve been using the traditional folded diapers with a cover (which is now velcro, like a disposable, not the old rubber pants). I”m pleasantly surprised by how easy it is. I think that we’ll really be able to do this. Even the extra laundry isn’t a big deal. We get a lot of “why?” when I talk about this, and the main reason is our trash. Since we recycle and compost, our trash is about 70% diapers! If we can use cloth, even just at home, it will be a big difference in how much we’re throwing out. This week I”m going to look into getting a couple of “all in one” diapers to try them out…these look just like a disposable except you wash them instead of throwing them out. There is a lot of controversy over cloth, because with the water use and energy consumption some people say it is just as bad as disposables….but with summer we may be able to cut down on some of that by drying them outside in the sunshine. In the “too much info” category, I haven’t had to deal with a…well…number two cloth yet. We’ll see how that goes. If we decide to do this we’ll invest in a sprayer attachment for our toilet, which will help cut down on the “ick” factor in that department. Toby seems to be non plussed by the whole affair, except that there is some added bulk that he’s getting used to. If we switch to All in one diapers, that will be cut down considerably, so that may make him happier.
Toby had some vaccinations last week, which made him a little punky for a day or so, but he’s back to normal now. Since we went to the health department, I don’t know how much he weighs, we’ll have to wait for his next physical on May 8 to check that out. I’m sure he’s close to 20 pounds, though. He feels bulky. 🙂
We’re off for lunch today with some friends, so though there is more to write about, it will have to wait. Get out and enjoy the sunshine.

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One Response to “Spring has sprung!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    cloth diapers

    Great to hear you are trying it out. it’s a good way to find out what you like. Some stores offer a trial pack to rent, that maybe a good way to see what style will work for you. One thing to consider about all in ones is they can take a long time to dry. If and quick and easy diaper change is what you like about them check into pocket diapers, same ease of use with a quicker drying time! It’s a good idea to talk to a cloth diapering consultant, they can help you figure out what will work the best with your family and lifestyle, and having a system that works for you will make all the difference.

    Laura
    http://www.valleyclothdiapers.ca

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