Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hello Fall

Goodbye summer.

This was a very busy, beautiful, wonderful summer. Some highlights:
  • Sweet Pea eating fresh berries and beans from our garden on a near-daily basis
  • camping in a 2-person tent with Glen and Sweet Pea, Average and me all on one air mattress
  • watching the meteor shower with good friends
  • Garrison Keillor's live show
  • canoeing with Sweet Pea, Average, my brother, and his girlfriend
  • getting the patio cover put up
  • eating vegetables that we grew
  • pickling green beans
  • making applesauce with our own apples
  • blueberry picking
  • my 10-year high school reunion
  • Sweet Pea moving into a twin bed
  • swimming in the Pistol River, my home river
  • running the half marathon
  • running the Warrior Dash
  • swimming at the pool and getting chastised by the lifeguard because my independent daughter would not stay within reach of me. She is a runner!
  • Sweet Pea learning sooo many words! Including: cup, lid, airplane, kitty cat, I want, running, water (wawas), milk (milp), nummies, yes, and so many more. She can now pretty much repeat anything we say to her.
Here are a few more photos from this summer.




Next up, for the fall, I have lots more on my mind to do and experience.
  • carving pumpkins
  • visiting the corn maze
  • overnight rafting trip with my dad
  • Sweet Pea learning to use the potty
  • more doula work
  • painting the living room, dining room, and kitchen
  • trips to the beach
  • planting a winter garden, for the first time ever
  • a Thanksgiving Day race
  • Thanksgiving at our house!
I would love to write about it all, but find myself with no time left in my day after I work for 6 hours as a teacher, try to keep my household running, exercise, keep in touch with friends, take care of the dog, and read other people's blogs. How do other working moms do it? Now that I am in the swing of school, I am going to try to do one blog post per week on a weekday, and one on the weekend. That should be manageable, right?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Flip Diaper

I recently bought a new type of diaper for Sweet Pea. It is the Flip diaper, and it is exactly what I would have designed if I had been asked to make a new diaper. It is a two-part system, with a shell that can be used through many changes, and three options for your absorbent insert. I chose the "stay dry" insert, which is microfiber on one side (do not put this side against your baby's skin!) and thin wicking fleece on the other side.


The reasons this is the diaper I have been looking for:
  • one-size to grow with the baby
  • snapping cover so Sweet Pea can't remove it herself!
  • stay-dry insert keeps my sensitive-skin baby rash free
  • less laundry because the shell can be used through several diaper changes
The diaper shell can also be used with an organic cotton insert, or a disposable insert, but I haven't tried those options. I also read in the reviews that some people are using these shells with pre-folds and other inserts they already had, with good success.

Average wasn't super impressed with this diaper the first time he tried it because poo did get on the shell, so it didn't last through multiple changes. But, nothing escaped from the diaper itself! I have also heard of people not loving the covers because they feel fairly thin. We haven't had any leak problems though and they seem to be holding up through wash after wash.

While the inserts are more expensive than prefolds, (the stay-dry are $4.95 each), I am very happy with the wicking properties because Sweet Pea tends to get a rash whenever we use cotton for more than a couple of changes. Our local baby store also carries these diapers in stock, and recently had the inserts on sale. We really don't need to add more diapers to our stash right now, but I am tempted to buy more just because I like these!