Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
I got knocked up. I had a SUPER hippy friend I worked with and we started talking about the effect of diapers on the environment and our dumps, as human feces were not intended to be put into our landfills. I started searching the net and found some really cheap and easy cloth diapers at Babies R Us. After some more searching I found the DiaperPin.com and looked up some reviews. I was really happy with pocket dipes and that is what I went for.
We had a large number of pocket diapers called Wonderoos. They were a little expensive but a one-size diaper so we didn't need to get new sizes with the growing of the baby and therefore would spend less overall. Not really true but that is what we believed.
After Nick was about 2 I started looking at Diaperswappers and found a whole world of other diapers out there as we had always had a leaking problem with Wonderoos. We started getting some used fitteds and really liked Little Beetle brand as they are extremely absorbant and trim fitting under clothes.
After I got knocked up again I started looking into it more and found wool options. I got some and LOVED it! So great for Nick at night and for once he didn't leak during the night as he did with every other diaper including disposables. Wool was the way to go. We ordered mainly Little Beetles and other fitteds and wool - specifically Celtic Wolf Creations, by far the best wool out there for a wrap. There are also Longies - crocheted or knitted pants, Shorties - crocheted or knitted shorts, Merino wool - a wrap or shorts or pants in a cotton type of cover. The great thing about Little Beetles is they have fit both Nick and Alex at the same time and that was awesome! Alex can still fit in them and will for a very long time and then I can re-sell them to regain some of the money.
We have been really happy but now the Little Beetles have started to fall apart in our really strong washer and I have tried other fitteds and loved them, such as Bizzy Bee Hive diapers, Peewells, Little Fishey and First Class. All have been excellent and I specifically enjoy Peewells and Bizzy Bee Hive. They are rare on Diaperswappers but worth it if you can find a deal. I am in between on wool or PUL but have pros and cons with both, leaning more towards PUL right now.
(FYI: PUL - outside waterproof material, Polyester Urethane Layer; Aplix - velcro; Snaps - snapping closure - I think I named some of these wrong in the videos)
*Please excuse the twig and berries!*
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I also got some prefolds - a larger size of what I had before - Indian unbleached DSQ and I am expecting some Dream-Eze diapers and some Motherease covers this week. Woo Hoo!!
So now I am selling some of my old stuff and it is so much fun. There is a lot of interest and I am making some good money. Not if you do the actual math of how much I spent, but I choose not to look at it like that. I am sure if we had used disposables it would have been much more!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
So I am not trying to be a downer but a lot has happened lately. My boss decided to close the firm since we can't get our bills paid from our #1 client (90k outstanding) and since he is not in great health and therefore can't get insurance - life insurance, disability or just plain old health insurance, we have to close shop. I personally believe it is more his wife's choice, but what difference does it make. He is moving to Tallahassee to work for Citizens at the end of the month. Soooo, I am out to look for some attorneys who will pay me on a monthly basis to work from home. I know the attorneys are out there, I just have to find them! So we are crazy busy with transferring files and finishing up the basics on everything.
(Carrying roughly 50 lbs. and walking two dogs!)
On the upside, I only have about 10 more pounds to lose to get all of the baby-weight gone. So I went for a walk today with the girls. I usually put Nick in a backpack and push Alex in the stroller, but I am desperate now. I threw Alex in my Mai-Tai carrier and Nick on my back and huffed and sweat all the way around the block. Now I just need to do some sit-ups and I will be all set for the night.
I also got to talk to my Mom tonight which was great. We had a wonderful adult conversation and it was really pleasant. She actually has a lot going on right now and I am really proud of her!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Sydney Sims lives in Brandon, Florida and is a friend of the Mayhews. Sydney has a very aggressive form of Neuroblastoma, she’s relapsed twice. Her body rejects the most effective form of treatment for kids like her. A new treatment has been offered up as a chance, a chance that would raise her odds from 20% to 60%....that’s from 20% to 60% that she’ll LIVE. Now, if that was your child, what would you do for that extra 40% chance? To get this this drug manufactured will take 3-5 million dollars! Would you let a measly 3 million dollars stand between your child and a treatment that could save her life? I think not!
Sydney’s dad, Kevin Sims, is gathering with other Neuroblastoma dads from across the world to band together and fight for this treatment. In September, they are taking the Lonliest Road. They will be biking from California to Washington D.C. as a way to raise awareness, raise money for this treatment, to give their kids a fighting chance, and to give hope to all the kids out there. Please keep this group in your prayers, check out the website they’ve set up at www.loneliestroad.org. Support them in any way you can, if it’s a donation, if it’s an email of prayer and support, if it’s connecting them with someone who you think would be interested in sponsoring their efforts….just take a minute and do it. If you’re thinking, I can’t afford it….if it was your child, wouldn’t each and every precious dollar count?
Monday, August 13, 2007
American POWs in Korea, Sixteen Personal Accounts
Nationally acclaimed as the Worst Book EVER!
So I just got done reading this book after reading a ton of war books lately. This was HORRIBLE! It could have easily been written by a 13 year old boy who doesn't like to read! I can now describe the basics of the Korean war but I honestly have very few facts to base my information off of. I thought the last book I read was bad, that was perfection in comparison. I am going to have to search the library to find a new Korean War book that is better written and factual so that I can be truthful and know what I am talking about! So, if by chance, you are looking for a great book on the Koren War or the POWs thereof, don't read this one! (of course I finished it, what am I, a quiter? - and it was short!)
(Seriously, all this guy did was publish some letters from POWs that were scattered in thought and not collaberated by facts in any way shape or form. At the end of each chapter was a "Helpful Information" section that still had nothing to do with the individual's account of their time in a Korean POW camp. Although interesting stories, poorly executed).
So that is the end of my rant, on to more interesting stuff:
Is Alex actually getting bigger than Nick? At a doctor's appointment earlier in the week he was about 18.5 lbs. Nick is almost 28! Seriously I am gettig an awesome workout carrying them at the same time!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Jeff is the middle child. His father married, had two boys and a girl, divorced, married again and had three boys, divorced, married again and his new wife had three daughters. So, he is actually the 5th child of his dad and the second of his mom. Wow, that is even more confusing in writing!
Jeff on the left and Lorrin on the right.
Alex - 8 months (he even has the same crooked smile!)
Nick also believes that brother needs to sing now. He tries to get him to sing with the microphone and Alex actually makes some noise in there sometimes.
Nick loves his train puzzle.
The boys are working on their sharing and the more Alex can do the happier Nick is, as long as Alex doesn't touch anything that Nick enjoys or plays with in any way. Nick will usually trade a good toy for a different toy with Alex. A few toys have ended up on the trash due to Nick's inability to share, but he is trying.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
We also went to the Aquarium recently and I walked away with these two great shots. These birds are all over the state and you can find them in the wild and get fairly close to them. They are much easier to see at the aquarium though and I was pretty pleased with the outcome of the shots. Jeff and the boys didn't enjoy the delay but the pictures are totally worth it.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
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Sunday, August 5, 2007
Work has been crazy lately with tons of scheduling and tapes and letters and other miscellaneous things. We are horribly busy but there might be some really big changes coming up that I am not too happy about. I will have to update more on that when information is available.
I just finished reading: "The Good Man of Nanking" - great book of the diary of John Rabe which continues my obsession of the Pacific War and the Ruso-Japanese war (exact time frame of the Anne Frank Diary), "Flags of Our Fathers" Not as great as his second book - Flyboys, but still well written; I also just finished "Given Up for Dead" - good story but poorly written and even worse execution of it. I am glad I finished it but not a good one for reading the entire thing, more of a fact checking book. I am about to start some other non-fiction war books such as: "American POWs in Korea", "A Soldier's Heart", "The March of the Red Army" and one other I can't remember right now. I tried to get a fiction this last time but couldn't find one on the 10 minute allotment Jeff allowed me at the library. Perhaps later this week. Any suggestions - I like historical fiction and non-fiction about WWII (obviously).
Jeff has finally been able to switch to days on Mondays and Tuesdays so I won't be as crazy on those days and we will get more of a routine going. Nick is always in a bad mood when we are both home so sometimes it is best to have Jeff at work because I can almost get more work done myself. Lately I have been really strict and toys have been flying into the trash faster than anything, but it is working for the most part. He won't stop trying to chase the kitty and step on her tail, but he has lost many things for doing this, including 30 minutes of time and a few cool cars. His language skills have just tripled and he repeats almost everything we say. He doesn't understand when we ask "why" but I'm sure that will come with time.
Nick got a new bed that is a bunk bed that was cut in half. It is really neat because it gives him a "cave" to play in under the bed. We are a little nervous about him falling while trying to climb down the ladder but he is very cautious and does pretty well at it. He also learned to open almost every door in the house. This is great because we can now sleep in while he goes to play and he can let the girls out if the door isn't locked. This is like getting your kid to mow the yard, a huge help for us. Angel goes outside and back inside about 20 times a day so now I can have a little help in getting that done.
I will try to post some pictures soon, but alas, tomorrow is Monday and I am already working trying to catch up. We will have to wait and see. . . .