Monday, December 27, 2010

Cute Diaper Covers

Mike gave me some money for Christmas to buy whatever I wanted. Of course I wanted a cute diaper cover or two, but I couldn't find any that justified my spending money on a new one. I rarely get to buy new diapers so I'm pretty picky when I do. I wanted to try a Weehugger since they look pretty cute, but no one had the print I wanted in stock. Thank goodness they didn't 'cause after two days of searching, I finally found Zookies diaper covers. They are the cutest diapers I've seen so far! I ordered a Baby Beluga cover and can't wait to get it!
I started thinking that maybe other mamas are having a hard time finding covers in cute prints so I thought I would compile all the websites that sell cute covers and list them here. I might even make a special tab for them. If you sell cute diaper covers, please let me know and I'll add your site! Here's all the ones I've found so far:


Cheeky Diapers--

Olive Jane's--




Fluffy's Diapers--


The Green Line Diaper--

Charis Designs--

Pumpkin Pants (cute fleece)--

Froggy Girl Designs--

Twinkle Toes Diapers--

Swaddle in Cloth--

Precious Bunz--

Sunday, December 26, 2010

My Journey [back] to Prefolds

When I first started cloth diapering Gehrig, he was 13 months and I was doing it to save money. My friend had told me that the cheapest way to do cloth was to use prefolds and covers. So I found a lady on who said she was selling 26 toddler prefolds for $35. That was the best deal I could find so even though it killed me to spend that much, I went ahead and bought them. Of course my first experience there would be a bad one--when I got them, I couldn't figure out how to make them fit on Gehrig. They seemed so small! Well, after checking measurements, turns out they were infant prefolds.
So I was stuck with 26 prefolds that were too small. I felt like I couldn't quit after spending that much money, but I wasn't sure what to do. I posted on diaperswappers that I was looking for cheap, cheap diapers and explained my predicament. An AWESOME mama messaged me and offered to send me a box full of pockets, fitteds, inserts, and a wetbag if I would just pay shipping. Those diapers lasted through Gehrig being potty-trained.
When Logan came along, I had the opportunity to try out a few different types of diapers. I loved fitteds and covers when he was little, as I mentioned in an earlier post. I continued to use fitteds and pockets with him, but I started to get kind of tired of them. I kept having smell issues for one thing. I was having to strip all the diapers every other week. And for another, vaseline is the only thing that works on Logan's dry skin, but I couldn't use it with fitteds and pockets.
I started trifolding the infant prefolds I had in covers so that I could put vaseline on Logan, and within a few days I was hooked. I've traded almost all of my pockets, All-in-ones, and fitteds for larger prefolds. I've gone old school.
And I'll tell you why. A couple things I've already mentioned--no smell issues and no repelling if I use vaseline or diaper cream. They're also a lot easier to fold than stuffing pockets--and no unstuffing to wash them *yuck*. I don't have to be so careful about detergent. They're waaaay cheaper. They're super absorbent--I put off trying one on Logan overnight, but since I've started using them, no leaks. They're easy to travel with (and I've been doing a lot of traveling lately). And, best of all, you can use cute covers over them! :)
So if you're thinking about starting to us cloth, I highly suggest you go the prefold route. That way once you get addicted, you can buy cute covers to feed your addiction and they're considerably cheaper than pockets, AIOs, fitteds, or AI2s.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gehrig Snippets v.7

Gehrig's been saying and doing a lot of really cute stuff lately, and I've been meaning to write them all down before I forget. Here's just a couple while I'm waiting for the spaghetti water to boil. :)

Gehrig climbed into bed with Mike and me the other day and grabbed my arm with an icy cold hand. I said, "Wow, your hands are cold!" And he replied, "Yeah. I drink a lot of ice."

This morning Gehrig was reading his Bible in his room, and I laid Logan on the rug beside him while I ran to do something really quick. As I walked past the door, I peeked in to see Gehrig showing Logan the picture of Mary and Joseph and Jesus in the manger. He was saying, "'Member when Jesus was boring?"

Our RSV ordeal

It has been a crazy month or so in our house. My parents came home from Malaysia for a month so we were spending as much time with them as possible. This meant a lot of time away from home for us--including a trip down to Florida to see my brother and his family. The day we got home from Mom and Dad's house for the last visit before they left, Gehrig had a fever and was coughing and sneezing. It lasted for a few days with him just being irritable, feverish, and listless. Then he got better. Logan didn't show any sign of getting sick so I thought we'd gotten off easy. Hah! Was I wrong!
On this past Sunday or Monday (crazy week, I can't remember exactly when it started), Logan started coughing a little more than his normal allergy cough. He started waking himself up at night, coughing and coughing. He even started choking a few times. He had no fever or any other sign of being sick so I figured it was just allergies. We were starting Zyrtec so I thought maybe it would kick in soon.
On Tuesday night he started wheezing and acting like he was having trouble breathing. Wednesday morning I called the nurse at our pediatrician's office, and she said I should bring him in to see the doctor. The doctor listened to his lungs and knew right away that he had developed bronchiolitis, probably from RSV. She said we could go ahead and admit him to the hospital, but she trusted me if I wanted to take him home. She gave me instructions on when to take him to the ER if need be and made a follow-up appointment for Friday.
He seemed to stay the same, and even get a little better on Thursday, but by Thursday evening he was wheezing pretty badly again. On Friday morning, the doctor didn't like the sound of his lungs at all. We tried a nebulizer treatment since she said he was actually starting to sound a little asthmatic. It didn't really help, and when she checked his oxygen level and it was only around 92, she told me we needed to go ahead and put him in the hospital. She was mostly worried about his levels dropping during the night, and she wanted him to be at the hospital should he need to be put on oxygen.
I ran home to pick up Mike and Gehrig, and we all drove downtown to Levine Children's Hospital. The doctor there checked Logan (she LOVED him and threatened to take him home with her), and discovered he not only had the bronchiolitis, he also had a double ear infection. She said they would just hook him up to the monitors and keep an eye on him.
His oxygen level stayed at about 94-96 (dipping to 91-92 while he slept) the whole time we were there. *sigh* He would have been fine at home. And I got to spend the whole afternoon, night, and morning untangling him from wires. I was also not impressed with Levine. Twice the nurses tried to give him too much medicine and I had to stop them, and their food is horrible. The nurses were very nice, and they all loved Logan and took good care of him.
He also had to wear disposable diapers while we were there since they had to weigh his diapers to make sure he was staying hydrated (with the ear infections, he wasn't wanting to nurse very much). They made me realize how much I love cloth! They stink for one thing--Pampers especially. *yuck* I can't stand the smell of sposies--I kept checking to see if Logan had a dirty diaper 'cause they smelled so bad. And they rubbed against his chunky thighs and gave him a rash. We were very happy to get back to our cloth diapers!
So, anyway, the doctor said Logan was okay to go home Saturday morning. We're just keeping a close eye on him to make sure he's breathing okay. He seems to be doing well, but he's been very cranky. I'm assuming it's because his ears hurt. :(
Now we're home trying to get ready for Christmas. And hoping the hospital bill isn't too huge!
Thanks to everyone who prayed for Logan! We appreciate everyone who loves him and us!