Wednesday, April 30, 2008
1)Extra Laundry-- This has almost been a non-issue. I do so much laundry anyway with 3 little kids and a hubby who works outside that I don't even notice one extra load every 2-3 days.
2)Leaks-- So far, we have had NO leaks. Even with the cheapy covers that I have, we have had not one leak or piece of wet clothing. One day this week I was extremely busy and neglected to change Owen's diaper for...well, a long time. The diaper was sagging terrible, but still not a drop elsewhere.
3)Having to Change Diapers Much More Frequently-- I have to change him slightly more often, but nothing drastic. And as noted above, even when I forget, it works out okay!
4)Odor-- The diapers themselves have been fine. The covers however seem to retain odor. It isn't a BAD smell, just a stale smell. I'm not sure what to do differently about that. Maybe it would help to have more covers so they could air out more in between uses.
5)Storage of Soiled Diapers-- Since this began as an experiment, I didn't want to invest in a diaper pail yet. I've been keeping the wet diapers and the rinsed-out poopy ones together with the used covers in a plastic grocery bag in the hamper. It has worked out fine as long as I keep the bag folded over to contain the smell.
The one thing I didn't count on was diaper rash. I've read that babies who wear cloth rarely have diaper rash. Even the extra moisture next to their bodies is better for their skin than the chemicals in disposables. However, Owen got a yucky rash last week and we switched to disposables for a day. It didn't come back when we went back to cloth so maybe it was just a coincidence. Not sure.
I'm still not decided on whether we will stick with cloth for Owen or whether we will use cloth for the new baby. But for now, we'll keep plugging on.
Monday, April 28, 2008
I saw this idea in an old Family Fun magazine and just had to try it for Maddie! It was really easy--even easier than I expected. I chose a piece of colorful print fabric and ironed it on to a piece of fusible web. Then I traced the outline of one of her flip flops onto the paper backing of the web, cut it out, and ironed it on to the T-shirt. To finish it off, I sewed coordinating ribbon on the fabric to look like the thong of the sandal.
Voila! A cute summer tee.
Maddie's only comment? "I don't like yellow that much." That's Maddie for you.
To see another tee I made for Maddie, click here.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The kicker of it all is that I've been having trouble keeping my blood sugar steady. Mid-afternoon, I get really shaky and sweaty. I've tested on my dad's glucometer several times and my blood sugar registered in the 70s and 80s which is on the low end of normal. My midwife said to try eating every 2-3 hours to keep the level steady.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Cheaper By the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
Keep A Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot (slowly, but surely)
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (read-aloud with the kids)
When Children Love to Learn edited by Elaine Cooper
How To Raise a Heathy Child...In Spite of Your Doctor by Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D.
SO, WHAT ARE YOU READING? Now it is my turn to see who is reading my blog! Leave a quick comment and tell me what you've been reading or let me know a book you recommend!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Part I: A Book Review
One of my favorite read-alouds from this year was the Grandma's Attic series by Arleta Richardson. I love that even though the books are recommended for ages 9-12, the stories appeal to everyone. I remember having and reading the second book in the series when I was growing up. When I was newly married, I discovered a friend owned the whole series and I devoured it! Somehow I forgot about the books, though, until last year. The series (which has been our of print) was re-released by the publisher, David C. Cook. Between my sister Kati's collection and the inter-library loan system, I rounded up the first four books and began reading to the kids.
The first four books (called the Grandma's Attic Series) are a collection of short stories each centering around the author's grandmother, Mabel, and her best friend, Sarah Jane. The girls usually end up in some sort of trouble or predicament, but each chapter ends with a resolution and a pointing to God's truths. The last five books (called the Grandma's Attic Novels) in the series are complete stories (not short stories) and deal with Mabel and Sarah Jane when they are older (college, marriage, etc.). They are still recommended for the same reading level, but I decided to wait awhile before reading these to the kids. However, I am still anxious to reread them myself which leads me to...
Part II: A Bargain and a Blue-Ribbon Website
I got two of the novels for Christmas this year, but these books are hard to find! Amazon is continually sold out, the library doesn't have them, our local Christian book store is hit-and-miss. In my search for these books, I stumbled upon Thriftbooks.com. I found the first book I need Sixteen and Away From Home (now published under the title Away From Home) for 1 cent. Yes, a penny plus shipping! The other books I need Eighteen and A School of Her Own (now published under A School of Her Own) and At Home in North Branch were also on the website for less than a quarter apiece! The only down-side I've found is that you pay for shipping per book as opposed to per order, but when you are getting books so cheap, that hardly matters.
Friday, April 18, 2008
1 12 oz. can tomato paste
3 28 oz. cans diced tomatoes
4 T. parsley
Thursday, April 17, 2008
For months now, I've been reading articles, scouring catalogs, checking the internet, asking questions. I found a book at the library with tons of info. My sister-in-law even sent me a short video demo showing how she diapers her baby with cloth. They live across the country so I can't watch in person! :-(
The last thing I did was submit a help question to a magazine I subscribe to and got loads of response for moms who currently use cloth diapers. Two of the ladies even gave me gently-used prefolds they are done with. Then I won a few brand new diaper covers from ebay for less that $2 a piece including shipping (a real bargain considering a cover can cost $10-12 plus shipping retail.)
This week, I decided to try it out. So far we've had success. No leaks yet. I'm starting slow so Owen wore disposables to bed, but one disposable a day is still not bad. We're hoping to save a few pennies and maybe even help out with potty-training. (They say cloth expedites training.)
Here a photo of my happy boy modeling his new look!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
A few days ago, the two oldest kids stepped outside the door to bring in a package the mail lady had delivered. I heard gasps! "Look what we found!" It was a perfect, tiny snail shell! Wimpy Big Brother was afraid to touch it so my not-afraid-of-anything (except bumblebees) little girl brought it in instead. Wimpy Mama was afraid to touch it, too, until we realized the shell was empty. Maddie put her eye right up to the hole the body had once been in and peeked through at me. Now all three kids take turns holding it, but Maddie usually gets the honor of showing it to anyone who walks in our door.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I have an official due date now which is a relief to my "plan-ahead brain." Looks like this baby will be making his/her debut somewhere around October 20-- a few days earlier that my own estimate. I delivered my first at 41 weeks, my second at 40 weeks, and my third at 37 weeks so I don't have any expectations this time. Could be any time in the month of October.
Looking forward the journey ahead...
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sometime right before Gavin's fourth birthday, he went to the bookshelf and pulled down The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary. He sat staring at the illustration on the cover and said in a half-whisper, "Can we read this?" It was a defining moment for me. I had never really thought of reading him a book with no pictures-- a book that certainly was above his recommended reading level-- but I decided to give it a try and he was enthralled! Even Maddie (who was only two at the time) sat and listened. I knew they were soaking it up and understanding because they began acting out the story with a rubber mouse and a plastic motorcycle. We ended up finishing the first book and moving on the other two books in the series.
Reading aloud "chapter books" is now a regular part of our life. We've read the first three books in the Little House series, four of the Grandma's Attic books, a biography of Squanto, The Hundred Dresses and quite a few more. Now we are reading Sarah, Plain and Tall. I think it is just as enjoyable for me as it is for them!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
|Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To by Jenny Hart|
Friday, April 11, 2008
BUT I am venturing into this world of blogging, hoping I can learn a lesson in self-control along the way. So...if I am not a faithful blogger, know that I am instead doing what I feel called by God to do. Taking care of my family...and all that entails.
I am married to my wonderful Brian. It will be 7 years in August. He is currently working to become a partner in the Christian lawn care company he is employed by. We have a boy, a girl, and a boy. And we're expecting again this fall. Yes, I'm busy, and yes, my hands are wonderfully full.
We homeschool our oldest, who is finishing up his first year of kindergarten. He loves math. He also loves trains, yelling, and running (often in the house!). Our middle is a girl and loves girly things...and bugs and lizards. Our youngest is ALL BOY. Have you ever seen a child under two with a broken arm? We hadn't either until he became a toddler.
I look forward to sharing bits and pieces of my thoughts and life with you!