8/25/09

No Real Theme Here...Just Go With It



Another good reason to learn to read crochet patterns. Thanks, Jen, for being the 157th person to recommend a Ravelry account. I finally did it!



In love with the color and pattern mix in this pretty blanket.



I would love to find one of these in a flea market somewhere.



A lovely photo.



Really impressed with this fantastic quilt top from Kitsch Cafe.




Call me crazy but we're aiming in this direction with baby #2. Almost tried it with Sebastian but after reading more and more about them and hearing personal online stories and already having gone through potty training and all that that can entail...I think I'm ready. And such pretty colors!



Need to work on something like this for Sebastian this Fall to try to compensate for the amount of sewing and knitting I'll be directing towards Ruby. I love almost EVERYTHING Smallville creates. Yes, I've decided. Everything.

Brett started grad school classes this week and told me this afternoon that Tuesday (yesterday) we had officially known each other for nine years. We met outside of English 101 on the first day of class our freshman year of college after being introduced by a mutual new friend.

I love that he remembered.


Another for the collection: I walked past three middle aged men on treadmills at the YMCA Tuesday morning and heard a whispered, 'Wow', come from one of them.

Yes. I know it's big.


42 comments:

Tracy said...

Yeah cloth diapers! I am doing cloth with my second too!! I love them! I use bum genius and baby kangas!

Suzanne said...

aw, i'm sure he was just saying 'wow' at what a hot mama you are!

Karen M. Andersen said...

What a sweet husband Rachel :) Are you feeling the "heaviness" of your belly yet (if you know what I mean)? Y'know, how you feel like you are constantly full and could topple forward at any moment? Oh, the memories :)

Karen xx

mama*thayer said...

Go for it on the cloth diapers! If you don't mind buying them gently used, there's a great site where you can get some good deals- www.diaperswappers.com. We've been doing them since my daughter was 9 months old and plan to with Levi once he gets here. Rumparooz are really good ones too!

Christie said...

If I was going to have any more babies (which I am not but still..lol) I would most definately do cloth too. Good for you!!

Our Green Nest said...

Cloth diapers are wonderful and are super easy once you get a system down!!! If you're doing cloth, I would really recommend going organic though. So much better for you baby and the environment of course (plus I know alot of people that do NOT like bum genius)...we used Little Beetle Organic diapers and they're wonderful - all organic hemp and organic wool covers. So soft and yummy plus they do have fun colors too. Better for Babies who sells them are a wonderful company - everything is made in the U.S. and is fair trade. Anyway, I'd suggest looking into them if you're going cloth. They have great hemp wipes too which is the only way to go with cloth diapering in my opinion...You just make a little bum spray and you're good to go!

I also would highly recommend looking into ECing...we started late at 15 months but our babe was in undies by 16 months and it was awesome. We're going to start around 1-2 months with the next little one we're blessed with (God willing)! :) Happy CDing! Let me know if you have any questions...

Toni Brockliss said...

Maybe they were saying "wow she's gorgeous" because you are. :)

x

TaMs* said...

Way to go on the cloth diapers! I'm so impressed.

Heather said...

ouch! re the men at the Y. Where are the men out there that think pregnant women are beautiful? we need to surround ourselves with htem for 9 months!

Kara said...

that sewing machine is fantastic!

cloth diapers. this has something i've always to do someday with my kids. i decided this when i was 13. i was a stranger 13 year old. :P keep us updated on how it goes!

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

cloth diapering saves SO much money--look ahead for deals on CL or diaperswappers! We love ONE-SIZE (they fit newborn -toddler) and ones with snaps instead of velcro-they last longer!
Sarah M

The Scented Man said...

We have been using Bum for 10 months now and love them. So easy. Would never go back to disposable. Good luck. My husband even thinks it was worth the investment.

RachelDenbow said...

SO thankful that there are so many of you to encourage us in using cloth diapers! We probably won't go with Bum Genius, I just loved this colorful Flickr image. We're doing some more research and would love all of your stories on what worked for you to help us avoid any obvious mistakes or make more informed choices.

THANKS!

corrina jane said...

we've been using bum genius for 13 months (since birth), and it's been a great experience. however, if i had it to do over, i would have just bought prefolds and covers. i thought pocket diapers would be way easier, but in retrospect i don't see how they're that much different (except in price).

drew-o-rama.com said...

wow, thanks for including a photo of that quilt top that i have YET to finish! it's sitting there on a shelf, waiting to be loved...

The Paxton Family said...

I am about to make the leap into the cloth diapering world with baby # 2 also. But since Baby #1 is still in diapers, I'm using her as a guinea pig :-)
On my blog paxtoncrafts.blogspot.com on the bottom right there are a few websites/blogs etc I have found about cloth diapering. I'm compiling them before I make the first real purchase (I bought a cloth swim diaper, and LOVE it!)
Good luck with the decisions, I ADORE your blog and how colorful it always is! Thanks!

michelou said...

Thought you might enjoy this review from another blogger http://elizabethcarroll.wordpress.com/2009/08/18/bumgenius-3-0-vs-smartipants/

She compares BumGenius and SmartiPants.

It's definitely something I want to try when we have children someday.

Michelle

Becky said...

That blanket is great! The teal really makes it!

Chelsea said...

Rachel,

funny you mention cloth diapering. My old roommate just posted a huge list of pros and cons and different brands she tested. Anyways, link below, hope it helps!

http://williamandleah.blogspot.com/2009/08/i-heart-cloth-diapering.html

frecklewonder said...

hey rachel,
we use the bum genuis organic (all in ones) diapers for dotty and love them.
i also have a handful of fuzzi bunz (pocket) which i like a lot too. it seems like an investment upfront, but if you guys are having a shower of any kind, you could have it be a diaper themed shower and ask for one cloth diaper instead of a pack of onsies which is what you're likely to get if you have friends/family who don't know what you really *need*

the only thing i would say is that using cloth with the "early poo" is kindof a big pain... unless you're completely against using disposables, it's a lot easier the first couple months, or up until you introduce some solids and get more... solids... heh!

Katherine said...

ooooh, i love smallville, too!
good choice on the cloth diapers--henry had super sensitive skin so i used seventh generation unbleached disposables, but looking back i wish i had tried these!
i can't wait to see ruby. everything you are planning and making for her is so adorable!

metamorphosis said...

Yes, youe go for the cloth nappies! They rule!

http://metamorphosis.blogg.se/?tmp=26195443
(written in swedish, not english)

metamorphosis said...

Sorry, wring link... here´s the correct one! http://metamorphosis.blogg.se/2009/may/tygblojor.html#comment

OpaqueSkies said...

I love how baby advice is so readily given. So helpful.

I have done some shallow research on cloth diapers. Besides cost and environmental benefits, they reduce diaper rash b/c they are not as effective as disposable diapers at keeping moisture away from baby, so baby's not as likely to want to sit in them.

A friend whose tried them set out to use them, and decided to both cloth and disposable. That was more realistic for her lifestyle, which was as a busy working mom, with an active social and travel life. She used the cloth diapers with the disposable insert. She said that "on the go" she liked disposable, because they smelled pretty badly and she was not always able to change them right that second. Also, for times when their schedule was busy and the laundry piled up, she also used disposable, b/c of the smell. But when life was not as hectic, she liked the cloth.

Another thing she mentioned was that the cloth ones were so much more bulky that when she put the little one to sleep, her midsection seemed to be raised above her head, and she joked about worrying that the blood would rush to her head. :) Not sure how they compensated for that.

Lindsey said...

Hey Rachel, thanks for checkin out my blog. I have to say I am in love with the quilt kit I purchased from you! I told my husband "You don't understand I have to get this, it will sell out!" So cute!

And my kids love it too! Thanks for the daily inspiration!

Visible Voice said...

I'm a new reader and love your blog! Love LOVE that pink sewing machine! I have a pink one but not that cool!

chelseybell. said...

your husband is a sweetie, and your story is so cute.

i don't know what i'll do if i ever have kids, but i'm not ruling out re-usable diapers (gotta save the earth, and all).

and those guys that said "wow"--they were just realizing how much they can't contribute to the world like women can.

is that sexist of me :)?

still loving everything you do.

tallynt said...

we used g-dipaers for a long time and I really liked them. It's kinda a mix between cloth and disposable so another alternative.

http://www.gdiapers.com/

As I am sure you heard from many folks, it should be a bit easier to potty train your daughter (not always the case but frequently). Girls seem to get it faster than boys or maybe it's just they care more.

Good luck either way.

Sarah said...

I am doing clothe diapers with my third and LOVE it! Go Bum Genius! I even made my own clothe wipes and make my own wipe solution. I regret not doing this with my first and second!

RachelDenbow said...

HA! ChelseyBell, that's a nice way to look at it!

Karen,
YES! That heavy feeling! My midwife says it means the baby has moved down.

lacy said...

so my gf using G diapers which seem to be like what you are going to use and she said it's totally not as hard as she thought it would be! So yay! Someone out there says it can be done without too much stress. That is always good!

Mal said...

aww, thanks for featuring my flower flickr pic!!! you made my day!

Candace said...

hey! thanks for the quilt love. for some reason i was thinking about you when i was making it. i think it's the striped fabric & the color combo that seemed like your style. i love your style, by the way. :)

so, cloth diapers. yeah, i want to do that next time. thumbs up to that!

also, when is this baby due again? and you are so good to be going to the gym!

cococricketsmama said...

yay to cloth diapers!
And I give you cudos for being at the Y if you are big and pregnant. And that 'wow', who knows, instead of feet or boobs, he's into pregnant bellies....

Melody said...

Yay you joined Ravelry. You'll have to post your screen name so we can all befriend you. I'll warn you though, it's addictive, more than Facebook and Twitter combined !

Pam said...

I'm sure they were saying "wow" to your beautiful-ness. :) And yes, that is a word, lol!!!!

RachelDenbow said...

Ha! I HAVE heard about pregnancy fetishes that men have.

Our Green Nest said...

Just wanted to jump in and say we used G diapers too for the first 2 months and thought it was silly really - b/c you ended up always washing the cover after most uses (b/c it would get wet/dirty too) and then you were trashing/composting the insert...and it just didn't make any sense. Why not wash the whole thing rather than trashing/composting any part of it?

Anyway, we pretty quickly switched to Little Beetles and thought it was WAY easier than G's! I highly recommend LBs for all of the reasons I already mentioned. CDs are better for your babe than disposables but organic is even better so there is not chemically treated material up next to your little one's sensitive privates. Plus, hemp is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and very absorbent. I sound like an ad for LBs :) but seriously they're great...but then again, I also highly recommend looking into EC.

ALSO, as far as the smell. It really doesn't smell when you have a good system down. Sorry for all of the info - I'm just a CD/ED dork. Ok, I'm done....I promise. :)

Our Green Nest said...

Meant to say CD/ED dork...:)

Our Green Nest said...

Oh my goodnesss...CD/EC!!! arrgghhh...I need more coffee :).

RachelDenbow said...

Green Nest,

Thanks for all of your info. I really do appreciate everyone's input and even though I hugely admire anyone able to do EC with their babies, I don't think I'll have the mental energy to focus on that with everything else that is going to be demanding my time this year.

I've been following Sew Liberated's blog knowing she's doing EC and trying to educate myself on it because it does seem like such a wonder.

Thanks again!

Carli said...

Using the same bumgenius nappies with my baby and my three yr old at night - easy to change the size and wash.