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    Christening gowns

    In about a week and a half, Natalie’s Christening will take place.  Matt is Catholic and it was his one major desire upon having children to have them be baptized — I didn’t grow up going to church much (I had this one year in sixth grade when I went all the time) so I didn’t have any strong beliefs for or against his wish, so it was a pretty easy decision to have her get baptized after she was born.  This is totally new to me and I have no idea what to expect since I’ve never even attended a baptism. The one thing I do know how to…

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    Cloth Diaper purchases

    Well, I’ve made my first cloth diapering purchases! Now, it’s just a matter of waiting for it all to arrive, pre-washing them and then finally using them! I imagine we’ll be using cloth on Natalie by sometime next week! This is what we are starting with: GroVia – Hybrids/AI2s I’ve ordered 4 Shells (2 of them are the former GroBabys) along with soakers and biosoaker pads for when we are out and about. These are AI2’s, or Hybrids, and are One Size so should last Natalie through her toddler years. They’re very easy — you just use a shell and then snap on top a soaker pad or flushable/compostable pad.…

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    Washing cloth diapers in front-loaders

    Whoa, I never even thought about how front loading washing machines may actually make it more difficult to thoroughly clean cloth diapers — it makes sense: these machines use less water to clean, but you’re putting in highly absorbant cloth in there. I just found this site with some tips and tricks for using front-loading machines to clean cloth: Washing Cloth Diapers in Front Loading Machines

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    Nanny 101

    I forgot to write and update and say that we hired a nanny! That was such a long, tiring process but I’m so happy. I took the advice of some people and put up a job posting on Care.com — over the course of 2-3 weeks, we had about 50 applicants for the job! There was a wide range of applicants, from 15-70 yrs old…from no experience of years of experience. It was tough but we narrowed it down to 9 candidates to interview in person, which Charlotte (the other mom) and I interviewed over the course of 3 days. One person even drove 7 hours from Oregon to interview…

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    Cloth Diapering: Day 2 of researching

    Ack, still figuring what I want — AIOs vs AI2s, fitted vs one size, etc..there are so many damn options! At first I was thinking in my mind that I had to pick one type — but that’s silly, I don’t have to do that at all. I’ll probably just start off with a small variety of the ones I’ve been considering…and then get lots more of the ones we like the most. I’ll likely get something like this: – some hybrids (the shell + soaker deal) which are one size – All in One: one size – All in One: fitted – maybe a Pocket style: fitted and/or one…

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    Adventures in Cloth Diapering

    I have to admit that when it came to preparing for having a baby, when it came to diapers, we just gave it 30 seconds of thought and went with disposables for the convenience.  Thus, for the last 2.5 months, we’ve been using Pampers Swaddlers Sensitives (love the yellow/blue line!) and they’ve worked out fine; however, recently, just for kicks, I started reading up more on using disposables vs cloth diapers and I was appalled.  I won’t get into it here but you can just search for “benefits of cloth diapering” and find all sorts of arguments — mostly environmental and economical.  The highlights of arguments for me are: It…

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    Keepin’ busy as a SAHM

    Man, it’s been hard keeping this blog up to date.  You would think with me being a summer SAHM (Stay At Home Mom), I’d have all this time on my hands to be able to update all the new things I learn about Natalie but I don’t!  I don’t know how time flies like this.  At the same time, I’ve been forcing myself to get out and do stuff so that I don’t go stir crazy. (Speaking of, I have time on my hands right now because at the time of this writing — 9:15am — Natalie is STILL asleep.  I can’t believe it.  I don’t know why she’s sleeping…