Martin's vacation officially started yesterday at 5:00! A whole week with him home! And a vacation for Martin is a vacation for me as well--it means I can go places! In our car! And I won't have to hold both babies at once!
This morning something happened that made our less-than-ideal Anja Sleep Habits totally worth it: We were waking up to our alarm and she woke up too, but without really saying anything, she got up, picked up her bottle bag (the little insulated bag that we keep her bottles in at night so we don've have to run downstairs to the fridge) and came crawling into our bed. She basically handed me the bag and laid down, waiting for the bottle. Something tells me we might be getting close to her putting herself back to sleep! She's such a funny girl.
So I've been experimenting with cloth diapers for the past couple of days. Luckily, we'd gotten some cloth diapers the night before I left Anja's entire box of disposable diapers in the back of the car! I walked to my sister's house and borrowed two covers, and traded three brand-new diapers for three well-washed ones and started what I thought would be my conversion experience. I've wanted to do cloth diapers since Anja was born and the only thing really stopping me was the large upfront cost. $15 a box doesn't seem so bad when you compare it to $100+, no matter how much you tell yourself it'll pay off quickly and that you'll never have to buy diapers again. So anyway, I was glad for the opportunity and the excuse to start using cloth, and more glad that my sister started before me thus enabling me to borrow supplies from her. In other words, I'm REALLY GLAD I didn't spend the money. While I thought I'd be hooked (Save the pocketbook! Save the environment!) I'm beginning to think that I'll be spending just as much on my water bill with all the extra laundry I'm doing as I would on disposable diapers. All it's been so far is leak, leak, leak. And I don't mean leaks after a few hours... I mean leaks within about thirty minutes. And I am full of questions: Am I doing it wrong? Are the diapers too small? Are the covers too small? Does my daughter pee more than normal children? Seriously, I've had to change Anja's entire outfit with every diaper change. I started the day with an empty laundry basket and by the end of the day had enough baby clothes for a medium sized load. So if any of you cloth-diapering mothers want to give me some advice, please feel free. The other thing that turns me off is that, while I thought Anja would be more comfortable in cloth diapers (cotton vs. paper--Hello? The answer seemed obvious to me, but I guess I was wrong!,) when I put her in a cloth diaper this morning she walked around like a chimpanzee, was all frowny and tugging at it until I changed her into a disposable. So I guess she gave me her honest opinion. (Although the first few days she didn't seem to even notice she was wearing something different. AND, she never asked to be changed... I'd just check for wet and see that she was soaked all over her front.)
So anyway, that's the news around the homestead. I will not judge anyone who leaves advice comments on the diapering! Also, check out my new poll, also something that comes to you judgement free! And it's anonymous, so BE HONEST.