Wednesday, January 28, 2009

the bumgenius experiment

yes. this is her bum, and yes, she blew out... AGAIN

Pampers has failed me. I have been using pampers for almost 9 years, and have spent an estimated 8500.00 on their products... (do the math: 50/month for diapers and wipes X number of months kids are in diapers...) and that's a LOW estimate. I KNOW that I spent closer to 70 a month for that first month and a half... I was also getting to the point with her that blowouts were occuring several times a day, leaving me with a full hamper and tons of stain spraying. After talking to a few friends, and with Johns unconditional encouragement;-) I switched Carrington over to cloth diapers. We are using bumgenius 3.0 with her, and I LOVE it! I wasn't so sure at first how I would feel about it, so we started with 5 diapers. It was such a pain those first few days because I was trying to use them as much as possible so I was washing all the time to try to get a full experience. I felt wasteful at that point because I was washing ALL the time. After adding 6 more diapers, I finally felt like I was getting the experience I was hoping for. I am still planning on adding another 12 diapers (at a cost of 17.00 each) so that I am not washing a frequently, but it has totally been worth it! She still wears disposable at night (because I don't have enough yet) and I had to put her in one this morning since her diapers were drying. As we were trying to walk out the door, I picked her up and noticed she had blown out. I was totally frustrated. I had forgotten in these past 2 weeks all about blowouts. The Bumgenius come with a poop pocket, if you will, which catches those explosive ones that shoot up the back. We have not had a single blowout in those diapers (even when i forgot to change her and she went for 5 hours in a diaper). The water bill went up 7.00 this past month, and we had to buy free and clear detergent, so there were some expenses involved that don't come with disposable, but we only use 1 tsp./load of diapers, so we anticiapte that lasting a LOOOONG time, and not having to wash so many poopy clothes make washing the diapers totally worth it. Overall, I highly recommend these, and I am so glad we found them. But most importantly, besides being wonderful, they are super soft on her royal bottom, and SUPER CUTE! (they come in 9 colors: white, lt. pink, dk. pink, lt./dk. yellow, lt/dk green, lt/dk. blue available at

Look at her fat thighs!! she is such a chunker!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Introduction: life of a princess

If my 3 month old could single out her pinkie, hold it up, and show it to you, you would probably be surprised to see what was there... Around that finger would be taylor, almost 9, Jonas, almost 8, Mason-6, Sullivan- 3, her father (30!!) and her mother, age withheld to protect...
This poor sweet girl was born into a family of 4 older brothers... We call her our little princess, though we SWORE we would never use that term in our home. Sullivan, knowing nothing about storybook princesses, began calling her princess Lea, as that is the only princess he can picture. Cinderella, Ariel, and Snow White are unchartered teritory thus far in this household. Oh how that will change!
i have a goal this year of capturing small moments in my childrens lives. this is my attempt. A blog only a mother (and grandmother, and maybe aunts....) could love. Feel free to check in for pictures and updates, but again, this is the smaller moments.