We finally were ready to try another camping trip with our kids. We had tried to go camping with Reese when she was younger,but the colder weather and her not being able to move in her sleep properly made the trip a failure. Read more about it HERE. We were then invited to go with friends who have kids as well as 2 other couples with kids to Joe Wheeler State Park which looks really nice. However, Sebastian had a fever the night before, and we found out the temperature was supposed to plummet again. So, we had to cancel going that weekend. The weekend after that, the weather was supposed to be a lot nicer so we decided to try the same camp grounds we had tried with Reese at Monte Sano State Park. They are very close to home, so if we did have to go home for some reason we could have without too much trouble. Grant was able to take Friday off, and we were allowed to check into our campsite around 11am. At noon is when we ended up leaving the house,but we had a pit stop to make at Walmart before hand.
In the very beginning of December, we got to the point where Sebastian was not only sleeping through the night,but he was also more predictable with bedtimes and nap times. We knew our eventual goal was to have our kids share a room while they are young. We don’t have a huge house, and having a guest room/sewing room is worth it to us right now. Eventually when the two are older, we will give them their own rooms. We just felt like sharing a room for a portion of their lives really gives them life skills that we want them to have. I asked for help from other parents of children who have them share a room about when they put them together, and what their strategies were. A lot of people gave different opinions, but one that stuck out to us was a friend who said they put theirs together as soon as the youngest was out of the parent’s room. We try to do things as early as possible that we hope will pay off in the end even if it is harder and more work in the beginning. For instance, our version of sleep training is a lot of work and consistency, but in the end, it is amazing to have a child who sleeps well and is predictable to a certain extent with sleep.
So we have been cloth diapering Reese since she was around two months old. We chose to use disposable diapers while she fit into newborn and size 1. The main reason behind that is I didn’t want to have to buy newborn size cloth diapers that we would need a ton of, and I would be washing all the time. If you have never had a baby or newborn, they pee a lot, and lots of times tiny amounts. However, you don’t want them in their own pee or poo otherwise they will get diaper rashes so we went through 12+ diapers a day, and they also have lots of dirty diapers at night as well. Also, at this stage in parenting, the last thing we wanted to worry about was running out of diapers. So, we waited until Reese was big enough size wise to really fit into her cloth diapers; we also plan to do this same approach with our second baby.
There are lots of different reasons for cloth diapering, and you really need to decide what they are to make sure it is worth it since there is some investment up front for cloth diapering. Cloth diapering is not for everyone! Also in some areas it is more expensive than others to cloth diaper. For instance, my friend lives in Cedar Park, TX, and they pay almost 2-3xs the amount per gallon of water than we do here in AL. If you plan to cloth diaper, make sure that your significant other is also on board especially before you buy a lot of stuff. Most of our diapers that we got used or brand new were from people who bought a ton of diapers, and then realized that their spouse was not on board. We also chose a diaper that could be air dried so we don’t have to pay to dry them in a dryer. Of course we can dry them in the dryer in a bind, but this also helps keep our diapers looking better since the heat of the dryer can wear out the fibers and materials faster. Are you in it to be green, save money, or use less chemicals on your child? There are so many reasons you can cloth diaper. For us it was money savings, but we started off very very small to see if cloth diapering was even a fit for our family before we really invested a lot of money.
There are so many baby products out there these day that are wonderful! Some are a little unnecessary in my opinion,but some make raising a baby a lot easier. My Mother-in-Law and Mother were both impressed and slightly jealous at some of the amazing products out there that we have at our disposal. Grant and I also tried to stay on the side of less stuff rather than all of the extras. We didn’t want to spend a ton of money on our kids, and we didn’t want to have to store all of the stuff between kids. So here is a list of some of our favorite products, and why I have added them.
When I was pregnant with Reese, I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t too overwhelmed with information about parenting, birthing, breastfeeding, and pregnancy. I tried to keep everything as simple as possible. I pretty much asked for recommendations from siblings, friends, etc. to narrow down what I thought was worth my time. I also wanted books that weren’t too contradicting based on how Grant and I thought we wanted to parent. So here are my recommendations to anyone wanting a short list of what I thought was most helpful.
Here is more sewing that I was trying to cram in before our little one arrived. One item that I just couldn’t justify spending money on was the Boppy Lounger. It looks so nice and comfy,but the price tag was just too much. So, I bought a yard of light grey minky fabric from Walmart for $6/yard. I followed THIS tutorial, and half an hour later I had a baby lazy boy/lounger.