Archive for July, 2014

A few weeks ago, Carter had a nasty stomach bug and we put him in disposable diapers for a few days.  I figured it was a good time to get pictures of our entire cloth diaper stash while it was all clean.

I keep a lot of our diapers in a 3-drawer rolling cart.  I pulled the drawers out to take pictures so you could see all of them.

Here is the backbone of our stash — pocket diapers!  This is Carter’s drawer and he has all of the boyish and gender neutral diapers in it, but he definitely has enough for both him and Baby Girl to use once she has grown into one-size diapers.  The left row is a Katydid, several Kawaii’s, several Fuzzi Bunz, a Lil Smudgeez and some Alvas.  The middle row is a few more Alva’s (in the back) and BumGenius 4.0’s.  The third row is all Bum Genius 4.0’s.

We have also acquired a Chaplin BumGenius 4.0 since I took these stash pictures.

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This is the baby’s drawer.  On the left are her BumGenius 4.0’s and Freetimes.  These are all one-size so she probably won’t fit in them right away, but there wasn’t enough room in Carter’s drawer, so I put all the girly ones in here.  The middle row is newborn all-in-ones.  There’s a mixture: a Thirsties, some Lil Joey’s, a GroVia, a couple Nana’s Bottoms, and some THX.  The far right row is 6 BumGenius newborn AIO’s in the front and 6 Green Mountain Diapers fitteds in the back.  We also have 2 newborn Simplex AIO’s and 5 GMD newborn workhorses on their way to us.

The last drawer in the cart is hybrids.  The left row is pre-“stuffed” Flips with a GroVia shell and inserts in the back.  The middle row is more pre-“stuffed” Flips with some me-made inserts in the back.  And the right row is a couple Flip covers, a couple Flip inserts, and more me-made Flip inserts.  This drawer is getting re-done because the Flips used to be our night-time diapers (that’s why they were pre-stuffed), but Carter isn’t as much of a heavy wetter anymore so we’ve been able to switch to BG 4.0’s with an extra hemp insert.  So I’ve been replacing the elastic in the Flip covers to get them ready for Baby Girl to use with prefolds and flats.  Flip covers are my very favorite for newborns.

This is what the top of the cart looks like.  On the right are premium-size prefolds (for Carter, though he barely ever uses them right now because we have more than enough pocket diapers for just one in cloth).  On the right is the rainbow of newborn and infant prefolds I dyed when I was pregnant with Carter.  There are several embelished preemie prefolds on top.

This is what the top of the cart typically looks like (with wipes in front of the prefolds….Baby’s on the left, Carter’s on the right).

I also have baskets of cloth diaper supplies on the changing table.  The first basket has fleece liners (for the fitteds and prefolds) and wet bags.  I typically have a pail liner in there too….one is usually in here and one is in the pail.

These are their covers.  On the left are the preemie and newborn covers.  In the middle are the pattern-coordinating covers for Carter and Baby Girl (mostly Thirsties).  And on the right are Carter’s covers.

And this is the wool basket.  On the left is the newborn wool.  A lot of it is a little more boyish because I knit some of it when I was pregnant with Carter.  I still have more in the works in super-girly colors for Baby Girl.  In the middle are the changing pad covers.  And on the right is Carter’s wool (shorties and longies).

This is what the whole changing table looks like.  On top is a pack of disposable diapers for each of them, along with some disposable wipes.  There is also a stack of 6 Green Mountain Diaper flats (we have another 6 on the way).  On the first shelf is the basket of covers and the basket of wet bags and fleece liners.  On the bottom shelf is the basket of wool, some extra containers of cloth wipes (in the back on the right) and extra fleece liners (in the front on the right).

These are their accessories.  In the front right basket are Boingos (I refuse to use Snappi’s anymore).  In the front left basket are Baby Girl’s accessories so far…nail clipper, bulb syringe, thermometer, nail files.  In the back left basket are their CJ’s BUTTer jars (they’re two deep in the basket…unopened ones are underneath the opened ones).  that basket also holds Vick’s Baby Rub, prescription diaper rash ointment, and Carter’s thermometer.  In the back right basket is the CJ’s BUTTer spray and wipes spray (Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion Potion and two bottles of Baby Bum Drops).  And behind the baskets is baby wash, baby lotion, Glade spray for when we change a particularly stinky diaper and deodorant bars that we put on top of the ceiling fan to keep the stinkies away.

There you have it!  With adding another growing bum to the house soon, this will obviously be changing frequently, but this is what we’re starting out with.  I’m excited to have two in cloth again!

 

Well, it feels like we have even fewer answers now than we did when I wrote that post last night. The placenta appears to have moved up, but there is a mass of blood vessels very close to the cervix and they don’t know if it’s attached to the placenta or if it’s attached to the uterus. They spent literally 30 minutes going back and forth between ultrasound machines, looking back at past ultrasounds, and drawing pictures of my placenta to show other doctors. My OB said he’s never seen anything like this, and he doesn’t think the high risk doctor has any idea what’s going on either (I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been told by a doctor that they’ve never seen anything like what’s going on with me/baby).

I never got much closure from the high risk appointment because the baby’s heart rate was almost 200 which is way too high, so they sent me up to triage to be monitored. Her heart rate stayed normal the whole time I was there, so they sent me home. I tried to ask questions about what they recommended for delivery (whether it would be a c-section), but all they would say was that they weren’t going to worry about it, because their main concern was whether or not I was going to deliver today (obviously, I didn’t need to though).

So I was hoping for more answers from my OB, but that’s when he told me they basically have no idea why those blood vessels are there, and he’s already been on the phone with two doctors about me today. At this point, it’s more waiting. Since they don’t know if the placenta is attached to the vessels, they are willing to let me be induced and try to deliver normally. It’s just a matter of when, since they don’t want to risk another abruption. My OB said they will probably induce around 37 weeks, but we’re just going to take it on a week-by-week basis.

So more waiting.  I should be used to it by now.  This entire pregnancy has been all about reaching a milestone only to find out it’s not nearly over and that we have to “wait and see” some more.  I’m planning to keep busy these next few weeks to try to keep my mind off everything.  I have a few projects to finish up, some cleaning I’d like to get done (unfortunately, raleigh nc house cleaning is not planning a stop at my house!) and I want to get everything ready for the next school year. I’ll also start going in twice a week for non-stress tests and once a week for OB appointments, so Baby Girl will be well-monitored. And I’ll see the high risk doctor again in the middle of August, if I’m still pregnant then.

I will be 34 weeks along on Tuesday!  At the beginning of this pregnancy, I never thought I would manage to stay pregnant this long, but somehow I have!  I haven’t even had any bleeding since about 30 weeks.

Tomorrow I have an appointment in the morning with my high risk doctor and we find out where we go from here.  If the placenta previa hasn’t resolved, it will be a c-section for sure.  My high risk doctor said that the uterus doesn’t really grow after 35 weeks (the baby grows, but the fluid levels go down somewhat, so the uterus stays about the same), so if it hasn’t moved by now, it isn’t going to.

In the afternoon, I have an appointment with my OB to discuss what the high risk doctor finds and schedule whatever needs to be scheduled.  He already told me that if the previa isn’t resolved, he’ll schedule a c-section at 37 weeks because he doesn’t want to risk another abruption.  I strongly suspect that even if it has resolved, he will want to schedule an induction at 37 weeks for the same reason.  I’m OK with it, because at this point I don’t really care what has to be done, as long as we get a healthy baby.  I have no expectations or preconceived notions about this birth.

So that’s where we stand right now.  It’s crazy to think that we will probably have a baby in about 3 weeks!  I’ve had everything ready since about 25 weeks (when I was in the hospital last), but I still have some projects I want to squeeze into these last few weeks.  I’m running out of time!

This fall when we start school again, Ava is going to start piano lessons.  It won’t be long before Kelvin will follow along (probably next fall).  After they have a firm knowledge of music from learning the piano, they’ll be free to pick their own instruments.  I have to admit, I’m looking forward to poring over www.musician.com to get the perfect supplies for whatever instrument they’ve chosen.  I hope they enjoy it as much as I do!

One of my favorite parts of being an Influenster is mail day!  Every so often, I get an email informing me that I’ve been selected to receive a Vox Box and then the waiting begins!  I usually don’t know for sure what’s in the box, so it’s extra fun when I finally get to open it.

The TLC Box Box didn’t disappoint!

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I got to try out a bar of Ivory Soap, a trial size pack of Puffs Plus Lotion, Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother, Neo To Go (perfect for the diaper bag!), a Shell gas rewards card, and a coupon for Breyer’s Gelato.  I have to say, my favorite out of the whole box was the gelato!!  I am SOLD on it!

 

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