Showing posts from October, 2012

Our Adventures in Cloth Diapering!

This is a long epic post, so if you don't have time to read all the details, you may want to just skip on down to "Part V," where I give a quick bullet-point summary about our experience with cloth diapering.  The "bottom" line is: I like 'em a whole lot.

I think every single mommy blog out there has a post about cloth diapers, so I don't intend to write anything new under the sun, but I wanted to share my personal experience using "cloth," and my perspective on cloth diapering in a way that hopefully makes sense to someone who may be exploring it for the very first time.

I'm not an expert, but I do have over 19 months of cloth diaper experience now.  I get questions all the time from folks about how it's going, so I've made an effort to get it all in writing here. I'll try to be in-depth, but to-the-point, and all for the sake of maybe helping someone out there who's in my boat or venturing out into the world of cloth dia…

A Chalkboard from An Old Mirror

I'm probably the one millionth person to have done this type of project, but it's still worth sharing!  Chalkboard paint is just fabulous!
It started with this cool old mirror I bought at Savers for about $6.
(There's Ian - apple in one hand, screwdriver in the other - always eager to help when there are "dools" involved).
First "we" (Ian & I) flipped it over and unscrewed the backing off of the mirror.  Once that was off, the mirror slipped right out. I was left with two separate pieces to paint - the frame and the mirror.
I used a can of white primer and then a can of black chalkboard paint for this project.  Krylon. The frame gets a good coat of primer, as well as the mirror.

Ian "paints" a post (with water) in another part of the yard while I'm working on my project.
Then the mirror gets about two/three even coats of the chalkboard paint.  Easy peasy.
After it all dried, I put the pieces back together and voila!  
The frame is onl…

33 Weeks

I'm 33 weeks along!  I haven't done such a super job taking pregnancy photos with Nora.  I'm usually not very photo-ready or I just forget with all that's going on.  But hey, one every here and there is better than nothin' at all! Here I am with Nora this week, and the photo below is what I looked like 32 weeks pregnant with Ian. Kinda similar, huh?
I had a dream last night that I had to have an emergency C-section at 37 weeks because Nora was getting too big.  After the surgery, they told me that she weighed 16 pounds!  lol  I guess I'm feeling a little large :)