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Our Adventures in Cloth Diapering!

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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

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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

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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 :)