I would like to take this time to thank all the moms out there who responded to my post where I asked for help and advice on CD’ing. Your information and knowledge in this area is greatly appreciated. I didn’t realize there was so much information out there about CD’ing. The internet is full of information but I like the first hand knowledge. It’s honest and I can trust the information because it’s coming from someone who has experienced it. Between EcoBuns and you, the readers who responded to me, I feel comfortable and sure of the decision that my wife Rebecca and I are making.
Thank you again for the kind words and helpful advice. I know I will have more questions in the future and especially around September 1st when Lola is born. The stories will become more frequent as I document my experience with cloth diapers so stay tuned. Coming up fairly soon though is a giveaway brought to you and part by Jabber Log and EcoBuns. I will be posting up the specifics within the next few days so keep reading and tell your friends. May the cloth be with you. (I know its dorky but I like saying it. 8)
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It’s funny how one person can have such an influence on you. This person can come in the form of your parent, a friend, a movie or TV figure, a musician, an artist, and your children. Right now someone has such an influence on me that my entire way of thinking is affected. I consider myself to be a pretty strong person but when it comes to my 2-month-old daughter I’m mush. She can’t talk yet but her facial gestures, coos, and general warmth gets me every time. We have had our moments where we have communicated with our eyebrows and when I pick her up over my head she shows that she digs it by shooting me her patented smile.
So, what influence does she have on me? Well, I can tell you that when she’s fussing on the floor during tummy time or in her swing I’m all about picking her up. I know I should let her fuss a little so that she can learn to chill by herself but I just want to pick her up and hold her close. One specific example is from a few weeks ago where my wife was making dinner, Lola, our daughter was in her swing, and she was fussing. I immediately walked towards her and my wife says,
“Leave her, she’s fine.”
I stopped and turned around to continue the conversation we were having but I couldn’t help but look back at Lola. Her fussing settled yet I felt the urge to go over there. It was like I had some sort of tick where I had to turn around and look to make sure she was fine. After almost giving myself whiplash from turning to look at Lola, my wife told me to just go over and pick her up. It was crazy to think that Lola had that much control over me already. Is it because she’s my only daughter or was I this way with Logan too? I recently asked my wife Rebecca if I was this way with our son and she said yes but I think it’s worse with Lola. I’m sure it’s because she’s my little princess but I thought being wrapped around her little finger was supposed to start later on in life? Maybe I’ve been a fool this whole time in thinking this way? I figured I’d get all these years to bring her up in the best way possible and once she hit her middle school years that she would try to get her way with a,
It would most likely be followed up with a hug, a thank you, and a frown from the wife because I gave in like most dads. Hmm…my way of thinking was completely off. Lola is only 2 months and without speaking she is saying please and I’m giving in. Crap! When she’s older I’m going to be screwed. As for now I’ll begin my training in saying “No”. It might be a little hard but I know I can do it. As the years go by though, I’m going to feel the squeeze from being wrapped around her little finger. It’s going to be a crazy ride but I’m ready for it. Are there any parents out there that are wrapped around your children’s finger? I’m sure there has to be someone out there with a similar and funny story. I mean, how crazy is it to think that our children can pull at our strings this way? They could tear something up, we would get angry, but with a flash of a smile that reminds us of ourselves at their age we’re able to settle for a moment and chuckle. I’m sure that if someone had told me early in life that my kids would have me wrapped around their little finger I would have said,
“Heck no! I’m all about the discipline!”
I’m still like this but my kids have a way of pulling at my strings to make some of my “No’s” turn into a “Yes”. Oh if I could only go back in time to tell myself this for preparation but it’s impossible. It’s more fun this way I think. It’s a new experience every day and once you think you have it perfected something else happens to throw you off. Parenthood…there’s nothing like it and I wouldn’t change it for the world.Post Views: 257
Hello all, this is just a small note to let you know that you have until midnight tonight to enter the EcoBuns giveaway. After that time, those who have completed all three steps of the giveaway will be compiled and tomorrow during the Grand Opening the winner will be randomly chosen. Don’t miss out on this great giveaway that includes a BumGenius All in one organic, matching pair of baby legs and a Bummis Swimmi dipe. Anyone can enter and remember that if you live out of state you will be responsible for paying shipping and handling.
So come one come all to EcoBuns tomorrow June 11th from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Help celebrate the Grand Opening where prizes will be up for grabs, a Cloth Diaper Bootcamp will be offered, and the animals of The Critter Barn will make an appearance. There will be fun for everyone and the location is 12330 James st. Suite B30 Holland, MI in the Outlet Mall. Hope to see you there and I will also be there representing the father’s of cloth and Diaper Wars. Have a good day folks and remember that the giveaway ends at midnight tonight so spread the word!Post Views: 190
It’s only been about 11 days since my daughter was born. Although it’s been a short time I can already see the changes in her. She seems to have grown a bit and she’s making all kinds of funny faces. She’s a complete snuggle bug and I love it! My older children were the same way but it feels special because she’s daddy’s girl. Every day has been fun and she’s starting to get used to sleeping by herself and chilling by herself while she’s awake. Her eyes have not changed completely but if they happen to stay as blue as they are now I’m in for a lot of trouble once the RiffRaff comes around. I don’t think I have too much to worry about though. She already seems to have that, “take no crap” attitude. She’s so young yet she does so much that makes me laugh. One thing I noticed, after my wife pointed it out of course, was that she has my eyebrow lift. A better example would be the eyebrow lift that The Rock is known for. I can do both, my son Logan can do it, and Lola is already busting it out. I guess I can say this is our thing since my wife is unable to do it.
When Lola cries she sounds like a baby lamb. I try not to laugh because she mostly cries when her diaper is being changed. She seems to despise it for some reason. I can only imagine that it’s because she is cold and possibly uncomfortable to begin with but since she cries out like a little lamb. I of course, have started calling her this. I’m sure I will be able to call her this for years to come until about middle school when everything her old man does embarrasses her. So much has happened and there is a lot more to come. With all this goodness comes a little bit of the messiness. How is it possible that someone so little can create such destruction? I mean, she eats a lot but wow! One night my wife had passed her to me because I wanted to cradle her and when I got her she let it go.
“Oops! Guess dads going to change that one huh?”
I think they had this planned out. I can’t prove it just yet but I’m sure they trapped me. Whatever the case though, I have been doing pretty good with the cloth diaper changes. The Snappi is no longer my enemy but sometimes I forget to tuck in the diaper in the back. Luckily I have not experienced any blowouts. I have also been amazed at how there has been no redness like they way my 7 year old used to get when he was in disposables. We cleaned him on a regular basis and he was never in a wet, soiled diaper for a long time but he managed to still get some redness. I can only assume that it had to do with whatever is used to scent the diaper but who am I to judge. All I know is that I have had a better experience with cloth diapers than anything else. All in all everything is going great! I have yet to use our sprayer but I’m sure that when the time comes, it will make for a funny story. Cheers!Post Views: 198