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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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
This is the beginning. The beginning of something new that I shall embark on, but first a prelude to the saga. You like that? You like how I added the title of my post to this? Yep, that’s just a taste of the kind of dork I am. So before I get into my upcoming adventure, I’d like to tell you a story. It involves my wife, myself, and the birth our son Logan. The date was March 17, 2004 and we had just left the doctor’s office. Our midwife had told us that she would not see us until the following weekend and she was pretty sure of herself so we went about our day. We made our phone calls to family and told them that although Rebecca was dilated at a two that the big show would not occur for another week. The process was rather slow and we would just have to wait. So just before we got home I decided that since it was St. Patrick’s day, I would stop and pick up one beer to celebrate. The party store I stopped at was a hole in the wall on Holland’s south side and it had no good Irish beers. So I decided to buy a can of Labatt’s Blue. We went home, ate dinner and I had my one beer to celebrate the holiday. When we decided to crash out I felt that I would have an excellent rest. What I didn’t know was that someone else had a different plan for his mother and father.
I was awaken from a dead sleep by my wife and she told me that it was time. I was not awake and completely out of it. Her contractions were close and I went into father panic mode. I jumped out of bed and I was moving at warp speed. Everything was a blur and I heard a faint voice calling me but I kept moving. The bags were packed and I was scrambling to get things ready and lead my wife to the car. I kept hearing the voice and finally I snapped to reality and the voice had been my wife trying to calm my dumb ass down. My wife had been watching me run around like a crack head with his eyebrows on fire from too many pipe hits. When she finally got my attention I noticed she wasn’t even ready. She was going to shower before leaving and she was calm while I was going nuts. When I think about it now I can see myself as a Jack Russell Terrier jumping around and asking its owner to throw the ball so that it can run after it like a fool. After her shower we were off and we had to drive from Holland to South Haven in the middle of the night and the fog was thick. It was now March the 18th and I was hoping for an act of god to part the fog in front of us but nothing happened.
When we got there the pain was getting worse for my wife. We sat and tried to answer questions at registration the best we could. Rebecca’s contractions were hitting hard and the lady registering us was training someone. It took forever and you would think she would push her aside so that we could get up to a room but we had to wait. I remember all the questions and how annoyed I was. I stood up and yelled at them, took off my shoe and thew it at the trainer. Her nose was broken and blood was everywhere. Can you see it? Can you see the lady tripping out after getting hit with my shoe? Yeah well it didn’t happen and once I snapped out of my imagination and back to reality I noticed that a nurse was coming with a wheelchair. They decided to skip the paperwork and get us up to the room to get things going. By then I was already dilated at an 8 and my heart was pumping. I was freaking out and still, my wife was the one who was calm.
The rest of the experience was a blur. Out of all the pain that my wife went through it made sense that I felt some pain as well. The midwife had told my wife to hold me as if we were slow dancing in order to somehow ease the pain but during a major contraction my shoulders were pinched to the point that I about peed myself. My thigh was grabbed so hard that it took a few washes for the hand print to come out of my pants, and every time my wife yelled at me to get the nurse, my dumb ass attempted to run to the nurses station but was thwarted when hearing,
“Rich! What are you doing?”
“I’m getting the nurse like you said!”
“What? Just pull the cord!”
What a fool I was during that time but I would not change it for anything. Being a parent is one of the best parts of life and when Logan was born I cried. Now Logan is seven years old and Rebecca is expecting again. I’m sure I am going to pull another episode of the fool, panicked father but it’s going to be an excellent adventure. With that said, I must remind you that this post is simply a prelude to something more. A new adventure begins and it will be detailed in my next post.Post Views: 131
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good afternoon folks! It has been quite some time since my last Diaper Wars post and I apologize for that. Since my last post my wife has pretty much taken the reigns on our cloth diaper adventure. She has taken up with a gang of cloth diaper moms for play dates and I believe there was a gangland battle at a playground with a gang of disposable diaper moms but I cannot disclose the result of this. Also I’m just joking but it would be funny to see right? Anyway, my wife is trying new types of cloth like FuzziBunz Elite, bumGenius Freetime, and GroVia AIO’s with their awesome prints. Although my personal preference has been with the new AIO’s, my wife and I still use prefolds for nighttime dryness.
So now that we’re somewhat caught up, my daughter Lola is a week or so away from being 10 months. She’s eating some solid foods and for all you parents out there, you know this makes changing diapers a bit different. You no longer have a baby who is pooing in a paste like form. Now you have a baby who is dropping solids. Um…yes, I realize I’m being gross and a little graphic but it’s poo. We have all dealt with it and we all drop it so let’s continue.
The diapers I have changed lately have been soiled with one medium sized nugget. Sounds pretty easy right? Well for those who don’t use cloth diapers I will tell you this is very easy but instead of throwing the diaper away it must be rinsed out in to the toilet. Okay, so like I said, this is easy. You take the diaper to the bathroom, unhook the sprayer and rinse out the diaper. It’s simple but if you’re new to this then here’s a tip. DON’T BEND DOWN TOWARD THE TOILET! I bent down and I thought I was far enough but when that nugget hit the toilet the poo water splashed up by my mouth. I gagged, did the girly hand wave and about vomited in my mouth but I held it together. I finished what I was doing and yes, I washed my face about 100 times.
It’s a learning process and I’m sure that even the most experienced diaper sprayer has dealt with something like this. The experience has been a fun one and I will continue to learn with every change. I am going to do my best to keep up with Diaper Wars and I have some new ideas as well. I would like to do some informative podcasts and even some live broadcasts where other cloth users and those who are curious about it, can watch, interact and discuss topics. I think it would be a fun way to bring new people to the cloth side and share stories. Oh yeah, and be educational. Let me know what you think about the idea, if you would be interested in participating in something like this and some ideas on what to discuss. Have a good one and may the cloth be with you!Post Views: 137
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Hello everyone! Thank you very much for your participation. Today was the Grand Opening of EcoBuns and Jabber Log was there to witness such an excellent turn out. The friendly staff of EcoBuns answered every question and greeted every guest with a smile. This is definitely the place to be for all your cloth needs and natural products. Make sure to visit the ever popular EcoBuns at their store 12330 James st. Suite B30 Holland, MI in the Outlet Mall or their web site here.
And now for the moment you have been waiting for. The giveaway brought to you in part by EcoBuns and Jabber Log began this past Monday. The giveaway involved three steps in order to be eligible for the giveaway of a package that included a BumGenius All in one organic, matching pair of baby legs and a Bummis Swimmi dipe. The names were mixed up and given numbers at random. Afterward they were given to our guru random.org and a winner was chosen. The winner of this most excellent giveaway is Christy Vande Waa! Congratulations and thank you all for participating and making this giveaway and Grand Opening a success. Please stay locked to Jabber Log for Diaper Wars: A Father’s Tale; May the cloth be with you where this father will document his many adventures within the world of cloth diapers. Thanks again and for Christy, please contact Candis of EcoBuns within two weeks at email@example.com.Post Views: 202