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.
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So the wife and I have recently decided to make some changes in our lives to better ourselves and our children. It all began with our decision, and some help from a good friend at EcoBuns, to try out cloth diapers with our daughter Lola who will be here around September 1st of this year. We are very excited about our new adventure and if you didn’t know, I will be documenting my journey in a segment called “Diaper Wars”. This is the first stage of an eye opening experience.
The second stage involves a 10 day pledge that my wife recently stumbled upon. This pledge involves 10 days full of eating real food and cutting out processed foods, which includes refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. When my wife sent me the link I did what any other man would do and skimmed through it. I guess you could say it was the equivalent of a man actually asking for directions to a specific location when he is obviously lost. Yeah, I was being stubborn. I told her to go for it since she seemed so dedicated and I was willing to try it. I had already decided to cut out pop so why not try this?
Our 10 day pledge toward eating “real food” starts today and so far it has been great. I have gone without pop since this past Thursday and though it was hard the first couple days at work, I’m feeling good and my stomach has not been hurting. I’m going to miss it but if I feel better then it’s worth it. McDonald’s and all other fast food joints will no longer get my business and although that too sucks I will feel better in the long run. So here it is, the two stages to a better life and health. I’m digging it and maybe you will too. Below is the link to the pledge and no there is no money that you are actually pledging. It gives an explanation of the pledge, recipes, and other items. The family that did this did it for 100 days but 10 days is enough for me…for now.
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My daughter is almost 4 weeks old now and everything has been great. She has me wrapped around her finger and I don’t think I would have it any other way. I have been writing about cloth diapers for a while now and it has been hard coming up with material on the subject. I know I could go and look up different stuff and report on it but I want to write about my personal experience. It had been the same thing day in and day out and I didn’t want to bore everyone with the same crap so I had to step back a bit. I wanted to write something to fit the name of this entire segment. I was waiting for the right situation to come up so that I could continue the “Diaper Wars” and finally something happened.
Last week I came home from work and noticed something white that was visible from my daughters onesie. I picked her up and my wife told me that she was wearing her first disposable diaper. There had been a frustration building up from the constant wetting through the cover so I figured that was why she used it but it turned out that the cloth diapers were drying so this was her only option. Since my daughter had the disposable on I figured this was what I was waiting for. How could this segment of my blog fit the title of “Diaper Wars” without an opponent? The idea was obvious and in front of me the whole time but like any man looking for something, we never see it the first time and need a helping hand. So let’s start with the frustration I mentioned. How does one stop this from happening? If any moms or dads of the cloth can help with this, I’d really appreciate it. We’ve tried different ways of folding the pre-fold and everything is tucked in but she still pees right through to the cover. I can see this happening if we let her sit through a few pee sessions but this is not the case. We change her right away and I guess it could be that she just pees a lot but has anyone else dealt with this? At night we double up and she’s fine but during the day we use a single pre-fold. I guess if we have to use two all the time it’s fine but I’m curious to see if there is a better way to fold it? I’m also thinking that she’s too small to be completely snug and hold it all in but what do I know?
Now, my wife and I have been using disposables for about a week now and although there is a convenience factor to them, I’m not all that impressed. I will admit that it has been nice to toss them out after each change. This would be my favorite convenience. On that note I have been happy with the fact that my daughter has not peed through them but ultimately the convenience factor does not help the case for the disposable diaper. We have encountered the dreaded “blowout” a few times since using disposables and at some point it has taken both my wife and I to tackle them. Last night was so bad that it went up to my daughters neck. I held her up and my wife took her battered onesie off and my little girl just stared at me. I believe at one point she even gave me the stink eye. She was probably wondering what the hell happened and why there was poo on the back of her neck. I know I would be and if she could she would have let me have it with some verbal judo. It’s crazy how someone so small can do so much destruction in such a short amount of time. I was holding her and her face said it all. When she finished my wife laughed and said that it looked like there had been a blowout. When I turned her around you could see the damage.
So here’s the issue. Disposables are convenient, hold in pee, but do nothing for blowouts. When we were using cloth diapers we never had a blowout. I will be using both to see who will be victorious. I am going to weigh the pros and cons of both but so far I’m leaning toward cloth diapers. I’d rather deal with pee than poo and frankly, I don’t mind washing the diapers. It’s pretty easy and I can put the cloth diapers on with a quickness. In the beginning it was a pain but I’m not one to give up. With everything that has been said, I now turn to you for help. What can I do to battle the wetness of the cloth? Could it really be that my daughter is too small for even the newborn pre-folds? Time and experimentation will tell which is truly the best but for now the Diaper Wars continue.Post Views: 104
Woooooooo! Two weeks and counting my fellow Jabber Loggers! Yesterday made the birth of my daughter more of a reality. My wife and I had to meet with one of the advisors of the hospital in order to pre-register so that we did not have to do it when my wife goes into labor. The hospital is very nice and it’s pretty peaceful as well. I’m sure it won’t be all that peaceful when my wife is crushing my hand while dealing with a killer contraction but oh well. I helped make the child so I might as well take some pain as well right? We sat in the office with the advisor and we enjoyed some small talk but we quickly moved on to the good stuff. Let’s register and get to know everyone by asking somewhat awkward questions.
“So Ricardo, I see you’re a 911 dispatcher.”
“Yep, that’s correct.”
“Oh, that sounds like a very interesting job.”
“Why yes it is.”
The advisor stared at me for a moment, smiled and nodded her head. I was baffled. I smiled back and nodded my head as well.
“I bet you’ve heard it all huh? The job sounds unpredictable.”
“That it is, that it is.”
There were long pauses and I usually don’t talk about all of my calls because I have taken some horrifying ones. If you don’t believe me, click on the right side for “Within the Trenches” and you can read a few bad ones. So after a few awkward pauses we moved on. I wasn’t trying to be a jerk to her. I was just saving her mind from thinking too much about any bad call I brought up. We moved on to allergies in the family and past medical history. It was the normal routine crap but what threw me for a loop was when she asked about our race/ethnicity.
“So I see that you’re both white but do either of you have anything else mixed in there?”
I chuckled for a moment. I glanced over at my wife and then smiled. I slowly turned toward the advisor and my smile grew. Imagine the scene in the animated version of, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” when his smile starts out small and then grows beyond belief.
“Um…well I’m actually 100% Mexican.”
“Oh!” She turned red for a moment. “Well, I thought you might be mixed because your name is Ricardo but…”
My wife and I laughed. I took no offense at all by her comment. It takes a lot to upset me and I have an open mind and an excellent sense of humor.
I laughed and said, “It’s cool. I am slightly lighter than most Mexicans and I have no accent.” I made sure to say all of this in my best announcer voice and we all shared a nice laugh about it. Then the advisor asked another question and I almost lost it!
“So Rebecca, I know Ricardo is full Mexican but do you have any Mexican in you?”
I let out a chuckle and I bit my tongue. Seeing how she was pregnant I could have busted out several cracks but I held back. I glanced at my wife and she gave me the, “Don’t you dare joke right now” look. I’m sure she would have laughed but I let it go. The registration ended with a tour of the birthing center and I was impressed. The best part, for my wife that is, was that she may have a room with a jacuzzi. Now from what I saw, it looked pretty sweet. Are there any mom’s out there that had a chance to use one? If so, let me know what you thought about it. There is just a short time left and Lola Mae is on her way and I’m stoked! Can’t wait to meet you baby girl!Post Views: 168