Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cloth Diapering Momma!

I toyed with the idea of cloth diapering when Noah was born (almost 2 years ago!) but couldn't get Jason on board. As soon as we found out we were pregnant again, I decided we were going for it this time. I feel awful about all of disposables we have tossed in the the landfill (and I'm sure Hannah's are still there!) with 3 kids. Add the fact that we're going to have a tight budget after the baby arrives AND the fact that Noah is still in diapers and Avery wears pull-ups to bed, cloth diapering is a smart financial choice for us.

I've been stalking the Cloth Diapering board on Baby Center and have started a Newborn stash for when the baby arrives. The start up costs are a bit much but over time we'll save money. Plus good condition diapers have a decent resale value. Since this is our last baby, I plan on selling everything once the baby is out of diapers.

I've decided to go with a mix of different types of diapers. Prefolds and covers seem to be the go-to for most mom's CDing a newborn. So I got some of those. I also figured some All In Ones (like a washable disposable...no need for inserts etc) would be easier for Jason get used to and will be better for middle of the night, half asleep changes!

This is what we've bought so far:

(Flip cover, BumGenius AIO, GroVia Newborn AIO, Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn AIO)

(3 Thirsties Duo Covers, Swaddlebee Capri Giraffe Cover)

(3- Blueberry Econappi Pockets)

(Inserts, Green Mountain Diaper Prefolds/Workhorse Fitteds, Cloth Wipes, Fleece Liners)

I'm so excited to see all of these on the little Sweet Pea's tushie! :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Menu Plan Monday~ 3/12/12

Menu plans aren't as fun for me anymore...I typically work 3p-11:30p M-F (with the occasional Sunday morning thrown in) and don't get to cook for the family anymore. Add in the 1st trimester blah-ness and I didn't even want to think about food! I still planned for the family but didn't put much thought. We really need to start focusing on our budget and elimating fast food. So I plan for this to be the last thrown together menu plan. I need to start prepping during the day and using the crockpot again so I feel like I'm helping Jason out at night. I can't wait to cook every night again this Fall while I'm on leave!

Monday 3/12: Eggs, Bacon, Toast

Tuesday 3/13: Tilapia, Rice, Green Beans

Wednesday 3/14: Spaghetti, Rolls

Thursday 3/15: Ham, Stuffing, Broccoli

Friday 3/16: Chicken Taquitos, Spanish Rice, Refried Beans

Saturday 3/17: Steak/Mushroom Fajitas, Corn, Leftover Spanish Rice

Sunday 3/18: Laughing Cow Chicken Cordon Bleu, Noodles, Broccoli

Check out OrgJunkie for more menu plans and ideas!

Changes, Changes, Changes...

I'm constantly falling off the blogging bandwagon...time to try again!

How about a quick update?

Miss Hannah is do amazing in in school. She was doing so well in reading in the Fall that they allowed her to have her reading level tested...even though they don't normally do it until 1st grade! My smartie-pants Kindergartner is reading at a 2nd-3rd grade level! She's been able to check books out at the school library since January and loves it! Recently she started taking tests on the books she checks out. This past week she decided she would get a new book every day and test on it the next day. I'm excited that she loves reading as much as I do!

Miss Avery is a ball of energy. She goes to preschool 2 days a week and stay home with me the other days. She's really started to learn a lot the past few months and will be ready for Kindergarten in the fall! She's definitely my goofball kid and always doing silly things or telling jokes. She's very insistent lately that she's my baby...more on that later!

Mr Noah is such a big boy now! We're just a few days over 2 months until his 2nd birthday! He's still not talking much which I think is partially because he still has a binky in his mouth most of the time. We're starting to work on weaning him off those. He is most definitely a boy and loves "Choo-choos" and cars. Yesterday he was captivated by Caillou. I think that's the first cartoon I've seen him really pay attention to.

The big news is this little one that's Due in August/September! Our New Year's surprise Baby #4!! The timing isn't perfect but we're already in love with this little one. We've decided not to find out the gender until the birth. This baby was a surprise from the start and we figured we might as well keep it that way! Another decision I made is to cloth diaper this time. This baby-wearing, co-sleeping, breast-feeding, baby food-making is getting a bit crunchier! I'm actually really excited to not add a bunch more disposables to the landfills!

Jason started school in January for Solar and Wind Technology. He's doing amazing and has about a 3.8 GPA. I am SO proud of him and hope he continues to enjoy school. He'll graduate next May and be able to get a really great job. It will hopefully make things easier on us financially!

I'm just trying to keep up with everything! I'm finally starting to get a bit more energy now that I'm in the 2nd trimester and hopefully I can keep it up. I'm counting down the days until my Maternity Leave when I can spend some time at home with my kids!