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Charlie Banana…

Being a complete novice at cloth diapering means I can truthfully tell it how it really is… And I really don’t know what all the fuss is about, I’m loving cloth diapering, it’s not rocket science, today with these fancy diapers! I bought 4 cloth all in one cloth diapers, one Bumgenius and a pack of 3 Charlie Banana ones, so far the Charlie Banana ones win hands down, the poppers are so much nicer to use, the pads are soft and wash well and the fit is perfect for my 3 month old baby boy and we have tried them on his 3 year old sister and they fit perfectly too!

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Now I know I only have 4 diapers at the moment to wash but it’s so easy to get into a routine, once the diapers are used I pull them apart, rinse them if they need it then place in a bucket, every other day I spray the stained ones with a stain remover, now I know you are not meant to do this and my plan is to mix up a vinegar and water stain spray, but for now I’ve been using resolve and I only spray them a tiny bit, I place them in my super new washer with a couple of towels to balance out the load, set my machine on delay wash, to be ready for when I get up, I only use the laundry detergent, and I only use a free and clear, safe for the environment detergent, no softener, I set the washer on a long cycle and extra rinse and they come out perfect! I tumble dry the inserts, again no dryer sheets just two dryer blasts to help fluff and separate the load, on a low heat and hang the outer parts out to dry!

Again I know I only have 4 diapers but I don’t understand the problem with stuffing the diapers, so far I have stuffed them as I need them, it doesn’t take long, about as long as opening a disposable! It is true that my little boy needs changing more often, I haven’t taken him out in a cloth diaper just yet, or let him sleep through the night, but I do use them throughout the day when we are at home! My plan is to buy the box of six Charlie Banana diapers and I would like to try to pre-folds and covers, I bought all of my cloth diapers so far from Buy Buy Baby using my 20% off coupon! I tried Babies r us, but their cloth diapers consist of trainer pants and a pack of flat terry diapers old style, a waste of time, Amazon seems like a good place to get all things cloth diapering and from my research there seem to be some good websites out there! Etsy have some cute handmade diapers that I have been looking at, so I have plenty of options for my next purchase, but this is definitely an ongoing project… So far I have reduced my consumption of disposable diapers to half, so I am a little bit greener than I used to be, but cost wise I’m not quite breaking even just yet as I have had the outlay of the diapers to take into consideration, but so far so good… I am loving my little boy in his tiny cloth diapers!

Now onto the subject of disposable diapers, if you are like me and hate the thought of all the chemicals that go into each disposable diaper then the more natural made diapers are the way to go, I have tried babyganics, seventh generation and the Honest Company… I have to say my two favorites are Seventh generation and The Honest Company, but now the Honest Company Diapers just got better, they are now sold in Target and the best thing about Target is that they are $2 cheaper per pack than anywhere else… Yay, this made me very excited! I also like the Honest Company shampoo and body wash, this is sold in Costco, two large bottles are $14, but if you wait a while there is usually a coupon, so I purchased two bottles for $11… A bargain price!

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She’s having a baby!

I was so unorganized this time around… In all 7 pregnancies before this one I have never experienced any signs of early labor, all of my children were born either roughly to their due date or a little bit later, so of course I did not expect it to happen this time…

Last Monday saw the start of a busy last week for me, the date for my c- section was booked for Monday 17th, so all those last minute pre baby things needed to be completed… And there was a long list! Monday was my last ultrasound and stress test appointment… Everything looked good, but this little boy was still breach!

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Tuesday was my last midwife appointment, again everything looked good, still a breach little boy and a little bit of blood! We headed from the doctors office to find the hospital, then into Buy Buy Baby for a few last minute baby items and a few items for Mommy! I had a lunch date at a friends house on Wednesday planned followed by a birthday shopping trip for Paul’s Birthday on Friday, Thursday was meant to be a stay at home, housework day, Friday a grocery haul for the coming week whilst I was in hospital, Saturday we had a St Patricks day party and Sunday was meant to be a Florrie Day… All about this little girl before her life would completely change… Oh and of course inbetween all that I needed to dye my hair, shave my legs and cut my toe nails, a job that was not so easy to do at 39 weeks pregnant… Oh the joys!

So Wednesday started as planned with the addition of a few contractions… Lunch was lovely then we headed to the shops for Paul’s birthday presents, I was in a lot of discomfort, so after a while I decided to call my doctor… Of course he wanted me to go to the office to be checked, but it was getting late so we chose to go to the hospital later! More shopping, then a trip home to meet Paul… A quick shower and shaving session, just in case and we arrived at the hospital at 7pm… Yes I was contracting, so after a few hours of an iv to see if dehydration was causing me to contract, it was decided I would be having my baby that night!
PANIC… with a capital P, I wasn’t ready, I hadn’t completed my to do list, I hadn’t bought anything with me, this wasn’t meant to be the day, but it was happening!

The countdown to midnight started, tomorrow was Thursday the 13th, we wanted our baby born on the 12th if we could… The anesthetist was called away to an emergency so we were left waiting for another one to arrive! At 11.49pm on Wednesday, March 12th our 7lbs 5.8oz, 20 1/2 inches long, our baby boy was born… Now we needed to decide on a name, we had only had 9 months to decide, now we had 4 days before we left the hospital to give this tiny boy a name!

My recovery was as expected, but my little boy has had a slightly harder time, on the second day he developed low blood glucose, due to not feeding properly, he was shuddering and shaking, thankfully I noticed and the nurses were excellent and got him straight on the road to recovery, this was shortly followed by the development of jaundice, his bilirubin levels were high by Saturday and he then spent 12 hours over night under the ultraviolet lights, thankfully this helped and the billibubin levels began to drop!

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We both came home late on Sunday evening… I have never had high blood pressure, but of course typically just before I was about to leave, when I got my final check over… My blood pressure was high… Crazy! After a quick nap and by lying on my left side my blood pressure dropped enough for me to be released into the normal world… Time to go home to our crazy house and our family, who by the way, are all totally, madly and beautifully in love with our little boy… Tate Jude, oh yes I forgot to mention, we finally decided on the Saturday evening found the perfect name for him!

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