Cloth Diapers
  • What I've been doing

    It just so happened that family wanted to babysit Aila this morning and I suddenly received the gift of a free morning! Yessss. I decided it was time to update my blog and let you all know just what all has been going on in my world over the last several months. The laundry, dishes and cleaning can wait. 

    Within a few days of our fifth wedding anniversary, Ryan, Aila and I moved into a new home! 

    We saw the heartbeat of the newest member of the Buttrey family.

    We found a new gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate chip cookie recipe that is DELICIOUS. 

    We didn't waste any time on ripping out the upper cabinents in our new kitchen and installing open shelving, beadboard and a much needed {huge} island. 

    Aila fell asleep in my arms for the first time in about nine months--it was glorious.

    It didn't last long, but she sure is a happy girl. 

    I learned how to cut watermelon in a new, fun way. 

    I have missed our clothesline at our previous house so much I decided to hang Aila's diapers on the string of lights on our back porch--our poor neighbors. Since this picture, I invested in a fold away laundry rack from Costco that I LOVE. 

    I revamped my mom's turkey casserole recipe to make it gluten-free and dairy-free! AMAZING!

    Aila and I have snuggled.

    We've hiked.

    And we've let Papa take pictures of us after we found out we are going to have ANOTHER little girl in our family. She hopefully will make her appearance this coming December--the perfect Christmas gift!

    Hopefully you enjoyed this very short recap of my last few months. It's been different. The Lord has led me through the stress of moving and a very different first trimester with this second baby. It has been much more of an emotional roller coaster than I experienced with Aila's pregnancy. I have had moments of peace and joy and other moments {more like days} of depression and unlogical hopelessness. Since I've moved into the second trimester, it has evened out a little and I feel more like myself--thank you, God. 

    My doctor also suspected, ran blood tests for and diagnosed me with Lyme disease last month. That has been a roller coaster in itself--one that I will have to expound on another day. 

    It really has been a busy, stressful, intermittently joyous and painful last few months. I am so thankful Ryan, family, friends, Aila and my sweet Lord has been supporting me and walking beside me through it all!

  • Cloth Diapering: Why?

    Ryan and I use cloth diapers on Aila's little bottom.

    Everyone seems to freak out when I tell them this. First of all, let me say that they have come a long way from safety pins and plastic covers.

    For us, cloth diapering has been awesome.

    We orignally looked into it for the financial benefits, but soon began learning so much about health benefits for our baby girl and the environmental benefits for all of us. 

    Since our original reason to cloth diaper was for financial reasons, we bought our "stash" {the collection of diapers we have} from Alva Baby as recommended by a friend. Their website was... t e r r i b l e..., but they were incredibly inexpensive and have served us well so far. I found out that they are so affordable because they are "China diapers". Ughh. It makes sense now that they are $10 cheaper than many other diaper brands, likely because they aren't being made by a local mom who is sitting in air conditioning with a latte. Ryan and I ended up relieving our guilt by realizing sometimes you just have to pick and choose your battles. We could return our stash of 40 diapers and buy about 15 instead for the same price, or we could keep them and try to save the earth and love people in other ways. 

    We started cloth diapering when Aila was about 3 months old. We didn't want to deal with the 12 poops/day phase when we were just trying to figure it all out. We knew if we completely overwhelmed ourselves right from the start, the likelihood of us continuing to use cloth diaper would decrease. We had received a lot of disposable diapers at baby showers, so we just slowly transitioned into it. Looking back on it now, I think we did the right thing. We were so tired and we initially had to do a lot of trial and error to get our diapers clean! Because we now have a system, I think it will be fine to start at birth for any future Buttrey Babies.