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weekday getaway to cloth diaper heaven… and g’s new tricks!

last night, katherine and I decided the time had come to venture to the sustainablebabyish studio in mass. I scurried as fast as I could to my keyboard, typed erin a facebook post… and when she didn’t respond within her usual two seconds, I emailed her… she got back to us and hooray! it was on! katherine and I decided to head out around lunch time – aka nap time… to have a nice ride… this was a complete success… everly and grayson were both passed out until we arrived… there was a hiccup or two… it rained today and my windshield wipers decided to break – LAME… so we had to stop by the vw dealer to get them replaced… luckily it was a quick in and out… holler!

it was an awesome day… being surrounded by that amount of fluff… and not just any fluff… SBISH fluff… was overwhelming for me. I’m glad I limited my amount of spending before I got there because honestly? I was a kid in a candy store. I did, however, end up leaving with a nice surprise… a cutie patootie go go baby diaper bag. I got it for two reasons a) it has GIGANTIC G’s all over it… g for grayson of course! (ha, yes… nerd here.) … and b) it’s green and I’m pretty sure john will prefer wearing it over my fabulous cherry juju be… katherine got to add to her sbish stash… I know she was stoked on that… I can’t wait to see miss everly in her new wool…

oh yes and erin! just as nice and helpful in person… she did a lanolizing demo… ON MY WOOL. all kinds of awesome. they are drying as we speak. can’t wait to use them… I now own every color of wool sbish has other than berry…. and everly has those… I’m ADDICTED. there. I said it. moving on…

here’s g… looking almost unrecognizable to me! he never looks like this… I’m pretty sure he was getting sleepy at this point… poor little guy… it ended up being a long day for him and an even longer night for me! he just got to sleep and it’s 11:00!!! not kosher!

here’s everly being her cute little sociable self… she told erin’s five year old son she wanted to kiss him. she’s kind of adorable. that one.

here’s g-man during one of his ninethousand wardrobe changes… the kid was on a ROLL with spit up today. seriously. he’s lucky he’s cute…

here’s the group at the end of the day. hi erin! can I just say? this pic is total motivation to continue dieting. ::cough, cough:: grayson isn’t pictured… he was already in his car seat…

all in all? awesome day. the car ride was loads of fun chatting with the always enjoyable katherine… and making it through a day trip with a four and a half month old and a toddler? I’m feeling a lot more confident about having more one of these days… just a thought. haha.

in other news… g has taken to rolling over… ALL THE TIME. which has officially put me on serious edge at night time. he rolls on his belly and shoves his face into the mattress… it scares the crap out of me! I hate it. seriously. I keep trying to roll him back over and two seconds later he’s back on his belly. he’s obviously ok… but it scares me. I’m super stoked he’s hitting all his milestones on time though… I can’t complain about that one.

oh and p.s. have a couple of adorable videos I need to post from tonight. he was SO happy to see john. they had a full on conversation where grayson exclaimed, “DADA!” I’m pretty sure I died from pure baby cuteness…

that’s all for now… gotta go check on that rolling baby of mine. see you laterrrrrrrr… oh and p.p.s. check out sustainablebabyish … they’re kind of amazing. nighty night!

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sustainablebabyish – sloomb

starting out with the best is sometimes unwise… but I think in this case, I’m bubbling with love for sustainablebabyish EVERYTHING…I have to start with them.

method:
fitteds and wool.
sustainablebabyish manufactures two main types of dipes. organic bamboo fleece fitteds and snapless-multis. (they also make flats (definitely the most affordable option)… but I have yet to try these… should be arriving soon… I’ll keep you posted.)

organic bamboo fleece fitteds or obf’s come in five sizes (XS-XL). they have snap closures and come with a snap in double insert and a free-floating doubler. the stitching and the snaps come in quite a few fabulous colors… and the main material is a nice natural type color. these are a great option for day or night. they are trim, absorbent, and last but not least adoooooooooorable.

snapless-multis are one size. they come standard with a pin for fastening but sloomb also offers an upgrade to a snappi if you prefer. (which I definitely do…) they come with two inserts. one long and one short. similar to the obf’s the stitching is colored and the main material is a natural type color. these are so soft. they feel almost like a super soft towel… you just want to scrunch them up and rub them up against your face… which is perfect for your little ones bottom… I am a huge fan of the snapless-multis. I have them in every color (besides the waytooobvious girl colors…) and I’ve pre-ordered the colors coming in the spring…

wool:
sustanablebabyish knit wool is like none other. it is so so soft and super thick. the quality is unbeatable… and even though they are a little expensive, they are so very worth the money. they come in many different colors to coordinate with the dipes. my favorite being the squash and the sprout… I’d have to say the peacoat is not far behind…. oh yes, and the berry makes me wish for a girl. who knows? she could be in our future…

the wool comes in two different options covers and longies.

I have more longies than covers… but as of late, I’ve been using the covers a lot more. The longies are great because not only are they diaper covers, but they are pants… so paired with a tshirt or a sweater… you have a complete outfit… a totally adorable one at that… not to mention they double as pj pants (which I frequently use them for)… the covers on the other hand, are somewhat like modern day bloomers. they aren’t really shorts… but they are short. they cover the dipe and they can go under clothes… in the winter anyway. I’m waiting for my underwoolies… that I’m hoping I can use under the clothes in the summer… we’ll see.

care:
I was a little intimidated going into this process… I read about every faq sbish had on their website and made sure I did the lanolizing the correct way. I was still clueless… but it worked… using lanolin with wool is essentially a fool-proof way to say buh-bye to leaks. it’s a bit of a process… and the drying time can vary, but it’s worth it in the end… and you don’t have to do it often… in fact, I just washed a couple pairs for only the second time the other day… and I’ve used them dozens of times at least. totally worth the trouble… and yes, they all have to be hand-washed… which sounds like a pain… but it really isn’t.

the dipes are easy-peasy… just toss em’ in with your regular dipe wash and you’re good to go. I use rockin’ green classic rock with funk rock for the prewash… I do a cold prewash with a hot regular wash and I do two cycles… may be over kill… but they never stink… even if I’ve let them sit a couple of days.

overall:
I give this system a 10/10… I love these. I love the owner, erin. the customer service is phenomenal. how many companies email you back within the hour or address issues on facebook with everyone to see? not many… but sbish is one of the few… and I love them even more for it. I’ve had a couple of order issues… and a couple of wool issues and erin was right there… helping me along. I adore the wool and tell everyone who will listen all about it. the dipes. puh-lease. I’m doing laundry overtime right now to have them always available (until the rest of my stash arrives to save the day… hooray!)… he sleeps in them every night with no leaks… and instead of changing him every two-three hours like I was with a few other brands… during the night I may have to change him once… and that’s only because the kid will break out with a rash if he stays wet too long… I have nothing but good things to say about sustainablebabyish. they are available at many of the cloth diaper online retailers but I prefer to go right to the source to get mine… sloomb. she has kits where you can try pretty much everything they have to offer without committing to just one type. they also have “seconds” frequently… which is wool that is slightly off… fit, color, whatever… for a discounted price… I’ve got quite a bit of my wool this way… and let me tell you… nothing wrong, whatsoever. had I found sbish at the beginning of my cloth diapering journey, I probably wouldn’t have tried any other brand… the next baby could quite possibly be exclusively diapered in sbish. in the words of my buddy katherine, they are fantastical!

oh and p.s. get on sloomb’s mailing list or like them on facebook! she has awesome promos ALL THE TIME. I won a wool cover just the other day…!

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there are no words. (actually, there might be a bunch…)

today has been pretty close to perfect. if my kid wasn’t spitting up in massive amounts as I type this and if I didn’t have a major mama booboo last night… it may have been perfect… but hey, I’m definitely not complaining… close to perfect is pretty freaking fantastic if you ask me.

last night when I went to bed at about 11:00… I checked the monitor, like I always do… about 18 times before my head hit the pillow. I cannot hear a thing through the wall between our room and g’s room, so I’m paranoid… (80 year – old insulation, who knew?)… apparently, I’m not paranoid enough, because when I woke up this morning at 7:30 I realized at some point in the night (which had to be relatively soon after I fell asleep)… the monitor had died. being the smartiepants I am, I didn’t have it plugged in. so, I flew out of bed and raced into my sons to room to him screaming bloody murder… my heart broke. I felt like the biggest schmuck on the planet… but he was forgiving… and thankfully, the diaper I had put on him last night had been too… no leaks. thanks gro-via! (it was a gro-via all-in-one… and I put it on him at 9:00 pm… way to go gro-via!) needless to say, it was a rough start to the day. I still feel kind of sick about it. considering he slept most of the day, which he hasn’t done in ages, I can only imagine how long he’d been lying there crying. ugh.

thankfully, this was the only moment of today that was less than pleasant. john came home shortly after “the incident”… and we had a pretty swell morning. he was awake and in a good mood and it was nice to hang out. which since we are both working now… and he’s back in school… oh yeah, and we have a newborn… has been a tad seldom. it was exactly what I needed after youknowwhat happened.

soon after, fedex arrived with a package practically about to burst open with cloth diapering goodness. sustainablebabyish wool and snapless multis. I seriously almost melted on the spot. I ran into the kitchen and ripped open the bag… and there they were. two pairs of the softest wool longies ever (in peacoat and squash – gorg!)… and three pairs of wool shorties (natural, mocha, and air… I won the natural pair! go me!)… I spent much of the afternoon lanolizing them… and they’re ready to wear now… yay! the package also had a wool shaver to keep them in good condition and five snapless multi diapers… seriously, I was in cloth diaper HEAVEN.

but the best was yet to come. for serious.

about twoish… katherine and everly arrived.

can I just take a minute to tell you how much I love this chick? (and of course her adorable bebe?!) I love her. not only because she’s totally fun to hang out with and she’s a westcoaster at heart like moi… she’s been a huge help to me since g was born… she’s leant her ear on many occasions when I thought I might lose my mind. her advice is always solid… and, wait for it… she got me into cloth diapering… that’s reason enough to love her as it is.

when she got here we just chilled for the first bit. I had run out and gotten us some wraps from roly poly… and we ate those while everly ate her turkey sandwich… e was giving me some serious baby girl fever… her cute little pink outfit and the way she would sign “please” and say… “more?” with her cute little inquisitive eyes and her baby accent. seriously, if I didn’t love this kid on contact I would be a crazy person. she’s a doll…

our visit went on with lots of giggles, stories, and babytalk – even a toddler spill… thankfully, she was fine… and her mama handled it like a champ… I think I was more shook up than anyone. yet another testament of how amazing katherine is as a mom. I seriously, seriously, needed this visit. it could not have come at a better time… and I think katherine hit the nail on the head… “having girl time… is like therapy…” and let me tell you, you can’t buy this kind. it was three hours of pure bliss. I felt like I was in high school and we were chatting in my room… but instead of talking about boys and school… we were chatting about husbands and babies… oh, how life has changed. who woulda thunk?

I wasn’t ready for katherine and everly to leave when the time came… which was kind of a good feeling. proved to me, I wasn’t faking it (which let’s face it… not every friend is a right fit… ifyouknowwhatimean.)… I really enjoyed every minute. we made promises to meet up next week… this time at her casa… and let me tell you… can’t friggin’ wait.

this got wayyyyyyyyyyy sappier then I was intending. what can I say? today was a ten.

oh and p.s. the day is not over yet… itttttttsssssssssss tshirt time!!!! new jersey shore tonight! yeah, I’m one of those

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