Phew, so much to catch up on!
MamatoaBunch, I cannot BELIEVE you are done packing already! I think I want 10 kids or whatever amazing skills that can do all that while in your last month of pregnancy! I hope the move keeps going smoothly!
Smokering, sorry about the transverse baby. I am sure that it's very temporary. My little person moves so much still too, right to left and back and forth. I get kicks and punches everywhere. But of course, it's only what has happened in the midwife's office that gets recorded. Hope it resolves quickly!
Redeyedvireo, so that's YOUR town! Sorry about that. All the breast feeding groups on Facebook are having cows in righteous indignation right now. I am so sorry you have to put up with that, but at the same time, I'm really glad that there are mamas like you in that town to show a little sense. I have a feeling that it won't last long with all the uproar that I am seeing nation wide on your behalf. Personally, it makes me so frustrated, that I would be looking FORWARD to my child being two so I could practice some civil disobedience!
Okay, cloth diaper stuff . . . I was using Rockin' Green Hard Rock formula with only a tablespoon and a half maybe per load. I added a gallon of hot water to the cold rinse cycle and a gallon of hot to the hot wash cycle, then did an extra rinse/wash. I have a mixture of organic cotton diapers and microfiber type things and they ALL started reeking of ammonia. I researched like crazy to find out what to do about it. I took all my diapers over to grandma's and did a bleach/dawn strip of the diapers and tried again adding a couple scoops of Funk Rock to the mix. I was so sick of the stink, the rashes, and then we moved to a temporary place with a NEW washer and life got complicated, so I switched to 'sposies for a few months. Now I am trying to go back, and the diapers (all washed before storage) still have residue! Ugh! I did an overnight soak with Rockin' Green, again, and they still smelled when I held them up to my nose (previously, they wouldn't smell like ANYTHING after a wash). So I am doing a Dawn/Oxygen Bleach strip to see if I can get them to a neutral place. I think Rockin' Green may just not work for me. But I don't want to give up quite yet, since I have a new washer, different water, and I know I am dealing with old problems. I am researching detergents and am considering using the All Free and Clear Military version with no optical brighteners. According to the charts, the only issue with using All Free and Clear is the brighteners, and if I avoid that, I should be good to go. I'll just have to use less.
I am so glad people can love their front loaders. I wonder if mine didn't have cloth diaper friendly features, because I sure did try! I researched, watched youtube videos, asked experts, asked forums of experience moms, read articles. I have been such a gung-ho CDing Mama until now, but giving your child a rash because of your diaper choices is a horrible feeling! So I am REALLY hoping to get back to a better place! I think using new prefolds with the baby will be nice because they are so uncomplicated and aren't already compromised.