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post #101 of 122
I had an OB appointment today and had to ream my doctor a bit. You see, he made and locally marketed a dip (it's like rotel dip but with sausage) and I can't stop eating it. It's insane! I've eaten two containers all by myself - I won't even share it with my family. And I REFUSE to look at the ingredients and/or fat content - which is so unlike me. This stuff is amazing.

Oh, and baby is doing great. smile.gif
post #102 of 122
I just had a huge bowl of oatmeal and now you've gone and made me hungry!! eat.gif Sounds yummy!

Glad the baby's doing well!
post #103 of 122

Cheese and some form crunchy carb-y thing sounds sooooo delicious. DS needs to wake up from his nap so we can go to the store!

post #104 of 122

I've been wondering lately what this baby will look like and how the labor/delivery will be. At the end of the day as long as everyone's healthy...but...

-Will this new baby be a girl or boy?(I think girl)

-Will I have another long, hard labor and complicated delivery?

-And most important...Will I give birth to another ginger child? DH and I are both blond, and DS was born with a full head of red hair! It fell out and the regrowth is blonde.

post #105 of 122
Totally off subject but I just saw someone's ticker at 24 weeks (I'll be 25 weeks tomorrow) and I had a little heart attack. I keep thinking "we're halfway there" but the reality is that we're sooooo close! ARGH!!! Way more than halfway! So much to do, and so much to think about! Is anyone else panicking or am I the only nervous wreck? We don't even have diapers yet, I keep putting it off hoping our friends and family will contribute to the cloth diapering fund so we don't have to shell out the money... Part of me can't wait for this to be over but part of me wishes we had more time to prepare. redface.gif
post #106 of 122
Funny that you mention that, Pilar. I was talking to my neighbor today (both due with #3 within a week of each other) and we both said we are too busy and preoccupied to even think about baby prep. We told ourselves that Thanksgiving is a good time to start worrying. I literally don't need anything so there's no pressure - well, I need a name and a minivan, but those will come!

I'm only 23 weeks and feel way less than halfway.
post #107 of 122
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goodness, i have gobs to do, too!  i need to get a new carseat and a new carrier, since our ergo is basically threadbare these days, and i need to go through 3-kids-worth of boy clothes to determine just what i'm going to be needing before welcoming a daughter (i plan to use as much of the boy stuff as i can get away with!).  i'm looking towards the holidays as an easy way to come by the baby things i need- i don't feel stressed by waiting that long for them.  one thing i DON'T need is diapers.  i stumbled upon my big stash of newborn prefolds in the attic this afternoon (i thought i'd sold them), and between them and the other fitteds i've picked up off of diaperswappers lately, there's nothing i need to hunt for anymore.  i saved all of the bigger diapers that i liked using with my last kiddo, too, so i should be all set for this baby.  please, if you see me over on DS, tell me to get out of there!  my paypal will thank you! :)

 

i'm mostly stressed about getting ready for the holidays.  i really want to be present this year- i always feel rushed by the "to do"s, and i want to have time to drink everything in this year.  that's my big goal at this point- get things done early, so that i can enjoy more meaningful moments with the fam.

 

glad your appt went well today, angela!

post #108 of 122

Haha, we haven't even gotten close to diapers! We're still working on clearing out what is currently the "box room" to turn it into baby's room.

 

I redid our 2-year-old's room a couple of months ago (moved out changing table & extra wardrobe to baby's room and bought lots of shelves with cubbies for his toys). But now I'm wondering if instead of buying another crib (it's a crib/junior bed combo), we should just give baby his and then he gets a loft bed. We could put curtains around the open lower part so it's like a play tent area. He would love that. They have safety railings on top, but wondering if it's still ok for someone so young?

 

So currently baby's room is a changing table, a wardrobe, and a lot of random boxes from our kind-of-recent (March) move. But we can't clear it out until we set up all our lighting throughout the apartment, hang up our extra TV, and move the rest into our storage basement, which is kind of damp b/c they didn't air it out enough after building (new build), grrr.

 

Then we can arrange the furniture. And then I can sort through baby clothes, etc. HardCoreMom, we're also having a girl after a boy, and I'd like to reuse as much as possible. My idea was to put her in anything that does not say "boy" on it or is a very obvious boy style, then girlify her outfits with cute leggings (it will be winter, after all!), sweaters, booties, hats, etc.

 

But back to diapers, my husband and I are having a debate about this. We only had 1 laundry day per week (yes, there are assigned laundry days here, don't get me started) when our son was born, so cloth was not even an option. Now, we have our own laundry room, so we can do laundry whenever we want (well, except on Sundays, after 10pm, before 7am, not on public holidays, bah!--though I kind of ignore those "rules" if we really need to wash redface.gif).

 

Anyways, our debate is an eco one. Here the trash is burned, not buried like in the US, so is it really better to go for cloth (which involves using a lot of detergent and water--also not so good) in this case? I don't know anything about cloth, except there's no way I could do the origami necessary to fold them while keeping a toddler and baby busy. orngtongue.gif I guess there are ones you just put on the baby like a disposable except you wash instead of throw out?

post #109 of 122
You can try the gdiapers (with the real cover and the disposable insert). Then there's less to burn. I use prefolds and there's no origami. Promise. They seriously take less time than a disposable.

I'd keep the two y/o in whatever he feels comfortable in. When my daughter was two she had a mattress thrown on the floor and a crib in her room and was allowed to pick where to sleep each night. It was totally 50/50.
post #110 of 122

 

But back to diapers, my husband and I are having a debate about this. We only had 1 laundry day per week (yes, there are assigned laundry days here, don't get me started) when our son was born, so cloth was not even an option. Now, we have our own laundry room, so we can do laundry whenever we want (well, except on Sundays, after 10pm, before 7am, not on public holidays, bah!--though I kind of ignore those "rules" if we really need to wash redface.gif).

 

 


I remember the laundry "rules" we had in Germany. The same rules also applied to using the community recycling bins, using motorized lawn equipment, and making public noise in general. As for your diaper dilemma, I didn't run into any trouble washing cloth diapers. The people in my building understood I had a baby and diapers to wash, so the public holiday rule was excused as long as I air dried. I second the gDiapers recommendation. They also manufacture biodegradable disposables that might create less fumes when burned. All cloth is great is great, too. I used prefold diapers and PUL covers with DS and washed them in my teeny 7kg front-loader with great success. 

 

post #111 of 122

Sweet Bee- try these: http://www.bummis.com/us/en/easy-fit.php They sell them on amazon so you could probably order them there. 

 

I'm also starting to get a little bit nervous about all the CD laundry...

post #112 of 122
My reasons to go with CD have little to do with the environment, because you do end up using a lot of water and energy anyways... But if you consider that:

a) disposables have horrible chemicals that you are putting right up against your baby's reproductive organs;
b) disposables end up costing you a ton more money in the long run;
c) disposables don't allow the baby to get that "wet feeling", making it harder for young children to toilet train; and
d) disposables make money for giant corporations, while purchasing cloth diapers supports small businesses (many mom-owned)

then going with cloth has clear merits. And from what I've seen, you don't have to do any origami folds, just fold the pre-fold in thirds, slip it under the baby and pin it with a snappi (and then snap on a cover). It can't be that terrible, and the benefits are worth it! Plus, you don't have to go all or nothing... I'm sure we'll be using eco-disposables for trips and long outings.
post #113 of 122

Re:  baby stuff/prep:  I think we're pretty much set other than a second Ergo (still using the old one to carry our older son) and small diaper covers (I gave most of our very small stash of newborn/small diaper covers away to a friend).  Maybe a couple more long sleeve gowns with the elastic at the bottom... I found them way easier than onesies for early days last time.

 

We do need to get my older son either moved out of our bed entirely or sleeping over on my husband's side of the bed.  I am really putting it off.  I love snuggling with him at night so much, especially since I've been back to working FT.  :/ 

post #114 of 122

Disposable diapers use more water to be produced then it takes to wash cloth.  Disposable diapers use heavy chemical and gels while with cloth you just use eco friendly detergents.  In the cloth versus disposable debate cloth wins by a mile, no question.  Here's a link to some info.

 

As far as ease and origami folding.  Cloth has come a long way!  Some diapers are just as easy to throw on as disposables, with velcro or snaps to attach.  Here's a link on how to use regular prefolds and covers, which is the cheap way to cloth.  You can go much fancier and by all-in-ones that you just throw on like a disposable or pocket diapers that just require you putting in an insert.  One of the benefits of cloth is that the elastic along the back and diapers is far superior to that of a disposable, so the poop stays in instead of all the "blowouts" you have with disposables.  When I switched to cloth when dd1 was 4 months old, I did a lot LESS laundry.  

post #115 of 122
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We do need to get my older son either moved out of our bed entirely or sleeping over on my husband's side of the bed.  I am really putting it off.  I love snuggling with him at night so much, especially since I've been back to working FT.  :/ 



We still find two big kids in our bed somehow by the morning. They know they can't sleep there when the baby comes, and we've been making a pallet on the floor for them to use as well. I also splurged to get one of those little infant sleepers that you put in bed... I'm not sure that it will be necessary, but for some reason I feel like it might be with two bigger kids poppin' around. It might just end up being more annoying than anything else since I'll have to pick the baby up out of it to feed at night. 

post #116 of 122

Thanks, everyone! I guess it's time to do some research. To be honest, just browsing through those links was overwhelming. I feel like a total newbie, even though this will be our 2nd. redface.gif

 

mamasmoman, we have it even worse than in Germany, if you can believe it. The Swiss make the Germans look like fun-loving free spirits when it comes to rules. orngtongue.gif My husband is German, we've been here over 4 years, and he is still shocked by the attitude. We have to bind our paper recycling with special string in neat stacks no taller or shorter than a designated height range. There is a "garbage police" that checks and bills people (I heard a crazy story where they knocked on a family's doorstep, shaking a 2-week-old banana peel in their faces b/c it had been disposed of in the "wrong" trash can). Then one of our neighbors yelled at us recently for using a quiet hand-pushed lawn mower (no motor) on a Sunday. Oops.

post #117 of 122
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Originally Posted by Sweet.Bee View Post

Thanks, everyone! I guess it's time to do some research. To be honest, just browsing through those links was overwhelming. I feel like a total newbie, even though this will be our 2nd. redface.gif

 

mamasmoman, we have it even worse than in Germany, if you can believe it. The Swiss make the Germans look like fun-loving free spirits when it comes to rules. orngtongue.gif My husband is German, we've been here over 4 years, and he is still shocked by the attitude. We have to bind our paper recycling with special string in neat stacks no taller or shorter than a designated height range. There is a "garbage police" that checks and bills people (I heard a crazy story where they knocked on a family's doorstep, shaking a 2-week-old banana peel in their faces b/c it had been disposed of in the "wrong" trash can). Then one of our neighbors yelled at us recently for using a quiet hand-pushed lawn mower (no motor) on a Sunday. Oops.

I've lived in Germany off and on most of my life, and Germans have been known to comment on the Swiss' love of rules and the French's lack thereof bouncy.gif
 

 

post #118 of 122

Sweet Bee 2 is too to young for a loft. When we bought bunks for the kids, we found out that kids under six aren't supposed to be on the top. We still put our almost 5 year old up there, but there's huge difference between nearly 5 & 2.  My 2 yr old can climb up, but he can't get down yet (we try to keep him off it, but don't always succeed).

 

As for cloth vs disposable, I can't imagine how nasty/bad for the environment burning disposable diapers would be. Yuck.

 

Well, I'm still sick. Seems to very, very slowly be getting better, but I should probably be seeing a dr. since I have a bit of crackling in my lungs when I breathe. I feel too crappy to take transit & sit in a waiting room at the walk-in for hours, though.  Desperately hoping we all have a major improvement over the next few days because we all have to drag our butts across the city so dh can have a medical procedure done. He can't postpone, they wanted it done this week, & I have no one to watch the kids, so that's going to be a laugh riot. (It's under sedation, so dh has to have another adult to get him home & we can't take transit home, either)

 

Baby seems to be doing ok despite me feeling awful. Still not moving a lot, but at least now I'm not coughing quite so violently, there's a bit more movement. Had some more issues with dehydration induced contractions the other night. Drank about 3L of water in a couple hours & they went away. I've been limiting my water because the coughing was so bad & I guess it finally caught up with me.

post #119 of 122
Oh hun, I can't imagine the torture of still being sick!!! You're a trooper... Hang in there!!
post #120 of 122
Sweet Bee, what about having him sleep on the bottom for a few years, until he is old enough to sleep on the top? Maybe just don't put the ladder up until you are ready for him to sleep up top?
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