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Originally Posted by jeninejessica View Post

Just soaking, washing and rinsing. We started with a rinse. Then a wash. Then we went back and soaked them, washed them, and dried them. The shells are a PUL outer with the fleece inner (at least it feels like fleece). 

 

I don't have Dawn. Just like Dawn dishsoap? 

 

For water-- hard water is when you find that showering and stuff it's hard to rinse the soap off, right? We definitely don't have hard water then. It's pretty treated city water. We're  supposed to have some of the best water in the country I believe. What does the other end of the spectrum present as though.... can you have too soft water?



Oh, then I would definitely try 1 tbsp Dawn and rinsing in hot water multiple times (until water runs completely clear) before anything else.  Use the Original blue Dawn...nothing fancy.  Even vinegar can be a little hard on some diapers so I would strip before I tried vinegar, bleach or anything else.  Your water can't be too soft so you should be good there, but maybe the previous owners had hard water, so stripping should help with that too. 

 

ETA: Make sure your water isn't too hot too...water that is too hot will damage PUL and make it leak.  I can't remember exactly now, but I think 120 or 130 degrees is about where you want it.  You may want to double check on Cotton Babies or something.  I'll come back if I find the info...I need to check it out because I'll be stripping mine soon too. 

post #82 of 122

I checked a few websites and it looks like diapers with PUL shouldn't be washed on a setting higher that 130 degrees.  I did make the mistake of doing this with a few diapers and drying them too hot and ruined the PUL.  I can't remember how hot I had them, but it sounds like you want it close to 130, but not over. Oh, and I saw again on Cotton Babies that they suggest occassionally using bleach, but not using vinegar and baking soda.  Goes against what we typically try to use to clean more naturally, but PUL is kind of easily ruined.  I think I used to bleach our dipes once every couple of months when I stripped.

post #83 of 122

Is this washing with Dawn and hot water what people are talking about when they talk about stripping dipes? I've always wondered - and now I have diapers of my own to figure this out with!
 

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Oh, then I would definitely try 1 tbsp Dawn and rinsing in hot water multiple times (until water runs completely clear) before anything else.  Use the Original blue Dawn...nothing fancy.  Even vinegar can be a little hard on some diapers so I would strip before I tried vinegar, bleach or anything else.  Your water can't be too soft so you should be good there, but maybe the previous owners had hard water, so stripping should help with that too.



 

post #84 of 122
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Originally Posted by futuremamaheather View Post

Is this washing with Dawn and hot water what people are talking about when they talk about stripping dipes? I've always wondered - and now I have diapers of my own to figure this out with! 

 

I think that is how most people strip their diapers.  It has always worked pretty well for us. 

 

 

post #85 of 122

Thanks! :-)

post #86 of 122

I did my 3 hour glucose test and got my results today! I don't have GD!!!! YAYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!
 

I am so happy!!!!!!!!!!

post #87 of 122
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I did my glucose test today to and didnt fail yay!!!!

post #88 of 122

Let's all eat some candy corn to celebrate! LOL! That's really good news, I was pretty stressed about GD this time around, but just used DH's monitor every week. I'll be checking again tomorrow, when I hit 33 weeks. Apparently our babes are gaining half a pound a week now?! I'm sort of hoping for a little chunk, with having school aged kids it's pretty much guaranteed we're going to deal with a cold or flu this winter, and an extra pound or two would probably help. DS was born in January and was only 6 pounds 12 ounces, but he was my first and there was a giant snowstorm a few days afterward, so I was pretty much housebound with him for about 3 weeks. He really packed it on after he came out, too... he'd gained 3 pounds by his 6 week appointment!

post #89 of 122

LOL. I DO have halloween candy downstairs... 

 

So I had a scary morning. I went in to work, completely fine, and after about an hour and a half, just pretty suddenly started losing the right side of my vision, and then getting a headache. I couldn't make it go away, but it was like everything to my right side was dark and blurry... like after you come in from really bright light, and you can see shapes, but you can't focus on anything? Anyways, so I sat for a bit, waited for it to go away, it didn't, and so I made the decision to call DH to come get me and go see the Dr. Then as I was finishing up some stuff to pass on to a co-worker, I was trying to explain something to her... and it was like my brain and the words I was trying to say just weren't cooperating... I felt like something out of a medical drama- I was flitting my eyes around at the people with me, all while this poor girl is like "it's ok, don't worry" and my brain is thinking "no it's not, I know this stuff, I know exactly what I want to say to you... but when I try to speak, I'm just talking gibberish..." it was like words in the wrong order, and even words mixed up... I would try to say something like "arrivals" and it would come out "rrrrevom" or something else equally undistinguishable. 

 

So that's where I officially was like ok... vision is one thing, headache one thing, but not being able to form sentences-- now I'm freaked. So off we went. The doctor checked me out, said everything looks normal, I could either go home and try to sleep it off, come back if it gets worse (my speech was back by then, just the vision was a bit off still, and headache remained) or could go directly to triage, where they would send me for a CT, and probably an MRI, and a whole schwack of tests. Since it was getting better, we opted ot go home, and I slept. 

 

I woke up, and my vision is 'normal' now, and my speech back to normal, just have a killer headache. But at least after sleeping I was able to get on the computer and do some searching, it looks like it was a "Complex migraine", which totally presents as a stroke, but obviously doesn't have long term effects. Good to know. I found this blog entry that totally sounds like it:

 

 

 

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Hemianopsia is just a fancy word for having one side of your vision gone. This is also an "evolving" symptom, sometimes starting with little flickers of light far off to the side. And then they get brighter and grow stronger, sometimes as white sparkles, sometimes as yellow lightning bolts, until they take over half of what I can see. Then at some point the flashing lights fade to a still gray or black, and then I am just basically blind on one side. I find myself a dark, quiet place to lie down, and try not to use my eyes. Simple tasks like texting become extremely difficult.

Expressive aphasia is the strangest of the little monsters. The migraine takes over the part of my brain that controls speech, and, if I choose to open my mouth, it would be easy for a listener to pick up on the short-circuits or random firings. And this is, hands down, the weirdest part of the whole experience. It is also the one thing I have some control over. "Even the foolish man is considered wise when he keeps silent." If I don't try to talk, my mouth can't misbehave. But as soon as I open my mouth, there is a foggy disconnect. Like I'm trying to think through a pillow. The feeling is similar to the one we get in the middle of a bad dream, when we're trying to run, but can't, or yell, but can't, or fly, but can't. Only this isn't a dream. It's my tongue. And it doesn't work. And I really, really don't like it. 

 

Anyways... feeling much less scared and more normal now, but wow, was that not fun! And I'd love the headache to go away anytime now... 

post #90 of 122

Oh, and what I came in here to share... duh! We were talking about swim lessons for the kids and I mentioned the baby can go swimming after he/she has had the first shots. DS was really concerned... shots? What for? So I explained he had them when he was a baby and his sister had them and it's not a big deal, just a little pinch. He does NOT want his minion being hurt! At all, ever. Then DH made a comment about it being a good thing we aren't circ'ing then, and so we had to explain that to DS... he was completely horrified by that and he's been talking about making a little suit of armor ever since!! I wasn't expecting the big brother protectiveness to kick in this early!

post #91 of 122

Ugh, my web browser is being funky. When I opened the thread, it opened up to the chat about stripping diapers so I responded to it. Of course after submitting the post, I see that the diaper stripping is kind of old news. Neat. Thanks Firefox.

post #92 of 122
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Originally Posted by jeninejessica View Post

LOL. I DO have halloween candy downstairs... 

 

So I had a scary morning. I went in to work, completely fine, and after about an hour and a half, just pretty suddenly started losing the right side of my vision, and then getting a headache. I couldn't make it go away, but it was like everything to my right side was dark and blurry... like after you come in from really bright light, and you can see shapes, but you can't focus on anything? Anyways, so I sat for a bit, waited for it to go away, it didn't, and so I made the decision to call DH to come get me and go see the Dr. Then as I was finishing up some stuff to pass on to a co-worker, I was trying to explain something to her... and it was like my brain and the words I was trying to say just weren't cooperating... I felt like something out of a medical drama- I was flitting my eyes around at the people with me, all while this poor girl is like "it's ok, don't worry" and my brain is thinking "no it's not, I know this stuff, I know exactly what I want to say to you... but when I try to speak, I'm just talking gibberish..." it was like words in the wrong order, and even words mixed up... I would try to say something like "arrivals" and it would come out "rrrrevom" or something else equally undistinguishable. 

 

So that's where I officially was like ok... vision is one thing, headache one thing, but not being able to form sentences-- now I'm freaked. So off we went. The doctor checked me out, said everything looks normal, I could either go home and try to sleep it off, come back if it gets worse (my speech was back by then, just the vision was a bit off still, and headache remained) or could go directly to triage, where they would send me for a CT, and probably an MRI, and a whole schwack of tests. Since it was getting better, we opted ot go home, and I slept. 

 

I woke up, and my vision is 'normal' now, and my speech back to normal, just have a killer headache. But at least after sleeping I was able to get on the computer and do some searching, it looks like it was a "Complex migraine", which totally presents as a stroke, but obviously doesn't have long term effects. Good to know. I found this blog entry that totally sounds like it:

 

 

 

 

Anyways... feeling much less scared and more normal now, but wow, was that not fun! And I'd love the headache to go away anytime now... 

 

 

 

Oh mama!   What a terrible experience.  I have a friend who suffers from expressive aphasia.  She had her first episode at my house and we spent a long day in the ER trying to get her help.  Hers is stress related and is worse when she is menstruating.  Hormones and all.  Anyway, I am sorry you are having this trouble.  Have you had migraines in the past?  I know they are much more common during pregnancy.  Hopefully, this will calm down when your baby is born.  

 

Anyway, thinking of you and hope you are feeling better.  

 

post #93 of 122
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LOL. I DO have halloween candy downstairs... 

 

So I had a scary morning. I went in to work, completely fine, and after about an hour and a half, just pretty suddenly started losing the right side of my vision, and then getting a headache. I couldn't make it go away, but it was like everything to my right side was dark and blurry... like after you come in from really bright light, and you can see shapes, but you can't focus on anything? Anyways, so I sat for a bit, waited for it to go away, it didn't, and so I made the decision to call DH to come get me and go see the Dr. Then as I was finishing up some stuff to pass on to a co-worker, I was trying to explain something to her... and it was like my brain and the words I was trying to say just weren't cooperating... I felt like something out of a medical drama- I was flitting my eyes around at the people with me, all while this poor girl is like "it's ok, don't worry" and my brain is thinking "no it's not, I know this stuff, I know exactly what I want to say to you... but when I try to speak, I'm just talking gibberish..." it was like words in the wrong order, and even words mixed up... I would try to say something like "arrivals" and it would come out "rrrrevom" or something else equally undistinguishable. 

 

So that's where I officially was like ok... vision is one thing, headache one thing, but not being able to form sentences-- now I'm freaked. So off we went. The doctor checked me out, said everything looks normal, I could either go home and try to sleep it off, come back if it gets worse (my speech was back by then, just the vision was a bit off still, and headache remained) or could go directly to triage, where they would send me for a CT, and probably an MRI, and a whole schwack of tests. Since it was getting better, we opted ot go home, and I slept. 

 

I woke up, and my vision is 'normal' now, and my speech back to normal, just have a killer headache. But at least after sleeping I was able to get on the computer and do some searching, it looks like it was a "Complex migraine", which totally presents as a stroke, but obviously doesn't have long term effects. Good to know. I found this blog entry that totally sounds like it:

 

 

 

 

Anyways... feeling much less scared and more normal now, but wow, was that not fun! And I'd love the headache to go away anytime now... 


Im sorry I didn't see this before, I hope you're feeling better now. I get migraines like this, I have trouble speaking but am able to make sense (I think) but I can't read and have trouble even dialing the phone. If the vision thing starts to happen again, take some Tylenol right at the onset of the symptoms (or Advil if it happens when you aren't pregnant) and the headache might be a lot less severe. If I don't catch it soon enough, the pain is so bad I throw up, but a regular dose of Tylenol knocks it back to a bad headache, and 3 Advil can make it so I don't get a headache at all. Anyway, just take it really easy tonight and don't worry if you feel a little run down tomorrow. Migraines are no fun to deal with!

 

post #94 of 122

That's no fun, jeninejessica! I've certainly had my share of migraines, and they are awful. Thankfully I've only had one since I got pregnant.

 

I passed the one-hour GD screen! Yay! And even though I keep thinking I'm gaining too much weight, the doctor says I look great and everything is perfectly normal.

post #95 of 122

Any one else really itchy?  It started as my belly but now it is whole body (different parts at different times)  I go back and forth between blaming it on the change in weather, going swimming few days ago and soaking in the "warm" pool (98 degrees), and worrying about something serious like cholestasis.

post #96 of 122

dsb~  Did you get no dye/no scent detergent for the baby? Maybe try washing some of your clothes with it to see if that helps, some peoples skin gets more sensitive when they're pregnant, too (it's the only time I get eczema, and I get hives a lot while pregnant) 

post #97 of 122

dsb76 - not to alarm you, but my SIL had PUPPPS at the end of her pregnancy - may want to check into it. 

post #98 of 122

hmm.  I don't have a rash to indicate puppps.

mummoth - I completely forgot but I am using a different brand of detergent recently.  I should switch back.

 

I think I just freaked out about the whole cholestasis thing.  If I am still having itching at my next Ob appt I will talk to him about it - though right now it doesn't seem to be very severe and it didn't wake me up last night (though peeing and being generally uncomfortable did).  It is mostly my belly right now which is the same as during my last pregnancy.

post #99 of 122

I've been itchy for a couple of weeks now. Mostly belly and legs. I'm chalking it up to dry skin, between hormones and weather changes.

post #100 of 122

I'm itchy too....I think it is my skin being dry and also stretching...

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