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post #61 of 734
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Originally Posted by birdhappy85 View Post

Jaimee - Any advice for a friend of mine whose infant absolutely hates cloth diapers? She's 7 weeks old and has been using disposables up until this point. My friend intended to do cloth but just didn't get around to starting until now... and her daughter is rejecting them hardcore... screams and cries when they're put on! She has tried a variety, which I think includes GroVias and prefolds with Thirsties covers.

 

I figured I'd ask our resident CD expert! But of course, I welcome suggestions from everyone else, too. winky.gif

Mal's daughter Greta rejected cloth too. Not sure if it was resolved, just thought if it was, maybe she'd have advice from her experience. smile.gif

post #62 of 734
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Originally Posted by birdhappy85 View Post

Jaimee - Any advice for a friend of mine whose infant absolutely hates cloth diapers? She's 7 weeks old and has been using disposables up until this point. My friend intended to do cloth but just didn't get around to starting until now... and her daughter is rejecting them hardcore... screams and cries when they're put on! She has tried a variety, which I think includes GroVias and prefolds with Thirsties covers.

I figured I'd ask our resident CD expert! But of course, I welcome suggestions from everyone else, too. winky.gif

Haha, my DD just flat out refused diapers. I never thought to try sposies on her.
post #63 of 734

Several things could be at play here and it could be just a phase, too.  But I'd have her take a look at a few things...

 

1.  Is she letting baby get too wet?  Cloth needs to be changed much more frequently, like every 1-2 hours ideally.  The first thing I would try is changing more frequently.  Additionally, diapers like Grovia AI2 and prefolds feel much wetter than disposables and need to be changed the most often of all cloth diapers.  She could try a better wicking diaper like a pocket diaper lined with polyester.  If this is not an option financially, she could make fleece liners for her other diapers and try that.

 

2.  What laundry detergent is she using?  Does baby show any signs of contact allergic reaction?

 

3.  Is baby getting pinched or scraped or somehow irritated by the diapers?  Check for angry red marks where the elastic hits on thighs and waist.  Sometimes it's hard to figure out how tight to fasten a cloth diaper.

 

4.  It's possible baby grows impatient with the diaper routine, gets cold, etc. and just doesn't like being changed in general.  If she's new to cloth and is fumbling around a bit, baby might sense this nervousness or gets irritated by how long it takes. Perhaps once she becomes more adept at fastening the diapers baby will calm down.

 

I might also try changing baby in a different location- maybe on the floor or on the couch and see if that helps.  But honestly, it's usually the wet factor that gets some babies that have become used to disposables.  Is she willing/able to try ECing?  Getting more in tune with baby's elimination needs could help crack the problem as well.  If you can, just keep encouraging her.  I'm sure it will all fall into place soon.

post #64 of 734

Thanks for the info! I'll pass it along.

 

Amanda, that red lentil Thai chili recipe you shared is so good, I don't know how I can ever repay you.... for real. *LOVE*

post #65 of 734

Omgosh it's warm here!!!!!  We've been outside all weekend!  coolshine.gif

 

Sonja, your turn for the spotlight!

post #66 of 734

Yeah, Greta had a hard time with cloth too. I really think the pockets we were using were just uncomfortably bulky for her. I really only pushed it while I was on maternity leave, though, so no real advice from me. Once I went back to work when she was 10 weeks old, the laundry situation at home just got too out of control so we just went with the disposables. I have to say, the only time I have really missed cloth was when I was off work for the summer. I do wish I'd held onto the ones I had to use when I'm not working, but we sold them/gave them to friends shortly after I went back to work. 

 

The weather here is gorgeous too! I had some shopping to do yesterday, but Greta was outside all morning and all evening after we got home. DD1 stayed home with DH and had a couple of friends over. She was outside for a solid 9 hours yesterday! Needless to say, they both went to bed with no problem after running off all that energy!

post #67 of 734

Oh! And we accepted an offer on our house yesterday! biggrinbounce.gif Once everything is signed and finalized, we are going to turn around and make an offer on the house we want. Fingers crossed they accept our offer!!!!

post #68 of 734

I hope I don't get in trouble for spamming, but I don't have anyone lined up for my monthly WAHM product review for this month for my blog and if anyone that sells stuff is interested in expanding for more clientele, please message me for a spot in my product review blog post. :)

post #69 of 734
I will get to the spotlight soon smile.gif just need access to our home pc which is not up and running right now
post #70 of 734
Thread Starter 
We unplugged for a few days and it was great. I thought the last 5 days of spring break with no Internet or TV would be hellish, but we got SO much done and spent some great quality time together.

However, I'm never going to catch up here!
post #71 of 734
I feel the same way...I can't keep up with you guys but I love reading how you are all doing. I'm eating my lunch at work right now and I feel like it's the only time I have two seconds to myself to gork out a little bit.

Audrey is talking up a storm. I started writing down her words the past couple days and she's up to about 65 words! She learned to say "pretty please" the other day from her older sister and knows how to use it to her advantage. They are such smart little buggers!
post #72 of 734

DD got into a school in Massachusetts.  So, I think we are going to sell our house and move.  I actually cried when DH and I talked about selling this house.  We could keep it, and rent or buy something small up there, but that seems so wasteful to me.  I am happy for DD, but shattered about selling my home.  I don't know what to do!  bawling.gif

post #73 of 734

Anthia can you give me background re: the school issue?  I know you love your house, that must be so hard. I tried finding where you talked about the school decision process, but I'm having a hard time finding it! Sorry!

post #74 of 734

Yeah, I don't recall anything about the schooling issue either..  Hopefully you guys can figure out a good compromise.

post #75 of 734

J and Abra, we're pretty committed to Waldorf education, and the closest Waldorf grade school for us is in Newtown CT, which is a 45-minute drive.  So we also applied to the Waldorf school in the Berkshires because we have friends there and the teacher is really experienced, amazing, etc., etc.  (In Waldorf, the teacher stays with the kids usually until 8th grade, so you want a good teacher.)  The school is a particularly good Waldorf school, and the super awesome teacher and DD's reaction to her (versus her not-so-great reaction to the other school in Newtown) mean we are going to send her to school there.  But, I am a little panicked about a move and selling this house that has been so good to us.  DS was born in this house!!!!!!!!!!!  Wahhhhh!  

 

I haven't talked about it much here, but I've had to be stoic about the situation with my IRL friends, so I'm telling you guys how shattered I am about the whole thing.

 

Abra, how did you come to terms with selling your home in PDX? 

post #76 of 734
Eli tripped last night and smashed head first into our sliding door - he hit his head on the metal ends... Big gash on his forehead - just thankful it wasn't more serious... Didn't bleed much and applying arnica cream prevented it from turning blue... Poor kid. My heart jumped to my throat when I heard the crash and the subsequent screaming.... Oi greensad.gif was worried a bit about a concussion, but he seems fine.

I have this miserable pain extending down from my left hip bone to my knee... When I walk it is painful and feels like a stiff muscle pulling... It's been like this for a week and I am not sure where it's coming from... Makes going for a walk really unappealing.
post #77 of 734

Oh, man! That must have been scary.

 

Conner grabbed my straightener this morning. clap.gif This was after he stuck his fingers in my coffee. Does he try for pain? Is he going to be one of those kids??? Oh, man. I hope not. I seriously think he only cried after he grabbed it because I freaked out. My hair is naturally curly. DH has been begging me to straighten my hair for weeks, so I decided to this morning and look what happens? HAHA. Never again, DH. Never again. LOL

 

18 weeks today. Woo! Where is the time going? My anatomy scan is Monday. DH and I are telling everyone we aren't finding the sex out, but we totally are... And you guys know I'll totally tell you. thumb.gif But it's going to be a surprise for everyone else. We just decided to find out for ourselves, so we know if we need to do some serious shopping or not. Because if this is a boy, we don't need anything except a bed/dresser. If it's a girl, we'll need... Everything. DH isn't okay with dressing a girl in boy's clothes and putting a bow in her hair like I am. LOL!

 

Anthia, good things come from bad times. Maybe you having to sell your house and move to be closer to DD's school will end up being a blessing in disguise and you'll find an even greater house that you love even more!

 

I got the flower beds in my front yard weeded over the weekend. Man, they look better. They were looking rough. Now we just need to plant stuff. Any suggestions on easy to maintain, hard to kill flowers? LOL There's a daffodil growing by itself in one of our flower beds, so we were thinking of planting more of those. We have no idea where it came from and it's maintaining itself without us watering it or anything.

post #78 of 734

Honestly, I didn't really have a choice about selling our house.  My DH quit his corporate job that he hated and there was simply no way we were going to be able to afford our mortgage (our mortgage was nearly $3000 a month!) unless he got another job he hated.  I would have rather just stayed put, but that wasn't economically feasible in Oregon.  I moved a lot as a kid and would just like to pick a place and make roots!  Really though, I have found that the idea of change is often harder than the change itself.  Hopefully you will be able to find a great place near the new school and settle in there for many years to come.   

 

I'm glad Eli is okay.  Coralie has a similar thing happen recently, it totally sucks!

 

Nicole,  Bulb flowers are generally very easy and only require a bit of maintenance when they get too thick.   Is your front yard full sun or partial?  I bet the ladies in the Gardening thread would be willing to help you come up with some ideas.

post #79 of 734

I agree Abra, it is the change part of uprooting that is hard.  We are faced with moving and I just can't even think about it - I have a hard time with change.  We never moved as kids so it doesn't come easy to me.  I just don't want to leave even though I know it will be better in the long run.

 

Kami - Hahaha ... that will show your DH!  Connor is doing what Eli does - glutton for punishment!  I love it when the kids cry about your freakout more than actually being hurt - Eli has so done that too lately!  He was trying to stick something into an electrical outlet and I just managed to stop him in time but I was totally freaking out and he started crying lol.  I usually have them closed off because he insists on sticking stuff in them, I had unplugged my ipad from charging though and forgot to put the little protector back.

 

I am so glad you are going to share with us if you are having a boy or a girl!  Yay!  I can't wait to hear!  We would be in the same predicament if we ever had a girl.  But luckily with Eli, we didn't find out if we were having a boy/girl so most people brought neutral things which I have kept.  Also, my husband is not a big fan of pink lol, so it would be the reason we wouldn't tell people the gender when we have another baby.  I am so excited for you!

post #80 of 734
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Originally Posted by Autumnshades View Post

Eli tripped last night and smashed head first into our sliding door - he hit his head on the metal ends... Big gash on his forehead - just thankful it wasn't more serious... Didn't bleed much and applying arnica cream prevented it from turning blue... Poor kid. My heart jumped to my throat when I heard the crash and the subsequent screaming.... Oi greensad.gif was worried a bit about a concussion, but he seems fine.

I have this miserable pain extending down from my left hip bone to my knee... When I walk it is painful and feels like a stiff muscle pulling... It's been like this for a week and I am not sure where it's coming from... Makes going for a walk really unappealing.

Michael did that at about this age. He was about 20 months old. Needed 10 stitches. Worst thing EVER! I was working at a daycare at the time and was the only one there with 4 other kids waiting for parents to pick up their kids, thirty minutes before closing. faint.gif They put him to sleep to stitch him up and the way he twitched while he was under made it look like he was dying. I'm glad Eli is okay and that it wasn't as bad as Michael's incident.

 

Maybe could be a pinched nerve in your back? Sciatic? When my sciatic nerve is bothering me, I get a pain similar to that.

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