Surprise all, we are having another baby! Apparently this news was surprising to many people. Maybe it will be the 5 year age gap between Rhys and the new baby. Maybe it is because people assumed that because we had a boy and a girl we were done. Either way, we are excited about it. The kids are super excited about it. We find out next week if it is a boy or a girl. I have done it both ways, waiting to find out and finding out and I honestly think it is more exciting to find out halfway through. I don't get the "only a few good surprises in life" thing. It is still a surprise when you find out early. It isn't like I am peeking now and just not telling anyone.
We got rid of most of our baby stuff over the last year or two because it was old and took up a lot of space which we don't have. I was not about to rent a storage unit to hold on to baby stuff. The nice thing about it being baby #3, I know what baby gadgets I will actually use and what will just take up space. Plus I know how short a time I will use things so I am more than happy to accept hand me downs for most things!
I used cloth diapers for a while with Ava. I looked into them when I was pregnant with her and I thought I had to find a diaper service or something and there really weren't any in the area. I had no idea there were different options out there. Around 9 months to a year, I switched to cloth. It didn't work as well as I had hoped, primarily because my day care provider was unwilling to use cloth, so I was still having to buy diapers. Other than that, I really liked them. We didn't have rashes or leaks or anything. At some point I switched back to disposables all the way, and I really don't remember why now. Maybe it was because it was summer? I have no idea. I planned to use them from day 1 with Rhys and I chickened out. I think I was slightly intimidated at the work load of two kids. The only thing I don't love about cloth diapers is the bulkiness of the butt sometimes. I think I wanted his little newborn butt to look as tiny as it could be in his diapers. So I chickened out. At one point I did use cloth on him at night because he was leaking all the time in disposables, but that was it.
Well I am going all in! I am preparing to cloth diaper from the beginning. Big butts oh well. We will see how it goes, but many of the so called obstacles I saw before will be gone. I have recently discovered this whole world out there of co-ops that sell cloth diapers. They are cheap but I probably won't get them. There is a whole slew of reasons out there, but primarily because the designs are copied from small business owners own designs, made in China and sold for half as much. I kind of feel like that is stealing from the small businesses. Anyway, it is time to go get Rhys from preschool. Only 6 weeks left! Stay tuned for more cloth diapering adventures. I know you will care (not really at all) but I like to talk to myself about things so there you go.