Hello there! I'm Amy, and this is where I'll be writing about my life as a mom. My fiancee and I are expecting a baby boy in February, and we are over the moon about it! In the meantime, we've got lots and lots of decisions to make, lots of preparation to do, and I've still got quite a bit of growing to do, too.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


I had my doctor's appointment last Monday and he told me that my uterus is measuring about 1cm on the small side. They scheduled me for an ultrasound next Monday to make sure everything is ok. I was just comparing this weeks photo with last weeks photo, and based on how much the nugget has grown in a week, I'm really not worried! So now I get to be excited about the extra ultrasound, I love seeing my little guy moving around in there. I feel him often enough....

On a side note, I decided to let Slade pick the middle name (brave, I know). We decided on Jett for the first name, and I think the front runners for middle are Avery and Presley. I'll keep you updated!

Friday, October 26, 2012


So I entered this giveaway for a Stokke Xplory stroller on the recommendation of a friend. Uh, I have quickly become obsessed with this stroller and I want it more than anything I can think of right now. I'd be so "Stokked" if I win!! It looks kind of like a spaceship on wheels, I love it! And it has so many options, and it's super adjustable, and the wheels can handle sand! And it has a mosquito net!! I can imagine myself strolling down the beach, pushing this awesome stroller, making all the other moms jealous.... And imagine how awesome it will be after the baby is born and he's there too!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Things people don't tell you about being pregnant....

Ok, so when I first found out I was pregnant, people started warning me bout all kinds of things: pregnancy brain (I feel like a moron most of the time), morning sickness (soooo lucky I didn't have any), acne, backne, stretch marks, swollen feet, food cravings, gas, you name it. BUT there have been a few things no on warned me about! I warn you, I'm about to talk about boobs and vaginas and butt holes, if you don't want to know, don't read!

1. My swollen arm pit. Apparently, when I was in puberty, not all of the breast tissue descended from my right arm pit to my breast. The little bit of tissue that was left up there has swollen with the rest of my breast tissue, causing some discomfort, especially when I wear a shirt that's a little too tight in the pit area. According to my OBGYN, this is not common but not uncommon....

2. The other day, I had this awkward pain just under my sternum and a little to the right. So I pushed down on it and it felt like something was pushing on my vagina from the inside. Not pleasant.

3. Sometimes, when my little one wiggles around in there, I can feel it in strange places, like my butt hole. Gross. Thanks moms for warning me about this.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


So, sorry for the pic of me in laying in bed in my undies (hey, I've been sick), but THIS is what I was talking about. He insists on hanging out on my right side! So for now, I shall call him Lump. We're talking about names, and we're bouncing around a few maybes, but nothing has stuck just yet. Also, I hope Lump doesn't get my knees.

Saturday, October 6, 2012


I almost just had a meltdown! It though it would be a good idea to start a spreadsheet to track my cloth diaper spending. I'll be able to see how much I'm saving AND keep my frivolous omg-its-so-cute spending in check. So I type in all the info for everything I've bought so far, including tax and shipping, and then sum all of the columns together. $215.91!! Holy crap, that's a lot of money!! But wait! I decided to figure out how many Huggies I could buy with that much money. Did a quick google search to find out on average how many diapers little babe is going to use each day for the first few months, priced out Huggies at Wal-Mart, did the math. Guess what? That $215.91 would buy enough Huggies to last my newborn for about the first 12 weeks of his life. Yes, I said 12 weeks. 2 and 1/2 months. Don't worry, I'm already patting my self on the back over here.

What have I got so far, you ask? Well, let me tell you! I have 8 Lil Joeys newborn all in ones, 2 GroVia one size shells with 4 soakers to go inside, and today I order a flip one size shell with 1 insert and a BumGenius (the same company that makes flips) one size shell with 1 insert from the seconds sale at cottonbabies.com. Seconds are like the stuff that ends up at Ross or TJMaxx, maybe there's a mark or snag on the fabric, the seam may not be perfectly straight, that kind of thing. And I got a SUPER deal on them, so excited.

That means my near-meltdown turned in to an I'm-already-such-a-cost-effective-mom moment! Woo Hoo!! And then I remember that this is not gong to be enough diapers to keep my kid in cloth all day every day. But that's ok, now that I know how much it would cost to put babe in disposables for a day (about $2.75), I can make better decisions about what to buy and how much to spend.

On a side note, little nugget had the hiccups at about 3:00 this morning! We saw them Monday, but that was the first time I've felt the hiccups. So cool. He's definitely sitting more on my right side, I could see it yesterday afternoon when I was siting upright in a chair, and could feel it last night. It's so strange how they hang out in there like that! What's also strange is that I remember telling someone VERY early in my pregnancy that I though the baby was implanted on my right side, because I kept feeling all these weird twinges on that side. I guess it's his room right now, and he can do whatever he wants!

I didn't forget, I still want to tell you guys about all the fluff stuff I want to try, but I wanted to say this first! So maybe tomorrow, we'll see.

Friday, October 5, 2012

20 Weeks!

Yay, I'm half way there!! But that's not the most exciting thing about this week! On Monday, we found out that we are having a boy! Ok, time to start buying blue things.

 But really, what I wanted to write about today (and what prompted me to start this blog) is something a few people have asked me about this week: why cloth diapers? Well, the why was the easy part. It's more cost effective, it's better for my little baby's butt, and it's better for the environment. The hard part was DECIDING. Ugh. There are so many options! And so many places to buy them! And so many places to read about them! And the cloth diaper world has it's own language!! AI1, AI2, covers, hybrids, pockets, fitteds, soakers, doublers, countours, boosters, liners, flats, prefolds.... It was all very overwhelming. So I decided to start with little decisions.

I know that my mom is soooo excited about babysitting, but I'm not sure how excited she is about cloth diapering. That made my first decision easy: something with a disposable option. So a hybrid or AI2 (all in 2) diaper system. What's a hybrid diaper, you ask? Well, a hybrid diaper system uses a waterproof outer shell, and different options to go inside that shell, some washable and reusable, some disposable. You can use the shell for a couple of diaper changes, as long as it doesn't get any pee or poo on it, and just change the guts out. I've decided to try the GroVia (gro-via.com) and flip (flipdiapers.com) hybrid systems. My reasoning for choosing each of these brands was different.

The GroVia brand came highly recommended by a friend that used cloth with her first and is doing so again with her second. I read a lot about them, and decided they fit my wants very well. And they are adjustable, one size fits most! I don't want to use sized diapers and have to buy all new diapers every time baby grows out of them (look at how fast I'm making decisions now!). You get the shell, and then you choose either the stay dry reusable soaker pads (the part that absorbs the pee and protects the shell from poo), the organic cotton soaker pads, or the disposable BioSoakers to go inside. The reusable GroVia soakers snap in place, so you don't have to worry about them shifting around. They also make boosters that you can lay on top of your soaker for extra pee soakage, if needed (like at nap or bed time, or if our son turns out to be a "heavy wetter"). And liners! Nifty little things that look kind of like dryer sheets. You lay them between baby's butt and the diaper, and if they poop, you just pick the liner up (with poo contained inside) and flush it all way! Marvelous!! I even found a how-to online for making washable fleece liners.... trying this for sure!

My second choice is the flip system. They are pretty highly recommended online, and also seem to fit my wants pretty well. Very similar concept, you get the shell, you choose the Stay Dry insert, organic insert, or disposable insert to fill it with. Also one size. As far as I can see, they don't sell boosters or liners (bummer), and the inserts don't snap in, you "flip" (get it?) them up under a little flap at the front and back of the diaper shell. I also didn't want to stock up on just one brand, you never know what baby is gong to like! Or what's going to fit him best....

The last decision that applied to both brands: to snap or not to snap? Both brands sell shells that use a snap closure system or a velcro-like closure system. I like the look of snaps better, I like that snaps won't get stuck to other bits of fabric in the washer, and I like that snaps are harder for older baby to undo himself. Easy choice then. Snaps it is!

So I'm done deciding! Woohoo! But wait... then we made a trip (a little over an hour) to the closest store that sells cloth diapers and supplies. And I fell in love with Lil Joeys, by Rumparooz (kanga-care.com). They are so cute! And so tiny!! And sooo soft inside. But they are an AI1 (all in 1) diaper, and I didn't want to use all in ones.... did I? An all in one diaper has to be washed every time baby pees or poos, no reusing the outer shell. BUT, the Lil Joeys are newborn/preemie sized, meaning I can start my precious out in cloth diapers right away, instead of possibly having to wait until he gets a little bigger. Score! I've also read online the Rumparooz (the bigger, one sized version) and Lil Joeys are the absolute best at containing poo due to the double gussets inside. I saw that GroVia sells a newborn all in one too, it's a bit bigger than the Lil Joeys, but not as big as the hybrid shells. So I want to try some of those as well.

I want most of my stash (that's what you call your cloth diaper collection, so cool!) to be made up of these five diapers: GroVia one size hybrids, GroVia newborn all in ones, flip one size hybrids, Lil Joeys newborn/preemie all in ones, and Rumparooz one size all in ones. But there are a TON of other things I'd like to try! You never know what is going to work best for baby until you get them on him and try them out! 

I'm tired, so I'll tell you about the awesome "other things" I want to try next time! Good night all!