Thursday, January 26, 2012

Better Sleep, Better Bum

Gabriel is 16 months old and still does not sleep through the night. He almost always wakes up 2 - 3 times a night, sometimes I'm lucky and he only wakes up once. One night it will be because he pooped or peed through his diaper, another for some unknown reason (night terror?). I had been using a Rumparooz double -stuffed pocket diaper but by 2am when he woke up it would be soaked through (some nights he made it til 6am). I finally thought- maybe if he isn't wetting through he will sleep through the night! After looking into different techniques that other moms had tried, I realized there were a lot of positive things about wool. I decided to go for it and bought 2 Disana wool covers and 7 prefold diapers just for night time use.

What you will Need:

  • Either a prefold (can be cotton, hemp, etc.) or a fitted. Fitteds are nice if you are nervous about using "old-fashioned" prefolds or overnight stays at Grandma's.
  • Something to secure the diaper, usually a snappi or diaper pins. 
  • A wool cover. The one shown in the picture is a "pull up" style cover but there are also ones that snap or velcro on for a trimmer fit. However, the pull up style does offer more coverage. 

Large Disana 100% Merino wool cover and an inexpensive chinese prefold 100% cotton.

It has been a full week of using them and I am in love! The first night he leaked real bad but that was because I didn't have the prefold on correctly. The second night he slept from 7:15pm until about 7:25am! AMAZING! The diaper and cover lasted the whole night...and the best part??? NO RED BUM!!! I mean it looked like I let him go naked all night. Even when his pocket diaper would last all night it left his butt red (probably because the PUL outer layer kept all the moister locked inside in an attempt to prevent leaks).  Over the weekend Gabriel was sick so he woke up more often, but now that he's feeling better the past few nights he has only woken up once around 3:30am and goes back to sleep until 7 or 7:30am. It is so nice to get the extra sleep since I'm taking a heavier semester this spring.

Nice comfy leg closure so no red marks :)

And in nicer weather they can be worn in place of shorts/pants!!! How cool is that?!?

If any mammas out their are looking for a night time diapering solution for your heavy-wetter, I highly recommend some sort of cotton diaper (fitted or prefold, though prefold is cheaper) and wool cover. At the beginning of my cloth diapering experience I never would have tried prefolds, they scared me; but now that I have "experience" and more confidence, I feel silly for being so intimidated by them before, they are great!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Love Firsts!!!

On a whim I decided to get Gabriel's hair cut. I LOVE his adorable long locks that give him crazy bed-head and lots of personality to match his character...but it was causing some issues. Like getting in his ear and making him scratch it, getting plastered to his face by boogies during naptime, and everyone at church, the grocery store, and distant cousins think he's a girl.
BEFORE (early morning hair)

I think part of the reason I hadn't seriously considered a hair cut was because I envisioned him freaking out, contorting into weird positions, and just being difficult to manage- I've seen kids get their first hair cut before. I was going to hold him in my lap but the hair cutting-lady was like "Come on, give him the benefit of the doubt" so I said "Oook, you can try." Well, what do ya know!? The boy was an angel! He just sat their while mommy held his hand and didn't fuss at all! Everybody was so impressed, including me :)

 The first snip.

 Look at my little angel! Mommy is so proud.
 AFTER (Daddy got a hair cut too).

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

WINTER JAM 2012!!!

So my mom got free tickets to Winter Jam by entering a Life 107.1 contest and guess what!? She gave them to us to use for Jaime's birthday (which is next week). We took my little bro Nick and his little (well not so little any more) bro Ben to the concert Friday night. Freaking AWESOME!!! Winter Jam is a Christian concert held every January and is super cheap ($10) especially since there were 10 artists! Hubby was super pumped and so was I- hello TobyMac and Sanctus Real were going to be there! Needless to say we had a great time (unfortunately I'm Queen Forget-everything-even-when-I-make-reminders so no camera pics).

Here is a music video by Jamie Grace ft. TobyMac- I hadn't really heard of Jamie Grace until last night but loved this song!

It was really nice being able to go to a concert and enjoy great music in a family environment, hubby and I needed the break :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Gabriel's New Skill

So I tried posting this last weekend but it would not upload my video. Then the first week of classes began and I got busy! Last Monday my MIL came to spend the day with us and while I was feeding Gabriel he showed us this new skill that he learned who-knows-where.

That's right, we caught him picking his nose for the first time! lol thought we had a little longer to wait for boogie pickin'.