Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Presidential butt treatment

I went down to my precinct's designated voting center today, and voted. It feels great! I have to go back tonight and caucus. That feels great too! I didn't get to vote in the last election because I went out of country sort of last minute to study abroad and was in England at the time...I didn't have the time to file an absentee ballot. I remember watching with dread on BBC4 the real-time voting results, praying we'd get another president in office. I knew it wouldn't happen, and it didn't. Four years later, we are guaranteed a new president and it's all very, very exciting! I'm not voting for the candidate I originally thought I would, but I have absolutely fallen in love with the ideals of the one I've settled on. I want this country to change, and I'm so happy to be part of it.

This past weekend I went to a local cloth diaper retail store. I've always been interested in cloth diapering, I just didn't start right away with Adrien because I was going back to work and thought I'd never be staying at home. Even after I was laid off a few months after I returned to work, I continued to use disposables because, well, it was easier. Also, I didn't have the money to invest all at once in cloth diapers. They're cheaper in the long run (and greener!), but spending a little at a time on disposables was just easier than shelling out what seemed like one big chunk to get started.

Now that we're expecting baby number two, I'm all about cutting that expense out. Adrien is still in diapers as well, and although he's a great potty training candidate, I just don't want to do it fully until I know he's completely ready. I don't want any regressing or anything. So, anyway, I journeyed over to the little cloth diaper store and I was happy to see it busy. You just don't think of that kind of thing as being popular, but the store was bustling! Maybe it's because the owner only opens publicly on Saturdays (weekdays require appointments), or maybe it's because this whole cloth diaper thing is really catching on. I read somewhere that it can take up to 500 years for a disposable diaper to biodegrade. That's just insane to me! I just bought that new Jeep, which Lord knows is not the most eco friendly, and maybe I'm trying to make up for that in some way. Who knows, but the owner of the store was really nice and VERY friendly.

I picked up a few diapers to try out for Adrien. I didn't go full force and buy a ton because I wasn't sure what I was going to like. Already I'm in love with these diapers though. I think they keep his butt dryer than the disposables! They're AMAZING!

I simply have to invest in a diaper sprayer though. The other alternative is to wash the diapers out in the toilet, and THAT is just something I do not want to have to do. I also need to get a diaper pale.

I'm very excited about this whole thing though.

A new president and new covers for my babies' bottoms. Yay. I wonder what type of diapers the candidate's parents used. Hmmmm.

On a side note, I think my blog needs a major make over. What do you think? It's just so...blah.


Kelly said...

I started with disposables with Jack, then I switched to cloth, I had the unbleached organic chineese pre-folds, and you use a snappi. It was ok. The only thing was Justin was so not on board and refused to change a cloth diaper. So I decided on using Seventh Generation disposables..they are more expensive then pampers, but are 'greener' and they are unbleached. Have you looked into 'the G Diaper'? http://www.gdiapers.com/ pretty cool stuff..

Missy said...

Go cloth diapers! I love that they are colored and velcro!

I was raised on cloth diapers (so were my siblings) and my parents made it out alive.

Good luck with your new experiment!

Mimi aka pz5wjj said...

I have friends that make the cloth diapers and they love them.

I used disposables and never really thought about "cloth" until after both the boys were out of diapers.

I think they're a great idea now I know more about them!

Deb said...

I'm considering my second kid right now, and I've already decided I'm using G-Diapers next time around. They're so cute!!

Found you on BlogHer. Love your blog already!