Throgs' Neck Mom: Learning new ways to "Mom" everyday…

Babes in Cloth
August 21, 2010, 3:55 am
Filed under: cloth diapers, Going Green, Photos

I’ve been cloth diapering my two youngest children for one year this month.  My older son, who just recently turned three, is on his way  to  being fully potty trained and out of cloth diapers.  My baby, who is eighteen months has been wearing cloth diapers from the time he was six months old.

I began cloth-diapering after a close friend of mine initiated cloth with her daughter who suffers from severe exzema.  I don’t know what made me follow her lead exactly but I have pinned it down to a few factors: 1) My desire to be “green” and eco-friendly, 2) An eager effort to save money, 3) My love of fabric and textiles, and 4) Seeing my sons wearing their cloth, looking too cute and knowing how much more comfortable it was for them.

The past year of cloth-diapering my boys has been quite an adventure.  I started out with G-diapers because I felt a hybrid diaper would be an easier transition from disposables to cloth.  They were fun and definitely adorable but a little messy when my boys pooped.  After my first encounter with seeing my friends’  pockets diapers in person–I had to have some!! I went ahead and ordered a few Bum Genius 3.0’s and I loved them!  They were so much like a disposable only I had to wash them–which I absolutely loved doing because cloth diapers came out smelling so clean and fluffy–in the beginning. (I will devote my cloth diapers laundry excursions to a separate post)  Over the past year my collection has grown and I own a variety of nappies.  In addition to the G-Diapers and Bum Genius’s my boys have had the opportunity of wearing: Bummis pre-folds with Thirsties Duo wraps, Thirsties Pocket All-in-Ones, Fuzzibunz, Happy Heiny’s, Bum Genius Bamboo fitteds, Thirsties Fab-Fitted, Bum Genius Organic All-in-one (my favorite daytime diaper, and I have recently added Grovia Hybrids(which are nice!).

I have pretty much lost count but I believe I own about 30/35 diapers.   It was pretty easy to rationalize the purchasing of cloth diapers in the beginning because it was costing me over $100/month to diaper both of my sons in disposables.  To cut my expenses even more I took a few flannel receiving blankets, cut them up into squares and ta-da –cloth wipes!!  Now that my 3 year old is transitioning away from cloth diapers and into underwear (I am proud of him), I am beginning to feel sad.  I realize my (last) baby, at eighteen months is not too far from the same milestone. I will miss cloth diapering them greatly and hope to somehow inspire others to cloth diaper in the future.


My Little Girl: The Professional Kindergartner
October 9, 2009, 5:23 pm
Filed under: Educating My Lil' Ones, NYC Public Schools, Photos

My creative, energetic, sometimes bossy in a loving way, four and a half year old began kindergarten this September.  As a mom of three with two babies at home I could not wait for her to begin.  She has so much energy throughout the day it has become difficult for me to keep up with her.  While some moms cry as they send their first-born off to school for a full day, I quietly rejoiced.

She was slightly nervous on the first day but gratefully no real tears were shed and since then she has become a truly professional kindergartner.  Not only does she enjoy going to school she dutifully does homework and then continues to “play school” through the evening until bedtime.  When her homework is complete, her imagination takes over and she magically becomes the teacher.  She talks quietly to her students, which are invisible, gives them assignments and lines them up.  She has even asked if they could eat dinner with us, which of course I permitted.  When my stepdaughter comes over or she has a playdate  her bossiness prevails and she tries to coerce them into playing school—she cannot understand why anyone would not enjoy this.

While I am overjoyed that My Little Girl has found an outlet for her overflowing energy I am trying not to count my blessings too soon.  My Little Girl has a tendency to indulge herself so completely and full-force into things that oftentimes a melt down occurs.  I am bracing myself and crossing my fingers that her intense enthusiasm for kindergarten does not suddenly crash.  I hope, that instead, it tapers off into a pure enjoyment and appreciation for school.

My Toddler: Halloween at the Bronx Zoo
October 9, 2009, 2:40 am
Filed under: Actvities for the kids, Photos

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My Baby in a Bum Genius Pocket Diaper
October 9, 2009, 2:36 am
Filed under: Photos

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