Friday, February 6, 2015

Cloth Diaper Wipes

We cloth diaper.  I love it. We did some with Pete only while at home and not at night.  With Nora I'm doing it all the time except at night because I haven't yet figured it out.  I also started doing cloth wipes with her too.  I never even thought of it with Pete, which sounds silly, but I didn't even know about the possibility! I figured "in for a penny, in for a pound" this time around.  I sewed up the cloth wipes I use now while I was having contractions and couldn't sleep the night before Nora was born.  They are two pieces (5 by 5 inch squares) of flannel sewn together with a zigzag stitch.  Very easy and very basic, no real skill needed.  I like that they are thicker and have some weight to them compared to the single flannel style; plus they are easier to sew with two layers!
I keep my cloth wipes in a conventional wipes container from Pete's diaper days.  I'm actually picky on containers and like Huggies; they have a soft opening to get the wipes out compared to Pampers,  not that I really use either other than for the containers. I'm picky about how they are folded to fill the container; if you fold the wipes properly you can have them pop up just like the store bought ones!
Lay one wipe half way on top of another like the above picture.
Fold the bottom wipe over the overlapping top wipe.

Place another wipe where the first wipe was, and it overlaps the second wipe.

Fold the second wipe over the third wipe and continue until they are all folded over each other.  I have about a dozen wipes in my at home container and about 3 or 4 in my diaper bag.

All fitting nicely in my wipes container.

Wipes Solution:
1Cup Distilled Water
1TBS Dr.Bonner's Castille Soap (I like the citrus one as pictured)
3 drops lavender & tea tree essential oils
Distilled water is going to not risk growth like other kinds of water because of the process it has gone through; plus I always have it on hand, and I really don't want to deal with musty wipes.  The tea tree oil will also stop anything from growing in the wipes since I keep them wet all the time.  I've been using wipes since Nora was born, and they take at least a week to get all used up. I have not had a single batch go bad on me with this formula. 
Tada! Finished wipes ready to go to work!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

MommyCon Chicago

MommyCon Chicago has sold out!  That just seems crazy to me. Plus it is sad because I was going to host a giveaway for two tickets.  At least I'll get to host a giveaway for another location; luckily for me I'm not too far from another announced location in Columbus, Ohio, in September!  Indiana is the crossroads of the nation and it is nice sometimes.  You can still get half-day, non-gift-bag tickets to Chicago and use my promo code for $5 off.  Just think: hit the museums in the morning and MommyCon in the afternoon.  Sounds like a fun-filled Saturday. 
Remember use the Promo Code KPPN15 to get $5 off your ticket for any location after the presale period!

Now I'm deciding which workshops/seminars I'm going to go to during it. Here is a link to the Chicago schedule if you'd like to see the options and descriptions. Decisions, decisions. There are so many good options that I'm interested in, but there's not enough time.  I feel like all of the options that I have at least scratch the surface of everything offered. Plus some of these presenters are just amazing, and I'd like to attend just to see them in person - totally like meeting a character at Disney but in real life and more pathetic because I'm 26....

The hardest time slot to decide on is the 11:15.  I mean Leaky Boob and Wrapping?! I haven't done much wrapping so it would be nice to try it out to see, but then it is something else to buy if I decide I like it since I don't have a wrap. I am way into all things breastfeeding and feeding in general. Really, Nora will probably be the one deciding where we go depending on how her schedule is going that day.
I'm super excited. I'm trying to talk Phil into a half day, but he isn't convinced about coming yet.  I think he is scared off by the sheer number of women there and is worried he won't really enjoy it the same.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Mother Son Date Night

The Chick-Fil-A that we go to frequently does date nights for kids and their parents.  This time it was Mother Son Action Hero Night.  The whole thing was free, other than you have to pay for your food but they have entertainment, activities and good bags for free.  I was super excited when I saw the Transformers were going to be there since they are Pete's favorite. We were going to surprise him with it.  Alas he fell asleep in the car and even slept through me unbuckling him. 
 (Not a good sign for the night...)

Pete eating his dinner and showing off the shirt I had him wear.

Well he freaked out at Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee. 
I was pretty bummed that he was not into our evening.
 I made us take pictures anyway so I'd have them for the future.

It was pretty cool and I think I'm going to make sure I know when the next ones are and see if the theme is one that he will enjoy again.  Maybe next time we'll shoot for an afternoon nap and not being a surprise to get better results.