Happy Birthday, ‘Merrica!

Celebrating with red and white stars on the butt and a Led Zeppelin t-shirt. WHAT is more American?

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I couldn’t resist buying a star diaper for Babystar. This is an Lil’ Tulips exclusive Smart Bottoms diaper. And I bought another small Planetwise wet bag because I love that small size and it bumped me up past $35 so I didn’t have to pay shipping. I hate paying shipping.

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RAISING BABYSTAR: $10,617.58

DWI.

Diapering While Intoxicated.

Ok, I wasn’t reeeeaaaaally drunk, but I definitely ordered more diapers after drinking wine the other night and they are here and yay!

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Yep, I bought a black diaper. You know, for formal occasions. Ok, I was for sure a little tipsy. But still yaaaaay! More Blueberry diapers! My current favorite.

(Y’all. I’m officially losing it because I forgot to buy a diaper recently when it went on sale and it sold out so fast and it was so cute so if anyone out there in Internetland bought an extra Smart Bottoms ‘Muchness’ Alice in Wonderland diaper and they are feeling generous, well, think of me. Okthxbye.)

(Also add $9.99 for a pack of Size 4 Pampers because we are still doing disposables at night. I’m a big chicken, I know.)

(Oh, and also add $19.99 for a giant box of Costco wipes because they are awesome and I forgot to add them after our trip to Costco last week.)

RAISING BABYSTAR: $7,797.39

 

Ruffle Butt.

Summer is coming.

I fully expect to dress Babystar in t-shirts and diapers. Half of the appeal of cloth diapers is the incredible cuteness.

But. You guys. YOU GUYS. What if they could be even CUTER?

OMG THEY CAN.

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The Internet led me to a wonderful woman named Ruth with a wonderful online shop called Wiggly Bugs Fluff. I sent her a few of Babystar’s diapers and she added snaps to them so I could attach ruffles. She also made four ruffles. And she also embroidered Babystar’s name on the back of a diaper and it’s so pretty and the A in Star is actually a star and I love it. She did all this for $43, which included the cost to ship the diapers back to me. Plus $12 to ship the diapers to her in Maine.*

I’m totally going to get more diapers fitted with snaps and more pretty ruffles.

RAISING BABYSTAR:  $6,856.68

*I’m not sure that $12 is completely accurate but when I asked the Husband how much he paid for shipping, he said it was twelve bucks. I decided not to hackle him for the exact amount. He did take diapers to the post office after all.

 

 

Cloth Diaper Dreams.

Cloth diapers.

Oh, the looks I sometimes get when I mention that Babystar wears cloth diapers.

I knew when I was pregnant that I wanted to use cloth diapers with Babystar. I vaguely remembered the Perpetual Pampers Parade of the late 20th century. The Diaper Genie sausages of the past did ring a smelly bell. I vividly recalled my brother talking of the recent daily diaper blowouts of my darling niece. So I hopped aboard the cloth diaper buttwagon.

My husband was, shall we say, skeptical.

Then the baby was born. And I was, shall we say, freaking terrified.

There were so many diaper changes. And her diapers weren’t that full anyway. And I was so tired. And we brought tons of newborn disposable diapers* home from the hospital. And I was so tired. And she was probably too little anyway. And I was SO TIRED.

But one must make sacrifices for fashion.

I wanted cute pictures for Babystar’s one month ‘photo shoot’. I mean, it was just me taking pictures on my iPhone, but it was still kind of a big deal. We had fourteen or fifteen brand new BumGenius Elementals sitting in a box in the laundry room at that time. A few were baby shower gifts and most were the dozen that I ordered (what seemed like) a mere seconds before birthing this baby. None were prepped but such is life. Here she is at one month old in her very first cloth diaper.

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Aw. So little. So squishy. So PINK.

So cute.

And that was that. The beginning of the obsession. I sort of couldn’t believe that they fit, and then I felt stupid for buying Size 1 diapers when I already had a box of perfectly good cloth diapers. And did you see how CUTE!? I prepped them all immediately and made the change. We used cloth night and day (with a Canadian exception) until she started sleeping through the night. I use disposables overnight now for my comfort. I am much more comfortable when I don’t have to wake up enough to function to change a diaper. ‘Boob out of shirt and into mouth’ is at about the max of my preferred level of 4 a.m. functionality.

I now know that the BumGenius Elementals are about the trimmest diapers out there, and that is probably why they fit so well on my one month old baby. We didn’t buy any newborn sized diapers, so she went straight to the one-size. I have changed my mind just about every month about what brand makes the ‘best’ diapers. (Well, the best one-size all-in-one or all-in-two diaper.) My dream diaper would have BumGenius’s trimness and stretchy tabs; Smart Bottom’s super soft, absorbent organic cotton and gorgeous prints; and Blueberry Simplex’s encased leg elastic and genius lining design.** Someone please make this diaper and send me one or twenty of them, thanks.

Until that happens, my Dream diaper today is this one. I have not bought a new diaper yet this whole year! (Shhh, I know what month it is.) Smart Bottoms have been fitting better these days so, you know. Plus just look at it.

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“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”   ~A Midsummer Night’s Dream

RAISING BABYSTAR: $6,146.66

 

*Only Cloth Diaper Mamas ever use the qualifier ‘disposable’.

**Do you cloth diaper? What would be your favorite Frankenstein diaper??

More wet bags.

On December 31, Kelly’s Closet offered a free one-size diaper with purchases over $31. I needed more wet bags in my life so I bought these three.

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The feather one is a large hanging Planet Wise wet bag and the two others are smaller Smart Bottoms wet bags. $55.

The free diaper is cute. It’s an Imagine diaper, a brand that is new to me. It is not made from natural fibers, which I usually prefer, but I’ll happily give it a try.

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RAISING BABYSTAR: $5,630.94