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Kawaii Baby Diapers Review & Giveaway (Now Closed)

10 Jan

               When I first started cloth diapering I was pretty sure that I wanted to use either AIO’s (all-in-ones) or pocket diapers, but when it came to what brand, I was at a loss. Since I have three (yes THREE) in diapers the start up cost was overwhelming and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a ton of diapers that I was going to end up hating. I spent a ridiculous amount of time researching and tried a handful of diapers that I thought I might like (BumGenius, FuzziBunz, Gdiapers, and a few no name diapers that I ordered off of Ebay). None of these really really “wowed” me, or at least none of them wowed me enough to win out over the staggering amount of money required to outfit three kids under three years old with enough cloth diapers to not have to do laundry every day.

               One day while searching  for used diapers on Craigslist I came across an ad for someone selling a bunch of Kawaii Baby diapers. I was intrigued. I had never heard of them but they looked expensive. I did a bit of Googling to try and find out if buying them would be a bargain or not and I found the website www.theluvyourbaby.com never did end up buying those dipes off of Craigslist. Turns out they were so reasonably priced that I could afford to just buy them new. I was elated – these diapers were CUTE!

               I started off with about six of the minky dipes in ½ snap closure and ½ hook and loop (Velcro).

Loved.

Them.

               Soon after I placed a huge order for a variety of other diapers off the site. By this time I had decided that I preferred the snap closures to the hook and loop kind because my children are older and think it’s hilarious to strip naked at any given moment. Velcro just facilitates their nudist tendencies. I also found that I do not care for the extra snaps at the hip that some of the diapers come with. I know that that is actually a very popular option for most people, but it seems to make the diapers cut in to my children’s hips and leaves marks. On the few diapers that I have with the hip snaps I usually just leave them unsnapped. That said, my favorite diapers are the minkies and the regular round tab dipes.

               When I first started researching Kawaii Baby diapers I couldn’t find any reviews on them so placing an order made me a little bit nervous (remember those no-name diapers I said I ordered on Ebay? Yea. NOT the best quality!). I am thrilled to say that the Kawaii Baby diapers are soft, absorbent and very well made. My diapers get used A LOT between my three and I have hardly ever seen a leak. I have seen a few others mention that the inserts are kind of thin (each diaper comes with two, by the way) but I have never had a problem. I use one insert during the day and two at night, works great for us. I’ve also never seen a thicker insert with any of the other diapers I own so…*shrug*

               My one and only “issue” with these diapers is that I do have a  few where the stitching is starting to come loose around the top of the diaper. I don’t mean that the diaper is coming apart in any way, it is just, basically a loose thread. It doesn’t in any way affect how well they work and it is something that could be easily fixed if I felt like bothering. I’m also pretty sure it has much more to do with the fact that I usually dry my diapers in the dryer (not recommended) rather than line drying.

               Overall I highly recommend Kawaii Baby diapers if you want a high quality cloth diaper but don’t have a ton of cash to shell out (like me). I am planning on ordering a few of the bamboo and I’ve had my eye on the “Unicorn Kid” fun print for quite some time now.

               Now for the good part: How would you like to try a Kawaii Baby diaper yourself for FREE!?

              When I contacted April at Kawaii Baby to let her know that I was in love with her diapers and that I wanted to write a review, she generously offered one Heavy Wetter Hook & Loop diaper for a giveaway. The winner gets to choose which ever color they like (white, lime green, apple green or yellow) and it will be shipped directly from Kawaii Baby once I let her know who the lucky winner is. Horray!

                                         (I had the wrong image up of the diaper to be given away, THESE are the correct diaper – they have a                                                             differnet velcro closure than the first picture I had up. SO sorry for any confusion!!)     “Overlap Velcro Closure fit smaller babies. 3 Rows of rise snap buttons to transform the diaper to fit newborn thru potty”

              How to enter (one entry for each of the following):

  • *Mandatory Entry* Visit www.theluvyourbaby.com and tell me which diaper you would be most interested in trying. (****YOU MUST LEAVE ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS COMMENT**** If I cannot reach you to let you know that you have won I will pick another winner!)
  • Follow me on Twitter (link is to your right) & leave a comment here letting me know that you did (also leave your Twitter name.)
  • Tweet about this giveaway & leave me a comment here letting me know.
  • Blog about this giveaway & leave me a comment here and a link.

            Details:

  • The contest will run from the time this post goes live until midnight on 01/25/11
  • Winner will be chosen by http://www.random.org
  • I was not solicited or offered any compensation for writing this review or hosting this giveaway – my opinions are all my own.  

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Congratulations Rachel R. !!! Please contact me as soon as possible and we will get your diaper out to you.

Thank you so very much to everyone who entered, I wish everyone could have won. Please check back, I will have a new giveaway up very soon.

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The Sickness & Prematurity Awareness

17 Nov

Last Friday I was sick. Like, stomach flu, call grandma down to take care of the kids because I can’t get out of bed, sick.

That lasted for about a day and then it turned into just a head cold.

And then Nolan got a runny nose (Saturday).

By Sunday morning the twins were sneezing.

On Sunday night we decided to go out to dinner in another city, we live at high altitude and had to go down the mountain. While on the way back up Lennon suddenly became hysterical and started SCREAMING that her ears hurt. Uh oh. We u-turned and headed down to Urgent Care. Yep. Double ear infection. Just on a whim we had E checked – one ear was infected.

Antibiotics were started that night.

On Monday I had to leave work early because Alex was starting to feel sick. When I got home the girls were watching cartoons. When I gave them a hug “hello” I noticed that Evy was “panting” rather than breathing and that her ribs were retracting. Uh oh.

I asked Alex if he had noticed that she was having a hard time breathing (she has asthma, both of the twins do but Evy’s is WAY worse – which is funny because she was always the better breather in the NICU). He said that he had given her a breathing treatment earlier and that it had helped. I gave her another one right then and it didn’t do much. So I gave her a steamy bath. No improvement. And by this time Lennon was starting to “pant” as well.

SO, we packed the kids up and headed down to the Emergency Room at about 8pm on Monday night.

I honestly thought they would give her a steroid shot and send us home.

Nope.

Both girl’s 02 saturations were around 90 (Normal is 97-100, MAYBE a teeeny bit lower if you are really sick. Prolonged low saturations can cause brain damage.). They ended up giving both girls a dose of steroids, a gigantic shot of antibiotics in the thigh, and 5 (yes FIVE) breathing treatments. Lennon’s 02 finally went up to 95 at about 5:30am but Evy’s was stubbornly sticking around 91. Crap.

So they admitted her, gave breathing treatments every 2 hours, and put her on “blow by” oxygen (which means they put oxygen on at high concentration and just pointed it towards her face rather than strapping anything to her which she would then just claw off anyway).

By Tuesday night she was ready to come home.

I had to take Lennon in yesterday to get her 02 re-checked. It was at 95 but she was wheezing badly and so they almost admitted her then, but she improved after yet another breathing treatment (which we had been doing throughout the night at home as well) so she’s gotten to stay home thus far.

So last night everyone was finally at home. Breathing treatments for the twins every four hours around the clock, monster doses of antibiotics, steroids and various other goodies.

They said it was pneumonia. I am shocked that it came on that fast!

Nolan, thus far, seems fine. Just a cold.

Just a cold for me as well.

It will be interesting to see what happens when my newly-transplanted husband comes down with it.

Since November is Prematurity Awareness month I wanted to use this moment to point out that this was just a common cold. My 38 weeker has it and he is fine. Snot-nosed but still in high spirits and causing trouble. My 30 weekers, on the other hand, got knocked on their asses.

This is the life of a preemie. A chest-cold (something most kids get TONS of and it hardly slows them down) can kill them. And my kids are in great health for preemies.

The End (for now) of Potty Learning

7 Sep

Yep.

TWO mother-humping days later.

Everything went great for awhile – Lennon promptly peed in the potty thee second I brought them home and plunked them on the floor. A few hours later and Evelynn was getting in on the action.

They would both excitedly run over to the potties each time they were prompted (every 30 minutes or so) and would sit – concentrating intently – and even occasionally producing some urine.

A few hours after that – they both started  peeing on the floor with reckless abandon.

Both Alex and I tried patiently to remind them that “the pee pee goes in the potty, NOT on the floor.”

They didn’t much care.

In fact, they soon started to argue with us. NO they did not want to pee on the potty. NO they did not want to be big girls.

After several attempts at getting them to sit on the pot resulted in tears and tantrums, we gave the eff up. Yep. We’re quitters.

After a full day of diapering (today) with intermittent asking if they were interested in the potty (NO!) I brought out the big guns:

I presented the Yo Gabba Gabba underwear.

They were thrilled.

They named all of the characters…

(And then I almost passed the hell out because a few weeks ago Lennon was a catatonic zombie disaster!)

…and begged to put them on.

Over their diapers.

When I explained that they could not pee in these Lennon promptly handed hers over and turned her attention to the TV.

When I went on about how only big girls who went pee in the potty got to wear underwear like these and “ohhh, see how nice and soft and DRY they are?” they both reached out to pat them appreciably.

When I asked if they were ready to be big girls who peed on the potty and not in their big girl underwear Evy shook her head “no” and handed her’s over as well.

Phuck.

Obviously, they get the concept. Obviously, they are not ready.

Double phuck.

Nothing to do now but wait them out, I suppose?

Potty Learning

5 Sep

After talking about it all day for the past few days I finally admitted to myself that it was time for the twins to start potty learning.

Actually, its been time for awhile.

They have both been talking about poop, pee and potty for a long time. Showing interest in Alex and I using the bathroom and announcing when they needed to go/had already gone.

Honestly, it was ME that wasn’t ready.

Yesterday I decided that it was finally time and I set out to Babies R Us for some potties and “training” pants.

I came back with two of these:

They seem to be well-reviewed and the girls are able to get on/off of them easily.

I also ended up with Pull-Ups…though I’m not sure why. I wanted cloth “trainers” but the BBRU in the middle-of-nowhere (where I currently reside) does not carry such new-fangled items.

And Yo Gabba Gabba undies.

The girls have not gotten to wear them yet though – they are going to have to earn them. By peeing (and pooping) in the potties consistently.

For part of yesterday and all of today (except nap time when they wore Pull-Ups) they have been sans clothing from the waist down. We prompt them every so often (we really need to get a timer) to go and sit on the potty.

No one did anything yesterday, unless you count Evelynn peeing all over Alex’s work chair.

But today Lennon peed on the potty as soon as she got up this morning. Then she peed again (just a few drops). Then Evy peed on the floor. And then Evy peed a few drops on the toilet.

Over all, I am very impressed. I thought it would take days for them to pee in the potty at all. I think I’ve really been holding them back and they’ve been ready for quite some time now.

Goodbye babies. Hello little girls.

A Little on the Bug and Some Pics to Make You Smile

12 Aug

After Lennon’s teacher told us on Monday that she was very concerned about how much Lennon had regressed we had finally had enough. We packed the whole family into the minivan and drove our happy asses the hour and a half trek to see her pedi.

She said she is worried about Lennon as well but that she is at a loss as to how to help her because she has no idea what might be wrong. She has three theories:

1) Chairi Malformation

2) Genetic Disorder (which?!)

3) Autism

I think we can rule out Autism because even though she has been acting VERY autistic – for the past three days she has completely snapped out of it.

Yep. Seriously.

Eating. Smiling. Interacting.

Autism does not come and go. But there *is* something wrong with my child and I want answers!

I am leaning towards Chairi, unfortunately. The more I research, the more it sounds like Lennon. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if there was also something up with her DNA – multiple birth defects = Hmmmm.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Lennon’s cranio surgery.

If you want to read more about that go here.

Otherwise?

If these pictures do not make you smile, you have no soul.

(enjoy)

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…Still Here…

15 May

Sorry for the radio silence guys…as usual, things have been nuts around here. Mostly in good ways though, which is a nice change!

I did apply for the job. And it was offered to me yesterday. And, if you read my Tweets, you already know that I have accepted the position.

I have a lot of reservations about taking it…mostly that it is only a 13 months contract and at the end of that time, if it is not renewed, my old job will have been taken by someone else and I will very likely be SOL. In the end though, I had to go for it. I am very passionate about the work and I will enjoy the hell out of this job. Plus, it pays more. Not a ton more, but a few thousand a year is a few thousand a year…ya know?

I am relieved that my supervisors obviously know that that review by Evil ExBoss was utter crap. I also found it interesting that on three separate occasions it has been mentioned to me that I will have to take on a “leadership” role in this position since I have been with the company for seven years now and the two other people they are hiring to open this new program will be brand new.

The new job starts June 1st and it will be much like being shot out of a cannon since it has to be up and running on that date, but we don’t even get the keys to the building or a census until then. I can’t wait. 😉

We haven’t decided where we will move yet, but we have started looking at places. We are going to rent rather than buy since my job is not secure. I’m hoping to move closer, but not all the way up to the dessert.

Hubby is doing pretty well. He’s enjoying his new job and the kidney is slowly improving. It’s difficult though because he still can’t leave the house much and he’s not much help with the kids. He says that he still feels very “weak”…I’m not sure how much of that is legitimate and how much is laziness (or even depression).

The girls are doing fantastically well. I will post pictures soon. They are getting so big (we just had a HUGE growth spurt around here) and they are so smart. They are learning animal sounds and they use three word sentences now. I am a little ashamed to admit that I feel a huge sense of relief that Lennon is very bright. I would obviously love her the same either way, but her life will be so much fuller if she is not handicapped.

She’s doing well in therapy and is touching a lot more now. We can even walk on grass without a screaming match! Food is still a huge issue, but I’m pleased with the progress.

Nolan is growing up WAY too fast. He is sitting up on his own now for up to several minutes at a time. He is powering down table foods and baby foods (we are doing a combo of Baby Led Weaning and traditional baby foods because my mom refuses to do BLW). He’s getting close to crawling as well.

SIL seems to be doing alright. Last weekend she asked if she could move in with us after the baby is born but then yesterday asked the whole family to go out to breakfast with her and Baby Daddy tomorrow morning…so I’m not sure what’s up just yet. Still don’t know the gender. I’m so impatient!

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24 Feb

Hubby: Starts his IVIG tomorrow. Gah. Possibly only another month or two until kidney transplant time? I dare not even hope.

Nolie: Huge. Just, HUGE! He weighs 16 lbs (Lennon weighs 17!) and can wear anything from 6 to 12 month depending. Sheesh. He’s just starting to try and roll over, he chatters and babbles constantly (face-meltingly adorable!) and is still breastfeeding like a champ. OH, and he’s been sleeping from 9pm to 5am consistently for quite some time now.  We didn’t vaccinate at his 3 month well baby – I’m still researching. We did vaccinate the girls at their 3 and 6 month, but only did flu shots at their 12. I’d love some input if anyone has an opinion on this matter.

The Girls:

           Lennon – Is FINALLY walking! 17 months old and she just got her first tooth and has graduated from “cruising”. Poor kiddo. She’s also taken to tantruming, throwing food, and biting (hilarious with the single tooth). Overall though I think the kid might actually freaking turn out alright. Can I breathe now?

           Evelynn – Is my little tank. Yesterday Hubby put the girls in their high chairs and then went to get them a snack. He forgot to buckle them in. I was in the back of the house changing for work when I heard a HUGE “thud” and then my mom screaming “OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!” at the top of her lungs…and then Evy screaming. Yep. She climbed out and hit her head. On the tile floor. Since no one saw it happen we don’t know which part of her body hit first, but she had a pretty nice bruise almost immediately. Stupidly, I threw her in the car with Hubby in the back seat and drove like a crazy woman to the ER (what we should have done was immobilize her and then called 911 like Mrs.J did, hindsight, right?). Long story short; she is fine. Totally fine. Giggling and mouthing toys and flirting with nurses by the time we got to the hospital, fine. They checked her all over and then sent us home within an hour. I think I have a few new grey hairs. Hubby felt super guilty…but I told him not to be TOO hard on himself…we all slip up once and awhile. Lesson learned.

Me: Still pissed off at my employer. The job in Las Vegas apparently wasn’t smitten with me. unfortunately, I could have done better at the interview. I don’t think that I did badly, but I was REALLY tired from driving out there late the night before and I know it showed. No one wants to hire someone who’s barely able to keep their eyes open. Ah well. I’ll keep trying I suppose.