Lucy finally arrived on November 11, 2011 at 1:41pm. She weighed 8 lbs 7 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. The labor and delivery were painful as expected but since I had already given birth once before to a 9lb baby (Jack), I knew what to expect and managed to have more control throughout the entire process. This isn’t a natural labor blog so I’ll spare you the gory details, but all in all it was a wonderful experience and we are so glad that Lucy arrived safe and happy.
I know I had mentioned before that I was planning on starting her cloth diapering whilst we were in the hospital but that plan didn’t survive. First of all, I left the diapers at home…Second of all, I don’t believe it would have been an easy process seeing as how she was taken back and forth from the nursery, nurses were changing her diaper often, and I was enjoying them taking care of her for the first two days so I didn’t protest :). Now, I am sure that if I wanted to I could have made it work, but I failed and that’s okay.
She dropped down to 8 lbs before we left the hospital and when we arrived at home I was anxious to try our flip diaper system on her. The only trouble was that her legs were quite tiny and the inserts and covers left a gap that was going to lead to leaks. So, we have been using pre-folds with snappies and then using the flip cover over it. I began using the inserts a few days ago and since she has probably gained at least 1 1/2 lbs or more since she has been home, her legs have chubbed up a bit and the inserts are working great! Everything is working great so far, but we do have to change her diaper quite often as she has been eating a lot and seems to be a heavy wetter.
Each night, or every other night, I have loaded our washing machine with dirty diapers, pre-washed, then washed with our Rockin’ Green detergent and mio-babino antibacterial nappy cleanser. I rinse twice and then throw the inserts, or prefolds into the dryer and line dry the covers (which dry extremely fast). All in all, Matthew and I have found this process to be way easier than anticipated. We haven’t bought any disposable diapers and wow, are we glad because this little girl wets and poops way more than Jack ever did. I will place an order this week for a wet bag which will make going out easier as well as a diaper sprayer, which will make the breastfeeding poop come off the diaper easier than a swirl in the toilet (sorry if that grosses you out but it works!). After those orders and two more purchases for a flip day pack, I believe that we will be well on our way to a full time cloth diapering family.
I would say to those who think that cloth diapering is more of a chore than necessary, go ahead and try it. It’s not that hard, it’s not that stinky, and man…they sure look cute wearing them :)….happy diapering!!