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Soft Bums Review

I was a VERY lucky cloth diapering mama a couple weeks ago. Jeff, Kennedy and I went to the MN Kids and Baby Expo. We had a blast. It was fairly quiet, but that was probably due to it being the first year and the fact that it was gorgeous outside (the first nice weekend in MN this spring). We met some new companies, and learned more about some that we already had heard of.

One company that I was really happy to be able to spend some time chatting with was Soft Bums. My friend Erica and I had seen them last year at the Living Green Expo, but the table was so crowded, I couldn’t get a good look at them. I never did buy one, because we had more than enough diapers in our stash, and I just couldn’t justify another new diaper.

While talking to them, they offered me the opportunity to take a diaper to review. I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve never been asked to review anything, so I was excited!

And I am SO happy I was given this opportunity. I love this diaper. LOVE. I was given one cover, a dry-touch insert, an organic bamboo insert and one dry-touch doubler. This diaper is a one size, all in two (meaning you just change out the insert, and can reuse the cover), and the best part? It wasn’t terribly bulky AT ALL. I have never been a fan of most one size systems, because I hate the bulk. Kennedy may be 20 months old, but she’s still small (for reference, we’re using size medium bumgenius AIOs and the size small thirsties covers still usually fit), so for these to not be bulky on her is totally awesome. I do think the regular insert would be bulky on a newborn, but the doublers can also be used as a newborn insert!

Part of the reason these diapers are less bulky is the way they adjust. There is a toggle clasp (like you find on the hoods of jackets) on each side. This clasp controls the elastic, and in one adjustment, controls both the leg openings and the rise. It’s literally a perfect fit for your baby! They’re easy to adjust, and they come in cute colors and patterns!

The diaper did not wick at all, and even held up during a nap! The absorbency was great, and the cover stayed clean, even when she pooped! (and she poops every time I put the organic insert on her, LOL!)

And now, the part everyone waits for, pictures!

disclaimer: I was provided a diaper to review by Soft Bums. All opinions are mine.

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Dyeing Easter Eggs

We dyed eggs today…Kennedy’s first experience with it đŸ™‚ somehow, I ended up with more dye on my hands than she did. Probably because in my attempt to keep her from dunking her entire hand into the dye, she decided she needed to THROW the eggs into the dishes.

She also had to “sign” each egg. Before we could put it in the dye, she took one of her crayons and colored a part of the egg. Most of her work ended up disappearing once they were dyed, but for a few she colored with the wax crayon that came with the dye cups, and those turned out. (I think she switched to regular crayons because she couldn’t see her artwork on the white egg right away).

Here’s our finished eggs! Here’s just the plain colored ones:

the one with her name on it, and the double dyed ones. The green and gold ones are for poppa, but the one that’s kind of all over green is the one Kennedy bumped into the dye bowl during the second half

The ones Kennedy signed with the wax crayon

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wordless Wednesday: big girl edition

Who is this big girl, and what did she do with my baby?

Photo by Melanie Swanson, my talented sister.

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so sorry. Totally forgot about Wordless Wednesday. I had a surprise CPR class, and was gone most of the day. So, you get a Wordless Thursday post instead. Or a post with few words, as it were.

Our first experience with spaghetti-o’s

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update, as promised…

as you can see from yesterday’s wordless Wednesday post, Kennedy has a horrible rash. đŸ˜¦ It started on Monday. Since she seemed to be feeling better post ear infection and probable rotovirus, we ventured out to playgroup. We met Jeff’s parents for lunch, and when she was eating, I noticed a few bumps on her hands, and they looked like spider bites. I figured maybe she got into one of the corners of the play area, and got bit by something.

Fast forward to bedtime…there’s the rash pictured all over her trunk, especially bad in her armpits. Her face was red too. I immediately start thinking of allergies because my nephew has a peanut allergy. I texted a couple of pictures to my sister for her opinion. I also emailed them to a friend in nursing school for hers. Using the power of google, all three of us think it looks like fifth’s disease. It’s a virus, and once the rash appears, it’s usually not contagious anymore. She woke up every hour all night on Monday, and took about half an hour to fall back asleep. I only had tylenol and motrin in the house, and they didn’t seem to be helping. I called the pedi on Tuesday, to see if they thought they needed to see her.

Her primary doctor wasn’t in, but the doctor that we saw for both the ear infection and the rotovirus was the one who called us back. Said she didn’t need to see her unless the rash started to really bother her, she had problems breathing, or if she spiked a fever. Of course, that afternoon, she spiked a temp of 103.6 :(. They said to bring her in the next day if she still had a fever, and to give her benedryl for the rash. Tuesday night, she slept better. Still woke up every 3-4 hours or so, but that was MUCH improved from Monday night. When she woke up on Wednesday morning, she was fever free, but her hands were so swollen from the rash, they looked bruised. I decided to bring her in, and they had an appointment available with her primary.

So, we saw Dr. McCabe yesterday afternoon. She thinks it’s viral, and it could be a variation of the Fifth’s virus, it could be fifth’s, or it could be a rash in reaction to the roto from last week. But, she said there was bacterial infection that can be underlying the viral rash, and she recommended antibiotics. She said there is a blood test, but it takes 5 days to come back, and if it were her kid, she’d just do the meds. She knows we like to try alternative care, and all of that, and she does some herself, so I trusted her judgement and agreed. Kennedy has been poked and prodded enough the last 3 weeks, I really didn’t want to go through the trauma of a blood draw too. She also suggested switching to Claritin or Zrytec, as I hadn’t seen the benedryl helping at all. She wants us to continue that for a week after the rash is gone.

So, from the pedi, we went to target and got the Rx filled. We wandered while we waited, and walked down the clearance toy aisle. Kennedy immediately spotted some Yo Gabba Gabba dolls on clearance. So, I bought her a Foofa doll that talks and makes silly sounds when you make her jump. It was only 6.25, and she LOVES it. I thought she deserved a little something for being such a sick peanut.

Oh, the good news is that according to the scale at this office, she hasn’t lost weight since last week’s visit for the roto. I’m not sure I believe that, and it was a different scale…so it could be off. She definitely feels like she’s lost some since last week. But, it means even if she has lost some, it’s not a lot! So, that part is VERY good!

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I’ve been absent from the blog…so sorry! We’ve had a busy, busy household since the accident.

I’m still not back at work :(, I’m wishing they’ll clear me tomorrow, but I’m fairly certain the weights aren’t at the levels they want them to be.

Kennedy has been sick for the last 2 weeks. She was perfectly healthy as baby, a couple colds, that’s it. Then she got sick the middle of December. Took her in the week of Christmas because it had been over a week. She had a raging ear infection in one ear, and the beginnings of one in the other. Poor peanut!!! She was put on amoxicillin, and seemed to be getting better. Until Saturday. Jeff was feeding her breakfast, and when I woke up he said that she spit it all up after. She seemed ok, no fever, but still wasn’t quite herself, so we went to the Lasch Christmas anyways (just Jeff’s parents, his sister and her boyfriend). She didn’t eat very well, but wasn’t overly crabby or anything either. We put her to bed at her usual time, and she woke up screaming at 10 pm. Jeff went up to calm her, and said she had puked. We cleaned her up, changed her sheets, pulled out backup kitty and backup lovey (as both had puke on them), and put her back to bed. She slept most of the night, waking a couple of times, but easily going back down. When she woke for the day, Jeff got up with her, and when feeding her breakfast, she vomited again! So we stuck to pushing fluids for the rest of the day and not focusing so much on making her eat. She hasn’t thrown up now since Sunday morning, but she’s had a fever on and off and diarrhea. She hadn’t had a wet diaper all day today, so I took her into the pedi, as I was mildly worried about dehydration.

Doctor thinks it’s a virus, possibly the beginning of rotovirus, but to keep an eye on her, and keep pushing fluids. If she hasn’t peed before bedtime, we’re supposed to call back. She also suggested gatorade. I told her I preferred smart water, as it has the same electrolytes, but none of the sugar. Dr Joseph reminded me that she’ll need sugar to keep her blood sugars up, but then remembered that I said she would eat popsicles. So she ok’d smart water (Kennedy has never liked juice, so I’m not sure she’d even take gatorade) and keep up with popsicles for the sugar. She also recommended some salty snacks for her. The salty snacks would make her thirsty, and then hopefully she would drink enough to wet a diaper.

So far, she’s been drinking more since before the appt. I did stop at DQ on my way home (I was starving) and she ate a few of my fries…and I think the salt trick was working, because she did start drinking more. No wet diapers yet, but hopefully she’ll be wet at her next change.

Oh, and she’s apparently learned how to fart from my dad. Ever since the diarrhea started, she’s been walking around the living room, stopping to half squat as she farts/poops. It’s very reminiscent of my dad when he decides to make a show of passing gas!

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