A. was lucky to get several handmade birth-day gifts, including these flannel diapers from my aunt and cousin, and a monogrammed swaddle sheet from my mom. Aren’t they adorable? I decided to go for it and try cloth diapers this time around. Besides being easier on my budget, an environmental-engineer friend of mine successfully swayed me with bits of info about the chemical byproducts of disposable diapers. "It’s just not good to have soggy chemicals sitting on their tushes for two or more years, you know?" Made sense to me. Not to say that those of us who have used or continue to use disposable diapers are somehow terrible mommies, especially since there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of conclusive evidence for or against either choice, but I thought I’d at least give cloth a chance. Kind of like my experiment with making E.’s baby food. It was much easier than I thought it would be and when we had to temporarily use jar food, I was surprised at how incovenient the shopping and lugging and storing and taste-testing that seemed to be comparatively. I suspect cloth diapering is the same way: a little inconvenient to figure out at first, then easy-peasy going forward. We’ll see and I’ll let you know. By the way, don’t you think these are cute enough to sell?
Anyway, these handmade flannel ditties were so adorable that they inspired the "snuggle flannel" binge I went on at Joann’s Fabrics on Black Friday (courtesy my mom, the enabler). Yes, I said that right. My barely unpregnant self braved several hours among a sea of fabric-frenzied women on Black Friday of all days. But at $1 a yard for flannel and all those coupons, I just couldn’t resist. The day was fairly civil; and I kept my Christmas Claws in check, for the most part.
Now I have to find a place for the seventeen pounds of snuggle flannel I brought home and a sliver of space on my crowded bookshelf for this book my mom also bought (yes, I realize I’m a little behind on the craft-book bandwagon, you crafty former-textile-designer-turned-SAHM-bloggers who get advanced copies of this stuff):
Okay, I promise – next post is the pink tree. 😉
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