Cloth Diapers – Line Drying VS Drying in the Dryer

Hello everyone. I hope you are all well. M is doing much better with the medicine they prescribed him at the ER.

As I have been spending my day (and night now too) rewashing diapers with a bit of bleach(I hate bleach) to kill the infection my son has (why we were in the ER and he is on medication) it got me thinking of a subject I seem to see pop up often on cloth diaper groups or in general when I bring up that we cloth diaper M. “Why dry the diapers on the line versus dry the diapers in the dryer”

So I figure I would put my hat in the ring and voice my opinion for why I prefer to air dry my son, M’s, diapers on the line or drying rack instead of drying them in the dryer.  I mean they both get the job done but there are some specific pros and cons to both processes.

Cloth Diapers - Line Drying Versus Drying in the dryer



LINE DRYING


PROS:

  • Prolong the  life of diaper’s elastics-

The excessive heat from the dryer will slowly ruin the elastics in the diaper and line drying avoids said heat and thus will help your elastics last longer. The reason this is important is because the elastics help keep the areas around your baby’s legs and waist snug without being too tight or too loose thus preventing the dreaded POOPSPLOSIONS. Dun-dun-dun. And trust me if you haven’t experienced one yet you do not want to. 

  • Prolong the life of PUL-

This is very similar to the issues with elastics and heat. The PUL can slowly crack or delaminate (process in which the waterproof layer separates from the outer fabric) over time when you dry them in the dryer. This is especially true with the cheaper diapers. So line drying them really helps prolong the water resistancey (is that a word? I don’t think it is. Oh well. ) of the diapers. 

  • Line Dry  smell-

Maybe this is just me but I absolutely love the smell of clothes that were hung out to dry on the clothes line. I think it smells great, and diapers are just the same I love that freshly line-dried smell when stuffing and folding diapers.

  • Removes stains-

This is an amazing plus to line drying diapers. It can remove stains. I know it may sound like magic but it isn’t . The rays from the sun bleach out any stains when you hang wet diapers out to dry. I was skeptical until I tried it. Sadly I haven’t taken any pictures but I will have to do that the next time I have stains (it doesn’t happen often).

  • It is fun to look at-

I know this may sound stupid but I love watching the diapers dry on the line. They look awesome  all hung up in a line. You can see all the different types and colours, and patterns. It is just very pleasing to look at. I know I am not the only one with this though. I am a member of many cloth diaper groups and I have seen my share of people showing off their line drying diapers.

CONS:

  • The occasional bug-

This doesn’t bother me and very rarely happens but sometimes when you bringing the diapers you once in a while bring in a little bug friend. I normally just take them back outside.

  • Takes longer-

This is one downfall and the biggest reason I sometimes dry my son, M’s, diapers in the dryer instead of on the line. Sometimes he just needs clean dry diapers sooner than they would be dry. In that case I dry them in the dryer just to have them done in time.



DRYING IN THE DRYER


PROS:

  • Faster-

There may be more Pros, but at this point I can’t think of any others at this point. As I said above this is normally the only reason I do dry diapers in the dryer on the rare occasion that I do.

CONS:

  • Wears out elastics faster-

Not only does the dryer dry the diapers faster it also wears the elastics down faster. The elastic fibers break apart and they relax. This can cause the diapers not to fit properly and to leak terribly. And I am sure no one wants that. Another reason you want to save your elastics as long as possible is they are normally really annoying to replace yourself or to find someone to replace and in that case it is also more expensive.

  • Wears out the PUL faster-

The same as the heat damaging the elastics it can also cause the PUL (Polyurathane Laminate) fabric to delaminate. This is where the water resistance layer separates from the outer fabric. This can cause leaking. The heat can also cause cracking sometimes as well which also can lead to leaky diapers, and no one wants that. Now, this is more common in cheaper diapers but has been known to happen in the brand name diapers here and there.

  • Doesn’t remove stains-

Going off from the Pro list for line drying, drying in the dryer is the complete opposite. It can often set stains where as line drying can remove stains. And let’s face it most f us wouldn’t want to have our kids wear stained up diapers.

  • You have to wait to stuff the diapers until they cool-

This is not a huge deal but for those with young kids in diapers sometimes you only have a small window of time to get all the things done you need to get done for the day. So having to take the diapers out of the dryer and just let them sit until they cool to stuff them can get a bit annoying and you may have to wait even longer if your little one suddenly needs you again before they cool.



Now, there may be more pros and cons for each of these but these are my pros and cons. I just love the process of hanging up the diapers outside on the line. It is nice to get out in the sunlight too, which can also help with PPD a tiny bit.

I  also love the way they look on the line. I sometimes order them a certain way just to give it a little more pattern. This may be weird but I don’t care I love it. Heheh. It may just be my background in art.  I also have very fond memories of helping my Grandmother hang the clothes out on the line as a child so that might factor in as well.

I even line dry inside during the winter. I use this folding drying rack, and point this fan towards to help speed up the process a bit. When I do that I just dry the inserts, flour sack towels, and prefolds in the dryer because they take so long. I also turn the AIO diapers inside out to dry because the inside takes longer than the outside to dry.

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

My Experience With Postpartum Depression

Hello everyone. I hope everyone is doing great. We ended up in the ER with our youngest this morning and of course we were there all day. He is doing well now.

After that long day and getting my boys to sleep I decided to take some time to myself and poke around Pinterest. This brought me across a blogger I really seem to identify with. So I decided to spend some time reading some of her posts.

I came across this one of hers that really hit home hard with me regarding Postpartum Depression.

I was always terrified of PPD as I already have a history of depression and anxiety/panic disorder.  I know how helpless it all makes you feel to not be able to control your own body and thoughts, and the idea that that could get worse while also being in charge of a tiny person was just horrifying.

I hoped beyond hope that I would be fine and everything would go smoothly.

…it did not.


Now if you have experienced being pregnant in the past few years I am sure you will notice they ask you at many visits if you feel depressed or unhappy with life. My doctor had me do a questionnaire every time I had an appointment while I was pregnant with M. While I was pregnant I actually felt better than I even normally did regarding anxiety and depression. So there were no red flags thrown up there.

I know everyone has different pregnancy experiences and not everyone really enjoys being pregnant. I absolutely loved being pregnant.  I had terrible morning sickness for more than half of the pregnancy with M but I knew it was because I was making life and I knew it was all worth it. I ended up with Gestational Diabetes as well, and while that was not fun it wasn’t too bad. I just had to monitor my blood sugar and keep track of what I was eating very closely.

I worked up until the day I had M, and loved being able to keep busy. In my spare time at work I would work on things for M like the cloth wipes I was making, as well as cloth diapers, blankets, no scratch mittens, ect. I kept my trusty Brother Sewing machine with me at all times. Luckily at the time we owned our own business so I could work on those things in the back when things were slow or we had an employee working the register.

The day I went into my last appointment where they would monitor M’s heart rate and my contractions they did another ultrasound and noticed he had grown a lot (often an issue because of gestational diabetes). They also noted that his shoulders were a lot wider than his head, and he was barrel chested. This worried them because if they let him go any longer they thought he would only get bigger making it harder for me to birth him naturally like I wanted and urged us to schedule a c-section which I really didn’t want to do. They were sure he would be a 12 lb baby and with his broad chest and shoulders he would get stuck after his head made it’s way through.

This hit me hard because I really wanted to give birth naturally (for me not for any other reason).  I was like someone pulled the rug out from under me. I know the best laid plans and all that but I really did not want to lose the experience I had been preparing for for all these months. However, I also did not want to put my precious baby in danger so I agreed to the c-section, and they scheduled it for the end of the week.

This did not give me much time to come to terms with having to give up on natural birth. It took me time to process it and I don’t think I fully did even when they first cut into me. I was devastated. The night before our c-section I laid on the couch crying about having to have a c-section.

The C-section didn’t go well either, but I won’t go into that right now.

After I was finally able to hold my son, and was in my room I was out of it but okay. He latched right on and nursed wonderfully for a good hour. People came to see him, and I just kind of tuned them out. Nothing against them but I was exhausted and just wanted to hold my son.

Once everything slowed down and visitors stopped trickling in was when it really started. I had panic attack after panic attack.  My son was collicky but I just kept nursing him and soothing him.  After years of anxiety and depression I have learned the art of doing what needs done despite what is going on in my head until I can’t anymore.

I was terrified of everything and nothing at the same time. It was worse than any of my normal panic attacks because I couldn’t let go and panic I had a baby to care for. What was I going to do when it inevitably got worse?

Finally it came time for me leave the hospital. I finally decided I need to tell someone about the crazy thoughts running through my head, and the fact that I had not eaten since M was born. I was able to only keep down water and juice barely. Eating terrified me. I could barely sleep for the same reason. I was afraid to pick my son up and I was afraid to let him lie there. I could barely change his diaper I was shaking so uncontrollably. It was terrible and on top of it I felt like I had failed my son and husband.

When I finally decided to tell someone they made sure I was prescribed medication before I left by my doctor.

That was not the end of it though. I took the medicine even though I was terrified to take the medicine they gave me. I still couldn’t eat for weeks. I had to force myself to down assure shakes.  Not all of those stayed down. I still had the tremors, and panic attacks but they were slowly dying down. Then my meds started making it worse and they had to adjust the dosage. Once they got it right everything seem to slow down and I could finally focus on my new baby boy.  I felt more in control than I had in so long.

I tried to ween myself off of them a few times since but I think it will be awhile before I can fully do that. Every time I have tried everything comes back so quickly. I never liked having to take medication but if that is what I need to do to be able to care for my children that is what I will do. They need me.

I hope writing about my experience will help someone else know it is okay to admit you are having problems and that it is okay that doesn’t mean you are failing you just need a little help and that is okay.

Thank you for reading,

The Momnipresent Mother

 

Why I love our Diaper Sprayer

Good evening everyone. I hope everyone is well. I finally have our youngest down for a nap and our oldest re-cleaning his room.  So that gives me a little time to make a post here today.



This post does contain affiliate links. I do get compensation if you order one of the linked products, but I only ever link products I can stand behind. 


I thought I would tell you the story of how I came to love our cloth diaper sprayer.

I know it may sound strange to you but before we bought the diaper sprayer I didn’t want one. So we did not start out with one. We exclusively breastfed until about 8 months so we didn’t really need it right after our son was born anyway (breast fed poop is water soluble).

In the beginning even before we started trying to conceive our youngest I knew I wanted to be frugal and not go hog wild buying every new baby gadget out there. It just seemed like a waste to me. So this made a diaper sprayer at the bottom of our list of items we needed.

Well, fast forward to after our son arrived. I ended up having to have an emergency c-section  and the spinal they gave me for that was causing my sciatica to act up terribly. This didn’t subside until probably around 7 months. At which point I really wasn’t in the mood to be bending over or crouching down in front of our toilets to dunk and swish this terrible solid food poop off of my son’s diapers.

It wasn’t the poop that was the issue. It never was which is why I never bought a sprayer. But now I could barely bend over to get my socks and shoes on let alone try and get the diapers somewhat cleaned off in the toilet. So, I went online and decided to buy a bundled Spray Pal Diaper Sprayer and Spray Pal Sprayer Shield.

You can also buy them separately if you just want the sprayer or shield.

I had hear great reviews on their products, as well as their customer service. Plus I loved supporting a smaller business. So onto Amazon and bought the bundle. I don’t think I have ever been so excited to get something to clean poop before.

Once it arrived, which was faster than I expected, it was so easy to hook up to our toilet. The directions were clear and within 5 minutes (it likely would have been less but I had an infant and 8 year old to tend to as well. You know how it is when you are trying to do something important. They immediately need you for something. Heheh.

I luckily had a diaper wet bag the perfect size to hold the sprayer shield. So I stuck a command hook to the wall behind the toilet and hung that there to keep it off the floor and away from tiny hands. You can also purchase a bag with the shield as a bundle as well. Something great about the Spray Pal diaper sprayer is that it has this little dock you can hang on the side of your toilet tank so when you are finished spraying your soiled diapers you can just hang it up on the dock.

The Sprayer worked like a charm the first time I used it. And that was with peanut butter poop (sticky and thick). Everything sprayed right off and into the toilet and the shield prevented me from being sprayed when my little one would grab my arm while spraying.

The shield also has another great feature. You can fold it over the diaper and squeeze all the excess water out of the diaper so it is not all drippy when you have to take it from the toilet, or maybe even the bathroom if your diaper pail is in another room like ours is to your diaper pail. Plus it is great because if you do not wring the diapers out at least some it will soak through some diaper pail liners just because they are water resistant not water proof, and you do not want a leaked diaper pail.

For any of you who aren’t sure if they want to spend the money on a sprayer or are not sure which one to get I can confidently say it is definitely worth the money, and I would recommend Spray Pal any day if you aren’t sure what type of sprayer to get.

If you want to read about other cloth diaper products I would recommend you can find that here.

Thank you for reading,

The Momnipresent Mother

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8 ways to Homeschool on a Budget

Hello everyone. I hope you all are well. Our youngest, M, has been having trouble sleeping again so we have been up all night the past few nights. So hopefully once he is back on schedule I can get some more Blog work completed.

Are you contemplating homeschooling your child or children? Are you worried you won’t be able to afford it? Well don’t worry. There are always ways you can save money while not losing any quality in your homeschool curriculum, If you are interested in how you can save some money and still teach your children in your own home on your own time just keep reading. These are a few of the ways we have been able and others we know have been able to save money while homeschooling our children. Enjoy.



1. Utilize free online resources

This is the biggest way I save money. I research what subjects I want to teach my son and then can search online for free worksheets, and videos to help teach the different subjects. Youtube, education.com, and Pinterest are the three big ones we use. 

Youtube is free, and has some great videos to supplement your homeschool curriculum. Pinterest has some great ideas of projects and other resources you can utilize, and it is also free. Education.com has a free portion where you can download a certain amount of worksheets a month, and their subscriptions are not all that expensive and are a great source to utilize as well.

2. Utilize your local Library

The library is a wonderful homeschool resource, and it is free. You can find a book on just about any subject imaginable, and if your library doesn’t have what you need they can normally request it from another library. We try and make it to the library at least once a week.

3. Use spiral notebooks

I absolutely love spiral notebooks like these. You can easily use them as journals, a place to press any flowers or leaves your little one finds and wants to save for later, writing to do lists for yourself or your kids, and if you have access to a computer you can write out tests or worksheets on them as well. 

4.Find out what places do Homeschool discounts

This is great for trips and some stores. Not all but some places often offer discounts for families who homeschool such as parks, museums, aquariums, science centers, ect.

5. Plan ahead

This is a big one to save money. I don’t know about you but if I don’t have a list of what I need specifically I tend to go overboard and buy things I don’t need. So  make sure you plan ahead and get an idea of what you need in the beginning and what you already have so you don’t spend your money on things you really don’t need or won’t use.

6. Find used materials

Used materials don’t mean you lose anything other than a few zeros on that price tag. Hit up yard sales, used bookstores, thrift shops, online co-ops of other homeschoolers.

7. Utilize the supplies you have

This is a big one. Going off of plan ahead, if you already have the things you need there is no need to buy more of that item. So if you have something you can already use, use it.

8. Borrow materials

If you know any other homeschooling mothers with kids in the same subjects as your child you can always ask if you could borrow or share the materials they have .  The worst they can say is know. You may even be able to go in together and get materials together.


 

As I said before, Homeschooling does not have to break the bank. We are loving homeschool and with two kids we aren’t rich so we save money when we can. It is possible.

Do you have any ways you save money teaching your children from home? If so let us know in the comment section below.

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Types of Cloth Diapers: Pocket Diapers


Good morning everyone. I hope you all are well.

Have you been considering cloth diapers for your new bundle of joy? I am sure you have started doing some research before getting here and it may seem overwhelming. I am sure you have more questions that need answers and I hope this post, the first of multiple posts about the different types of cloth diapers will answer some of your questions.

Pocket Diapers are what we are discussing today. Some people prefer these to other types due to them being slightly similar to disposables.



The anatomy of pocket diapers:

Pocket diapers consist of two layers of cloth sewn together almost completely except for a portion at the back of the diaper which is open creating a pocket you can stuff with absorbent material.  The outer material is the water resistant material, and the inner material is the soft material that goes against your child’s bum. This also is normally material that lets moisture through one way but not the other keeping that baby bum dry even when the insert is wet.

Pocket diapers have either snaps or hook and loop (Velcro) fasteners. This helps you adjust the diaper to fit your child as he or she grows.

You can stuff the pocket of the pocket diaper with many absorbent materials. You can find many types of inserts, or use flour sack towels, old t-shirts, prefolds, or other absorbent cloth.

Pros:

You can stuff them with all sorts of material to get the right absorbency for your child and once they are stuffed you just have to grab one and put it on, which is great for a squirmy baby.

The inner material keep your baby dry even when they are wet.

Cons:

You do have to stuff and un-stuff the diapers to be able to use them or wash them. So they take more than one step to get them bum ready.

Brands we like:

Bumgenius –

Pros: They have adorable patterns, and great customer service, and you can get them on sale often. They also have great relsale value.

Cons: The biggest issue I had was my skinny legged boy took awhile to fit into them but that isn’t the diapers fault.

Alva –

Pros: They also have some adorable prints. They are cheaper than the more brand name diapers. They still have decent resale value.

Cons: The biggest con I can see is they don’t have as much of a resale value as the bigger brand name diapers.

Sunbaby 

Pros: They are a great deal and have adorable prints. They hold up really well even compared to the more popular brand name diapers. These were my first diapers for our son and they still work great.

Cons: You have to order multiple at once , which for me wasn’t bad but if you just want to try one it might be an issue.


I prefer using pockets diapers when we are out and about or during naps because they have stay dry fabric inside and are easier in my opinion to get on and off and into the wet bag when changing in the car or other small areas.

Most of the diapers we use during the day are covers. If you want to check out our go to cloth diaper products you can find them here.

Do you have a favorite brand of pocket diapers?

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

5 Things To Do Before Next School Year

Hello again everyone. I hope you all are well.

As I am sure you are aware this school year is quickly coming to a close, and if you are anything like me you are already thinking about what we are going to do for next year.  Since we homeschool we can explore new interests and go with the flow, but there are a few things I have to do before we officially start next school year.





  1. Complete and file any necessary paperwork.

We live in PA and have to file and Affidavit stating we are homeschooling the coming year, and we have to file objectives of what we plan for our child/children to accomplish. 

  1. Create lesson plans/or a list of subjects.

We don’t really do lesson plans. We more just expand on our objectives for the year and find resources needed to teach said subjects.

  1. Label/organize.

This just means I label any subject specific folders, binders, notebooks, ect.  

  1. Buy supplies.

Once you know what subjects you are going to teach and you can go get the needed supplies. 

  1. Print/copy papers.

I like to print or copy things we use often like spelling/vocabulary tests, to do lists, book list, ect.


I know that is not a very long list but it is just the major things I need to do. If you are interested in how I create our curriculum it is right here. If you want a copy of our homeschool schedule you can find that here.

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

The Importance of Exercise for People with ADHD





ADHD also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects both children as well as adults. ADHD can negatively affect academics, peer relationships, as well as the ability to hold down a job, and adult relationships. There are many different ways people can get help with handling this disorder in themselves or their children.  Both my husband and my oldest son have ADHD. Growing up my best friend had and still has ADHD. It is a constant struggle for those who have it and is not something I would wish on anyone.

You can use supplements and medications as well as therapy to help control ADHD symptoms but one thing I have found that helps both my husband, son, and best friend is regular exercise. I am not saying you should use exercise as your only treatment.

As most of my regular readers already know, we homeschool our sons so it is really easy to incorporate regular exercise into their daily school routines.

With my husband I have noticed that after doing something such as yardwork like push mowing our lawn he has an easier time concentrating for the rest of the evening.

I used to go to the gym regularly with a group of friends. This was before we had kids and I would notice a huge improvement in my friend’s attention when we would leave the gym .

It may seem like magic, but truly it is just science.

Exercise helps people with ADHD the same way most of ADHD medication works.  Most doctors prescribe stimulants to patients with ADHD. Stimulants work by increasing the amount of dopamine in the patients brain. For most people with ADHD this helps them concentrate better, and deal with their self control better as well.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter/neurohormone that is produced by the brain to help control attention, motivation, movement, and pleasure. Some studies have shown that people with ADHD’s brains often times produce less dopamine than those who are neurotypical. In those patients, providing them with more dopamine via medication helped them with their symptoms.

Another way to help increase the levels of dopamine in your brain is to exercise. As you exercise your brain releases more neurotransmitters including dopamine. So getting regular exercise can help with symptoms of ADHD.



Exercise has helped my Son:

Reduce  his fidgeting-

This is a big thing for my son. He will pick at things, and chew on things so much when he has not done a lot of exercise that day. We also recently bought, and I made him some fidgets to help him on the days he just can’t stop fidgeting but still needs to pay attention.

 Reduce his anxiety-

His anxiety is normally related to schoolwork, and when he was in public school it was related to school in general. This is not nearly as bad as when he was in public school but on his bad days when his attention is lacking he gets a bit anxious. Often we take a break and do a quick exercise and then get back to it.

Retain information better-

Sometimes we even have him do exercises like jumping jacks while we are going over flash cards (he loves flash cards). This seems to help him retain the information we go over so much better than if we were just sitting at the table going over them. 

Improve his concentration-

Similar to the one above doing exercise before or during something that needs his concentration really helps him.

Sleep longer through the night-

This is a big one for us as when he doesn’t get a good amount of exercise he will wake up a few times a night and still get up extremely early. 


Let us know how exercise has helped someone you know with ADHD.

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

 

How I Found Out I Was Pregnant

Good evening everyone. I hope you and your family are well.

Speaking of family, I am sure most of the mother’s reading this remember the moment they found out for sure that they were pregnant.  I figured telling my story about how I found out I was pregnant for the first time (our second child but the first I gave birth to) would be appropriate for Mother’s Day.

Well, I will start out saying that I was always really worried that I would not be able to conceive, or that I would but then something would happen. I have pretty bad anxiety attacks, and have had them since I was very young so I tend to worry about most things, and this was no different.

My husband and I had just opened our own business, and had been discussing trying for another child. I have always wanted to have a few children so I was all for it. My husband wanted to wait to make sure our business was set to go before we tried.

Well once we got all the kinks worked out with the business and hired some great employees we began to actively try to conceive. We were both excited but anxious. I have uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts so I was of course worried this would cause some issues conceiving.

Because of these issues my cycles were all over the place normally so trying to figure out when I was actually ovulating was a fun game, and by fun I mean extremely frustrating.  While we were trying I was taking test after test to see if I was indeed pregnant. Soon after we began I started just feeling off, and we both thought it was because I was indeed pregnant, but every test I took was a big fat negative.

We bought the fancy expensive pregnancy tests and the cheap dollar store ones, just hoping one would give us a positive. Still nothing.

We kept trying and I kept feeling worse. As all the tests kept giving us negative results I just started attributing it to my anxiety that we just weren’t going to be able to have a child together.

Then one day I after even more negative tests piling up (not literally of course that would be rather unsanitary) I started getting terrible pain in my lower abdomen.  This of course made me terrified of ectopic pregnancy.

The pain continued and then suddenly I couldn’t use the restroom despite having that horrible feeling like I really needed to urinate. Then the pain increased and and all of a sudden I got go but it felt like someone took a knife to me and I was bleeding everywhere.

Now this had me even more terrified something was wrong so I got my Grandmother to take me to the doctor’s office. I was lucky they had an opening soon after I called.

Once I got there and talked to the doctor they decided I had kidney stones and was actively passing some rather large ones. Thus the pain and blood. So on top of feeling terrible to begin with now I had Kidney stones and was going to have to take antibiotics which always kill mys stomach.

They wanted to do an MRI to make sure I didn’t need them to break them up. Now, if you are a woman I am sure you have heard almost anytime you go to the doctor and have to have some sort of testing done, “is there any chance you are pregnant?” Well normally I would say now but this time I was planning on telling them we had been trying so there was a possibility. The funny thing was, this time they didn’t ask me at all.

So I brought it up to them on my way out, and my family doctor asked if I had tested recently. I told her I had this morning but it said negative but I had been feeling off. So she decided to test me while I was there. Meanwhile I had to sit in the waiting area while she waited for the results.

Then she came out to me, which she normally doesn’t do, and sat down next to me and said, ” Well, you are pregnant.” anyone who knows me knows I don’t get overly excited about anything on the outside.  Inside however I was doing cartwheels. I had known it but the tests had me second guessing my own instincts.

She then cancelled my MRI and changed the antibiotics I was given.

Now the fun part is I had to try and keep this information to myself when I really wanted to tell everyone. I waited until I got home and my Grandmother headed home to call my husband. I told him all about the doctor’s appointment but left out the pregnancy bit.

Well he must have felt I was keeping something to myself because he asked me if I had asked her to test me to make sure I wasn’t pregnant. I said yes, they did test me. He said, “So?” I told him it was positive and he got so excited.

We decided then to try and figure out a way to tell my mother and Grandmother, and decided to let her read my medical results from that visit telling her it was easier than explaining  what she said about what was causing all these issues.  Funny thing is the part that said “Pregnancy – Positive” was way into all these papers. So my mother stood there and read through all this nonsense and then got to the pregnancy part and stopped. She was so excited. We did the same with my Grandmother and got her on camera.  She was all excited as well.

I was so glad I finally had some proof I was pregnant and not just feeling off all the time.

How did you find out you were pregnant?

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Do It Yourself Children’s Pants



Step 1: Find a pair of pants that fit your child.

M is cloth diapered so I made sure to pick a pair of pants that fit well over his cloth covered butt. 

Step 2: Fold the pants in half.

Make sure to get the seams lined up as well as possible and all the cloth is as flat as you can make it. 

Step 3: Trace the pants onto something.

After making sure it is lined up and flat use a pen or a pencil and trace the pants onto a piece of cardboard, paper, cardstock, ect. Then add a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance (whichever you feel more comfortable with).

Step 4: Cut out new pattern.

Cut out the Pattern you traced.

Step 5 (optional): Measure pockets on pants.

If you want to add pockets to the pants measure the dimensions of the pockets on the existing pants. 

Step 6 (optional): Draw the pockets.

Draw the dimensions on the same material you traced the pants onto and add the same seam allowance around it. 

Step 7 (optional): Cut out pattern for pockets.

Cut out the pattern you just drew for the pockets.

Step 8: Place pattern(s) on new fabric.

Take your pattern for the pants and place it on the material

Take your pocket pattern and place it on the fabric you want your pockets made out of.

Step 9: Trace pattern onto new fabric.

Trace around the pants pattern with a pen, chalk, marker, or fabric marker.  Trace the pants pattern twice with the crotch facing left and then flip the pattern over and trace that one twice with the crotch facing right. 

Trace the pocket pattern once and then flip the pattern and trace it again.

 

Step 10: Cut out the pieces.

Cut out the pants pieces you created by tracing the pattern onto the fabric. 

Step 11: Put the two pants pieces right sides together.

Place the two pairs of pants pieces right sides(the side you want on the outside when finished) together. 

Step 12: Sew from the waist to the crotch on both sets of legs.

Sew the two pieces of fabric for each pair together from the top of the crotch to the bottom.

Step 13: Place the two sewn pieces right sides together.

Open both pairs of sewn fabric up and place the two pieces together right sides together.

Step 14: Sew down the sides of the pant legs.

Sew down from the top (where the waist band will be) of the outer legs to the bottom (to where the cuff of the pant legs will be).

Step 15: Then Sew along the insides of the legs of the pants.

Sew from one bottom of the inside leg, around the crotch and back down to the other inside leg.

Step 16: Fold the cuffs of the pants up an inch.

Fold the bottom of each leg up in the pant leg about an inch.

Step 17: Fold the cuffs up another inch.

Fold the folded bottom of each leg  up in the pant leg another inch, and pin or clip.

Step 18: Sew around the cuffs.

Sew around the folded up leg cuffs. 

Step 19:  Fold the waist down 1/2 inch and sew.

Fold down the waist 1/2 inch and sew around it.

Step 20 : Fold the waist down another two inches and sew it down leaving an opening for the elastic.

Fold down the waist again but two inches and sew around the waist leaving an open for threading the elastic through the waistband.

Step 21: Measure around the waist of  your child, and add an inch and cut that amount of elastic.

Take a measuring tape around your child’s waist and add and inch then cut that amount of elastic.

Step 22: Take a safety pin and pin the end of the elastic, and thread it through  the waist band.

Take a safety pin and pin the end of the elastic, and then thread the elastic through the waistband used the pin to push it through to the other end.

Step 23: Sew the two ends of the elastic together at the ends.

Once you have the elastic threaded all the way through so you have both ends sticking out of the hole you left in the waistband, remove the pin, overlap those two and sew and X or a box over the overlapping elastic.

Step 24: Tuck the sewn elastic in the waist band and sew the opening closed sewing a little over the elastic to keep it from bunching.

Pull the waist band and that should tuck the elastic back in the waistband, if not use your fingers to push it back in.  Then sew the opening shut and overlap just slightly over the elastic inside. 

Step 25: Try them on your child.

Try them on your child and enjoy. 


Thank you for reading through this tutorial. For more tutorials like this you can subscribe to my blog. I hope you enjoyed this one. If you tried this one let us know how it turned out and if you want post photos of your end results in the comments.

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Make Your Own Two Ply Cloth Wipes

Hello Everyone. I hope you are doing well.

I recently bought a few new overnight cloth diapers, and realized I needed to make a few more cloth wipes to go with them so that I had enough for each diaper change. That gave me the idea that I should make tutorial here on how I make my own cloth wipes.

It really is very easy and even if you are new to sewing, and it is worth it if you are already doing cloth diapers. You can just toss the dirty wipe in the dirty diaper and toss it all in the diaper pail together and then wash together. It is much easier in my opinion than trying to remember to throw the disposable wipe out and then put the diaper in the pail. Plus my son gets irritation from even the sensitive disposable wipes.



Step One: Buy some cloth.

Flannel is ideal for cloth wipes. It is absorbent, and soft. Terry cloth is also a good choice. You can also buy equal amounts of both flannel and terry cloth and do some dual sided wipes. We use those for the really messy diapers.  

Step two: Pre-wash the cloth.

This step is very important in pretty much any sewing project. It is important to wash your fabric before you sew anything with it because it does shrink. Wash on high heat. This also get rid of any particles left on the fabric from where it was before it got to you. 

Step three: Dry the cloth.

Drying the cloth in the dryer is also good to do to make sure it shrinks as much as it will and of course so it is dry and you can sew with it. 

Step four: Measure by 8.5 inch out 8.5 inch squares.

I use a quilters square measuring tool to trace out 8.5 in by 8.5 in squares on the wrong side of my fabric(s). You could do bigger or smaller but I would suggest at least 8.5 in by 8.5 in because any smaller and using them might get your hand messy.  

Step five: Cut out the squares.

The next step is more time consuming if you are using regular scissors, or pinking shears. I would highly suggest purchasing or if you already own some using a rotary cutter. It will save you so much time. 

Step six: Put the squares right sides together.

Next take all your squares of fabric either flannel and flannel or flannel and terry cloth and place them right sides (the side you want to see when you are done) facing each other. You can pin or use wonder clips to hold them together while you sew but if you feel comfortable sewing you don’t necessarily have to. 

Step seven: Sew around the edge leaving a hole to turn the wipe.

Sew around all the sides leaving a 1/4 in allowance on the edges but leave a 2-4 in opening so that you can turn the fabric. 

Step eight: Turn wipe.

Turn the fabric so the right side is now on the outside. 

Step nine: Push excess fabric in.

Fold the excess fabric left from the hole you used to turn the fabric in so it matches the rest of the edges.  You can pin or clip this part but you don’t have to. 

Step ten: Top stitch wipe.

Stitch around the edge of the wipe to give it a nice finish and close the hole you used to turn the wipe. You can use a zig-zag stitch or straight stitch . Both work but you may like the look of one over the other.

Step eleven: Wipe some baby bottoms.

I think this is self explanatory. Enjoy!


If you have any questions about this process feel free to ask in the questions.

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother