Monday, December 28, 2015

#ThanksSanta.... Baby Alive Diapers

Who got a Baby Alive from Santa this year? Cecelia did! Santa also brought an extra refill pack of food and diapers but those went quickly. When looking for more diapers there are three basic options:

Expensive little things.
No dice. Momma wasn't going to fork out that. Thanks Santa....

So option 4.... momma busts out the sewing machine. Boom!
I spent a little time researching patterns. I didn't like any I found. Either too complicated... Not absorbent enough... Too many materials needed.... None of them were good. So I made my own pattern.

*** Note- I am not a professional sewer. I am self taught. I may not use proper technique. I may not know the correct terminology. Some may cringe at following post. Others will be impressed. Either way, I rocked these out!***

I started by thinking about what materials I already had on hand... burp clothes! I had a bunch of prefold diapers that have gone through all three kids. Those will work for the inside. 

I then made a run to a fabric store and got some PUL- definition here- and some velcro. That's it!

I went with a three pack of the PUL versus cutting yardage. Easier as the cutting counter was crazy!
This package was $14.99 but I had a 40% of coupon plus a 20% off your whole purchase. Bam!

The non-babyville velcro in the regular sewing section was $.99 for (I think they are a yard) then of course my 20% off the whole purchase coup!

So my game plan was to do a basic pillow technique with a few flares.
To make the pattern, I just traced the stretched out disposable diaper. These will need to be fitted to catch the liquid and "food" that goes through the baby. They are made specifically for this baby so they don't leak. I am sure they will fit her other baby dolls but fit on those that don't leak doesn't bother me!

Here's the pattern stretched out. The ones from the store have elastic in the legs. When I stretched them out for the pattern I figured the little extra bit in size will account for the seams. I then used the pattern to cut out the PUL and the prefolds. You'll see above, I left about an inch and a half on the one side of the pattern (where the baby's back would be), on the PUL only, to allow for the finishing. Also, I plan for the soft part of the velcro to be on the part of the diaper that is on baby's tummy and the scratchy will stick out of diaper in the back and come around to the front like the tabs on disposable diapers.

***Now, remember my lack of professional sewing skills. You'll see NO iron. NO or minimal pinning... don't be scared!***

I started by sewing a longer strip of soft velcro on the front side of the PUL- the side that would be on baby's belly. Right about ... there. Sorry, no measuring, remember.

Next is to start the pillow process by putting right sides together.
On the opposite end of the diaper as where the soft velcro is sewed, the scratchy parts get sewed into the "pillow.." The scratchy part should be facing the prefold material so it latches properly when finished. They will also at the step be inside the fabrics, not sticking out, yet.

The picture shows them a little too low.. you want the a little higher on the prefold fabric. I'd say a half inch from the top of the prefold fabric. 

Then pin it all together.

Now, you are going to sew a pillow together. If you sew with the PUL on the bottom, it slides through the machine a bit better. Now a pillow you must turn right side in.. so leave the whole top part (where you PUL should be cut longer than the pre-fold) so you can turn right side out. Be careful when sewing over the scratchy velcro sides and make sure they are straight.

Next, you trim off all of the corners. This will help it lay better when turned right side out.

Here's the diaper turned right side out. See how there's a bit more PUL on the top and now the velcro is sticking out.. PERFECT!

Now, that extra fabric on the PUL end... turn it over once to meet the pre-fold.

Then again so that the PUL is now all on top of the pre-fold. This is like a hem.. maybe?

Sew along this line with a 1/8 inch seam on the lower side of the pins above or 1/8 between sewing line and pre-fold. Now while you are still sewing, take a lap around the whole diaper with about a 1/4 inch seam. This will keep the diaper in place since it is a pillow really so that corners don't get crunchy. Make sure to pull out all those corners before sewing over them. Sewing this seam will help them keep their shape.

Then, that's it!

Things to note:
  • After all the patterns are cut out, these took about ten minutes a diaper. I probably got faster in the end or slower if the kids insisted on running the foot pedal (I like all my fingers, just as they are!)
  • The package of PUL I got 
     made 12, conservatively but could have made 15 or more if I would have been more careful cutting out my patterns. I was going for speed and I wanted all the chevron and ducks diapers oriented the same way.
  • PUL fabric needs to be thrown in the dryer for 20 minutes after sewing to close up all the pin holes. After that, washing instruction are to hang dry.
  • I purposely left the velcro longer on the scratchy strips so that they could fit other babies. I could trim it down but when washed, they must wash with the velcro attached or they'll snag other clothes.
  • I figure Cecelia would need about 6 diapers as we do laundry at least every day but I am sure she'll throw one or two away... since she attends so greatly to details!
  • I'd rate this pattern/directions for a bit more than a novice. There are many layers of fabric that you need to know how your machine handles it and they are so tiny that any crooked seams will impact the shape of the finished diaper. Definitely not an expert status needed but maybe try to have made a pillow before hand.

SO.... final tally.

Not all made are pictured.

If using old pre-folds and thread from your stash, these came out to $0.63/diaper after coupons. WINNING!!

An opportunity to be crafty and make something for my baby.. priceless!

 Wearing her baby in her new baby carrier from G-Ma.

Homemade Moby
Mommy Crafts- Girl Scout Cookie Costumes- here

Sunday, December 13, 2015

100 Quotes ***(100th Post)***

So, this is post number 100. As a blogger, how do I do? Do I overshare? Undershare? I am excited that I've figured out that I can just put my blogs into books instead of scrapbooking or digital scrapbooking the kids' lives. I think I've captured the pictures and the stories. I've even added little posts here and there for them to know what it was like to be their mommy. I know what piece has been missing....the things they say. 

In honor of my 100th post, I am going to share a collection of quotes. Some they have said. Some I have said. Some I have thought, learned or wished I could say. You decide!!!!

  • I have to poop.
  • Cecelia, while wearing her bug magnifying glass around her neck, "Momma, I'm going to get more bugs tomorrow and put them into my glass. I will squish them first though. But not the butterflies (we always have to have long talks about not squishing butterflies at the museum) or the ladybugs because I am not a butterfly killer. I don't kill bugs that don't bite."
  • Wash your hands.
  • I don't know who ate all of the Halloween candy?
  • How many tries at Santa should we schedule in this year?
  • First kid- one shower a day. Second kid- every other day. Third kid- what day did I put this nursing tank on?
  • Mom, where's my _____?
  • Have you seen my ______?
  • A kid took my ______. Where is it?
  • Apologies if you see my boob.
  • I pooped!
  • Momma!
  • That's why I said two hands on the Chromebook.
  • Sorry, we can't. No babysitter....
  • Paying for a babysitter isn't worth it for that.
  • We don't put our tooth brush on our pee-pee.
  • Close the door when you are naked.
  • Stop, every time you do that, she bites my boob.
  • Mom, I pooped.
  • Get your hands out of your pants.
  • Don't sniff each other's butts.
  • It looks disgusting.
  • I am not sitting in this kitchen forever. Let's go. Eat.
  • What do I need to eat to get desert? /  Probably exactly what I told you last night...
  • I don't want to do homework.
  • Mom, can we go to the dollar store over there? That's not the dollar store Coletyn, that's the bank. NO IT ISN'T momma. That's the dollar store. Where we go to buy dollars....
  • I pooped.
  • Get the fork off of your pee-pee.
  • Momma!
  • No, you may not have _____ for breakfast. I don't care if daddy lets you.
  • I honestly worry about the children's safety when I leave them alone with you...
  • No one wants to see that. Go put on pants.
  • Charlotte is sleeping. Whisper voices and no doors.
  • That elf is watching you.
  • Do you want the neighbors to see you naked? Close the door.
  • I'll like you forever. I'll love you for always. As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.
  • You already went potty three time in the last five minutes. Do not dare come out of this bedroom.
  • Momma!
  • You walked right past your father. Why didn't you ask him for help?
  • Momma, I'm an expert at hanging ornaments! - Coletyn, 3
  • We never wrap that around your neck or your pee-pee. That is dangerous.
  • I pooped.

  •  I am so exhausted... said the husband who has not been the one up with the baby multiple times a night for the last ten months.
  • I'm tired... said the husband who didn't just push the watermelon out of his loins.
  • Momma, here's your eyeballs. Now can you turn my show on? - Thanks for getting my glasses Coletyn.
  • Congrats, you kept them alive while I was gone.
  • You're sleeping. Go to bed.
  • Momma, why is my pee-pee long?
  • Can you change her diaper?/ I changed the last one../ I've nursed that baby every two hours for the last three months. Change the diaper.
  • Go ask your father.

  • Don't push your pee-pee inside out. Doesn't that hurt?
  • I think she's trying to kill me.
  • It's bedtime. Do NOT open that door.
  • Of course boys dance Coletyn. You will have so much fun!
  • Momma, the girls like me.
  • I pooped.
  • You shake that at me I'll hit it.
  • Don't play with the bull if you don't want the horns.
  • Momma, is my leg perfect again?

  • Momma!
  • Momma, what do I have to eat to get desert? ALL OF YOUR DINNER, just like the last two years of dinners.
  • I pooped.
  • How do you have to poop right now? We need to leave.
  • I'll never be skinny again.
  • They have NO sense of urgency.

  • I'm never doing this again.
  • Pitocin is the devil.
  • Yeah, you pooped at school finally (after 1.5 years).
  • You puke our your vegetables, no dessert.
  • Go ask your father.
  • Ask G-ma what you should pack in your suitcase.
  • Go sit on that strange man's lap and he'll give you candy. His name is Santa.
  • Sorry, you are about to see my boob.
  • Nipple cream. You can use it on anything!
  • She hasn't pooped in two weeks... I'm calling the pediatrician.
  • What am I? Google?
  • Go ask Google.

  • Momma, why did you lock the door?
  • I pooped.
  • What am I, your secretary?

  • Go, Pack, Go!
  • Momma will unlock the door when I am done.
  • Momma!
  • I pooped.
And number one hundred, because I think it at least that many times a day...
  • Cecelia, I LOVE YOU! Coletyn, I LOVE YOU! Charlotte, I LOVE YOU!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Go Dad GO!

Jason spent all summer training for a century bike ride (100  miles).
Click here to see the race he participated in.

I wanted to make the experience of going to the race eventfully and exciting for the kids so they could see how daddy's hard work and lots of time spent away from them on the bike was for a big achievement.
We started a few days prior to the race in August making signs.

I gave them free reign. They did great!

Cecelia made a little sign for her doll to hold too. Daddy stole this sign and taped it to his bike!

The day of the race, Jason left around.. ass crack of dawn o'clock. The race started with the sun. We stayed at my grandmother's lake house on Winnebago which was actually right around the 9 mile mark of the race. The timing with Charlotte being up and the other kids still sleeping allowed me to haul my butt out of bed to try to see Jason pass for the first time.

The sun as I was leaving!

I got the the end of the block with and Jason was the third bike to pass me. Damn I'm good!

HOURS later on the hottest day in August (almost 100 degrees) Jason messaged me at the last rest point. So we all hauled to the finish line. Mom and Charlie rode the motorcycle up from Milwaukee to wait with us. Due to the heat and a horrible head wind, the last few miles took Jason about double what he anticipated. The kids waited.

And waited.

And waited.

And waited.

Finally he came!

Uncle Mike did the race too! They did great. 89.? miles. Not too shabby!