The Dawleys

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cloth Wipes

Yes, that's right. Cloth wipes. Didn't think I was crunchy enough with just the cloth diapers, I had to go and mess with the wipes too. After Ella had a diaper rash that wouldn't go away a few weeks ago, I decided to finally try cloth wipes. I had been wanting to try them for a long time, but was a little intimidated by them and Dave wasn't too keen on the idea (and let's be honest - still isn't!). Since it isn't recommended to use disposable wipes on a diaper rash, I figured I had a good excuse to make the jump!
I bought a pack of Thirsties wipes from a local cloth diaper store. Six wipes for $10.75. I also made 20 more wipes using terry cloth fabric and flannel.
I honestly didn't think I would like using them and I didn't think that 26 wipes would last very long. I was truly amazed though. One cloth wipe cleans so much better than a disposable wipe. And it's nice being able to toss the wipe in the diaper pail rather than separating them (or often forgetting and finding old wipes in the dryer).
One of the biggest things that intimidated me was making a wipe solution. I have a recipe that I love though and it's actually kind of fun creating the solution. Plus, I love knowing what is going on Ella's skin. Here are my wipe solution recipes:

Lavendar and Chamomile
2 cups filtered water
1 tsp Dr. Bronners Baby Mild Castile Soap
2 drops lavendar oil (antimicrobial and smells good)
1 drop chamomile oil

Sweet Orange
2 cups filtered water
1 tsp Dr. Bronners Baby Mild Castile Soap
2 drops sweet orange oil
10 drops grapefruit seed extract (antimicrobial)

I put about 10 wipes folded in half in an old wipes container and pour the solution on top. I do this every other day.
Saves money and good for Ella and the environment. Can't beat that.:)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

15 months

I couldn't believe how quickly Ella's first year went by and how much she changed in that short time. Little did I know, this second year would be full of even more rapid changes! It is crazy how much Ella has grown since her first birthday.
Every day I am in awe of this little girl. She amazes me with everything she knows. She amazes me with her kind heart and her funny personality. Ella still is not talking except for the occasional Mom, Dada, and No, but she is absorbing every word she can. All day, every day she is pointing to things and like a broken record, I repeat these words all day. She loves for me to ask her where things are so she can show me. She knows parts of her body, in(side) and out(side), open and close, light, diaper, different furniture in the house, foods, animals, etc. She is so close to talking though! Just the other day, I put a new onesie on the little boy I watch. Ella pointed to the duck on his onesie and said "duh." She is starting to put her Melissa and Doug puzzles together and claps for herself whenever she puts a piece in the correct place. She lets me know when she wants something to drink, is tired, wants to go for a walk, or wants to eat. She is also following simple commands. In the evening before bed, we ask her to get her Larabar (her bedtime snack) and she goes to the cabinet, opens the drawer, and brings the bar to us to open. When it's naptime or bedtime, I tell her that it's time to go night-night and she grabs her beloved stuffed toys and marches to her room.
Ella has started to become attached to things. She has two bunnies, a blue bear, and a doll that my mom made for sleeping (and sometimes they go on walks with us or out and about). At bedtime, if one of those toys is not in her arms, she whines and looks around until they are all accounted for in her arms. Her Abby and Elmo figurines are her favorite daytime buddies.
At fifteen months Ella is finally starting to become a picky eater. Things she adored before are things she will no longer touch. Her current favorite foods are Larabars, soy cheese slices with Earth's Best Crunchin' Crackers, blueberries, nectarines, strawberries, broccoli, sweet potatoes, beans, veggie dogs, fried Cream of Wheat, Stoneyfield Farms Apple Yogurt, and veggie sausage with eggs. Although there are days when these are hit and miss too, they are more often a hit than not.
At her 15-month checkup, Ella was 9th percentile for weight and 17th for height. She is teeny tiny! Her doctor is not worried since she has always been small and since she is meeting all milestones on time.
When Ella turned one, I was really nervous about the toddler stage, but I am loving it just as much as the infant stage. I love seeing her personality and being able to communicate with her.
I am so thankful for Ella and am so very blessed to be able to stay home with her.



Thursday, July 7, 2011

Nesting

Every time I return home from visiting my mom's house, I go into major nesting mode. I consider myself a clean and organized person, but coming home from a stay at her house kicks it into major overdrive. My mom's house is perfect and beautifully decorated. Visiting always makes me realize that there is more I can do to my house to make it better!
During my visit, I got to play with my mom's sewing machine, something I am very interested in getting for my birthday or Christmas (a hint to Dave if I haven't dropped enough already...:) ). This is the one I want! Anyways, I made a bunch of cloth wipes for Ella. It was a lot of fun, and now I'm wanting to create even more things. Like this and this and I'm finding inspiration for changing up our living room from this and this.
I think our house is decorated nice now, but I would love it to be more personal and meaningful and what better way than to make things myself (or at least attempt to)?!