Grovia Cloth Diaper Review

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Paige showing off the flexibility she has with Grovia diapers.

It’s been just over a year since Paige was born.  When she was first born, she was wearing disposable diapers, and we owned an Arm and Hammer diaper pail to keep the smell at a reasonable level.  We got a TON of disposable diapers from our baby shower, so we used those for the first 2 months of so of Paige’s existence, and put up with the smell, and changing out the diaper pail bag every couple of days.  Then we ran out of the “free” diapers we’d gotten from the baby shower, and had to start purchasing them on our own.  My wife had been doing research on cloth diapers, and after buying a couple of boxes of disposables, and realizing that we would be buying them WAY too often, we got more serious about cloth diaper research.  After lots of looking, and reading lots of reviews, we bought a bunch of Grovia Hybrids with a mixture of snap closures and velcro closures.

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I will admit, at first thought, I wasn’t really sold on the idea of cloth diapers.  I will say, the initial investment is not something to sneeze at.  We have probably close to $500 invested in cloth diapers and accessories at this point, and we put it all in up front.  That’s not always an easy pill to swallow, but now having cloth diapered for just over a year at this point, I am convinced that we have saved money in the long run by investing money up front on these cloth diapers.

My initial reaction when my wife told me she was interested in cloth diapering was not one of support.  I was happy with the easiness of tossing a diaper in the diaper pail when we were done, then taking out the bag when it was full.  After about a week of cloth diapering, it became apparent that I would have to eat my words.  No more leaking diapers, no more stinky bags of diapers to pull out of the diaper pail, and with some deodorizing spray and a Grovia wet bag to put the diapers in after we changed Paige, there was no smell at all.  Like I said previously, it’s been just over a year since we started on the cloth diapers, and we are glad we went with Grovia.  They are durable, virtually leak proof, and easy to maintain.  That being said, I think the only “downside” to them is that after a year, the diaper shells with the velcro enclosures are starting to wear out.  The velcro itself is not sticking as well as it used to.  That being said, there’s an easy fix.  You can send in your velcro shells to Grovia and for $5 they will convert them to snaps for years of future use.  That’s what we plan on doing shortly.  The Grovia diapers work similar to other cloth diapers on the market.  They have an outer shell and then a snap in absorbent pad.  This is nice because when you change the diaper, if the shell is not wet, you can just unsnap the pad, and re-use the shell at a later time.

imagesOverall, we are very impressed with the quality, fit and finish of Grovia products.  The best part about cloth diapering is that while the initial investment is steep, cloth diapers can be used on Paige, and then if we decide to have another child down the road, we can use them on the next child as well!  While I wasn’t initially on board with the idea of cloth diapering, I now wouldn’t have it any other way, and that’s all thanks to the quality product that Grovia makes.  In short, if you are an expecting parent, or have a little one in disposable diapers, I urge you to do a little research and look into Grovia cloth diaper products.  They have been great for us, and I’d recommend them to anyone!

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Family Sickness

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This whole week has been tough.  Not only for me, but for my wife, and for Paige as well.  At some point during this week, we all caught a bug that was going around, and resulted in a cold/fever/flu like symptoms.  It’s hard enough being sick by yourself, but when both parents are sick at the same time, it makes for an interesting week with a crazy 1 year old daughter who likes to get into anything and everything that she possibly can.  Originally, Paige caught this little bug, and then transferred it to us, and seemed to get better rather quickly.  It was almost like a 24 hour flu.  Her mom and I, however, were not so lucky.  We have both been fighting this for almost a week, and as of today, we are still both not at 100%.  We have been fortunate that my wife’s mother has recently retired, so she was more than happy to have some “Paige Time” so that we could just rest up a little bit.  It has not been fun, but I think we’ll make it.   It’s hard enough to take care of yourself when you aren’t feeling well, but chasing around a small child is a serious challenge, at least for me.  

 

On top of everything else, I had my right hand man at work off all week, and he will be off for a few more days next week, so I’ve had to put in some long hours there as well, which didn’t help the sickness go away.  On Thursday morning, I got up at 5 A.M., like I do most mornings, and I felt horrible.  I felt like my head was going to explode, and I was dizzy.  Did that stop me from heading to work?  Nope.  I got to work around 6 A.M., and managed to stick through it until about 10 A.M., where I just decided I’d had enough.  I told my boss I was not feeling well, and I headed home.  This was very strange for me, as I haven’t called in sick once in about the last 6-7 years.  Even after I got home, I was still answering work emails and phone calls I was getting from my crew, so I didn’t get much rest on my “sick” day.  Such is life.  The wife and I are still battling this as I type, but I am hoping that some rest this weekend will get us most of the way healed up.

 

Just a little bit about what’s been going on in our lives this week.

 

Until Next Time,

Scott

Baby Wearing and Disneyland

 

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As I sit here at 7 am on a Sunday morning, with coffee in hand, I start to think about how cool it was to take my baby daughter (who’s just over 1 year old) to Disneyland with my wife and my parents.  It took a little work to get the details ironed out, but once we got it figured out, it was a smooth trip.  We decided that we were not going to bring the stroller for Paige.  Instead, we brought our Tula wrap conversion baby carrier, and it worked out great.  My mom even tried to carry Paige for a while, but it didn’t end well, since all Paige wants to do is be with her mom, constantly.  I carried her for a few minutes as well, but in the end, she just wanted to be with mom.

In my opinion, being able to baby wear instead of pushing a stroller around the entire park was a great thing.  Not only did it keep Paige and her mom close to each other, it also kept Paige calm, and we didn’t have to worry about where to put the stroller, or if the stroller was going to be in it’s same spot when we came back to it.

When Paige wasn’t in the carrier, we made sure she had her shoes on, and let her roam the park, with us keeping a close eye on her, of course.  It seemed to me that she had lots of fun running around, making new friends that were sitting at nearby benches, and just being a kid.

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Overall, it was a good experience for Paige’s first time at Disneyland.  We didn’t have much luck getting to take pictures with Disney characters, but I think that’s because it was on a Wednesday, after most of the kids had gone back to school, and the park was pretty empty.  One thing I did get to do was go check out the new Cars land inside California Adventure.  It was pretty darn cool, and I think they did an excellent job recreating the scenes from the movie Cars.

Well, I hear her starting to wake up, so I better cut this short.  At any rate, a good time was had by all, so much so, that we upgraded our 1 day park hopper passes to annual passes, so we can come more often with Paige!

Hurricane Paige!

As a new dad, I am learning a lot on a daily basis.  I’m learning what my daughter’s facial expressions mean, what her noises mean, and what her cries mean.  I am also learning that no matter how hard my beautiful wife TRIES to clean things up around the house every day, at some point, hurricane Paige is destined to land right smack in the middle of the living room.  Why do I call it hurricane Paige?  I think the below pictures will suffice:

 

Hurricane Paige!

 

 

It doesn’t seem to matter how many times she pulls all the movies off of the DVD rack, or how many times she throws all of her toys out of her toy basket, Paige never gets tired of this act.  She is starting to learn how to put things back where she found them, but getting her to put ALL of them back is not proving to be as easy as it sounds.  I’d venture to guess that my wife has the luxury of picking up all the DVD’s and all of her toys multiple times throughout the day.

There was once a `A“1`1“1`1`111111111111111111111111“~!!!QZA@er bxtrrrrrrrrrrv tgh vb x zb …. OOOPS.. That was Paige, sitting on my lap, while I was trying to blog.  (Reminder to self: Blogging with a child on your lap, who is very interested in technical gizmos.. Not a good idea.)

 

Anyway, as I was saying..

There was once a time, when my wife and I were just talking about having a baby, long before Paige was born, when we both thought it would be a good idea for me to be a stay at home Dad.  I will say this, with quite a bit of certainty, as much as I LOVE spending time with Paige, and I love to play with her when I get home from work, I cannot imagine how difficult it is to be a stay at home parent.  Kids are crazy and rambunctious, but we love our own more than we can ever express.  As difficult as it can be to keep up with a kid who’s almost 1, I will say, I cherish every moment I get to spend with her and my wife, even if a lot of that time is spent picking up toys, or games or DVD’s, or making sure she’s staying out of trouble, and not putting her fingers in light sockets.

 

Until Next Time,

Scott

Another crazy week!

This week has been so full of ups and downs, I don’t really even know which way is up.  I’m gonna just start typing a little about the craziness and go from there.

We’ll start from last Saturday 6/22.  My Mom is retiring at the end of July, and moving back to Missouri with my Dad shortly after that.  I work in the truck rental and leasing business, so naturally, I was tasked with the procurement of a 26′ moving truck and car carrier for their move.  I picked up the truck and car carrier on that Saturday morning, and proceeded to make the drive 40 miles up to my parents house on the winding mountain roads.  If anyone has ever driven a truck that’s 30 feet long with a car trailer behind it, up winding mountain roads, you will know what kind of fun that was! (Insert sarcasm here).  After that, I proceeded to load boxes into the truck to help them start with the moving.  This continued until the evening on Saturday, at which point, I went home, and relaxed for a few hours.

Then Sunday was day number two of loading the truck, as well as loading my personal pickup truck full of goods that they no longer wanted so I could sell them at our upcoming yard sale.  By the end of that day, I was completely wiped out, but we still were not done.  I enjoyed the rest of the time I could with the family, and just relaxed. 

Monday was a typical work day, then I had bible study with the guys, like we do every Monday.

Tuesday I took a personal day to help with the heavy lifting of all the furniture out of my parents house.  I started at 7:30 AM and with the help of my dad, and a few other people, we managed to kick some serious tail, and get ALL the heavy stuff loaded, including an extremely heavy cast iron electric range, that serves as an outdoor plant holder.  That thing alone must weigh at least 1000 lbs!  We worked hard from 7:30am until about 7 pm. 

Wednesday…  This was a day of pushing my non-running Chevy S-10 out of the spot in the driveway that it had been for the last 5 years, and winching it onto the car carrier, so that my Dad could take it to Missouri and fix it, to sell it.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that this task, with enough bodies, was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

Thursday… So my parents have a nice heavy duty outside shed at this house they sold, that they no longer wanted, so of course, I said I would take it.  In order for this to work at my house, I had to take out a 10 foot long 4×4 by unbolting a couple large bolts, and then prying with all my might to pry the block away from the deck with my crowbar.  This proved to be difficult because the board was also screwed down with deck screws in multiple locations.  After finally getting that done, I had to move a stand up freezer into my house that we also got from my parents.

Friday… Is today.  I walked into WAY too much stuff going on at work, when I got here at 6:15am.  When I leave here, assuming it’s a reasonable hour, I will head to my parents once again to get another load of stuff for the garage sale!

All in all, it’s been a very tiring yet rewarding week, with a mix of emotions going all over the place for me.  Sad to see my Mom’s belongings leave, sad to see my S10 leave, but happy my parents house sold quickly, and that my Mom is finally getting to head to Missouri!  This weekend is a whole different set of items to check off my to do list, and it’s back to the grind on Monday!  Just a little about my week, and hopefully someone enjoys reading this, but if not, it’s still nice to blow off some steam in written form!

 

Scott

This week in Dad Adventures

 

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It’s Friday, so I decided to ramble a little about my week in parenting.  When I was a kid, my parent’s always told me “Wait until you have your own kids, and you’ll understand”.  This sentence was usually muttered when my brother and I had done something that they didn’t approve of, or we were just being uruly.  It usually pertained to Mom and Dad chasing us down, and keeping us from hurting ourselves when we tried to do stupid things, like Evil Kinevil style jumps off the couch, or pretending like we were WWF (or WWE for you younger people) wrestlers in the living room.  My daughter is only 10 months old, but in my head, I keep hearing that phrase.  I hear it over, and over and over again.  Paige is now walking on her own, and this has somehow made her more curious than ever.  She gets into things, climbs up on things, and falls off of things. 

Being a working Dad, I am only home in the evenings to witness these antics.  I can only imagine how my wonderful wife feels.  She chases that little girl around all day, protecting her from falling off the fireplace, or in the case of yesterday, trying to climb into the dishwasher.  Once I get home, I try and take over “Paige Duty” as we call it, since my wife has been at it since 7:00 AM.  The lack of fear, and amount of courage that this little girl has is amazing.  I think part of the reason she has this fear is because she hasn’t really experienced the consequences of doing things, like climbing onto the fireplace.  The consequence there is, she’ll probably fall off, and Mom and Dad won’t let that happen.  I guess my question is, when DO you just let things happen, so they can know that things have consequences?  Let’s not get crazy here.. I’m not going to let her crawl into the dishwasher, or anything insane like that. 

I guess that’s what parenting is all about though.  Not only is this Paige’s first shot at being a kid, but it’s also my first shot at being a Dad.  I suppose we’ll both learn together.  We’ll both make mistakes together, and we’ll both conquer things together.  Once she gets older, I’m sure I’ll be right there with her, helping her build forts out of couch cushions, teaching her how to ride her bike without training wheels, and then teaching her how to drive MY car.  The scary part is, all of that stuff is right around the corner, I’m afraid.

 

Until Next Time,

Scott

Happy Birthday Paige!

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Ok, so my intent was not to be constantly blogging, but since I started this blog when I did, I am going to put up one more quick little post, just to wish my baby girl, Paige, a HAPPY 10 month birthday!  Today marks 10 months to the day that she came into this world and made the lives of all of her family so very awesome!  From me and her Mom, to all of her Grandparents, we could not imagine being blessed in the way we have since she came into our lives! She is the center of the Universe for her mom and me!  She blesses us daily with the amazing things she does, and how fast she is growing!  It seems like just yesterday that her Mom and I decided we were going to have a baby.  Time FLIES by.  I hope she doesn’t forget that when she gets older.  Paige,  we love you more than you will ever know, and look forward to seeing how you develop into an awesome young woman!

 

All our Love!

 

Mom and Dad