Okay. So first off, for Christmas a lovely friend of mine sent me two diaper covers that I am totally unfamiliar with. I look forward to getting some Snappis and eventually using the damn things, but I'm terrified of doing so without said Snappis.
Anyway, on to the point!
So I've been reading a blog called My Boho Baby Is Hippie Chic for a while now. And on that blog, she provides a lovely step-by-step instructional manual on how to make BabyLegs at home out of socks you either already have, or buy yourself. I thought this was absolutely fascinating, but didn't have the gall to attempt it before now. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that's right - the person who has made her own skirts and garb was too afraid to make a pair of BabyLegs. Don't laugh too hard. I also thought that I wouldn't be able to because I couldn't find a pair of socks that I liked and simultaneously disliked enough to follow through with the required cutting and sewing. Well, I just happened to find a pair of interesting old toe socks of mine, and I have just finished fixing the top hem and snipping off the toe portions! The sad thing is that I don't have any decent matching material, so the fleece that will make the thigh portion will be bright, pastel-ish yellow (a big difference from the sparkly light blue and the dark blue that make up the remainder of the sock). Will it match? I don't know. I can hope, though.
My hatmaking has increased. I've since made a hat with a bird on it (sucked), a hat for the daughter of a friend of mine (that, thanks to money restrictions, probably won't get to her while said friend's daughter can still wear the damn thing), and another hat for my youngest. That hat has a button on it, dammit - a big, totally mismatched yellow button. And yes, I'm proud of it.
I was also gifted (by the same friend mentioned above!) a bag of Rockin' Green laundry detergent for usage on our dipes. This totally blows my mind, since I've never used powder detergent before. Normal powder detergents are too rough on my skin, and leave my psoriasis screaming for mercy. I was thrown off by the fact that the stuff doesn't sud, but it smells amazing and even leaves old, used diapers (don't ask) smelling fresh and looking BRIGHT. I absolutely love it, and will be stocking up at tax time.
I will also be stocking up on new diapers to try. First and foremost, I will be getting myself a mountain of Snappis (probably six of them, just in case). This is obviously a requirement at this point, because if I'm going to go into this to a point where I feel safe and secure, I need to have something to use on prefolds! Second, I'm trying to figure out what covers to use. On one hand, I'm leaning toward the Thirsties Duo Wrap (available from Cotton Babies here) because I am obsessed with OS dipes and I think that in the long run they're the most economic for someone like me. They have good reviews and others have obviously used them with prefolds the way I intend to, so I don't think that it would be too big of a problem. On the other hand, I've heard a LOT about the BSRB (Bagshot Row Bamboo) collection and the ladies on the cloth diapering board on BabyCenter seem to be gaga over them. They're decently priced and they're organic. They come in AIO versions and "ultimate fit", although I'm still not sure exactly what that is, after having read the whole informational section (I get it, but I don't). However, I've heard some nasty things about bamboo, so I think if I were to attempt to get some, I'd only get a couple - that way I could easily resell them if I found they were too much hassle for us, or just not what I was looking for, and I wouldn't be out much.
So that's what's been going on so far. Other than that, Alex has begun munching on solids (bananas and sweet potatoes, yay!). I'm pretty impressed. Way to go, kiddo.