Pros and Cons of Cloth Diapering

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One of the things I’m doing differently with our Daughter Madeline, is Cloth Diapers. I was on the fence about using them with Leo and loved the prints BUT ultimately I just chose not use them with him. So when Madeline was born I really wanted to start using them to replace using disposables.

She is 9 months now and we have been using them since she was 2 months old, just around the time we ran out of Newborn/size 1 diapers that we had stocked up on. I wanted to write this post for all the moms who are on the fence about using them like I did. There is a lot of “How to’s” but none really giving you the Pro’s and Con’s of using them. I hope this list may help to to decided if you are on the fence just like I was.

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PRO’S

  • Saving money. If you do Cloth Diapering correctly and don’t get swept up in it all it can be very money saving by time your baby is no longer in them.
  • Adorable prints. We use Mama Koala and I absolutely love all of their prints. They vary from different colors, themes, and even some Harry Potter ones come out sometimes.
  • Better for the environment. Ultimately Cloth diapers ARE better for our planet, because you don’t throw them away and they go sit in a dump for years.
  • Multiple methods. There are so many different ways to cloth diapers which gives you many options to find what will work for your family lifestyle and your budget.
  • They can last years. If taken care of cloth diapers can last you from birth till about 2-3 years old around potty training time.
  • You can match them with your child’s outfits. Honestly I find this part so much fun, I can match her to her outfit or if its a special holiday or something is going on I can dress her up in some cloth diapers that go with the day!

CONS

  • Takes time to get a routine. Other it is washing the diapers in the washing machine, or hand washing them, you have to find your routine and that can be a little time consuming.
  • There are a lot of rules to taking care of your cloth diapers. My best advice for this is add your self to a Facebook group that is just for taking care Cloth diapers. The experts there will give you EVERY detail what to do to improve your wash routine or what not to do. So sometimes it can be overwhelming.
  • Sometimes onesies and pants don’t fit. Because the cloth diapers are “bigger” it can make it where the clothes for your baby don’t fit. (Pro tip: Get knee high socks and onesie extenders)
  • Washing the poop off the diapers can be gross. Im not going to lie, it can get gross and you will probably get it on your hands more than once.
  • Adds more laundry. I know it’s not something you like doing but it’s a part of it.
  • Can be expensive. If you want the diapers that exactly like disposables called the AIO (All in Ones) it will be expensive. BUT Also seeing all the adorable prints on your baby bum will honestly have you on the shops pages looking to buy every single butt fluff you can get your hands on. I mean there are are many moms who have over 500 diapers and some will pay $75+ for one diaper if its a special limited print.. Sop beware it can get addicting.
  • People will think it’s gross. ” Oh my gosh ew I couldn’t do that, do you like wash it with your clothes?” I hear it all the time when someone asks about Madelines diapers and I explain what they are. People suck sometimes simple as that.
  • Disposables are easier. It’s not a secret, I am not going to lie they are, I mean you take it off your child and throw it away. Fast and simple.

We choose to cloth diaper because the pros just out way the cons for us. I love knowing we help the environment even just the little bit that we do, and already it has saved us money by not having to buy diapers every month plus I mean come on the prints are just to perfect and adorable.

Do what you feel fits your family first. If you choose to CD then make sure to find a few facebooks groups and do research to find which method is right for you!

We have found that the Mama Koala Diapers are amazing for us! They are always coming out with new prints every Thursday and are very affordable.

Christmas Bucket List

The fall season is almost over, that means Christmas is right around the corner and if you’re like me you have already started decorating for the holidays and playing the most wonderful music ever. So this year I wan to do some of the extra Holiday / Winter type activities with the whole family so I made a list and printed it off to hang on our fridge. Each one we get to do I’ll have one the boys check it off!  I made this list printable for you all too! I’m going to update which things we check off over on our Instagram . Fingers crossed we get to do each one, but living in Florida the snow activities will be a challenge to complete.

Click on the link below to download our Christmas bucket list!

Christmas Bucket List

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30 Weeks with Madeline

Finally able to update on our little bundle of joy coming this January. The past few weeks have been crazy, I have been having some breathing problems doing about anything. My doctor referred us to a cardiologist which had me do a Echo cardiogram and a heart monitor for 24 hours to find out I have a mild case of Cardiomegaly which leads to shortness of breath and hopefully will be gone after I have Madeline. . I’ve also been having some family emergency’s going on, So updating on here as been on the back burner.
Highlights: 
  • Decorating her room and getting everything ready! 
  • Madeline is looking great on Ultrasound! 
  • Her Heartbeat is strong! 
Lowlights:
  • Restless legs when I’m trying to sleep is the worst
  • Having Braxton Hicks almost daily. 
  • Cardiologist says I have Cardiomegaly (Enlargement of the heart) 
Weight Gain/Loss:  13 weeks: 170 17 weeks: 165  27 weeks: 175 30 weeks: 180
Sleep: Wake up constantly
Best Moment This Week: 
Finally got into Dr. Smith which is the Doctor I had with the boys and I feel so much more at ease!
Movement: Madeline has been kicking me like crazy right before bed.
Food Cravings: Sweet things like fruit.
What I Miss: Having any kind of energy.
Mood: Emotional and cranky
Upcoming Appointments/Events: Coming up I have start going to the doctor every 2 weeks starting the 18th. We have a lot of Events going on this month with Bentley’s  birthday and were hosting a Friendsgiving dinner and hosting Thanksgiving  this year.

What I look forward to:  This whole month of fun and family time!

Thanks for reading
Jessica

One more to adore!

The Bindscheattel family has some exciting news! If you are follow our Instagram or Facebook page, you are already caught up with our great news.

So to get you all caught up, In January of 2020 we are expecting another little Bindscheattel to arrive! I’m currently 17 weeks and this has been the worst pregnancy, between the sickness and loss of energy, it has been a big difference from the last two. So like I did with Leo, I’m going to do updates every few weeks on how everything is going with Baby! This is also a great way to document everything going on for the future!

Highlights: 
  • Found out the gender! 
  • Baby is looking great on Ultrasound! 
  • Heartbeat is strong! 
Lowlights:
  • Haven’t had an appetite 
  • Barely getting sleep
  • Doctor is sending me to a Cardiologist for breathing troubles.  
Weight Gain/Loss:  13 weeks: 170 17 weeks: 165
Sleep: Wake up constantly
Best Moment This Week: 
Finally got into Dr. Smith which is the Doctor I had with the boys and I feel so much more at ease!
Movement: Haven’t felt any movement yet.
Food Cravings: Nothing
What I Miss: Having any kind of energy.
Mood: Emotional
Upcoming Appointments/Events: Coming up I have to get a lot of blood work done, and a few ultra sounds to see why I’m having back pain and to see how the baby is developing.

What I look forward to:  Hopefully getting some energy back.

Thanks for reading
Jessica

10 Classic Christmas books for the whole family to read

We love to read in my house. I’m constantly reading a book my self, and I try to read a story to the boys every night I can before bed, we have a huge bookshelf that my husband made in our dining room and It’s filling up with Children’s and Adult books. Now that It’s finally feeling like fall here in Florida that means Christmas is right around the corner ( Because Florida is so great at this weather thing ) and I’m so excited because this is the first year we are homeschooling so we definitely can read all the Christmas books that I plan to finish but never get to them.  I wanted to make a list of some good Classic Christmas books that I read or want to read to the kids before Christmas gets here.

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Little Critter: Just a Snowman

“Snow is piled high and school is canceled. But before Little Critter can build his snowman, he must help his sister wear her snow boots, his dad shovel the sidewalk, and Gator build a fort. Will Little Critter ever get to build a snowman?”

The Spirit of Christmas

“Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But the best gift of all-the most magical gift of the season-is when we spend Christmas with those we love.”

The Gingerbread Man

After a daring escape from the oven, the Gingerbread Man is chased by a little boy, an old man and woman, a group of farmers, a bear, and a wolf – and he outruns them all! But will the clever fox outsmart the quick cookie?

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

“In The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 

“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. ”

Polar Express

 

A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

“Christmas is almost here, which means ice-skating, Christmas carols, and sparkly lights everywhere—even on Snoopy’s doghouse! Everyone is enjoying the holiday celebrations except Charlie Brown. Can the Peanuts gang help Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of Christmas?”

Arthur’s Christmas: An Arthur Adventure

“Arthur is taking his Christmas shopping for Santa very seriously. He wants his gift to be absolutely perfect, but with Christmas only days away he needs a little help from his sister, D.W., to make this holiday a success.”

The Night Before Christmas (Little Golden Book)

“Since it was first published anonymously in 1823, the poem “The Night Before Christmas” has enchanted children with the story of St. Nicholas climbing down the chimney and filling all the stockings before springing back to his sleigh. Many families read the poem every year, and now they have an edition to treasure. The poem, faithfully reproduced here, is accompanied by Charles Santore’s lavish illustrations.”

Miracle on 34th Street: A Storybook Edition of the Christmas Classic

“For a little girl named Susan, Christmas could be any other day. She doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or magic or miracles of any kind. Then one day she meets Kriss Kringle. As she doubtfully tells him the gifts she most wishes for, deep down Susan finds herself hoping that just maybe, he is the real thing. Based on the original holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street is a heartwarming story about generosity, imagination, and the spirit of Christmas.”

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These are definitely the books we will be reading this year before Christmas. Are there any books, you would add to the list? Leave a comment and let us know what we should add to our list!

5 things I learned in the first week of homeschooling

We recently pulled Bentley out of public school, for many reasons including that the communication with parents was unsettling and lacked tremendously. Bentley has had some problems with school recently with the new changes of starting kindergarten, going from a smaller class size to a much larger and overpopulated class size, from staying in his one classroom all day to now going to multiple places throughout the school. It just wasn’t working for him and he started acting out and getting in trouble during class. So we looked into home education for him, and it honestly is the best decision.

Here are 5 things I learned in the first week of homeschooling.

Have a set schedule 

Now obviously this varies from different families, but with Bentley, I have learned that he definitely needs structure and a routine to keep him motivated during the day.

Plan everything the weekend before.

I had been planning our lessons and getting them out the night before, but I have noticed it just is too much after a long day and that I probably should have gotten them done before the week started,

Go outside more.

Now we live in Florida and this week it rained almost every day all day, so it kept us locked up in our house the whole time, which made me realize the with homeschooling we definitely need to go outside a lot more so the kids can run around and explore.

Expect the unexpected.

Obviously I knew things wouldnt go 100% as planned, thats a given but I definitely was not expecting to have to go to the hospital. In the middle of our Space Science lesson Leo fell and split his tonuge open, we had to rush him to the hospital and he ended up needing surgery. We never finished the lesson that day, and just ended up pushing it to the next day.

The library is your best friend

So when I do something I go all out, I want all of the things, tools, and books. Well let’s be honest that’s just not happening. I started figuring out that spending all this money on books we might read once is just a waist. So I took Bentley to the library and he got his own card and went to the children’s section and got quite a few books and we definitely are going to get more next trip!

The first week was a chaotic surprise, but I still stand with our decision with home education. Obviously I knew all these things prior to starting but it didn’t sink in until now! If you’re starting your home education journey congratulations to you and I wish you luck! If you are thinking about starting, I honestly encourage you to look in to it a lot, it’s definitely worth it!

Leo’s 1 Month Update

Leo is already 1 Month old, so just like I did with my pregnancy updates, I thought I’d do Leo updates every month!

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Highlights: 
  • Starting to become more awake each day
  • Doctor says he’s gaining weight and is healthy as can be! 
  • Starting to Coo 
  • Loves being held
  • Loves Tummy Time
Lowlights:
  • Has baby acne
 
Weight:   Birth: 8lbs 7oz,  1Month: 12lbs 
Clothes size: 0-3 Months
Sleep: Sleeping 3-4 hours straight
Best Moment This month: We took Leo to Disney for his first time! obviously he wont remember but its memories the whole family will remember! Especially because James asked me to marry him while at Disney!
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Upcoming Appointments/Events:

Leo’s next Appointment is May 3rd for his 2nd month check up!

Thanks for reading! What was your 1 Month old like at this age? Leave a comment below!

Jessica Wallace

Tips on Taking an infant to Disney World.

 

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This year before Leo was born my family got Disney World Annual Passes and we love them! Well, Bentley and I love them, James is not a crazy obsessive Disney lover like myself. Bentley is slowly but surly turning in to one ( yes I’m a very proud mamma ). After Leo was born I was itching to take him to Disney! Finally after a few weeks we decide to take on the challenge and go to Disney with Leo! Here are some of my tips for you.


Packing

Make sure to pack a few extras! Obviously you should have extras in your bag already, but just put one or two more diapers and outfits! Leo peed on me twice so it was a good thing I brought and four outfits instead of my normal two in my diaper bag. Also make sure to pack a small blanket , for when you change your baby so he doesn’t have to lay on the hard changing table.

Backpack

As my Diaper bag for at the parks I carry a backpack instead of the diaper bag. For me its just easier to carry around seeing I didn’t bring a stroller.

BabyWearing

I wore Leo around the parks in a ErgoBaby 360 carrier ( Thanks Ally for letting us borrow it)  , so we didn’t have to lug around the stroller and deal with the crowed and rude people walking in front of us. Now Leo was also only 8lbs so it was not a strain on my back, I’m sure as he gets bigger and older we will bring in the stroller, but for now its just as easy to carry him around.

Also I liked him being closer to me so I know no one would touch him.

Take breaks! 

You want to take breaks and relax in a cooled area or in the shade. Thankfully the day we went wasn’t so hot( actually it was a bit chilly ) so Leo did’t get hot while i was wearing him aorund the parks!

Keep yourself and Baby hydrated 

Yes seriously I have to say this one. Obviously you want the baby to stay hydrated even more so if you are going during the summer hot months. Also make sure you’re hydrated as well because trying to take care of a baby and being extremely weak just does not mix.

Baby Care centers

Use them! They are awesome! Every park as them which I will list below where to find them in each park. They have a place where you can change and feed your baby in private if you are a breastfeeding mother and want to be in a more private place or need a quite place so your little one can catch a quick nap. They also have a store near by which holds baby formula, juice, food, and diapers just in case you run out of anything!


Make Kingdom- Between Casey’s corner and The Crystal Place.

Animal Kingdom- In the building to the left of The Tree of Life.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios- Inside Guest Relations

Epcot- Inside the Odyssey Center

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Ultimately it was a challenge, but we still had a great day! Just take the day slowly and have fun! I mean you’re at Disney World! If you have any extra tips you think should be known, write them down in the comment box and let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Jessica Wallace

Leo’s Birth Story!

17021770_974844082616271_8996114601350048553_nAfter 40 long weeks, Leo has arrived. Throughout my whole pregnancy I had secretly wished he would come earlier so I could hold him and know that he was safe, but nope Leo wanted to show me that waiting until 40 weeks and 6 days was the best choice for him to keep growing to become the 8 pounds 7 oz bundle of pure cuteness and joy that our little family needed.

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When went to the hospital around 10 pm hoping he would make his arrival. I was feeling so,e major discomfort in my back, which we believed was a pinched nerve that I had been having for the past week, which believe it or not worse than the contractions.

After waiting and nothing really happening or progressing, I slept on and off till around 3:50am when my water broke on its own. The nurse was really surprised on how much fluid I had. Finally after an hour afterward, I couldn’t handle the back pain any longer so I asked for an Epidural to ease the pain. Man did that thing work!

Finally, after a few hours of some more sleep, the new nurse for that day came in around 8 am and checked my cervix. She said I was 10cm dilated and ready to start pushing. Because Leo’s head was a little bigger then we thought, It was taking longer to push him out than anticipated. After about 2 hour’s they let me take a nice half hour break an had me sit up to see if gravity would help at all. Finally after an anohter hour of pushing at 10:35am Leo Robert Jackson Bindscheattel was born! Weighing 8lb’s 7oz and 20.5 inches long. Completely healthy as can be!

Bentley was with my mom in the waiting room waiting to see his little brother! Which he loved the minute he saw him in daddies arms. 17021370_974860622614617_8676750041215561458_nLeo has sure been my toughest pregnancy and birth out of my two babies. The hospital stay was only for a 24 hours after he was born. Leo passed all of his tests so we were able to take our Lion cub home later the next day.

 

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