Hi and thanks for stopping by!   I have something fantastic put together and there will be prizes involved!

I have gotten together with several other WAHM's and we are sponsoring a multi-prize New Year's Stash Bash!  The giveaway will be live on December 26th and end on December 31.  The winner(s) will be announced on New Year's day!  Sponsors in the New Year's Stash Bash include Golden Bums, Padded Patootie, Macaroni Baby, UpFluff.  

 Included in the prizes offered are: an AI2 from Diapers by Chris; a pocket diaper and 4 re-usable nursing pads from Golden Bums; 6 cotton velour wipes from Macaroni Baby; a set of 2 reusable snack bags from Padded Patootie;  your choice of a hybrid fitted diaper from Up Fluff.

Diapers by Chris is not responsible for delivery or condition of any prizes offered by sponsors in the giveaway.  All issues must be directed solely to the sponsor of the prize offered and accepted by you. 

New Year's Stash Bash

 
 
It's that time of the year again.  Leaves are turning and falling and so are the temperatures.  Cool snaps are coming more often.  It's time to drag out the winter clothes, see what still fits, and shop for what doesn't.  Pull out the galoshes, rubber boots, slickers and rain hats. With my little girl growing as fast as she is, I can't keep up with clothes.  I have recently found a few websites where I have gotten some neat patterns for little fleece pants.  She now has camo, grey, and red.  They are extremely simple, and awesomely cute.  Easy to alter to fit over cloth diapers and lightweight enough to not be bulky in a carseat.  You can even add extra layers if you want thicker, warmer pants.  Do you sew for your kids? If you do, what are some of your favorite sites and patterns that you use?  Share the knowlege here and maybe a few pics as well!

Check out these websites if you would like to sew your own fleece pants:
www.fleecefun.com   and  http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2007/10/free-soaker-pattern.html
 
 
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Over the last few days, I have been so busy I was afraid I would meet myself coming and going.  I haven't really slowed down at all.  It is just a hectic time of the year around here.  Hubby works away from home and we farm as well.  So, when  hubby is gone to work, if something has to get done, guess what...  Anywho, we have been picking cotton, servicing the combine for soybean cutting, I have been working on custom orders for diapers, took part in a local fall festival, getting my son to school every day, etc.  You moms know how it is.  You never have just one thing on your plate.(If that were true, Calgon would be a very busy company!)  If you have little ones at home, little ones in school, extra curricular activities, possibly a job of your own, you feel as if you could give Superman a run for his money.  This morning as my son was getting ready for school, it was "Mom, grab my phone!" and "Mom, where's my billfold??!" or "Mom, where's my belt?", and calmy(yeah, right!) I stand in the hallway, goodies in hand trying to quickly shove him out the door as the bus horn blows(and not just any horn, a train horn).  You would think at his age he could keep up with something on his own.  Well, as most moms do, I just grin and bear it, along with the laundry, dishes, diapers, baseball, groceries......  Pull out the Supermom drawers!  It's gonna be one of those days!

 
 


With the beginning of fall comes a change in wardrobe for our little ones.  For those of us who choose to cloth diaper, we have to contend with "big butt" syndrome.  Many of the new fabrics available do make for trim diapers, especially the AI2 styles.  I am now a big fan of wicking jersey in my AI2's, and also suedecloth.  Very nice fabrics to work with.  I have asked this question on Facebook, but didn't get much return.  What are your favorite diaper styles and why?  I would like to be able to create a diaper that each of you want to have in your stash. 
 
 
I am exhausted and I haven't even gotten close to being through!  Fantastic new though:  6 testers are going out tomorrow for my new OS pattern.  Yay!  I am working on the inserts for them now.  AND, my Facebook page just hit 200 likes!!  Wow!  I would like to thank all of you for visiting and commenting on my work.  I hope to see you here on my site soon too.  Let me know if you are interested in something in particular and I will see what we can work out. 

In honor of the Facebook rally, I will sponsor a raffle on a hybrid fitted diaper.  There will be a choice of two diapers, both of which are currently listed in the Fitteds section.  "Glitterbugz" and "Avengers" are the choices.  Good luck to all who enter!
 
 
Becoming a parent is a wonderful experience.  Whether you are a first time mom, or have experienced the joy many times over, it is still a moment to be treasured.  Giving birth and holding your child for the first time, looking into those bright little eyes, you feel as if the world has stopped and you are the only two people in the world.  You can't imagine loving someone as much as you do that little person in your arms.  Then reality suddenly slaps you in the face.  After some of the new wears off and you try to settle into a routine, things like colic, feeding every two hours, diaper changes, bottles, breast pumps, more diaper changes, crying, and lack of sleep, suddenly seem to be taking over your sleep-deprived life.  You begin to wonder if you can make it through the days and weeks ahead without going crazy.  Then something amazing happens!  You see that first smile and your heart melts.  He sleeps for 4 hours straight without waking for a bottle.  The colic disappears and crying endlessly suddenly stop. All is right with the world again.  As your little one grows, those amazing moments of discovery continue to astound us and bring us joy. Introducing your child to the world around her and watching in wonder and awe at the things she learns never ceases to bring a smile to your face.  Cherish these moments.  Let them forever be remembered as life well spent.  For life seen through the eyes of a child is a life we should all be lucky enough to be a part of.
 
 
We are fighting the crud around our house, as I am sure many of you are as well. I don't take the flu shot, hate needles with a passion.  And the one time I did take the shot, I got the flu.....horribly.  After Mackenzie's one year checkup and getting 5 shots, I also chose not to schedule her for one either.  I just can't put her through that.

With the onset of fall and cooler weather, we also have to contend with "big butt syndrome".   Any of your mamas who are using cloth diapers understand the problem.  Many times the choice of cloth diapers forces us to buy clothing for our little ones that is bigger than what they would normally wear to accomodate the diapers.  Diapers are evolving though.  Many of the AI2 styles now fit much better, using fabrics that are very trim.  I am a big fan of wicking jersey and suedecloth.  Wonderful fabric choices for the inners of our AI2 and pocket diapers.  What are your favorites?  Why? Please complete the poll below to help me make better diapers available.
 
 
It feels like this has been the longest weekend and we haven't even made it through the holiday yet.  What plans have you made for the Labor Day weekend?  We had our annual family reunion from my dad's side of the family.  As usual, lots of family, and LOTS of food.  My daughter was born the Friday after our last reunion so this was her first experience.  All the noise, the kids, were very overwhelming for her.  But soon enough she was running through the room chasing everyone around.

I had a little time to sew today as well.  I ended up finishing two really great diapers.  The first is a blaze orange and camo AI2 with a suedecloth inner. On my last visit to Hancocks I really wanted to give that combination a try, but my 14 yo son talked me out of it.  Ha ha son!  I did it anyway!

The second is by request.  It is a fleece diaper with an image of Thor on the backside.  Golden yellow fleece paired with the fleece panel make for a cute fleece diaper.  I hope that the interested party likes it enought to want to take it home!

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I am giving away this Mossy Oak camo diaper cover!  It is a One-Size cover in a camo print over black PUL with foldover elastic at the legs.  Dark brown Kam snaps complement the cover nicely!  Enter now for your chance to win this cover!

 
 
First of all, thank you so much for visiting my page.  I hope you find something that catches your eye and you just have to have it!

This will be a journey for me.  I did not cloth diaper my son when he was born.  As a new mom, I believe I was more concerned about getting things "right", whatever that is supposed to be. With the surprise of my daughter, I was a little older and wiser, so to speak, and some of the same things did not concern me.  This time around, the idea of cloth diapers intrigued me. The notion of being able to wash and reuse sounded absolutely fantastic, not to mention the savings over having to purchase disposable diapers, or not leaving disposable diapers to linger about 500 years in a landfill.

Please feel free to drop by and leave your own comments about your cloth diapering experiences, along with any tips, tricks, hints, etc.

Chris