Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What did I learn from the Flats Challenge?

Finally getting around to posting about the last day of the challenge.

I was definitely happy to be able to use my 4.0s and my washer again!

The goal of the challenge was to bring awareness that there are babies out there that without clean diapers. Parents were reusing disposable diapers. This challenge helped show that there is another solution. Cloth diapers. Cloth diapering doesn't have to be expensive. You don't have to have a washer and dryer.

Is flats and hand washing doable?

Absolutely!!

Hand washing wasn't my favorite thing to do... kinda. I enjoyed the time I had to myself washing the diaper laundry. Dealing with poop. Poop is never fun or enjoyable but that's a part of parenting. I just  made sure I was spraying them really well.  Washing more often worked best for us. I am lucky enough to be at home and could wash whenever. If I worked, I would probably do laundry after the kids were in bed. If that meant staying up later and a 1/2 hour less of sleep so my kids could have clean diaper, I would definitely do it.

I feel so blessed to have clean diapers for Austin and Allyson. I have a washer and dryer. I even got the chance to explain to Aubrey about how lucky we are to have a washer/dryer.

So all in all this week was a success.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Day 6 {Open topic}

Six days down, one more to go! Wahoo!! I can't believe we've lasted this long!

Today's is another open topic today. So let's talk about and baby sitters and flats. It's usually family that watches my kids. I've been blessed with sisters that are the perfect age to baby sit. My mom and Conrad's parents help out a lot too. Seriously, I'm blessed.

When we leave I try to have everything that they will need out or easily accessible. Diapers are no different. I usually will pull out their nighttime diapers, if we will be gone that for bedtime. My mom and sisters know where their normal day time diapers. If anyone else watches them, I make sure to pull the diapers out and have them all ready to go.

I usually pack my BG 4.0s in my diaper bag but this week they were replaced with flats. I had them pad folded and in a flip diaper, ready for changing.

This post is more of a ramble about my family and cloth diapers. I think I've always waited for someone to complain or be grossed out by us using cloth diapers but that hasn't happened. Everyone has supported our choice. Heck, my sisters have even said that in many, many, many years from now they will probably cloth diaper their children. That just makes me so happy. Yes, I have a problem. I love cute little fluffy bottoms.

I'm tired and ready for bed. Tiny pic isn't working for me tonight. So no Aubrey picture. No adorable fluffy pictures. Just time to hit the hay. Hopefully add pictures to the post tomorrow.

Good night friends!




Friday, May 24, 2013

What's working?

Wahoo!! It's Friday! I've made it through 5 days of hand washing and line drying my flats!

So what's working for us? 

Fold
The pad fold is my go to. They come off the line and get pad folded and stuffed in a cover or in the basket. Ready for that next diaper change. At night time 2 pad folded flats go into the cover and BAM  they are ready. It's simple and easy. Plus, I'm lazy.


Flat
The flour sack towels that I bought for the challenge are doing great!! I am really impressed and for a $1 a diaper... such a steal! We tie dyed a couple, yesterday. They are so cute!! I can't wait to try it on Austin!!

The weather has been great! The flats dry so quickly out on the line!!



What's not working? 
Large loads. I've found that I need to do smaller loads. Larger loads are tough. Tough my arms and tough on finding time to do it and make sure they are clean. Especially if they include poopy diapers. I also figured out I need to unfold the diapers when I was putting in the bucket.

When the flats come off the line they are a bit crunchy. At first it was really annoying to scrunch them and twist them to make them soft again. It was the second or third day that the kids saw me snapping them and asked to do it too. Why, of course!! That's now their job and they LOVE it.

Overall, the challenge is going great. We haven't had any major issues.

Check out what's working for other doing the Flats Challenge.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thoughts on handwashing


Today is Day 4 of the Flats and Hand washing challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry

I'm a little scared to say it's gone pretty well, I don't want to jinx myself. The hand washing isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. With 2 in diapers I thought I was going to be washing constantly.The hardest part is finding a time when I won't have three little helpers. It's kind of nice. I get a little break to do the diaper laundry.

I think I've figured out I do the wash 3-4 times a day. I have enough diapers to last all day but washing that many at a time is just too much. I have the bucket in my bathroom with some water in there. The door to my bathroom is shut and so is my bedroom door. So it's safe. I rinse their night time diapers and toss them in the bucket to soak. I'll try to wash those as soon as I can. It seems like I wash about 4 diapers and cloth wipes at a time.

So they soak for a while. Then I agitate it a bit. I empty that water into the toilet.

Next, I fill it with hot water, detergent and get to work. I tried setting a timer but that was just frustrating me. I thought I was doing it for so long and nope ... 2 minutes. So I turn on some music. I try to go at least 2 songs, depending on the diapers. I agitate until I feel like they are clean. Dump that water out. Add cold water and agitate a bit more. Next, I rinse the diapers out under the faucet. I wring them out and then out on the line they go to dry. That rinse water now becomes my new soaking water. I started to feel like I was wasting a ton of water so I think this is working out for me.

So what about the poop? I spray it off with the sprayer into the toilet. It's really not that bad. And as parents poop is just a part of the job.

I totally want to go give my washer a big hug. It's tough work hand washing these diapers. I also want to give my grandma a big ole hug. I couldn't imagine doing diapers AND our clothes. I would have some serious muscles. Laundry plus all the other household chores... brings on a whole new level of thankfulness.

I do think that this is a doable option for families that are struggling to choose between buying new diapers or buying food or paying bills. I do believe that every child deserves to have a clean diaper on their bottom whether cloth or disposable. This is the article that inspired the Flats Challenge. No one should have to choose. I do feel lucky that I have learned this skill.  I feel equipped if anything ever happened to my washer, electricity or some sort of disaster. I know that I could do it. I have experience and can help other families that can really benefit them.

It's been a long emotional day. My baby graduated kindergarten ... she's growing too fast. I'll be posting pics tomorrow!

30/30 {10 things}

30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.



1. A good wife to Conrad. I want have a long happy marriage with him. We have gone through ups and downs over the last 8 years.I want my children to see that divorce is not an option for us. I want my kids to see that even though there was/is rough and tough stuff that Mommy and Daddy love each other and worked it out. 

2. A good Mommy to the kids - I want my kids to be able to think of their childhood and remember that I took the time to play with them instead of cleaning or xyz. I want them to remember me teaching them how to sew, or cook a meal, helping them with their school work. Just loving on them and shaping them into the people that they are. 

3. As someone who loved to take pictures - Ok, so I'm sure my family already thinks of me like that. But I mean really, I'm documenting my our life. I want that picture to help them remember that time in life. 

4. Someone who loves other - There seems to be so much bad in the world. So much negative. I want to be remembered as someone who loved people. Loved on the less fortunate. Loves on those that are in need. People and their lives are so different. Somethings I may not agree with but I can still love and respect people. 

5. A follower of Jesus - I want people to remember not as someone who went to church on Sundays and prayed before meals. I want people to see and remember seeing Christ in me. 
(I feel like I can't can't explain this using the right words and without sounding crazy.)

6. A good cook - I can hope right? 


10 things is really hard to come up with. I'm happy with my list of 6. 

Ahhh so that ends it! 30 out of 30 and it only took me 8 months. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Different folds for flats {Open topic}


Today is day 3 of the Flats challenge. I'm still pretty amazed I've made it this long. Today is an open topic so I thought I would share the 2 folds that I use on the kids and what we do for night time diaper.

My lovely children do not like to cooperate during diaper changes. Allyson is easier to keep still so using the kite fold works great. We've been using it without a cover around the house. I've been trying to watch her to see how she acts before she pees and trying to have her tell me if she has to go ... blah blah ... this works for both of us




Place the flat so it's like a diamond. 
Fold the 2 sides in, looks like a kite! 
Step 3 you are folding the triangle at the top over.
Now take the point at the bottom and bring that up. For Allyson it's usually half way up. 
This week I've been pre-folding these up to this point. This is where I put a clean Ally on. 
Roll and tuck those sides in, it helps catch the poop. 
Bring the middle up and fold if necessary. 
Snappi the diaper closed. 
You might have to tuck and roll to fit some more to get it to fit under a cover. 

I think it's really fun to fold the flats. I love how you can customize the diaper to exactly what you need. 


It's impossible to keep Austin still. He scoots and rolls, grabs his junk ... lots of fun! So his fold is mainly the pad fold. This is seriously so easy. 




For night diapers both kids get 2 pad folded flats in a flip cover. This works great for us. This is what Allyson wears on a normal night. Austin usually has flats stuffed in his pocket for night time but I didn't want to wash pockets so his just go into a cover.



My little guy had just woken up from his nap.


 I forgot just how much I loved my flats. They are so simple and fun. 

What's your favorite fold for a flat? 

Austin is 14 months!


Fourteen month old. 

Fourteen whole months have gone by. I just can't believe it. He's getting so big. Just in the last week he's really walking around this house more. I knew I would regret wanting him to walk. It's just too cute, watching him toddle around. Following his sisters. 

He know exactly what it means when I say "Let's go get sissy from school!"
 He walked from the couch to the garage door when I said that. 

If he hears his high roll on the tile, he crawls as fast as his little legs can go. 

If Allyson asks about a 'nack, he knows to follow her she's usually going to get something. 

this boy loves him some food. Makes me scared for his teen years! Yikes!! 





Oh son, you melt my heart! 



Taking pictures with the basketball is such a game now. As quick as I throw the ball over to him...


he throws it off! 




and why on earth would I want to look at the camera Mom? Big sis showed me just how much fun jumping on the couch is! {These two are going to be TROUBLE!!!} 







Happy 14 months,  my sweet Austin James! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Flats Day 2 {Supplies}

It's Tuesday,  the second day in the Flats Challenge. No washer. No dryer. No problem!

 Yesterday went great. Last night was great. No leaks. We use flats as Allyson's night diaper anyway so this wasn't a big surprise. Austin had his diaper double stuffed with flats last night. His little bottom was so fluffy, too cute. and he woke up without any leaks either. 

Today I'm going to show you what I'm using on the littles one and how much I spent. 

Flats:

12 birdseye flats from Green Mountain Diapers ($25)
4 RE Flour sack towels from Target ($4)
5 Walmart flour sack towel ($5)
Total: $34



I bought these new for the challenge. I had heard so many good things about them, I wanted to see how they worked compared to my birdseye flats.  So far so good. and for $1 a diaper how could you go wrong?

Covers:
5  brand new flip covers 14.95 each x 5 = $74.75
5 flips bought used = $35
Total: $109.75



Closures:
Snappis $6

Cloth wipes
  a mix of homemade wipes from a talented friend
some I attempted to make
Circo wash cloths - $5 for a pack of 6
Total: $5




Washing supplies


This is what I have for washing. I'm almost out of Rockin' Green and am actually switching over to Tide for our normal cloth wash routine. So I'm using the last little bit of RG and using up a free sample of BumGenius detergent and then if I need more I'll use the Tide Original.

Tide $12


Here's my "washing machine"

5 gallon bucket from Lowe's $5
Plunger $3

We have a clothes line that we dry our diapers on. I think we got that for about $10?

Total for everything $184 for 2 kids in diapers! You can't beat that. 

I had everything except for the flour sack towels prior to the challenge so I only spent $9 on this challenge.

All I really did to prep for this challenge is to prewash the flour sack towels. I ran them in a hot cycle in the washer with some detergent and they were all ready. When I bought my birdseye flats, I had boiled them in a pot for 20-30 minutes. Dried them and we were all set. It's really that easy. 



Are you taking the challenge? What are you using as flats? How did your first day go? 
Interested in cloth diapering? I'd love to help you out. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Flats Challenge: Challenge Accepted!



Today is the first day of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. The rules for the challenge are to use flat diapers (like your grandma would have used) something to fasten the diaper with (snappi, boingos or pins) and a water proof cover. You must hand wash your diapers and air dry diapers.

Why on earth would I take this challenge? Conrad looked at me like I grew a third eye when I said I wanted to do this. Heck, I couldn't really believe I wanted to.

*I thought it would be fun and I like a good challenge.

*I want to help show that cloth diapering is practical and you can even do it on a budget. Flats and covers is how I started to cloth diaper Allyson! You don't need to spend a ton of money on diapers. Cloth or disposable.

*I really love cloth diapering and this a fun way to connect with other momma that love cloth too.

Day one is done. I did two washes in a 5 gallon bucket and it was a lot easier than I expected it to be. I think tomorrow I'm going to either try to wash as I go or add another washing session in there. The one before bed was a bigger load and took a little longer.

Or maybe I was just exhausted from the day that started at 4:30 this morning ... way too early for this mommy!

Tomorrow I'll be showing you my supplies for the challenge. Hopefully I'll snap some pictures of the kids rockin' their flats too.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Flat Challenge 2013




My husband thinks I've lost my mind on this. 

Starting Monday 5/20 and ending Sunday 5/26, I will only use flat diapers on the kids AND hand washing and line drying them. No washer or dryer. Kim at Dirty Diaper Laundry is hosting the event. You can read more here. Participants are trying to show that cloth diapering can work for any family.  

It's not too late to sign up.

 At least come back and check out how it's going for us. 



29/30 {Misunderstood}

29. What do you think people misundertand most about you?

I don't know why this prompt is tough. I've been sitting here trying to think of something. I don't know what people think about me? I think what comes up a lot is that I'm quiet or shy. If you ask Conrad he will definitely disagree. I dont' like to talk in big groups of people. Sometimes I feel a certain way about things but don't stand up and say anything because I don't feel like defending it to someone that's not going to listen and be open to change. I'm not even talking about big issues here, I mean even little things. I just let it go. 


Thursday, May 16, 2013

25/30 {Dinner with anyone in History}

25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?

I would have dinner with Michelle Duggar. I admire her. The choices she has made for herself and her family. I feel like I would ask her so many questions. 

I love the TV show 19 kids and Counting. Every time I watch that show I can't help but notice how calm she is all the time. Discipling her kids she's just so calm {Aubrey has had this awful AWFUL attitude lately and I find myself needing to take a break} I just don't know how she does it. 

They love Jesus and I love seeing it on TV. I love that they live their life, loving God and people. It's just such an inspiration to see them do things. Having small kids is no excuse. They find ways to include the little ones. Something I've tried to do with Aubrey not as much as I wish that I was with Allyson and Austin. . I'd want to hear ideas on ways to include every one. 

I would just want to hear the things that she's learned in her years as a wife and mother. 

What would we eat? Hmm... I'm really wanting a nice big salad. Lots of yummy veggies on there. A cherry coke to go with it. :) 




Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Aubrey made it into Math Club!

I still can't believe the end of the school year is here. We will have survived Kindergarten! 

Yesterday at school the students that made it into Math or Reading club were invited to a BBQ. I forgot all of the fun things kids get to do at the end of the year! Along with the invite was a reminder that if we wanted to buy a Math Club shirt we could. She made it into Math Club earlier in the year but I kept forgetting to buy it. Way to go, Mom! 

She got her shirt before the BBQ. And of course we had to take pictures in her new shirt! 

To get into Kindergarten Math club  ...

You have to count to 40
Recognized numbers 0-40 in random order
Write numbers 0-40





So proud of my big girl! 



You can read about Aubrey getting into Reading club here

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother's Day

This Mother's Day was probably one of my favorite.

Conrad and Aubrey got up before 7 and went to get me coffee and doughnuts! Yum!! Aubrey was so excited to get me both my favorites. It was so fun to see her so excited to do things for me. On Friday she told me that for Mother's Day she would like to give me the day off but I had to cook. I told her that maybe Daddy would help her figure out meals and her face lit up. I was one lucky momma and didn't have to make a single meal on Sunday. Well, I got the little ones lunches but it wasn't cooking

Conrad's back was really hurting him. He did an amazing job at giving me the day off too. I got to take a nap and I consider that a definite win! I wanted a picture of me with the kiddos ... they weren't in the mood. 

this is the best we got.



I didn't like it much at first.

Now though I really love it. Aubrey's picture perfect, on cue, smile. Austin was just sitting there like ho hum. Oh and sweet Allyson ... don't worry about smiling ... we still think you are too cute!! And my orange nail polish ... I really need to take that off. I painted those for last Monday's Giant's games.

Happy belated Mother's Day to all my blogger friends!


TuesdaysToddlerTales

Austin 13 months


This little guy is getting and bigger everyday. I just can't believe he is 13 almost 14 months.  When Allyson was 14 months, I was just a couple months away from having Austin. Insane to think about that. 

1) How old is your baby? 13 months

2) Stats
Weight
: 23 pounds (my measurement)
Height:
Clothing size: 18 months

Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue

3) Are they..
Teething: This poor guy always seems to be working on a tooth. 2 of his molars finally broke his gums. This makes a totally of 9 teeth. 

Talking: He says Mama, Dada, Aub, out, outside, issy

Walking: He can walk but he prefers crawling. He's so fast and keep up  with his sisters this way.

Anything else you want to add: He is just such a happy little thing.

4) What they like
Toys: His basketball, cars and anything that his sisters have.
Song: Loves when Daddy sings rock a bye baby


5) What they dislike: Does not like having his faced wiped.
Ways they like to be soothed: He likes being rocked and patted.
6) How are they sleeping? He's waking up once a night. Thank you, Jesus!
7) How are they feeding? He's eating everything we have. He really likes waffles in the morning. He loves to eat beans and cheese. He will have a pouch every now and then. He's finally able to eat them by himself! Anything that Aubrey and Allyson get as a snack he thinks he has to have too.

8) Nicknames – The same. Brother, bubbas, AJ 

Monthly Pic: 











Saturday, May 11, 2013

Cloth Wipe Solution

When I first started cloth diapering Austin I quickly noticed it was silly to use cloth diapers and disposable wipes. I was throwing the diapers in one place and then the wipes in the trash. It made sense to use cloth wipes too. It was super easy. I just squirted some water on a wipe. Cleaned the little guy off and tossed it all in the diaper pail. 

Then we introduced solids. I didn't have a diaper sprayer at the time (how did I ever live life without one??) so I was dunking and swishing my diapers. With Austin's poop being so yucky, I slowly switched back to disposable wipes. 

I finally started to hate separating the wipes that needed to go in the trash again. Back to my good ole cloth wipes. Now Austin was eating more solid food and his poop wasn't the same. I didn't mind rinsing off the dirty wipes after I rinsed his dirty diapers. No problem.  But I started to feel like water was getting him clean. So I turned to the good ol' internet for cloth wipe solutions. Holy moly there are a lot! I think it's really cool that there are so many solutions out there to fit whatever need I might have for the kiddos. 
  



This is what I use:

Coconut oil
tea tree oil
baby soap
Witch hazel
water

I pour some witch hazel in the jar. About 1/4 of the mason jar. Some drops of tea tree oil. About 2 Tbs of coconut oil. 2 squirts of baby soap and fill the rest with water. Mix it a bit and BAM! Wipe Solution. The best part for me is that we had everything we needed to make this, so I spent zero dollars! 

I don't use this with every diaper change, mostly just the poops. We have 2 peri-bottles, one with just plain water and the other with this solution. Now there is no running out of diapers OR wipes. One less thing for this momma to worry about! 

Friday, May 10, 2013

My favorite cloth diaper


When I started my journey in cloth, I had just jumped in with both feet and bought some Charlie Banana diapers that were on clearance at Target. I didn't do any research except text a few friends that I knew cloth diapered and started Austin in cloth.

 It was couple months later I got the itch to but new some new diapers.



I tried a Bumgenius 4.0 and I fell in love! I love the way they fit both Austin and Allyson. They just seemed to simple and easy to use. I love how easy it is to change the rise. They were great to throw in the diaper bag and just unsnap or snap up the rise. (I didn't like the way it was done on the Charlie Bananas.) The colors are oh so cute!!  I noticed I was grabbing those from the basket if they were clean. I slowly started adding more BGs to our stash.

I love the Bumgenius Albert print.



Austin in wearing my favorite Charlie Banana robot print. Look at that fluffy little bottom!!

 

This is also a favorite print of mine. It's just such a cute diaper for a little guy!


So those are my favorite prints and my favorite to go diaper!

I'm linking up with Maria over at Change-Diapers.com. Head on over and check out some other favorite diapers. Link up too! I'd love to hear what your favorite diaper is.





Thursday, May 9, 2013

Baby #4?

Nope, I'm not pregnant. 



In fact, I think I'm actually at a point where I've realized that I'm not in that stage of life anymore, and I'm ok with that. It's been tough emotionally this last year just thinking that we are finished with the baby/newborn stuff. Prior to Austin's birth, we had planned on having 4 kids. Things didn't go as planned so our plans changed.

In the last year I've cried many times about it. I've been upset about it. I've even been jealous of friends that are pregnant. I felt so selfish feeling all of those things as I'm holding my sweet little guy in my arms. I've been blessed to have him as my third and I'm upset at not having a fourth? Come on Heidi! I think I just had that picture in my mind. Conrad with hand in hand with Aubrey and Allyson and me with the little ones. Then someone came and scribbled all of my pretty picture... not fun.

I started reading a book about motherhood being more than just job. And I know that there's more to being a mom than just popping out kids. But while reading it something clicked for me. I was just so caught up in that number, growing our family and that stage of life, that I was totally missing out on focusing on that next stage. Raising this kids. I have read parenting books and such, don't get me wrong I'm just leaving them to fend for themselves & running a muck while I'm crying in the corner. I've just been so caught up in feeling sad, I forgot I can be happy about what I have and what's to come.

I know this is a lot of just thoughts and what not but I was so happy with myself when I was cleaning and decided to get rid of those books. I didn't feel that need for them. I'm not pregnant and we are past Austin's first year. I'm ready for that next chapter in my life!

Potty training Allyson and then Austin

Training these little ones to obey, be polite and respectful. Help them Aubrey with her school work and prepare Allyson for school.

Bringing up a boy to be a sweet little guy. Teach this kid to walk!

Just grow my kids to be followers of Jesus.

I am ready. I'm embracing this next stage in our family's life.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

WW

I know these are supposed to be wordless but I feel like I can't help but remember this moment.

Allyson was building a tower of books. She finished and proudly got up and shouted "A present tower. A tower for sissy." Aubrey was at school at the time. She protected this tower like it was her job. If Austin came near she would tell him "No bubba!! Sissy's present!"

What really made it so special to me is that Allyson doesn't do too well in the sharing department. When we picked up Aubrey, Allyson told her that a present was at home. Allyson's face lit up when we showed Aubrey the tower. Aubrey asked Allyson if they could knock it over and they did with laughter. The three of them rebuilt that tower and knocked it down for quite awhile before lunch was ready. It was just so sweet to stand back and watch this interaction between them.


Friday, May 3, 2013

More Gardening

Aubrey's been wanting to grow a garden from seeds. I do not have a green thumb by any means. In fact bring a plant of any kind and now matter how much watering, or how much I don't water the plant.. it dies. 

 Thursday, I caved in to that request and after kinder we headed to get some seeds and a green house. 







This green house was so neat. The little pods expanded and you push the seeds down in the dirt and add some more water and BAM! Now to let these little guys grow and then plant them in our fake garden bed.

Off to look at Pinterest for a cheap DIY garden bed!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wordy Wednesday


Being a mom of girls is such a blessing ...

...and filled with drama.

We spent most of the day out the house because the electric company was doing maintenance and were shutting the power off from 9AM-3PM. Way too long for me.

One of our errands was stopping at the Post Office. These girls. They were such angels inside. We walk outside and they sat on the bench while I put Austin in the van. Two seconds into sitting on the bench they started arguing. What were they fighting over? See that sign right there? There's a picture of a man on it. Aubrey said it was Santa. Ally said a grandpa.




"Santa!!"

"Grandpa" 

"Santaaaa...owwww!! Mom!!"

I finish buckling Austin into his seat. Look over and Allyson is holding a chunk of Aubrey's hair. Aubrey is in tears. Ally is screaming. 

I guess Allyson thought it was Grandpa and didn't like that Aubrey was saying it was Santa and pulled her hair. Aubrey pushed Allyson away, and little miss didn't like that. Like the good mom I am, I took out my phone to remember this moment. 

Soon it's going to be fighting over clothes, or friends or Why does she have to come? She's sooo embarrassing! I'll take this moment over all the teenage stuff that's coming up. I can still get them to hug and make up and we can be on our with our day. 

Just so you know, they were BFFs the rest of the night. 




Naming our kids {Aubrey}

I love thinking about baby names. Names that go together. Names that are nice but don't fit in with the kids names. There are some pretty out there names too ... I just don't get how some people can name their precious baby an out there name or completely butcher the spelling.

Being pregnant and picking the perfect name for your little bundle of joy. When I was pregnant with each kiddo I know I said their name a million times. Making sure it would flow. Or how it would sound when you middle named them. Allyson GRACE! Yep, it has a good ring to it, it passed the middle name test.

Growing up I had always LOVED the name. Brianna. It was our next door neighbors name and it's that name I've always loved. In high school I began to like the name Haley. I always thought that it would be so cute to be Heidi and Haley. Mother and daughter... best friends. So when I got pregnant I thought ok, it's going to be one of those.

Not the case.




Picking Aubrey's name was difficult. With her being our first, we wanted to make sure it was just perfect. We picked it apart a million times. I had brought up the name Aubrey in the beginning of the pregnancy but Conrad quickly vetoed it. We went through a few names and there wasn't really anything that felt right. Haley and Brianna just didn't seem like they were her name. I couldn't let go for Brianna though. Near the end we were kind of just going with Cassidy. I cannot imagine Aubrey as a Cassidy. Then suddenly Aubrey was back out on the table. Conrad will deny to this day that he ever vetoed it but I know the truth. Then it was like why don't we use Breanne as her middle name. Brillant!!

On June 4, five long days past her due date, Aubrey Breanne made her appearance into the world and the rest is history.




I really can't imagine her as anything other than my Aubrey Breanne