09 February 2009

urine management

it's been awhile since my last post. put it this way, "dopey client." it's one thing to work as a freelancer/consultant for a big design firm. it's another thing to work with your own client. two completely separate beasts.
big design firm = 6 - 8 design concepts with a round of revisions and a set fee. done.
own client = bigger budgets with a lot of "hand holding" and hair pulling frustration. never done. did I mention the phone calls at 8 pm? on a saturday? oy. I've been busy.

so that's what I've been up to, aside from CDing (cloth diapering.) love it! (only after an intense and overwhelming education on the art of CDing.) shit, man! there is a huge CD subculture out there with an enormous, passionate following. BFing and CDs -- talk about serious emotions! you mention "sposies" (disposables) on a certain message board (I'm so not naming names) and watch out, girl! fear for your life!

so b and I spent an entire rainy sunday morning sipping coffee and researching the chore/hobby of CDing. literally HOURS were spent trying to sort through what to purchase for our "collection." blueberries, bum genius 3.0, thirsties, chinese prefolds, indian prefolds, kissaluvs, pockets, swaddlebees, wahmies, snappies, good mamas, AIO (all in ones) contours, happy heiny, fuzzibunz, imse vimse... get the picture? flannel, wool, hemp, organic? snaps vs. velcro? the confusion. the expense. the horror!

what ever happened to the cloth diapers I grew up with? simple cotton rectangles, a couple of safety pins and some good old rubber pants? done! geez. nowadays you need some sort of online degree from GMD (green mountain diapers) ridiculous! and washing them? not so easy. you have to consider hard water vs. soft water. pockets vs. prefolds. choosing the appropriate detergent was a challenging experience as well. I wasn't one to want to wash my bum genius 3.0 (not bum genius 1.0) separately from my kissaluv contours. fuck that. the point is to save money and the environment not do 7 additional loads of laundry every single day. and cost? wow! some diapers run $35... EACH!

after the initial shock ($) and being totally and completely aggravated (with a major bout of diaper rash) we have muddled our way through the murky waters of CDs -- and all is good. very good. in fact, I LOVE my CDs! I have to admit, we bought a few stinkers but we have quickly discovered our faves. we have a nice, uncomplicated routine happenin' now. ginny's rash has cleared up beautifully and I only do 1 extra load of laundry every 2/3 days. couldn't be simpler. no more expensive "sposies" filling up my garbage can (and the earth's landfills.) and those bizarre absorbing crystals left on ginny's bum? gone. but what about the poop? until ginny is out eating chilidogs and spicy beef tacos with her dad (please god, NO!) her poops are unremarkable and pretty benign.

the truth is, yes, CDing requires a little more work but so do a lot of things that are better for our earth and well being. this self proclaimed "recycling bully" is now a little greener. and it feels awwwesome!

8 comments:

Fertilized said...

i do CDing. I am not a fanatic but it saves me money and I just need a few more to get me to have 2 days worth w/o having to wash! Welcome to CD - it's fun and addicting

Anniep said...

Yay!!! I'm hoping to do CD, too! I just bought my Allen's naturally (love it), to start to wash things in. 1st shipment of CD should be coming soon. I'm excited! What exactly have you found that works for you and Ginny? Btw, girl CD are *so* much cuter. *sigh*.

Trish said...

they got you too, I see.

S'okay. I still love ya. ;)

Yolen said...

I'm currently investigating all the Cd insanity, my god, so many options! At the moment I"m thinking of doing Indian prefolds with Thirsties, or going the Fuzzi Bunz route. What have you settled on?

mahn-doo said...

I'd love to hear what you've settled on as well! I'm just getting my feet wet and it's a bit overwhelming!

KandiB said...

No kidding on the TMI - there's just way too much to wade through. Any assvice you can send my way would be greatly appreciated! And...how did your Frenchie/Pug handle the newbie? We've got two Bostons and are a leeetle worried about the welcoming committee.

Diana said...

YAY!!!

becoming-mom said...

I have been toying with the idea for a while.. can you share which ones you DO like?

PS, how's the new camera? I want to see some new pictures!!