Identical Twins!

We got the results of the girls zygosity test a couple days ago, and they are identical! 7,960,910 to 1. We were almost positive before the test, but it is nice to know once and for all.

Identical twins occur in 1/3 of 1% of pregnancies world wide. It is not hereditary like fraternal twins are. (So all my girl cousins can breathe a sigh of relief)

Alyssa left, Kylie right

We feel so blessed to have these two little angels in our lives, and look forward to watching them grow! More to come…

Published in: on June 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cloth Diapers

O.k. so I wanted to do a post to let everyone with kids (or about to have kids) know just how EASY, CHEAP, and BENEFICIAL cloth diapering is. Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about this.

First- Beneficial.

Disposable diapers contain many chemicals, including Dioxin (which the EPA has confirmed is one of the most toxic of all cancer linked chemicals. It also causes severe reproductive and developmental problems, as well as damage to the immune and hormonal systems) Dioxin is BANNED is most other countries. They also can contain sodium polyacrylate (the stuff that turns to a gel when wet) This is the same substance associated with toxic shock syndrome from ultra-absorbent tampons.

More than 21 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills every year in the US alone. Disposable diapers are estimated to take 200-500 years to decompose.

Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp.

Babies who have used cloth diapers tend to potty train sooner than disposable diaper babies. Because disposable diapers keep babies from feeling wet it also keeps them from understanding the cause and effect of elimination, which can create confusion when trying to potty train.

Second- Cost.

If a family needs roughly 60 disposable diapers per week, at an average of 25.5 cents each that is $1,600 in disposable diapers alone for just 2 years. (overall cost would be more since most kids are not completely potty trained by age two)

For a family that uses cloth diapers they would average about 6 dozen diapers. Pre-fold diapers, covers and all the accessories can be purchased for around $300 (which can be used for multiple children) The difference in cost is amazing.

Lastly- Ease.

This is the part I was most worried about. I thought it would be messy and difficult to use cloth diapers. In reality it is SO easy. We are using the pre-fold diapers with separate covers. The fact that these two things are separate is about the only difference between the ease of cloth and disposable. You simply have to lay the cloth inside the cover before securing the cover. Covers are basically the same design as disposable diapers, with velcro that attaches the side to the front of the diaper.
The cloth is softer on the girls skin, and not as bulky as one might expect. We have chosen to only buy 36 diapers in the size they are in now, and so with both girls sharing them I wash them every day and a half. This is even very simple as there is no separating or folding. You simply dump them in the machine and start it. If we had more diapers (or less babies) I wouldn’t need to wash as often.

Here are some pictures of our setup, and Kylie modeling the diaper. I want to say that I do feel like this is an easy process and I have no problem finding the time with twins, so it shouldn’t be much work for a parent of a single baby. But, I DO NOT judge anyone who does not feel the same way I do. I simply wanted to put this information out there, as I believe there is a lot of misunderstanding and lack of information about cloth diapers out there. Please feel free to ask me any questions!

Here is the website we have used to buy all of our materials from, they also have lots of information about washing and care on their website. Click here to check it out.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm  Comments (4)  

Pregnancy Blog

Here is the link to my blog from when I was pregnant with my twins.

http://www.babycrowd.com/jr/online/baby_duren/

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 2:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Homemade Lasagna

Last night I made a lasagna from scratch. Including the noodles with my new pasta maker my grandmother brought for us last week. Here are some pictures from my adventure.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cake Cookies

I heard about these at a baby shower last weekend so I thought I would give them a try. They are cookies made from one of those pre made cake mixes. I tried they strawberry ones and they are o.k. I wouldn’t say they are one of the best cookies I have ever had. The person who told me about them makes the funfetti ones, so maybe I will try that next time. Anyways, here was the recipe.

I box cake mix (any flavor)

2 eggs

1/3 cup oil

Bake @ 375 for 10-12 min.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Baby Dress

So last weekend I went to a baby shower and made a dress for the little girl about to be born. Here are some pictures of the process and the final result. I had also made my girls dresses for fourth of July using a modified version of the pattern found here : http://www.made-by-rae.com/2008/04/free-itty-bitty-baby-dress-pattern.html

Published in: on June 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm  Comments (1)  

Let’s give this a shot…

So I have decided to enter the world of blogging. Oh boy! My life has gotten so fun these past few years and months that I decided to start keeping track for myself and for my family and friends.

Anyways, my twin girls are 4 months old today. It has gone by so amazingly fast I cannot believe it. But they are beautiful and funny and driving me crazy today 🙂 They have decided they hate day time naps. Or one will decide she finally wants to sleep and her sister will wake her up. And then vice versa. All day long.

But I don’t have to wait long for help to arrive. Day after tomorrow my husband’s parents and brothers are coming for a weekend visit. His brother Chris is the l of the girls’ uncles that they haven’t met yet, so I am very excited for that. I have pictures and video of everyone else holding them for the first time so it will be fun to continue that tradition. So they’ll be heading out again on Monday, which is when my Dad, Grandmother, and possibly my step-mom will be arriving. I love living in a place where it is so easy for people to visit!

Published in: on June 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm  Leave a Comment