We started cloth diapers this weekend on Elliot.
Just let that sink in for a moment.
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that I need to have my head checked. I don't blame you one bit. Sometimes I think I'm nuts too.
But in my defense, it makes so much sense. We are almost into day 4 of cloth diapering and even though my quads are bulging from the upstairs, downstairs laundry every five minutes routine, it seems to be going well.
What brought on this moment of insanity you may be asking?
A darn blasted hiney rash that won't go away, and seems to only get worse at night when it's time for mommy and daddy to recharge with some sleep. This rash is itchy and annoying and poor Elliot has been awake 24/7 itching to no avail. I've tried everything, steroid cream from the doctor, various diaper rash ointments and concoctions, benedryl, I've even exhausted the old wives tales from the older mommas in my family (Maalox in the bath, cornstarch etc etc.).
This rash is brutal. It's had us on our knees praying , searching the internet for answers (okay demanding), even blubbering like a ninny because I feel like the failure mommy that can't seem to stop it's rampage.
Crying over a rash...idiotic I know. Four days without ample rest will do that to a girl. So sue me.
Four tiresome days will justify any irrational decision. Even cloth diapering.
Don't get me wrong, cloth diapering is tres chic right now. Eco friendly, organic, and cheaper in the long run. I always wanted to do it but couldn't justify paying a whopping $20.00 for a diaper with my track record of not sticking with stuff.
But four days of rash hell tossed that fear out the window and we took the plunge.Okay not so much of a plunge because we only bought two, so it was more like a teensy weensy splash. Hey a splash is still better than a belly smacker am I right?
We chose the Charlie Banana brand because I preferred the inserts to the full bulky diapers. This is purely preference on our part, seeing as how you have to wash both every time regardless, but it cuts down on drying time and let's face it, since we haven't built up our stock yet, time is of the essence. These are found at Target (my mecca) and can be bought in singles or in bulk. The initial cost is a whopper, but when you do the math it's totally worth it, especially if you plan to have more children and reuse them.
All puns aside, I'm kinda obsessed with them. Not in an "I'm gross and I love handling bodily waste" type of way, but more in a "hey I'm saving money and actually helping my sons bum simultaneously" kind of way. Combine that with the thought that I'm saving the environment, and BOOM. I'm officially a superhero.
I'm sure after a few weeks of swirling diapers in the toilet, the vanity will wear off, but for now I'm basking in the glory of an almost victory over the butt rash sent from satan himself.
But it's a marathon, not a sprint, so we'll keep on keepin' on and Cloth diaper our way to victory.
Because Victory will be mine. Gosh Darn it.