February 2014 was a month full of baby preparations, playing outside (both in snow and spring like weather!), a lot of reading and savoring time with our 2 little boys.

Naptime

Weston is still struggling with napping on his own. We think he just needs the security of someone nearby to sleep. I’m still rocking him most afternoons (no clue what we’ll do when baby arrives but we’ll manage when the time comes!) On the weekends, John David often lies down with him – and sometimes I’ll find both of them snoozing away which warms my heart!
Preparing for Baby

Early in the month, I was feeling absolutely overwhelmed with what needed to be done to feel ready for baby’s arrival. I finally sat down and made out a list of projects for me, for John David and for us to do together. Getting it out of my head and onto paper immediately eliminated some stress. We posted the list on the fridge and all but 2 items have been completed!
Snow

We woke up to snow on February 11! It ended up snowing the next 2 nights so John David was home with us for those 3 snow days (remember, the south all but shuts down for snow!) The boys enjoyed playing in the snow with their daddy and I’m so glad they have been able to experience snow this winter.

Painted Dining Room

One of the projects on my ‘preparing for baby’ list was to paint the dining room and kitchen. The walls had been painted with flat paint which was very difficult to clean. My mother-in-law came down one weekend and painted for us. She and John David painted the kitchen and dining room walls and all of the trim in those two rooms! It looks great and will be so much easier to keep the walls clean. Kitchen Helper

Another before baby project is making some freezer friendly friends. I’ve made a few casseroles, muffins, beans, granola, soups and more to stock our freezers. Paxton helped me make some biscuits one afternoon. He really enjoyed helping me mix everything, roll out the dough and cut the biscuits out. And, of course he really enjoyed his sample once they were baked. My freezers are overflowing and I’ve had to stop freezer cooking even though I’d love to freeze more. (Something about expecting a baby makes me want to hoard food!) Mama and Weston

We took a few ‘maternity’ pictures – this is my favorite with Weston! I just wanted a few sweet pictures of me with my boys but out of all the pictures we took, only a few were decent. The reality of life with little ones – don’t set expectations!
34 Weeks

This is my favorite of me (and you can see Weston lingering in the background). I was 34 weeks 5 days pregnant here.

eBook Editing

Another big project for February has been finalizing an eBook about cloth diapers! I actually started on this eBook last January and worked on it off and on until this past summer. Then morning sickness hit and I abandoned the project. It’s exciting that the end is so near with this project. I’ll be sharing more soon!

We’re excited about March – unless baby is overdue he/she will arrive this month!

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Gender Neutral Newborn Wardrobe

Deciding not to find out the gender of this baby has definitely helped keep things minimal.

I kept a few newborn items that my second son wore and most of those items were neutral so I had a small foundation for this baby’s wardrobe.

Over the past few months, I’ve acquired a few more items and now have a small gender neutral newborn wardrobe.

I’ve been intentional about not acquiring too many things because newborn babies grow fast and all 3 of our children will be sharing a room so I’m keeping their wardrobes minimal so we don’t become overrun with clothing!

All of the items that I’ve purchased have come from a local resale store and we were given some white bodysuits.

All of these clothes are basic, cotton baby clothes. After having 2 babies, I know that I prefer comfortable cotton clothing that is easy to put on a newborn – making those frequent diaper changes easier for baby and mama.

Here’s a glimpse into baby’s wardrobe:

Neutral Newborn Clothes

  • 1 gown
  • 4 white bodysuits (2 aren’t pictured)
  • 2 long sleeve side snap shirts
  • 1 short sleeve side snap shirt
  • 5 pair of cotton pants
  • 2 one piece rompers
  • 1 cotton hat
  • 6 pair of socks
  • 3 pair of mittens

In addition to these clothes, I have a ‘little brother’ bodysuit that was my second son’s and 2 boy sleepers that a baby boy will wear. And, I have several bodysuits and a few one pieces that belonged to my sister’s girls so if baby is a girl,  those items with mix in with these.

And, I am pretty certain family and friends will be gifting us clothes for the new baby – especially if we’re welcoming a daughter.

In no way do I think this is the perfect number of clothes for a new baby. I do think it is a good foundational neutral wardrobe for a newborn.

If we aren’t given any extra clothes for baby, I know this wardrobe will be enough for baby. We’re already averaging a load of laundry a day for our family of 4. I know we’re going to be washing a load daily once baby arrives – there will be 5 people in our family plus burp cloths, swaddle blankets and sheets to wash.

The fact that we do wash clothes frequently allows us to have fewer clothes. If you wash less frequently, it may be a bit scary to have so few clothes and there is nothing wrong with having more clothes for your baby!

With 5 weeks left until my due date, I’m looking forward to meeting the tiny person who will wear these sweet little clothes!

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How to Replace bumGenius 4.0 Leg Elastic Replacing the leg elastic in bumGenius 4.0 diapers is super easy and helps you get more wear out of your diapers. Most of our 4.0s were purchased before the birth of our second son over 2 years ago and have been worn and washed many times. Being worn by toddlers, repeated washings and age caused the leg elastic to relax and it was time to replace the leg elastic in preparation for the arrival of baby #3!

The bumGenius 4.0 diaper is my favorite diaper, which is why my diaper stash primarily consists of them. We do have several bumGenius 3.0s that are nearly 4 years old, have been worn by 2 babies and have already had the leg elastic replaced.

Replacing the leg elastic in the bumGenius 4.0 is simple since they are designed for easy leg elastic repair. (This is not the case for the 3.0s, the leg casings are completely, making  this process a little more difficult. I’ll be replacing the elastic in our 3.0s for the second time to get some more wear out of those diapers too).

Supplies Needed:

Supplies

  • Elastic (1/4″ elastic, cut in 4.5″ strips)*
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

*I chose to purchase 1/4″ elastic which will cost me about $2 to replace all the elastic in my diapers. You can purchase a bumGenius Refresher Kit for $1 each (at Sweetbottoms Baby). The refresher kit includes 3 pieces of elastic (2 legs and the back), one set of tab closures and one set of laundry tabs (for the hook and loop diapers).

Directions:

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Step 1 – Turn diaper inside out.

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Step 2 – Locate one end of the elastic.

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Step 3 – Pull a bit of the existing elastic out of the seam.

 

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Step 4 – Take a new piece of elastic and sew onto the end of the existing elastic.

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Step 5 – Make sure your stitches are tight and the new elastic is secure on the old piece.

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Step 6 – Sew the opposite end of the new elastic onto the old elastic to prepare to pull it through the seam. Be sure this stitching is secure. You do not want the stitches to come apart while in the leg casing.

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Step 7 – Snip the old elastic near where the new piece is sewn on.

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Step 8 – Once the old elastic has been snipped, prepare to pull the new piece through the casing.

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Step 9 – Go to the opposite end and pull on the existing elastic which will pul the new elastic through the casing.

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Step 10 – The new elastic is through the casing and ready to be sewn on the other side.

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Step 11 – While holding onto the new elastic that has been pulled through (so it doesn’t fall back into the casing), snip off the end of the old elastic. Remove the stitches holding the new and old elastic together.

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Step 12 – It’s now time to sew the new elastic onto the small piece of old elastic.

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Step 13 – Securely sew the new elastic onto the end of the old elastic.

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Step 14 – Once the new elastic is securely sewn onto the end of the old elastic, you’re finished! You’re replaced one side of the leg elastic!

One Side Replaced

The elastic on the left has been replaced while the right side is the old elastic. You can see the difference replacing the elastic makes.

Replaced Leg Elastic

This shows you the difference replacing the leg elastic can make. The diaper on the left just had the elastic replaced while the diaper on the right has not. Over time and after many wears and washes, the elastic relaxes and makes the diaper bigger. Replacing the leg elastic gives new life to your diapers and makes them able to fit small babies.

It takes me about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on distractions, to replace the elastic in each diaper. It is well worth the time to extend the life of our diapers.

Replacing the back elastic follows the same steps as the leg elastic. The back elastic tends to wear slower so you may not even need to replace it.

Once I finish replacing all of the elastic in our diapers, we’ll have like new diapers ready for our new baby and will only have spent $2!

These diapers have been well worth the investment, 10 of them are nearly 4 years old and the rest are over 2 years old. We haven’t had to purchase any cloth diapers at all for baby number 3 since the ones we already have are in such wonderful shape.

I hope this tutorial helps you replace the leg elastic in your diapers and extend their life!

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Minimal Maternity WardrobeI prefer to have a minimal wardrobe. It costs less, makes getting dressed easier and I love only wearing clothes that I feel great in.

When it comes to building a maternity wardrobe, it really makes sense to have a minimal wardrobe since you wear most of the items only 6 months or so.

At the end of my second pregnancy, I purged my maternity wardrobe, getting rid of things that were ill fitting, non-flattering and pieces I never wore. (I look back at some pictures from my previous two pregnancies and cringe at some of the ill fitting clothes I wore. I had a much larger wardrobe for those two pregnancies but it would have been better to have a smaller wardrobe with flattering clothes!)

At the beginning of this pregnancy, I once again went through the box of maternity clothes and donated a few things that I didn’t love, didn’t think I’d wear and weren’t my style (tastes change over the course of 2 years!)

I was able to wear most of my regular tops until I was 25 weeks – with maternity jeans (I embraced those around 10 weeks!). Once those shirts were getting too small, I evaluated my maternity clothing and saw there were a few gaps – mainly I needed shirts.

I purchased one pair of maternity jeans for $6, a purple tee for $5 and a maroon tee for $5. (All of these were purchased at a local resale store!) And, I was given a black tee. These 4 pieces, mainly the comfy shirts, really helped expand my maternity wardrobe.

Here’s my maternity wardrobe:

Maternity Shirts

Tops:

1. Grey Sweater (long sleeve)

2. Purple Tee (long sleeve)

3. Black Shirt (long sleeve)

4. Pink Shirt (3/4 sleeve)

5. Maroon Tee (long sleeve)

6. Black Tee (long sleeve)

These 6 tops are worn just about every time I leave the house. I also will wear the tees on days I stay home.

Since all of these tops are solids, the look of them can easily be changed with a scarf or a chunky necklace which makes me feel like I have more options than just 6 shirts!

Maternity Dresses

Dresses:

1. Red Polka Dot Dress

2. Blue Paisley Dress

3. Purple Dress

4. Pink/Black/White Dress

5. Black Sleeveless Dress *

6. Black/Grey Sweater Dress

*A few days after this photo was taken, I tried the black sleeveless dress on and it was way too small! So, it was decommissioned at 32 weeks!

**Only two of these dresses (the two in the middle) are actual maternity dresses, the rest are regular dresses that have enough room for a growing belly.

I typically wear dresses to church on Sundays with leggings and a black cardigan. I also will occasionally wear a dress with leggings at home because honestly, it’s just about as comfortable as being in pajamas except I look like I put forth effort in my appearance!
Maternity Pants

Pants:

3 Pair Jeans

1 Pair Black Dress pants

Comfortable jeans are a must! All 3 of these are very comfortable. In my past 2 pregnancies, I had a few pair of jeans that I hated to wear because they were so uncomfortable – I passed those on and am much happier with these – especially my new pair (in the middle – that belly panel is so comfy!)

I don’t wear the black dress pants too often because I prefer to wear a dress and leggings to church and on the rare occasion I need to dress up. I’ve worn them with my grey sweater a few times with this pregnancy. I also think they’d look cute with my maroon or purple tees and scarves.
Maternity Pieces

Other:

1. Black Yoga Pants

2. Grey Yoga Pants

3. Black/Grey Flannel Shirts

4. Black T-shirt

5. Black Tights

6. Grey Tights

7. Black Cardigan

**The only maternity items in this photo are the black and grey yoga pants, the rest are staples in my non-maternity wardrobe that work during pregnancy too!

These are essential pieces in my wardrobe. Most days I’m home, you’ll find me in the yoga pants – being comfortable while pregnant is a priority of mine! I wear the black t-shirt and flannel shirt quite often on days spent at home. (I also have a couple short sleeve t-shirts that I’ll wear if I’m not caught up on laundry!)

With 7 weeks to go, I’m hoping that I won’t outgrow too many more clothes. If I do outgrow pieces, I suppose my wardrobe will become even more minimal and I’ll fully embrace wearing my husband’s shirts at home. Honestly, I don’t want to buy anymore maternity clothes – I’d much rather spend my money on a few flattering pieces for my postpartum body.

Other posts on my Minimal (non-maternity) Wardrobes:

The 33 Items in My Wardrobe

Small Fall and Winter Wardrobe

A Minimal Wardrobe