Well I would say I am pretty young, 23 to be exact. I have never been a typical person, I guess I didn’t fit the profile of doing things the way I did. LOL. People say I have an old soul. I’ve always wanted to be a mommy. So me and my high-school sweetheart grew up, got married young, he joined the army, and we finally started a family when I was 22. From the beginning of my pregnancy I knew I wanted a natural birth, completely, no doubts, no questions, no hesitation. The looks I got from my family were priceless. And their looks made me want to do it even more. 18 hours of labor and a natural childbirth brought my beautiful son into this world. But that was as “green” as I ever planned on going.
So on to parenting and working in L&D as a RN. I had tons of free disposable diapers from the hospital I work at that I collected throughout my pregnancy thinking “Diapers are the most expensive thing, I’ll collect all the samples I can!” That should have been a sign right there. Never the less, I prevailed collecting enough sposies to last 3 months of his life (awesome savings, horrible waste!). Then it was back to clipping coupons for Huggies, and adding that to my grocery list. Diapers, wipes, Desitin…the typical last 3 things on my list. That got old. I also was doing the typical store bought baby food, talk about high grocery bill. I changed that real quick when I found out that I could buy fruits and veggies at the commissary at a discount, blend them and feed more organic things to my precious baby for CHEAP!!!! Loved that. Now $1 of veggies makes 12 servings of something. Awesome! So I considered myself a good mom ya know?? My family was like “You make his own baby food, like handmake it??” LOL. “Yes!” And I was proud of it. But, that was as “green” as I was going to get.
Well while sitting at work one day with a girlfriend, delivery baby after baby, one of my patients mother’s told her daughter in labor “At least you don’t have to use cloth diapers like I did way back in the day..”. My friend said “I use them, and love them!” After seeing the looks on their faces, and asking “someone in 2011 uses cloth diapers?” I was sold! I wanted more info. NOW!!!!
So we sat down, got online to Kelly’s Closet and she went over it with me. I wasn’t convinced yet, but I had an open mind. I never thought of it!!! The #1 question that I asked was : “How do you handle the poop because I’m a germaphobe!?” So she made everything sound so easy. She made me get out my debit card and order a Econobum trial pack that day. I was excited for something new, for something different, for something no one would expect from me….it would be perfect! Haha. I got my prefolds in, used one of them and got right back on Kelly’s Closet to do some research. I thought to myself “If I just spend a lot of money on them now, I’ll have to use them because I won’t to waste my money.” So I debated, and debated for hours. Then hit that payment button! . I bought 6 Rumparooz, 6 Happy Heinys, 5 bumGenius Artist Series, 2 Kawaii Babies, 3 Fuzzibunz, some detergent, liners ect. So I waited and waited. Got my order, washed them and started CD’ing. OMG, this is what was missing from my “all natural” life. I posted it on facebook. I got so many negative comments: “You won’t last a day”; “Have fun with washing poop”; “Let me know when you give up”: “Are you serious??”. Yup negative all the way, no supporters what so ever, and it made me want to love it even more!! MY DH was on board so that’s all that mattered. I really think I thrive on the weird stares and questions because as a nurse, I thrive on educating people about things they know NOTHING about, which is usually the case with cloth diapering.
So I love CD’ing, I’m addicted. Been doing it for a solid month now, got my babysitter hooked. I left the daycare facilities because they wouldn’t cooperate with my CD’ing. I work full time night shifts, make my babies food in bulk once a month, wash my diapers and love it, and I love diaper changes. No rashes, shorter grocery list, weird stares, more money in my pockets, and one less sposie in the landfill. It’s funny, the more I educate people on it and post random facts on facebook about it, I am starting to get compliments like “wow your such a good mommy”. Makes me feel great, but hate the stereotypes you get when you do things atypical. So education is key, time to go convince another momma to CD! And I think this is as “green” as I can get. LOL!!!
BIO: Traci is an army wife, full time working mom, photographer, and a RN in Labor & Delivery, who just started cloth diapering her first born son of 9 months old. Her goal is to educate every momma she works with on cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and being green!