Week 23 is the first week of month six and that is exactly where we are! Very exciting to have completed another month. 

Yesterday we started the morning off with a Cloth Diaper 101 class offered by the Nappy Shoppe in Plano. You pay $15/couple and then upon completion of the class they give you $15 in store credit...so essentialy you are getting your money back. In the class we learned about every type of cloth diaper and got to have hands on practice with each kind. We were able to ask questions and different women shared their experience and what they do. Also learned about these flush-able liners - looks like dryer sheets. They are used once your baby starts eating solids and her poop is no longer water soluble, these layers just go in the diaper and make it easy to wrap up and flush away. Anyways - there was a ton of great stuff! It was nice to see that the stash my mom has made for us so far is soooo much cheaper than buying cloth diapers at a store/online. Diapers there were about $17-25 depending on the brand and style. 
Styles:
- All in One
- All in 3
- Pocket
- Flip
- Prefold & Cover

I took inventory of my current stash and here is what I have so far that my mom has made.
- 16 Diapers total
XS: 6 Pocket diapers, 1 Wool cover
S: 2 Pocket diapers, 1 Wool cover
M: 1 diaper cover, 2 wool diaper covers and 1 pocket diaper
L: 1 All In One, 1 Pocket diaper

22 Liners
3 Prefolds
15 Cloth wipes

My goal over the next two months is to total the following:
18 XS 
18 S
12 M
12 L
40 Liners
24 Prefolds
40 Cloth wipes

So.... I'll be busy! ;) It was fun and nice to play around with all the different types of diapers. All the women suggest having a variety because they've found that different days, you want different things. Hate to have to buy one type and then you're stuck with it and out the money. Also was great to see Scottie get excited about cloth diapers. Afterwards he said, "This isn't bad at all, I can do this!" He is very excited and said his top favorites were the Pocket diapers and Prefold/Covers. Before, we were thinking that when we go out we'll use disposable diapers but this class taught us that we don't need to spend additional money. All in One diapers are the same, only difference is I'd have to wash them. So it's good to have those in our stash for on-the-go. So we've decided to go 100% Cloth diapers and 100% Cloth wipes!

Yesterday when we finally got home - I stuffed my diapers so they are ready to go!

*Below is a picture of the dolls we practiced on at the Nappy Shoppe. 
After our Cloth Diaper class - we went thrift shopping... guess we just can't help ourselves! I got two maternity shirts = $3.50 and all the baby stuff pictured below totaled = $11
Baby items include: bath attachment, black shoes, 1 prefold, 1 burpie, 2 liners, 1 changing table sheet and a soft tummy time pad/blanket. 
 
Well I can officially say that I have a baby bump. Before it was pudgy like and not exactly pregnant looking...more like I just was fat and had a pouch. But now - without a doubt I look pregnant. 

I had an appointment on Monday with our midwifes. My blood pressure was a little higher than the like 139/95 so that brought up some discussion. As far as our little bugger - she as always had a nice strong heartbeat of 142bpm. And since our little girl likes to sprawl out instead of curl up in the fetal position, she was measuring 27 weeks - about 5 weeks larger than I am. Silly girl. They also said babies measure larger when they are breach which is what she is right now. Meaning her feet are down on my bladder and her head up by my ribs. I've definitely been feeling her more active usually in the afternoon/evening. 
 
 

Taking out the pieces and getting started

Reading instructions...very important

Starting the dresser/changing table

Dresser drawers

Scott proud of his handy work! Dresser/changing pad table

With the changing table pad on it

Starting the crib!

Just about finished - notice the trundle storage under the crib. He was about to attach the front, but I got too sleepie....I'll have to take a pic later, but you get the idea ;) The glider is going in that corner between the dresser and crib.

 
I'm carrying more like the lady in the middle. This past week I've really started to poke out - and notice other people looking at my mid section. Anywho - took a picture of this picture from my What to Expect when You're Expecting. Side Note: that movie comes out today!
 
I have been really making an effort to eat more protein in my diet. It's been tough but I'm managing. I notice that I eat something and then 30 mins later it's like I'm starving. I wonder if that's normal. I haven't increased the amount of food I intake, just been spreading it out a little more throughout the day. I usually am a huge sweet tooth but I can't myself to eat anything sweet....I've been more into salty things. Anywho - here is where I am at right now - thought this pic was cool
 
Tonight is Scottie's last night of bowling. The league started September 2011 and has finally come to an end. Last week he hit his personal best score of all time and tonight the goal is to beat it! Go Scottie! BEAT 227!
 

Airing out the full size mattress right now on our balcony. The nursery furniture set should be on it's way: Crib, changing table/dresser and a glider.

basket of all clean clothes that are just waiting for the dresser to arrive

Closet: Have all the clothes that I wanted hung up - crib sheets, changing table sheets, receiving blankets, bags, diaper fillers, toys - all washed and ready to go. Children's books, furniture, etc all wiped down with natural organic disinfect wipes. 

 

Her living room - Scott was trying to score her free cable....sadly we couldn't get a connection. 

Stone helped her get a bike - he put a light on it as well got a lock so she can lock it up at work. At home, she'll just keep it inside. He showed her how to lock it up including the tires so someone can't steal them. No tires = No bike.

Kitchen: microwave, stove, fridge/freezer, and dishwasher - all the necessities!

Bedroom