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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Did you know?

A disposable diaper can stay in a landfill for up to 500 years!

One baby that wears disposable diapers creates on average 1 TON of landfill waste.

When I read these, I was completely shocked… I mean I always knew disposable diapers were really bad, but come on… 500 years! That is crazy. Anyways, to try to do our part and not contribute as much to the landfills, Phil and I have decided to give cloth diapers a try. Now I know most of you are thinking…eww gross that is disgusting (as that is the main reaction I get), but they really aren’t all that bad. I’ve been doing a lot of research on them and they are almost exactly like disposable diapers. They don’t require pins or folding anymore, most of them have Velcro or snaps & elastic around the legs. The downside is that you do have to launder most of them yourself and it takes a little more work on our part, but we are up to the challenge.

Here are the two kinds I have decided to try out at first. Any comments are welcome… any experience or advice is definitely welcome!

BumGenius (click here to learn more)


Click here are some FAQ’s if anyone is interested in more info on the whole cloth diaper thing.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Year's Festivities

This year for New Year's Eve, we were invited to a party at the newly married Camburn's house in South Bend. The party was a success. There was a ton of food, friends, games and laughs. We had a wonderful time (by the way, thank you for hosting!).

Erin slaved away in the kitchen cooking for us (Heather and I helped occasionally). The boys played video games, watched sports & ate and Lily entertained us all.

Here are some pics of the night.

Erin (our lovely hostess) and only part of the food spread... doesn't it look great!

Phil feeding the little one... this is about 30 seconds before he stopped paying attention & she bit his finger :)

Heather & Lily doing the Wii Hula, they were pretty good.

Of course Lily wanted to try it on her own too, how could we resist.

Monday, January 5, 2009


Last Tuesday Phil and I went to the doctor for an ultrasound to get our first look at the future Maltburg. Everything looks healthy and normal according the the ultrasound tech and the doctor. The baby has 2 of everything it is supposed to have, a functioning bladder and apparently is very flexible. The baby spent most of the time sitting basically folded in half with it's legs over top of it's head.

Here are the pictures we got from the ultrasound. Phil also video taped the event so we can have that for ourselves, it was cool to watch again because it all went by so fast when she was doing it.

For those of you who were wondering... yes we will be finding out what we are having... when it comes out! Until then you will all just have to speculate & wonder. :)

Here is a profile of the baby's face.

In this picture the baby has it's arm up by it's face (side view).

This is an arm.

And here is the pose the baby spent most of the ultrasound in. It's leg is extended over top of it's head.