Hyperactivity, Diaper Pins, and Digestive Complaints

I do not think the baby has stopped kicking since 7am.  As far as I know, that’s a sealed environment, and I’m not consuming caffeine. Has my child found a way to smuggle espresso from the outside? Even when there isn’t kicking, there’s movement. I was staring at my belly earlier and saw a distinct lump pop up and make a slow circuit around my belly button (which now pops out if I lean back a little).

Yesterday’s expedition to the mercado yielded a full complement of cloth diapers, as well as a handful of diaper pins (yay!). I also finally broke down and got two maternity shirts. I’m not sure why I didn’t do that earlier– they are so much more comfortable than my regular shirts, which still kind of fit, but which I am constantly tugging down in the front.

My old intestinal enemy has returned. My husband went out for chifa without me a few nights ago, and got a persistent case of travelers’ diarrhea. I am actually jealous of him, and I am tempted to go try out this disreputable chifa place. I have, once again, been forced to resort to the leche de magnesia, after two days of complete intestinal inertia. There is no way this feature of pregnancy is in any way adaptive.  How do wild animals avoid it? Chifa?


Not a Square: Modified Kite Fold for Birdseye Rectangles

So, once I got my first batch of cloth diapers home, and gave them an inaugural wash, I went looking for directions on how to fold the things into usable diapers.  After some searching, and weeding through a whole lot of directions on how to do prefolds (but google, I don’t have prefolds!)…  I found this page, which was extremely helpful. She lists two different sets of instructions: origami fold and kite fold, both of which seem very easy and practical. Unfortunately, she was working with squares. My diapers are all distinctly rectangular, and it’s not like I have a lot of other options. But I experimented, and came up with a slight modification of the kite fold to make it work for rectangles. It looks like it could work, but it’ll be months before I know for sure. In the meantime… I’ll practice my diaper-fu and hope for the best.

My first attempts all came out looking like this:

I couldn’t help thinking something was not quite right. Eventually, I figured it out: no leg holes!  I had left out a crucial step.  So here’s my slight modification of the nice cloth diaper lady’s instructions, to work for rectangles:

Step 1

A flat rectangle.

Step 2

Fold top left corner in. Exact proportions are negotiable, which is good because both diapers and babies come in a lot of sizes.

Step 3

Bring the bottom left corner up to the center of the fold from step 2.

Step 4

Bring the top right corner up to the fold from step 2, but since it’s a rectangle, it’ll go somewhere past the center, maybe even all the way to the other end of the fold.

Step 5

Take that excess bit that went past the middle, and fold it back so it’s symmetrical.

Step 6

Take that tab at the lower right, and bring it up to the opposite edge, or just short of it.

Step 7

That fold you just made in step 6? That’s now the bottom edge. Fold the sides in at the bottom, but not the top, to make this lily shape– if you leave out this step, the leg holes will be missing.

Step 8

Bring the bottom edge up to the top again.

Step 9

Fold the side corners in.

Well, they look like diapers. I sure hope they work like diapers, too!

Cloth Diapers: They DO Exist!

Yesterday marked a wildly successful trip to the local mercado. I had given up on finding cloth diapers anywhere but my midwife’s office, and was just about to give up on basic cotton receiving blankets, when we stopped by a tiny, hole-in-the-wall baby shop and lo! There on the shelf, down by the floor where I happened to glance, was a cubby packed to the edges with neatly folded white fabric things labeled “pañal” and “bombasí”. Pañal is a word I know! That’s diaper! And those were definitely fabric, not anything disposable, so we inquired about them, she pulled them out for us to look at, and they were in fact non-prefold birdseye cotton diapers. The “bombasí” turned out to be cotton receiving blankets! They were sturdy woven cotton on one side, and very, very soft flannel on the other: plain white with two narrow red stripes. Both were ridiculously cheap compared to back-home prices, and we came home with a stack of them. I’ll probably go back for more, now that I know where to find them. Without a washer and dryer, I suspect a dozen diapers will not be enough.

I’m not a huge fan of shopping, especially not as a recreational activity, but it is thrilling to be this close to having all the baby stuff squared away. The most difficult item we have left is a bed for the baby, and we have a lead on that.