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I have been feeling deliciously guilty about the rather decadent (in my opinion) diaper stash I’ve accumulated for boy #3. I totally splurged on one-size bamboo fitteds, a few snazzy Gen-Y covers and a variety of pockets — some new, some clearance, some like-new or gently-used. I also bought a handful of bamboo and hemp inserts to replace the microfibre inserts in the pocket diapers. I knit several pairs of wool shorties and soakers, something that would have cost me a fair amount to purchase but only cost me $$ in yarn to make.

Yes, I was feeling almost naughty about the amount of money invested in the diaper stash, at least until I read this: Battle For Baby’s Bottom. I’ve always known that cloth is cheaper in the long run — I work in a cloth diaper shop, for crying out loud! I deal with the numbers every time I’m at work. I know that a child can be cloth diapered from birth to toilet training for an outlay of around $400, including the “extras” needed (wet pail, travel bag, Snappis, etc). I am also intimately aware with the resale value of cloth diapers that have been well cared for over their lifespan, having bought and sold used diapers myself. For some reason, though, this article made me sit down and do the mental math on the true cost of our stash.

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#3 is 8 days old today. Thus far, he’s the “easiest” baby we’ve had yet. He doesn’t sleep as long at night as #2 did, but his sleep is much more organized. He has regular 3.5hr stretches at night and a super alert period in the evening. He’s still teeny (to me) — weighing in at his birth weight on his Day 5 home visit from our midwife. The boys are still thrilled with him — #1 showing more PDA for him than I expected. #2 has to be cautioned about loving on him too much!

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I think I’m ready for this little guy to be born. I’d still be content with more time — we’re getting some long-delayed projects finished and I’m worried about losing the current momentum — but I’m getting increasingly uncomfortable and the more “ready” things are, the more “ready” I am.

It’s a little bittersweet, though. While I’m not sure I’d say “never”, we’re intending this guy to be our last baby. I’m trying to enjoy this last bit of pregnancy as much as I can — compared to the last two in the final weeks, I feel great. I’m happy, I’m enjoying sharing this with my older boys who are full of questions about the birth and the baby, and I admit that in the last week or so I’ve been doing some actual “nesting”. 😉 I had no impulse to do that with the first two, so it’s been fun.

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I’ve become a lazy blogger — too preoccupied with my gardening, I think, to do much more than contemplate posting. However, I’ve some stuff to share in point form:

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