For some reason I have had trouble uploading videos on the blog, but tonight have had some luck. Miles loves sitting by the picture window to patrol the neighborhood or wait for Eric to get home. The video we have doesn't show Miles at his most excited, but does capture him saying "Dad." His verbal repertoire includes "dadada" "mamamama" "babababa" and lots of combinations of indistinguishable gibberish. Much like taking pictures, taking video of Miles results in his stoic curiosity about the technology. He gets camera serious--not camera shy. That's why you all need to come visit to see the comedic monkey we have on our hands.
Let me just take a moment to reiterate how awful it is to hear your own voice on video. Do I really talk to my child like that? It's so not intentional, but I am reduced to a babbling idiot.
Below we have Miles in hysterics at dinner, as well as our attempt to "get mobile" before his bath. Please excuse the beets and quinoa on his face (as well as his one naked foot. Babies love taking socks off). We are living dangerously and more than not skip the bib and napkins now. Risk taker? or Laziness? Obvi the latter. We were actually surprised he was in such good spirits as he boycotted his naps today at school and then cried for his entire 1 hour PT appointment. I got banished from PT room to see if my presence was igniting the waterworks, but he continued with the drama king act even when I was in the observation room, watching him on the TV and listening to him bawl. I must admit that at one point, I turned down the volume and just watched him on the screen because his histrionics were breaking my heart.
(Warning: this video is long b/c we merged 3 separate clips)
Non-sequitor. In regards to my brother's comment on my previous post about cloth diapers. I still think the evidence points toward cloth being relatively better for the environment. Plus, they are cuter and cut down on diaper rash. I do agree that they are not 100% eco-friendly and really don't love the fact that I have to use 2 cycles per wash (one cold and one warm) to get them clean, but I do not believe in any argument that contends that they are significantly worse than disposable. (And Nick, I don't think JH's argument about recycling is 100% accurate, either.) Plus, we are using a mix of cloth and disposable, so I can claim support on both sides, right? Ha! In regards to detergent, you are pretty much encouraged (if not enforced!) to use specific planet friendly detergent. No scent, no enzymes, no baby detergent, no "free and clear" detergent--they all contain chemicals and substances that do not work well for cloth diaper cleaning. We actually use a brand (at the educated recommendation of Mama D) for Planet Detergent. I use only a few tablespoons (if that!) versus what I used to use. There is not enough room here to devote to the washing and maintenance instructions of cloth diapers, but just know it overwhelmed me at first. And what still overwhelms me is the scent of day old wet diapers. I have a super strong gag reflex, and it gets me every time. I cannot wait until the weather clears and I can hang them out to let the sun do some magic on the scent and whitening of the diapers.
I am going to leave you with some resources that address your compelling question:
A great post on Seriously Spoiled: Are cloth diapers really better for the environment?
Also, Eco Child's Play has numerous entries on the benefits of cloth. I will say, they also reported on the recent UK finding that disposables are better for the environment. Like ECP, I don't agree with the study's findings completely.
An interesting blurb on diapers from the Waste Education Series from the University of Minnesota
And an interesting article in the Boston Globe