Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Fluff Fashions

Here is my totally unbiased list of top ten summer cloth diaper prints, styles, fashion.  Whatever.  And of course it is biased since it is my opinion haha.  All of these are available at the wonderful Kelly's Closet my favorite store to buy fluff fluff fluff.    Click here to visit Kelly's Closet and see for yourself why I love it so.  Free diaper coupons, points on each dollar you spend that can be redeemed for gift certificates, and awesome sales.

So on to my list.  I feel motivated tonight.  Like getting back my blog (back) on.  Maybe it is the happy pills.  Or maybe I just really miss blogging.  And Owl is down to one wake up a night finally at fourteen months.  ::side eyes the baby that hates sleep::

Anyways done rambling.

First on my list is Grovia shell in Adventure.  I mean what a perfect diaper for a camping road trip or a canoe trip.  I want this diaper badly.  But my last baby is already a year old so I really need to refrain from buying more diapers haha.

Blueberry in Snails is next up on my list.  Snails are the bane of my existence in the summer so they had to be included.  They have been decimating my veggie garden the past two years.  Does anyone have any wonderful organic snail remedies?  Nevertheless they scream summer to me so snail fluff it is.



Every last print in this Thirsties Ocean package is a must for the fashion forward fluff butt in your life.  There are whales, sand dollars, fish, octopi and more.  And yes this counts as one.  It is a package.

Softbums Omni in Froggy reminds me of chasing frogs and toads around my Aunt Cheryl's huge backyard and being oh so delighted when we captured them into buckets.  Now as an adult I love to listen to the sound of croaking frogs on a summer night.  It is relaxing and oh so summery.

Twinkle Tots Bots Easy Fit reminds me of being a kid and playing until dark on those long summer evenings.  Then watching the stars on your best friends lawn.  Okay this post was about fashion not my idyllic childhood but hey it can be both.  I hope my boys look back one day and have a smile on their faces just like I do when I picture summers of my youth.


Next up on the road through my past is the Moraki Nautical Collection.  We used to go to Lake Michigan nearly every summer for vacation.  The boat and anchor makes me think of a little fishing village where we used to get smoked fish and fish jerky called Leland in northern Michigan.







 Bottombumpers in Ahoy and Sweet Cherry remind me of summer for two reasons.  Pirates and the ocean scream vacation on the beach.  You might wonder why I chose a diaper with cherries on it.  Well as I mentioned previously we went "up north" every year for vacation.  Traverse City always has a cherry festival and we went to it every single year.  We would have cherry pit spitting contests (I sucked horribly at it), eat cherry ice cream, salsa, everything.  I remember getting so sticky from eating cherries on the beach.  We are actually going to Traverse City this year and I can't wait to take both my boys to all the places I loved as a kid.



Next up is Wolbybug cover in Ladybug.  This one is pretty self explanatory as the ladybugs are everywhere in summer.



Finally are Bonnie and Clyde Rumparooz.  What better print but to explain what happens when you don't securely put your trash up while camping.  Or when your brother in laws spread smoked fish around your tent as a prank.  I don't actually remember this happening but I have heard the stories.  Poor Uncle Tom.  Okay I don't actually know if that is ten or not.  I think it is a few more than ten but I am sure all you fluff lovers don't mind.

What diapers would you say are summer essentials?

All photos are via Kelly's Closet.   Be sure to check them out.





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Thursday, May 21, 2015

What Sensory Processing Disorder Means to Me

Since I last blogged we have had an ear infection, two stomach bugs, and pink eye for those keeping count.  I have been to the pediatrician's office twice in two weeks.  Joy.  But alas that isn't what this post is about.  Just venting.

We had Destructo's occupational therapy (OT) evaluation.  While I am still waiting on the final report, it was very obvious he had sensory issues and they recommended an hour weekly therapy sessions.  It really bothers me that SPD isn't a recognized medical diagnosis.  This means that insurance won't cover it.  OT is really expensive so we are always having to make decisions.  Do we pay for OT and forgo preschool?  What about feeding therapy that was also recommended to have him evaluated for?  I hate all these adult decisions.  

So what does sensory processing disorder mean to me/us?  

SPD is having a kid that spins circles non stop when he gets overwhelmed, bored, the moon is full.

It is telling your four year old to get electrical cords, mini blinds, pencils, insert whatever inedible object you choose here.

It is being thrilled when your child actually eats healthy protein rich food since he is the pickiest eater ever.  

It is realizing that he will actually starve himself when you take him in for a well check and he has fallen off the scale in height vs weight and BMI.  

It is beginning to cater to him more about meals even though you are firmly against this because again starvation.

SPD is having a very active, loud kid.  Did I mention he is loud?

It is having a kid that walks through a store with his hands out to his sides touching everything he passes.  

It is not being able to serve food too hot or too cold.

It is washing his meat off to avoid him seeing spices on it so he will actually eat it.

It is knowing exactly how to make his sandwich to avoid having to listen to long and ear splitting tantrums.

SPD is a child who only tolerated being held facing out from a very young age, was resistant to cuddling as a baby, and only slept in the swing for five months.  

SPD was violent tantrums as a young toddler complete with biting, hitting his head into things, and kicking things.

It is having a child that was terrified and would flee anytime the garage door was opened. 

It is not being able to ride an elevator without severe fear for the first two years of his life.

It is having to apologize to other children's parents because your son was too aggressive or even worse licked their child (this one happened a lot.)

SPD is having bite marks in many many objects throughout your house.  I am not exaggerating when I say I have bite marks in my debit card, mini blinds, metal Arnica tube, and the majority of his toys.

It is having more teethers, chewies, and bubble gum laying around than a store.

It is rejoicing the day you realize your three year old can chew gum without swallowing it because maybe just maybe it will help with his oral fixation.

It is saying numerous times every day to not lick the bird house post, stop licking your brother, we don't put that in our mouth, etc

It is a child that refuses to get his hands dirty for the first two years or to play with playdough.  (And  yay again I see we are making progress because he has no problem with this anymore.)

It is letting your child go longer than he should without a bath because the idea of having to wash his hair is worse than a stinky kid.  

It is a child that has too long toe nails because he only lets his Auntie Dayna cut them and that isn't always convenient.

It is being somewhat grateful he bites his finger nails for this same reason.  

It is laundry.  Tons of laundry.  Because said child won't continue wearing an outfit if it gets the least bit wet even if it is just water.

It is a child that prefers sweat pants to shorts or jeans even in the heat of summer.  

It is a child who can smell as well as a bloodhound.  Which makes picky eating even more challenging.

It is your kid having more of a tan than you would like because sunscreen is a battle you just can't fight daily and keep your sanity.

It is learning your three year old can foam at the mouth when they draw blood.  Not the actual drawing of the blood but just telling him that they are going to causes it.  Same thing with shots (but today he did great yay!)

It is epsom salt baths, cutting high fructose corn syrup, cutting back on food dyes, weighted vests, and other things that you try in the hopes that maybe it will make a difference in behavior.

It is having a kid that has explosive temper tantrums regularly.

It is being able to immediately hear when he is getting overloaded by sensory input just by the tone of his voice.

It is cutting tags out of shirts and pants, making sure sock seams are straight, and having a kid walk around with his pants rolled up to his knees because they got wet and he can't stand that feeling.

It is trampolines, sit and spins, playdough, and kinetic sand being on Christmas wish lists.  Yay for turning  your home into a sensory gym.

I could go on and on but you get the point.  I have learned more about SPD in the four years since Destructo was born than ever before.  And in learning about it, I realized that I have a lot of the same sensory issues as Destructo.  And I turned out just fine which makes me worry about him a whole lot less.  Or did I?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Week

Or why I am on a carousel that never stops turning.  Who can tell me what show that comes from?  Anyone, anyone?  Heck does anyone even read this blog anymore?  I have really neglected it of late.  
Mr. Destructo is out of town again.  He left Monday morning.  My Monday went something like this we woke up at 6:30, left the house at 7:15, dropped Owl off with my sister, took Destructo to his occupational therapy evaluation at 8.  Left that at 9:30, got home at 10.  Went and got the oil changed in my car, drove back to pick up Owl.  Hung out with my sister and nephew for an hour or so.  Got back to my house around one.  Ate lunch at the speed of light and left 45 minutes later to get Kai to speech.  Got home from speech at 3.  Put Owl down for a nap and Kai down for quiet time.  Stared at the wall for 15 minutes.  Cleaned the kitchen and cooked dinner, fed kids dinner, played outside until 7.  Gave both boys a bath, my mom came over to spend the night, put both boys to bed.  Collapsed in a pile and dragged myself to my bed after watching TV with my mom for a half hour.

Tuesday was even busier.  I spent all day outside cleaning my patio and yard up.  We are planning on having Destructo's birthday party here and the yard has been neglected for so long.  So we fought spiders all day, got the entire patio cleaned up, part of the yard cleaned up.  Cooked chili for dinner for my sister and nephew, let Destructo have a play date with the next door neighbor.  Put both kids to bed and played Hay Day for way too long to unwind.

Today was super busy too.  I got up, cleaned the kitchen, had a play date with one of my friends and her daughter, went to lunch, went to the store, went to speech, then went to my sisters for dinner.  And all my days are like this now.  

Kai is in speech twice weekly, OT will be starting up once weekly, baseball practice once weekly, and a game each Saturday.  Add to that the doctor's appointments since we can't seem to stay healthy (two stomach bugs and a case of strep since I last complained about it) and other household responsibilities and I am on a carousel that never stops spinning.  Motherhood.  It is the most exhaustingly awesome thing ever.

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