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January 9, 2013

All About Me-Katie

my hubby and I
I'm Katie, one of the new contributors to the blog.  I've been married to my husband, Joe, for about 5 1/2 years and, so far, we have one son named Myles who is 18 months old.  Both my husband and I grew up in Michigan.  We got married after I got out of college (go Hope!!) and moved to Chicago where he was attending Loyola Medical School.  We now live in Richmond, VA where he's a resident.  It's been a crazy few years, but we're loving life down "south."

family vacation in Florida
After moving to Richmond, I found a job I loved teaching at a children's enrichment facility, where I taught gym and music classes to children ages 6 weeks to 6 years.  I took some time off after having Myles, and now work 1 day a week and stay home the rest of the time.  It's perfect!
When my husband's not working crazy hours, we love being outdoors, walking our sweet pup, Sadie, hiking the trails near our home, or hanging out with friends.  I have also recently found a love for knitting, so while Myles is sleeping, that's usually what you'll find me doing.
newborn pictures at 2 weeks-
prefolds with Thirsties cover
When Myles isn't sleeping, he's a bundle of energy!  He definitely keeps me on my toes.  He's 18 months and has quite a personality.  He's always on the go and loves animals and books more than anything.  He's been cloth diapered pretty much since he was born.  We used disposables for less than a week and started our cloth journey with prefolds and covers, which I actually loved.  We rarely had leaks, even with breastfed poo, and they were very easy to wash.  I tried pockets on and off when he was little, but didn't have much success.  I was always getting leaks.
about 6 months old-
figuring out pockets

When he was about 6 months old, he was getting really squirmy and it was getting harder and harder to get my prefolds snappi-ed on, so I really wanted to figure out a way to get our pocket diapers to work.  After paying more attention to the fit (which was good) and how long we could go without changing him, I realized that he just needed more absorbency.  Once I started double stuffing his pockets and using hemp soakers, we rarely have leaks.

We've also had some trouble at night because he's such a super soaker, so I've had quite a bit of experience with fitteds and wool covers, so I'll be posting quite a bit about how to use wool and my experiences with it.

 I'm looking forward to sharing more about our cloth diapering and parenting journey!!