Jackie S. is a stay-at-home mom of four who loves every minute of her time with her “four monkeys,” even when life is mayhem! She and her husband Jeff are raising their children in Virginia and like being green whenever possible, which of course, means using cloth diapers on her eight-month old son. Jackie blogs about her life on Monkey Mayhem
Q: How have cloth diapers changed your life?
I save money. The money that used to go to buying disposable diapers can now go to other things like toys or clothes (or, my new obsession, more cute cloth diapers). Plus my baby’s butt is SUPER cute!
Q: If I could travel anywhere, I would go to….(don’t forget to tell us why!)
This is a hard one to answer. My first initial thought was “everywhere,” qw I’ve only ever been on the East Coast here in the US, never been out of the country and the farthest north I’ve ever been was a trip to Delaware with my dad as a child. I love to see new places and would really like to go to Hawaii, Paris and Alaska. I wouldn’t mind going on a cruise and just visiting a bunch of different places.
Q: What do you think is the best invention of all time?
Digital Camera! I love being able to take picture after picture without worrying about running out of film. I have a DSLR with a speed shot that takes a ton of pictures in 30 seconds and I love it because I can get a shot I may not have been able to otherwise. I’ve caught a picture of my youngest mid sneeze, while on a film camera I would have used a whole roll of film in that 30 seconds!
Q: If I could live in one outfit for the rest of my life, it would be….
PJ pants (or jeans) and a T-shirt. I love to be comfortable and that is what I feel the most comfortable in and wear a majority of the time.
Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a new mom/dad, what would it be?
Enjoy every minute. You will miss the sleepless nights, you will miss the baby who just laid there, you will miss the baby who just loves to look at your face and smile. I have 4 kids, oldest is 7 and youngest is 9months and there are things for each and every one of them I miss, for the older kids it’s just when they were babies and I could hold them, for my youngest it’s when he would just lay there and sleep in my arms forever. He still sleeps in my arms sometimes, but he’s heavier now!
Also, don’t worry about what other babies your baby’s age are doing…every baby is different. I know a baby who is a week older than my youngest who is doing a LOT more than him and that person is always asking me what Justin is doing and if he’s doing this or that. Even though he’s not, it’s OKbecause I don’t want him to grow up too fast. We know he’s doing things on his own time and everyone just enjoys having a little longer with each stage than other parents get. Once a stage is done, it’s done. Wish I had realized this with my first 3!