New Parent Adventures: Cloth Diaper Service

Saucy Bottoms Supplies
Our cloth diaper service has been invaluable. I’m not sure what we would do without it. None of the alternatives are very appealing – washing cloth diapers ourselves sounds exhausting (especially as we don’t have ensuite laundry) but creating mountains of garbage with disposable diapers would cause more guilt than we could handle.

Thankfully there are cloth diaper services in almost every city. We chose to go with a Vancouver company called Saucy Bottoms. We’ve been super happy with them and would recommend them to anyone in the Greater Vancouver area.

Twice a week they pick up our dirty diapers and drop off a fresh load of cotton diapers, cloth wipes, and fleece soakers. We are encouraged to use as many diapers as we need each week (the cost is a fixed $30/week no matter how many we use). Yesterday’s drop off of new supplies (shown in the picture at the top) had 65 new diapers and 60 cloth wipes. So we’re probably going through 15-20 diapers per day right now. Generally, they replace the diapers at the same rate as we use them, but if we ever come close to running out (which has happened once) we just call them and they drop off more.

Diaper Shells

In addition to the cloth diapers, Saucy Bottoms gave us six water-proof outer shells. We’re responsible for cleaning them. They’re usually good for several changes before some poop leaks onto them. Then we wash them by hand or in the washing machine and let them air dry before using them again.

When we signed up for the diaper service, back in May before our daughter was born, the Saucy Bottoms owner dropped off our first batch of cloth diapers and gave us a 30-minute tutorial to how to use them. She also has a series of instructional videos on her website (Saucy School) showing how to use their diapers in case we forget.

The diapers are easy to change, although that hasn’t stopped me from screwing it up once or twice.

Diaper Fail

The best part is our baby’s skin has done very well in cloth diapers. 3 weeks old and no sign of diaper rash and we haven’t had any need to use any creams or powders.

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Mobi Soft Launch Today

Mobi Bikes

Mobi is soft launching today with 23 stations (out of 150 that will be up and running by the end of the summer) for founding members only. They have a new website with an interactive map showing how many bikes and open spots are available at each station. They’re still working on their mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Details on Mobi pricing, including daily and monthly memberships, is available here.

There is a crowd-sourced map that includes the 23 stations available today and 7 more that are partially installed and should be available soon. The initial coverage is pretty sparse and doesn’t include anything south of Broadway or west of Burrard.

Here is the official Mobi launch map.

Mobi founding member launch map

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10 Years with Emily

10 Years with Emily

Ten years ago I started dating the most beautiful, intelligent, and fascinating woman. It’s been a series of adventures ever since. From India to Peru, I couldn’t have chosen a better partner to see the world with. I hope our daughter is just like you.

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New Parent Adventures: First 10 Days

In the Garden

We’re 10 days into our new lives as parents, and it’s time to document what we’ve loved about these early days with our newborn daughter. I think we’ve been pretty lucky so far. She has her fussy moments, but she’s pretty easy to soothe and rarely cries for more than 10 minutes before we figure out what she wants. We’re definitely sleep deprived and beholden to her whims, but we’ve learnt to nap when she naps. At night she’s been sleeping well between feedings with a two or three long stretches (2-4 hours) most nights. By most accounts, we’re doing ok.

Favourite Moments

  • First night at home when I took Astrid from an exasperated and exhausted mother and soothed her to sleep while mommy slept. I’ve never felt so accomplished.
  • When Astrid starts to doze off, she makes a lot of faces – frowns, smiles, furrowed brows, yawns, and zombie eyes.
    Relax
  • Our first social outing. We got her all dressed up to take her to meet the neighbours. We were just about to leave the house when she made a big poop. So we undressed her, cleaned her up, changed her diaper, and then redressed her. Then when we were 2 feet out the door she pooped again, so we had to repeat the process. We’re starting to understand why parents are always late.
  • Showing her off to the neighbours.
    Meeting the Neighbours
  • Emily really enjoys having Astrid fall asleep on her chest after feeding. It’s their special bonding time.
    Tummy Tme
  • Bath time in the kitchen. She hated the first bath she had in the tub, but was pretty calm for the sponge bath we gave her next to the sink.Bath Time
  • Seeing how much joy the grandparents get from holding her. Before Astrid was born, I naively thought it would be best to have a few days alone with her before the grandparents visited. A chance to try and learn her needs on our own. But I was wrong. It’s been a huge help to have them visit and impart their parenting advice.
    Grandmothers
  • 4 am Daddy Dance Parties. When she doesn’t fall asleep after a night-time feeding, I take her to another room for dancing, bouncing, and exercise time. It helps her fall asleep and sometimes we both pass out on the couch together instead of moving back to the bedroom.
    Passed Out
  • How well behaved the cat has been. I don’t think Boo likes the baby but he is content to just ignore her. He hasn’t lashed out or seemed stressed at all. I’m not sure we could deal with a misbehaving or anxious cat.
    Boo and Astrid
  • Watching her sleep with her thinker pose.
    Lil Thinker
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Welcome Astrid – Our New Baby Girl

Baby Astrid
Last week, this little bundle of joy entered our world. It seems like every moment since has been spent feeding her, soothing her, and changing dirty diapers. We’ve managed to find some time in between to eat and sleep when she gives us a break or when the grandparents lend a helping hand. It’s been exhausting but we’re loving every moment of it.

She was born on June 29 at 1:21 a.m. (11 days late), after a very long day for everyone. At birth she weighed in at 3.020 kg and measured 51 cm and came with a full head of hair.

First Selfie

Family Photo

Blankie Time

Canada Day Family

Astrid

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Mobi – Vancouver’s Bike Share

Mobi Bikes
Vancouver’s Mobi Bike Share has been slowly rolling out across the city. It looks like they are a month behind their original mid-June launch date, but progress is being made. I’ve seen partial bike share stations installed under the Cambie Bridge (south-side) and near the Creekside Community Centre.

Mobi Bike Station

In the next few weeks, 100 stations will be distributed throughout Vancouver’s core. The initial service area is east of Arbutus, west of Main, and north of 16th including Stanley Park (green area below).

Vancouver Bike Share Map

Update: Map of the initial stations is available here.

Here are the pricing options. First, you need to buy a membership (varying in length from 24 hours to 1 year). Most memberships come with free unlimited trips under 30 or 60 minutes. For longer trips, you pay an overage cost per half hour period. Currently, the only memberships for sale are the 1-year Founding Member ones.

Membership Length Signup Cost Free Trip Overage Cost
(per half hour)
Founder 1 1 year $99 30 min $2 (30-60 min)
$3 (>60 min)
Founder Plus 1 1 year $129 60 min $3
Monthly Basic 2 1 month $10 None $2
Monthly Standard 2 1 month $15 30 min $2 (30-60 min)
$3 (>60 min)
Monthly Plus 2 1 month $20 60 min $3
Day Pass 24 hours $7.50 30 min $3

1 – Founder prices only until June 30 (will likely be extended)
2 – 3 month minimum for monthly plans

Mobi Assembly Yard

From what I’ve been told from Mobi staff, bikes must be returned to a bike share station to end your trip. Each bike comes with a cable lock that extends from the right handlebar to the fork that can be used if you want to make a quick stop without ending your rental. As an extra security measure, the handlebars can’t be turned when the bike is locked (like an immobilizer). Helmets will be provided with each bike (left on the cable lock).

Mobi’s full Terms and Conditions (Doc).

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New Parent Adventures: Getting Ready for the Baby

Baby Shower Flowers

Emily is now 39 weeks pregnant and is officially on maternity leave, which means the baby could arrive any day, although I’m guessing we’ve got another week or two to wait. Just in case, we’re making sure we’re ready to go now.

We’ve started filling our freezer with leftovers and easy to heat up meals. Our friends from our prenatal class keep running into each other in the Wendy’s drive-thru, and we don’t want to fall into that trap (although I hear they have a good baked potato).
Frozen Meals

The baby room is all set up with a crib, bassinet, and changing table. We have a stack of cloth diapers provided by Saucy Bottoms (we’re going with a service because we don’t have in-suite laundry), plus a dresser full of hand-me down clothes.
Baby Room

We’ve added a few shelves to the baby room to hold all the books Emily got from her baby shower.
Kids Book Shelves

Now, we we’re ready to grab our hospital bags and head out the door when the time comes. (Hopefully it doesn’t look like this.)
Pretend Hospital Trip

We still haven’t figured out transportation. Depending on when labour starts, it will either be a car sharing vehicle from Evo or Modo, or a taxi. Emily has vetoed riding to the hospital in a bike trailer.

Best Guess

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