motherhood

Nora’s Nursery Cloth Diapers Review

I bought a set of Nora’s Nursery Cloth diapers and they’ve been great. If you’re looking for  some affordable cloth diapers I highly recommend them.

The diapers are adjustable just snap them up for a smaller size. At nearly their smallest setting they fit my 6wk old baby rather well:

The Snaps are sturdy. I’ve had snaps fall off after one wash with other brands but these hold up just fine in the wash:

The inserts are easy to put in and out and are super absorbent :

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We Give Nora’s Nursery Diapers FIVE STARS!

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Waiting . . .

At 38 weeks along my everyday activities are becoming difficult and I’m looking forward to the onset of labor. Yet there’s a peacefulness to waiting despite the discomfort. You feel so  heavy, and vulnerable that you’re forced to slow down, to acknowledge the new life and reflect on its beauty and its impact even before birth. There is nothing more exciting or quietly mysterious as waiting for a new baby.

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Accept gifts graciously. Sounds easy, it’s not.

My station wagon died and my husband bought me a minivan. I should like it. I should be thankful. I should be grateful. I should know that he bought it with our family in mind and I should remember that he has my best interests at heart. I know what I should do but the flesh is weak. It is hard. It is hard to accept the gifts your husband gives you when it’s not exactly what you want. It’s hard to accept the fact that this new minivan has those self shutting doors. (I just like slamming car doors-such a satisfying feeling) I dislike a lot of things about this minivan but I am trying very hard to overcome that and accept it with love. I feel I have failed at accepting it graciously, but I’m trying. It’s easy when it’s what you’ve always wanted it’s hard when it’s not. I now see how little I am, how weak and how proud.

Authority is Paramount

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I am enjoying the book Fascinating Womanhood. It is extremely helpful and I have found it a bit more applicable to me than Laura Doyle’s book the Surrendered Wife (also a very helpful read) I believe that is because Helen Andelin writes a bit more about children and family life:

A family is not a democracy, where everyone casts his vote. The family is a theocracy, where the father’s word is law. In the home the presiding authority is always vested in the father, and in all home affairs and family matters, no other authority is paramount. This arrangement is not arbitrary or unfair. It’s a matter of the law and order in the Kingdom of God.

This excerpt struck me:

You may tend to claim jurisdiction over your children, since you have given them life and are in charge of their daily care. You may feel the right to determine discipline, instruction, religious affiliation, and other important things. If you clash with your husband on these matters, you may feel an inalienable right to the final say. This is not so. Although you have the sacred responsibility of motherhood, you are not their leader. Your husband is the shepherd of his flock and in full command.

Although I do not undermine my husband’s authority by disagreeing with his disciplining methods and  try very hard to be a united front, I often have to fight the feeling of having an inalienable right to the final say when it comes to raising the children. This passage was rather eye opening for me. I am beginning to see many of my faults rather clearly now.

Pius XI in his Encyclical Casti connubii on the economic emancipation of the woman:

“Neither this emancipation of the woman is real, nor is it the reasonable and worthy liberty convenient to the Christian and noble mission of the woman and wife. It is the corruption of the feminine nature and maternal dignity, as well as the perversion of all the family, since the husband lacks his wife, the children their mother, and the entire family her vigilant guard.

On the contrary, this false liberty and unnatural equality with man is harmful for the woman herself, because at the moment that she steps down from the royal domestic throne to which she was raised by the Gospel, quickly she will fall into the ancient slavery of Paganism, becoming a mere instrument of man” (n. 76).