Infertility, poverty, adoption, bleeding rashes, stubbornness, Earth lovers, haters of waste…these are the themes running through the 65 cloth diaper stories you sent me.
You poured your heart out in these stories. I could feel the heartbreak of years of trying to conceive, the agony of watching you baby suffer through months of persistent rashes and the desperation of wondering where the money would come from to buy the next pack of disposable diapers.
All of these stories ended in one solution: cloth diapers.
Cloth diapers is the one ray of hope and joy when you see that negative pregnancy test. That reminder that one day you will cloth diaper a baby, somehow someway.
Cloth diapers lifted that enormous burden of guilt you’d been carrying around all the months you weren’t able to heal your baby’s rash.
Cloth diapers gave you a extra money each month to buy food, gas or keep the lights on.
There were other impetuses that drew you to cloth diapers: a desire to be a natural parent, the disgust of throwing away hundreds of diapers or for some you grew up doing it either with siblings or babysitting and it was familiar to you.
I enjoyed the adventure of reading all the stories and narrowing it down. It wasn’t easy. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t cut out 2 more to bring it down to the 3 winners I promised. Five of you impressed me enough to give away 5 cloth diapers.
Here’s how it will work: Over the next 2-3 weeks I will publish the winning stories. Below I will state the publish date, author and story title. I encourage you to send your family and friends over to read the stories. You never know when one will be the final influence in their decision to cloth diaper.
Winning Cloth Diaper Stories:
March 25, 2011: Britanie M. “Why I Cloth Diaper”
March 29, 2011: Kelly Sangree “Partly my story, partly a project”
April 8, 2011: Tara D. “Oh no, I’ve Become My Mother”
Thank you to all who participated. I will interject bits and pieces of stories throughout my writings. If you do NOT want your name posted with your story please email me :)