Meet an Alcmenie Series | Tiffany Barron
Hello, my name is Tiffany and I have an addiction to Alcmena.
I’m a 30-something mum of two boys (ok, three if you include my partner). Wyatt is nearly five and Owen is nearly one – I honestly feel like I’ve blinked and they have aged a whole year!
Our lives are a little more c̶o̶m̶p̶l̶i̶c̶a̶t̶e̶d̶ interesting because both of my boys have a blood disorder called Haemophilia. They are missing a special blood protein called ‘Factor 8’ which helps form essential clots that stop bleeding. Wyatt’s medical needs are a bit full on, as I have to give him daily infusions. He is a pretty laid back kind of kid so doesn’t seem too phased by it (I mean he also doesn’t really know any different either).
Fun fact: The boys Factor 8 is made from human plasma, so if you can, totally book an appointment online with the Red Cross to get a plasma donation happening!
I was a Registered Nurse prior to having kids and mostly worked in palliation/aged care. I loved it. I just love nursing really. It’s one of those jobs that you either love or hate, there’s no in between.
Since having kids and having had successful breastfeeding experiences with both, I’m strongly thinking about doing further study to become a Lactation Consultant!
What prompted your decision to use cloth nappies?
Initially, it was to cut down on the cost of constantly having to buy disposables. Which, in hindsight, is a massive joke because I am actually too scared to fully add up the amount of money I’ve spent on cloth nappies.
I quickly realised how much extra bin space we had every week without the dirty disposables which got me thinking about how many nappies are currently sitting in landfill and just how long they have been sitting there.
My best friend had started her cloth nappy experience with her third child. She was always showing me different kinds of nappies and inserts, and quite honestly thought it was way to much for me to deal with. She very kindly gave me her entire newborn stash to try out with Owen.
Now, Owen was an emergency C-Section at 36 weeks so we weren’t quite ready for him, plus he had a stay in the special care nursery. We probably used disposables for the first two weeks then switched over to full time newborn cloth at 2 weeks. I have never looked back really. When Owen was growing out of the newborn nappies, I started googling ‘geeky print nappies and change mats’ which brought me into my serious love affair/addiction to Alcmena.
What has surprised you the most on your cloth journey?
The level of obsessiveness I have over these things that catch my kids wee and poo.
But seriously, just how easy cloth has been. I mean I can keep on top of the washing for my nappies, the clothes however, well… that’s part of a nightmare that just doesn’t end. I’m very surprised I haven’t lost any inserts though, if you look at my kids feet, you’ll see mismatched socks. (Honestly, where do all these odd socks go??)
Can you share some advice for families wanting to start using cloth? If you’re wanting to start cloth… my advice is to just start. Don’t think about it too long or it will become to overwhelming.
Ask lots of questions!
Get familiar with your washing machine. Find a good wash routine and stick with it and don’t over complicate things.
Oh, and don’t fear the poo.
How do you fill your own cup?
This is something I REALLY need to work on. My life is my kids and I’ve left myself behind somewhere along the way.
If you could make a difference in the world, what would you be known for?
Helping make Haemophilia be something that is ‘curable’. There’s heaps of exciting stuff happening with gene therapy but it’s still a long way from being a standardised therapy.
What is your most treasured possession?
My nappy stash!
Who or what lights you up?
They honestly drive me up the wall but nothing beats those night time snuggles to cuddle the worries away.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I hate feet. Don’t put your feet near me and don’t touch my feet. Unless it’s baby feet. That’s the only variable I’ll consider.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is a tough one. Immediately I think of chocolate.
A genie gives you three wishes—what are they?
Genies can’t be trusted!
1: good family health
2: a never-ending prepaid tab for Alcmena goods
3: that we would all wake up and realise that 2020 was just a bad dream.
If life were a video game, what are some cheat codes?
The ability for do overs.
What do you wish you knew more about?
How to get rid of anxiety!
Describe yourself in three words?
High-functioning anxious mess.