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Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Rules:1. Grab the nearest book of 123 pages or more.
2. Open it to page 123.3.
Find the first 5 sentences and write them down.4.
Then invite 5 friends to do the same.
In an attempt not to overwhelm my fragile brain cells, I am currently reading: The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood.
While the seige is on, however, do whatever you have to do- bribe your husband, hire a baby-sitter, start therapy- to keep the wear and tear on you bearable. Learn, too, that it is completely all right to set the baby in the bassinette or crib for a few minutes while trying to drown out the noise with the running water of a hot shower.. Clearly, your presence alone is not his cure but rather his reassurance, and you can only fulfill that need day after day if your carve out some time to blow off steam yourself.
Most important, try not to let a colicky baby set the mood for your home. It's so easy to be cranky to callers, snippy with your mate, and pessimistic about parenting in general when there is so much discomfort and unhappiness emanating froom one tiny baby.
- wow, that was optimistic...
I am tagging: We Are Fambly, Two Moms are Better than One, The Family O, RAZ-ma-taz, and Cedarflame
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
February20th: His second "First" was his first round of shots at the pediatrician's office- no, neither Mindi nor I cried... although, I can see why parents would! Note the cute little zoo bandaids on his little thighs...
Then, today, He took his first "Big Boy bottle"- He is moving up to 5 ounces per feed, and the "little baby bottles" only fir 4 ounces... Boy, this kid is growing too fast... 12 Lbs 7oz yesterday...
And, the first picture that everyone is looking at the camera, and has their eyes open!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Other than that, the only thing that makes me want to rip my hair out is my spare tire. Cuz, I mean, damn- just LOOK at him! What an ANGEL!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Introducing Elimination Communication. Now, some of you may have heard of this, or you may have heard of it referred to as "Natural Infant Hygiene", "DiaperFree Baby", and, my least favorite, "Infant Potty Training".
Basically, the parent watches their baby and learns what the baby's cues are that they need to eliminate- you know, grunting, kicking, funny faces. When the parent sees these signals, they take the little baby to the toilet or the sink, or the bath tub, or the mixing bowl, or the lawn, or litterbox (just kidding- I guess...). They then hold said baby over said receptacle and make a psssss sound. The baby will hear this sound and pee or poop.
Now, I didn't think that it was going to be quite as easy as the literature was portraying... I mean, don't babies just go in their diapers? Do they even have control over there nether regions? Well, by golly, they do! The first time I say Harris "concentrating" I took off his incredibly sexy and masculine, cloth-inserted, red gDiaper and proceeded to straddle my toilet so that I was facing the tank. I held him under the upper thighs and he rested his back against my (still squishy) abdomen. I made the cue sound and he immediately went into "bear down mode"- quickly producing some perfect little baby poops that dropped happily into the toilet. He looked up at me with accomplishment in his eyes, I wiped him like a big boy and we went on with our day (after bragging to Mindi about our success of course!)
Harris now has his very own Little Potty that we potty him in. It really is quite simple, and I am usually able to catch 90% of the poops. So far, we are still working on increasing our pee catches, however, whenever he wakes up from a nap or finishes eating, I always bring him to his potty and he will pee in it. I am hoping that this practice will help him to increase his awareness of his elimination needs so that we can move out of diapers sooner when he is older!
Here is a photo of our little guy in action! Yes, he is really going potty!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
"I feel as though I am walking around in a daze. I have not allowed myself to really even think about the potential pain that will be involved with a med-free birth. I guess that that is a really good thing, and although I don't need to "figure anything out" I am "trying to figure out" if I am really that clueless as to what awaits me, or if I have just managed to adopt a very ZEN feeling about the whole thing. I would like to think that I am being uber-zen, but I am not going to put myself on that pedestal (until at least, I deserve to...)"
Ok, I am still not putting myself on a pedestal, BUT, in retrospect, I was, indeed, being uber-zen about the whole thing. I do not feel at all that I was clueless as to what was going to happen, and the amount of pain I experienced was pretty dead-on to the amount of pain I anticipated feeling. I just trusted my body. I always told myself that my body knew what to do and I was right. By acknowledging the fact that chilbirth can be painful, and by visualizing the potential pain calmly and casually beforehand, I was not in for any surprises. I read many women's accounts of the sensation of the pain they felt. Some described it as dull stabbing, some described the feeling of wanting to crawl out of their skin. I prepared myself for transition and it's intensity by reminding myself that when I felt I simply COULD NOT DO IT anymore- that I was almost at the finish line. I trusted my body, I breathed and moaned my way calmly through it all, and in the end, my body eased my baby into the world, clamped down the blood vessels, and proceeded to provide immunities for him.
Don't doubt your bodies, ladies. If there is a glimmer of desire to have a home birth or a birth without unneccesary interventions, and your pregnancy has been healthy and uneventful, and your healthcare practioner does not see any risk, then DO IT. TRUST YOUR BODY. Do not be afraid, and have a good support system.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
LOL- wow, that is a sad example of a shampoo 'do...
also, here are a few pictures that I took the other day- enjoy!
Monday, February 4, 2008
The first step was to get the goods. No, wait, the first step was to do some research. I went online and tried to navigate the whole world that is cloth diapers. I really did not know that much about cloth diapering, so it was a bit of information overload. I had so many questions about things that I realized I needed a forum or 2. I joined the gDiaper Yahoo group (which rocks) as well as the DiaperSwappers website. I managed to gather way more information than I ever thought was available, and learned a hefty bit about the difference between fabrics (I had no idea that some fabric was made from bamboo- damn, that stuff is VERSATILE!)
Luckily for me, all I really had to make were the cloth inserts and not an entire diaper cover. I own a sewing machine, but I am certainly NO SEAMSTRESS! I decided that I wanted microfiber to be the main fabric in my inserts. I went out and bought some fleece for the lining and some microfiber towels from Costco.
I snipped an stiched, and ripped a few seams out, then ripped a few more out, then stitched, then cursed, then ripped some more seems out, then stiched and cursed again until I ended up with this: "This" is 2 layers of Microfiber cloth with a fleece liner. I stitched a line down the middle of the 2 layers of Microfiber so that I could stick in an extra "soaker" if I needed to (for overnights etc). The end result was, well, disappointing. I soon realized, after puttting the 10 liners I had made into rotation, that 2 layers of Microfiber was just not enough, the liner kept bunching up because it lacked "form" and it was incredibly unfinished looking. So, I went back to the drawing board, and MAN AM I GLAD I DID!
Oh yay- I am so excited!
This time, I gathered up some receiving blankets (cuz we have a bazillion of them) and decided to make a pocket. I knew that the inserts needed more absorbtion, so I figured that a pocket made out of cotton flannel surrounding 3 layers of microfiber, topped with a fleece liner should do the trick! I was a little worried about the thickness when I was first planning a design, but as you can see, it is still quite streamline! And MAN, do these things SUCK! Well, I mean, suck up liquid... The microfiber inserts are removable for washing, but they are all stuck together with little cotton flannel caps that I sewed them together with. They are easy to remove via a pocket system on the underside of the insert. The fleece is sewn in place on the top of the insert and works wonders to keep my little boys "goods" dry. Here are some pics!!
I know, I am cool... hehe :)
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