Month: April 2017

2 month update!

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I realize now that this is a bit late because she is now 10 weeks old, but here it is! I’m falling more and more in love with this little girl each day. This last month has brought on some really fun developments that just melt my heart. She now SMILES at us and is starting to interact with her environment by swatting at objects. Her and Micah bond over their Saturday Morning snuggle sessions, and we are currently getting ready for our first road trip to nana and grandpa kuiper!  It’s been an amazing month!

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EAT

Still all breastfed! We’ve been pretty lazy about practicing with the bottle but since she has taken it like a champ ever time we have tried I am not too worried. I’m also super lucky that I work right next to her daycare and that her daycare provider is super flexible and willing to let me come feed her during the day!

SLEEP

There have been HUGE improvements in her sleep in this last month! She now has a 6-8 hour stretch before her first night feeding and sleeps another 4 hours after that! She goes to be around 6:30 or 7 so I am still waking up in the middle of the night, but I joke that I get better sleep now than when I was pregnant! I hear horrible things about the 4 month sleep regression, so we will see how that goes!

We are also starting to transition out of her tight swaddle, and into things where she has more arm movement. I picked up a lovetodream swaddle 50/50, which will allow me to unzip one arm at a time, and we started using our Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit. She doesn’t sleep as well as with her tight swaddle, but I want to get her transitioned before the hot weather of summer comes.

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LIKES / DISLIKES 

Likes

  • Sitting up in her new chair
  • showers
  • being worn! Now she’s all about legs out in the moby! We also got a Lillebaby with owl print that she seems to like too
  • “Talking”
  • Looking at the birds and fish

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In general if she’s interacting with her environment she’s happy! She loves people, and attention. I have a feeling this with be soo much fun when she’s a teenager 🙂

Dislikes

  • She still hates being held like a baby
  • Getting her feet tickled
  • When her paci falls out
  • When mama has hot food! (or coffee!)

PLAY

She’s starting to swat at objects which is sooo cute to watch! I can tell that she really wants to grab them but hasn’t figured out how to let go of her thumb first. She holds it between her first two fingers which is ironically sign language for “toilet” . Also tummy time has gone from a much hated activity to an acceptable one, as long as she’s not on it for too long. Still rolling from front to back but no signs of going the other way yet.

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MOM

I’ve been doing great! Better than great! Thank God for Zoloft. Mentally I feel better than I have in years. If you even THINK you may benefit from some meds, ask your doc! There isn’t any shame at all. Don’t miss a single precious moment because you’re (literally) crying over spilled milk.

Soon I will be returning to work and Micah will start traveling, so we have some big changes coming our way. I look forward to getting into a consistent routine, and figuring out a workout plan.

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CLOTHES

She’s still in 0-3 month clothes but I don’t know how much longer she will be! I already need to put her in the more roomier outfits when she is in her cloth diapers! Speaking of cloth diapers, I made a huge purchase with all the Earth Day sales! My plan was to know what I liked before earth day and to stock up then, but there was just so many more options I want to try! We’re working hard on burning through our Honest Company stash before going full time cloth (those were just too expensive to waste) but I can’t wait to start!

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Until next time!

~Sarah & Lilly

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Doing my part – Going cloth by Earth Day

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I have always considered myself a bit on the crunchy side, but looking back I was more of a “wannabe”. I would by organic if it was on sale, or get the green products every once in a while… but for the most part I never really thought about what was going in my trash. Sure, I recycled my cans and bottles, but I never really gave it much thought beyond that; until I had a baby.

I will tell you, before I became a mom I NEVER could have anticipated how many diapers I would be going through. I think at one point when Lilly was a few weeks old we went through at least 15 diapers in a day! Suddenly our trash bags were not only so much heavier and fuller, but if we forgot about garbage day, it was definitely a big deal.
Cloth diapering was never on my radar. In fact, I had quite a few friends bring it up and I told them that cloth diapering may be the one thing I truly wasn’t interested in doing. Poop in my washer? No way. But for some reason I kept reading articles and scrolling through cute prints at 3am. There really should be a rule about scrolling Amazon at 3am… but I digress.

The combination of the current administration, earth day, and my overflowing garbage can, made me start thinking about ways I could actually make a difference and experimenting with cloth diapering immediately jumped to the front of my mind. I joined a few discussion groups on facebook, learned a ton about the washing process and started to obsess over all the cute prints. Seriously, lord help me if I ever find this Harry Potter diaper!

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I started by ordering a few prefolds and covers but the cute prints were too hard to resist and before my first order even showed up at my door I had ordered a few All in ones and a pocket diaper to play with. 17796210_10154656139343893_7466395000536501235_n

I got the Grovia ONE (pictured above) along with a Bumgenius Freetime (pictured below) 17545549_10154659796443893_2727970387575490516_o

After seeing how easy they were to use (and frickken adorable!) I decided this was in fact something I really wanted to do! I started watching a ton of youtube videos, and learning about all the different types and options. I was also luck enough to have a co-worker sell me some of her stash super cheap which was awesome because she had a lot of different things to try!

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I’m at the point now where I’m testing everything out, learning which ones I love and don’t love, while at the same time trying to burn through my stockpile of The Honest Company diapers before she outgrows them.

Why by earth-day? I just love the symbolism behind it. Disposable diapers are the 3rd largest contributor to landfills, and it takes 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR. [3]   After that, it is estimated that the diapers take 250-500 years to decompose in a landfill (where 94% of single use diapers end up). [1] [2] .  It really makes you think doesn’t it? I’m excited to do my part 🙂 **While I hope to be completely in cloth by earth day, it turns out there a TONs of sales that day!! So I will probably be putting the finishing touches on my stash then!**

On top of that, I learned that it will save us money! Cloth diapering, with the washing done in the home, can be less than a 1/3 the cost compared to using disposables.  Now the amount of money saved increased a TON when you consider that you can use the diapers through multiple children. Did I mention you can even resell them when you’re done!? The only problem I’m running into is that the majority of that cost is up front, which is making the husband quite skeptical that I am saving us money. This also means that I can’t go too crazy buying all the newest and cutest prints every few months. I actually started a spreadsheet with how much $ I’m putting into my cloth diapers vs how much I’m saving, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the cost works out for us personally. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated!

Have you ever considered cloth diapering or have you done it in the past? I’d love to chat!

Love,

Sarah & Lilly

Sources

1. Lehrburger, Carl. 1988. Diapers in the Waste Stream: A review of waste management and public policy issues. 1988. Sheffield, MA: self-published.
2. Link, Ann. Disposable nappies: a case study in waste prevention. April 2003. Women’s Environmental Network.
3. Lehrburger, C., J. Mullen and C.V. Jones. 1991. Diapers: Environmental Impacts and Lifecycle Analysis. Philadelphia, PA: Report to The National Association of Diaper Services (NADS).